The smallest of Phuket’s three main tourist beaches, Kata is different in appearance and style from Karon or Patong. The beach itself is broad and curving, and structures bordering it are low-rise. The waters are perfect for swimming, and at the north end is a coral reef with many varied corals and fishes which stretches out toward Koh Poo, about 1/2 km off shore.
After arriving at Phuket Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation by Private Basis .Rest of the day You will have the time free for yourself to explore your local surroundings and overnight in Phuket. Day at leisureMeals
Pick up from various hotels in the morning, transfer to visit most Phuket favorite tourist destinations. Here, you will familiarize yourself with the island of Phuket on a half day guided coach tour. Take in the islands natural beauty as you drive along the beach roads through Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai beaches. Each beach offering a different type of holiday experience. Photo opportunities are included at the Karon viewpoint and cultural sights such as the sacred Buddhist temple of Phuket ‘Wat Chalong’.Then, continue to visit Phuket town where you could get over the view point in Phuket town, get in touch with a real way of life, way of native people living there. The architecture of Sino-Portuguese Building. It was a unique house by mixed the style of Chinese and Portuguese into their house’s pattern. You will see how beautiful and spectacular architecture of the houses.
Right now our Thai government has protected and kept these houses for the fortune people to see and educate in the future. If time permitted, you will visit Phuket souvenir shop where you could find some the demonstration of how is mining to finishing of diamond and other Thai local products. You will find a lot of beautiful souvenirs as your memory of Thailand Visits.Pick up time: 09.00 -10.00hrs. (representative will reconfirm the pick up time one day before the service date)Pick up / drop of location: Hotel lobby Late afternoon at leisure overnight at Phuket.
Pick up from hotel in the early morning and continue to visit Phi Phi Island. Situated along the southern end of Thailand’s coast in the Andaman Sea, you will find one of the most idyllic tropical locations on earth the islands of Koh Phi Phi. Made famous by the Hollywood movie starring Leonardo di Caprio – The Beach. A day trip to the Phi Phi Islands is easy and a popular tour from either Phuket Upon arrival to Phi Phi Island, there will be ample free time for you to use at your leisure for swimming and snorkeling amongst the coral or just relaxing on the white sand beaches, soaking up the sunshine. Lunch will be served. Then, mid afternoon you will proceed back to Phuket.Pick up time: 07.00 -08.00hrs. (representative will reconfirm the pick up time one day before the service date)Pick up / drop of location: Hotel lobby Late afternoon at leisure Overnight at Phuket.
After the Breakfast at hotel. you have the day free at leisure or explore the Local Surrounding , visit market Beach, Clubs Etc. Overnight at pattaya
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, spend the day at leisure. Check-out of the hotel in the afternoon. In the evening, proceed to the airport in time to board your flight back home, knowing in your heart that though this trip has ended, the journey of discovery has just begun.
Thailand is a country on Southeast Asia’s Indochina peninsula known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha, a revered symbol. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canal and riverside communities. Commercial hubs such as Chinatown consist of labyrinthine alleys crammed with shophouses, markets and dinner.
Thailand means “Land of the Free” and throughout the country’s 800-year history,the Thai people can boast the distinction of being the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized. Formerly known as Siam to Foreigners who first came to this region as early as the 12th Century, the country’s name was changed to Thailand with the advent of a democratic government. Long before the emergence of what is conventionally called the Thai Kingdom curing the 12th Century, the area known as Chao Phraya valley, was inhabited by ancient civilizations that can be traced back to pre-historic times. By far the most important archaeological discoveries confirming these ancient people were made in the tiny village of Ban Chiang near Udon Thani in the Northeast. Systematic excavation of Ban Chiang began only two decades ago, revealing painted pottery, jewellery, bronze and iron tools. Settlement began about 3600 B.C. The Ban Chiang people, farmed rice, domesticated their animals, and were skillful potters
But even before human beings roamed the northeastern plateau, the region was once home to a more ancient of animal the dinosaur, In 1984, fossils from a plant-eating dinosaur were found in Phu Wiang province, and was named Phuwiangosaurus Siamontyrannus isanensis, a fierce meat-eating ancestor of the infamous Tyrannosaurus rex. Over the centuries, the area was influenced by various cultures, from the Indians in the 3rd Century, the Mons between the 6th to the 11th Century, and the Khmers who built the wondrous Angkor Wat and who also left their legacy in the form of numerous stone sanctuaries scattered across the Thai Kingdom. Thailand dominant culture is believed to have arrived with tribes who moved down from southern China almost a thousand years ago. They settled in what is now northern Thailand before expanding south to the rich plains and valleys, gradually asserting their independence from existing Khmer and Mon Kingdoms.
