The once lost paradise of Maya Beach on Phi Phi Island tells the story of tourism in Thailand. Places of such indescribable beauty, once found, attract travellers like flies to light. A few footprints in the sand become hundreds. Hundreds become thousands. Eventually the numbers overwhelm the environment, beauty transforming into a heaving mass of travellers. The famous sights of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai are all facing similar stresses due to the continued onslaught of tourists.
But Thailand is more than those three destinations. Koh Kood, lingering in the Gulf of Thailand, is more beautiful than Phuket. Koh Yao Yai and Noi, sister islands in Phang Nga Bay, retain a rustic charm lost as ever-present development assaults Samui. Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle’s verdant hills still hide traditional villages constructed of bamboo.
The dichotomy of traditional and modern, known and unknown, is why Thailand has such a broad appeal and high number of repeat visitors. Highlights and hidden treasures are never far away; visit the famed Golden Palace in the morning or get lost in a Chinatown back alley in the afternoon. Drink a Mai Tai at a five-star resort in Samui or sip rice wine with locals on Koh Muk. Wander Chiang Mai’s famous night bazaar or get lost in Nan Province.
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Discover one of Bangkok’s oldest and most vibrant neighbourhoods. With its sprawling local life, rich history and world-renowned street food, there’s no place like Chinatown to experience the hustle and bustle of the city. Discover the ancient traditions of Buddhism and the rich influence of Chinese culture in Thailand, whilst soaking up all the exciting flavours in one evening.
Besides experiencing the local flavours of Bangkok’s Chinatown, our tour ends with a refreshing drink at a cool live music bar popular with young Thais.
Koh Phi Phi
Discover secluded hideaways both above and below water on this day trip to the awe-inspiring Phi Phi Islands. Begin with explorations around Bamboo Island followed by snorkelling at the nearby coral reef. Enjoy a gourmet lunch on Phi Phi Don then take a scenic boat ride to Phi Phi Leh. Relax on Rang Yai Island before returning to Phuket.
Koh Phi Phi has been on the travel radar for a while but what makes this Discova-operated day trip standout is that we use our own speedboat ensuring the highest standards in health, safety and quality. Travellers also get treated to a wonderful lunch with a spectacular view overlooking the sea.
Explore stunning mountains and fascinating hill tribe villages, enjoy wonderful elephants and mountain temples – not forgetting bamboo rafting along the river. And all this by South East Asia’s most iconic vehicle – the humble, much loved tuk-tuk. The only choice is whether to opt for the self-drive or chauffeur driven adventures!
Exclusive offer! Book 4 adults and the 4th joins for free, or book 2 adults and 1 child (under 17) is free (valid until 31 October 2021).
Explore the hidden gems of Northern Thailand on this full-day adventure combining culture, nature and local life. Take a steep hike up a mountain to admire the mystical sight of Thailand’s floating pagodas – Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat – resting atop cloud-shrouded mountain peaks and take a bath in the soothing Chae Son Hot Springs before finding regional specialities at a local market.
Most day trips to Lampang focus on the temples in the town centre. On our trip we also include a trek up to the rarely visited floating pagodas, one of the unique highlights of Northern Thailand!
Capital City: Bangkok
Population: 69 Million
Language: Thai (official), Lanna, Pak Thai and numerous other local dialects
Currency: The country’s official currency is the Thai baht (฿). ATMs are found throughout Thailand, accepting most debit and credit cards, whilst banks and money exchange counters exchange most major foreign currencies.
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