R&R’s never overrated, especially in Thailand. Take time out in Phuket and you’ll be greeted with two quintessential chill-out ingredients: hammocks and coconuts. If you’re planning on spending the entire holiday glued to the beach you’ll find yourself pretty at home here, with a 40-kilometre coastline up for grabs. Kamala Beach is one of the most secretive slices of Thailand, and it couldn’t be easier to hide from the crowds on its cotton-soft sands. Just next door, you’ll find a village that’s centred around Thai traditions. Knead away any worries with an authentic Thai massage, or chill out with a cookery class. Once you’ve got a recipe associated relaxation, you can use it again and again at home to remind yourself of that ‘happy place’.
Satisfy your wanderlust with a trip to Thailand’s most on-trend island, Khao Lak. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Takua Pa, a blush-coloured town that dates all the way back to the 13th century. Shop for snacks in its bustling food market and grab a Chang beer or two to cheers with the friendly locals. If you’re after a jumangi-like experience, head to the jungle and explore Khao Sok National Park. Don’t mind getting wet? Dip into Phang Nga Bay’s coral-covered dive scene or canoe around towering limestone formations in Cheow Lan’s bottle green lake. The island’s full of surprises, so keep an eye out for gibbons and elephants while you’re there…
Hideaway with your other half and have Krabi's 200 deserted islands all to yourself. Take romantic long tail boat rides from Ao Nang, simmer in thermal springs over in Klong Thom, or explore its enchanting dark-forested hills. If you don’t mind sharing the sands, take a boat trip from Krabi to Thailand’s movie-star, Maya Beach – the iconic location used for the Leonardo DiCaprio classic The Beach. You’ll soon see why Leo wanted to set up camp here for good…
Travelling on your own is a perfect opportunity to see what you want, when you want. And, in Koh Tao, there’s a lot to see. Snorkel among whale sharks, stingrays and green turtles. If you’ve always dreamed of getting your PADI certificate, Koh Tao is by far the most popular Thai island to tick it off the list, with lots of dive schools offering reasonably-priced classes. Another must is the Koh Tao pub crawl. Meet fellow travellers, watch your first ever ladyboy show and head off into the night for cocktails and live music.
The Cha Da Thai Village Resort scores 10 out of 10 for its striking architecture and jungle settings. Then there’s the private beach club to consider.
A beachfront setting, massages for two and a gourmet restaurant are all on offer at this adults-only hotel.
The Chanalai Garden Resort comes with contemporary bedrooms, and pools that overlook the Andaman Sea.
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