Looking something different and fancy a destination filled with history, culture & sightseeing. Thailand will provide all of that.
Flights from Ireland are frequent and you can combine Thailand with a stopover in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
The hotel choices are amazing and the people are amongst the friendliest you will meet anywhere in the world.
Bangkok is the largest city in Thailand as well as being its capital and main port. It is an amazing city full of imposing, towering building and wonderful aromas at every corner. By day the streets are packed with traffic yet there is no horn blasting, shouting from irate drivers or angry scenes on the roads. The people are so genteel and courteous and despite the chaos on the roads, they still get to their destination, albeit at a slower pace!
At night the city comes alive with street markets and traders selling different artefacts. There is an abundance of different items for sale but the best value was to be found in silk, tee shirts, costume jewellery and leather. The only way to get a bargain is to haggle! The shops don’t expect you to negotiate a price but for the street traders it is part and parcel of the sale.
Eating and drinking in Bangkok is very economical and there are hundreds of places to choose from. The hotels have some of the best restaurants around. The traditional Thai cuisine was superb and some of the restaurants have the low level tables which proved to be a big hit with the diners.
A great beach resort with a 2.5-hour coach transfer from Bangkok, saves on taking an extra flight to any of the islands! The road has recently been improved and it is an easy journey. Hua Hin is the oldest and most traditional Thai resort and combines the attractions of a modern holiday destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port. While most other Thai holiday destinations cater mainly to foreign tourists, Hua Hin is a holiday resort for foreigners and Thais. Besides it’s great 5 mile long beach Hua Hin provides the highest density of world class golf courses anywhere in Thailand while it’s yet virtually undiscovered as an international Golf destination. Green-fees and other costs are currently among the lowest in the world while course maintenance and services are superb. Hotels range from the budget to the uber luxury but you will be sure to find the same smiling staff in any one you choose.
This is a quieter, low key resort great for relaxation and only 20 mins from Hua Hin. It is well known for its fresh sea-food. Eating and drinking in a relaxed seaside environment is the main draw for tourists. The local fare can be enjoyed at both open-air eateries with umbrella-shaded tables out on the beach, and more traditional restaurants near the north end of the beach or cantilevered out over the water on stilts at the edge of the harbour. The beaches are quite nice; though not picture postcard-perfect, they are not crowded and fairly clean, with warm gentle waters perfect for swimming. There are a variety of vendors selling silk and cotton fabric, scarves and hand-carved wooden statues, in addition to horses for hire.