With no written records or chronologies it is difficult to say with certainty what kind of cultures existed in Thailand before the middle of the first millennium AD. However, by the 6th century an important network of agricultural communities was thriving as far south as modern-day Pattani and Yala, and as far north and northeast as Lamphun and Muang Fa Daet (near Khon Kaen). Theravada Buddhism was flourishing and may have entered the region during India’s Ashoka period, in the 3rd or 2nd century BC, when Indian missionaries are said to have been sent to a land called Suvannabhumi (Land of Gold). Suvannabhumi most likely corresponds to a remarkably fertile area stretching from southern Myanmar, across central Thailand, to eastern Cambodia. Two different cities in Thailand’s central river basin have long been called Suphanburi (City of Gold) and U Thong (Cradle of Gold).
Commonly known as King Mongkut (Phra Chom Klao to the Thais), Rama IV was a colourful and innovative Chakri king. He originally missed out on the throne in deference to his half-brother, Rama III, and lived as a Buddhist monk for 27 years. During his long monastic term he became adept in Sanskrit, Pali, Latin and English, studied Western sciences and adopted the strict discipline of local Mon monks. He kept an eye on the outside world and, when he took the throne in 1851, immediately courted diplomatic relations with a few European nations, taking care to evade colonisation. In addition, he attempted to demythologise Thai religion by aligning Buddhist cosmology with modern science, and founded the Thammayut monastic sect, based on the strict discipline he had followed as a monk. King Mongkut loosened Thai trade restrictions and many Western powers signed trade agreements with the monarch. He also sponsored Siam’s second printing press and instituted educational reforms, developing a school system along European lines. Although the king courted the West, he did so with caution and warned his subjects, ‘Whatever they have invented or done which we should know of and do, we can imitate and learn from them, but do not wholeheartedly believe in them’. Mongkut was the first monarch to show his face to Thai commoners in public. Mongkut’s son King Chulalongkorn (known to the Thais as Rama V or Chula Chom Klao; r 1868–1910) continued his father’s tradition of reform, especially in the legal and administrative realms. Educated by European tutors, Rama V abolished prostration before the king as well as slavery and corvée (state labour). Siam further benefited from relations with European nations and the USA: railways were built, a civil service was established and the legal code restructured. Although Siam still managed to avoid European colonisation, the king was compelled to concede territory to French Indochina (Laos in 1893 and Cambodia in 1907) and British Burma (three Malayan states in 1909) during his reign.
Rama V’s son King Vajiravudh (Mongkut Klao or Rama VI; r 1910–25), was educated in Britain and during his reign he introduced educational reforms, including compulsory education. He further ‘Westernised’ the nation by conforming the Thai calendar to Western models. His reign was clouded by a top-down push for Thai nationalism that resulted in strong anti-Chinese sentiment. Before Vajiravudh’s reign Thai parents gave each of their children a single, original name, with no surname to identify family origins. In 1909 a royal decree required the adoption of Thai surnames for all Thai citizens – a move designed to parallel the European system of family surnames and to weed out Chinese names. In 1912 a group of Thai military officers unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the monarchy, the first in a series of coup attempts that have plagued Thai history. As a show of support for the Allies in WWI, Vajiravudh sent 1300 Thai troops to France in 1918.
Prem served as prime minister until 1988 and is credited with the political and economic stabilisation of Thailand in the post-Vietnam War years (only one coup attempt in the 1980s!). The major success of the Prem years was a complete dismantling of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) and PLAT through an effective combination of amnesty programmes (which brought the students back from the forests) and military action. His administration is also considered to have been responsible for a gradual democratisation of Thailand that culminated in the 1988 election of his successor, retired general and businessman Chatichai Choonhavan. Prem continues to serve as a privy councillor and is a rátthàbùrùt (elder statesman) of the country. It may be difficult for later arrivals to Thailand to appreciate the political distance Thailand covered in the 1980s. Under Prem, for example, a long-standing 1am curfew in Bangkok was lifted, and dissenting opinions were heard again in public. Ever since 1932 every leading political figure in Thailand has needed the support of the Thai military to survive.
Considering Thailand’s geographic position during the Cold War years, it’s not difficult to understand their influence. But as the threat of communist takeover (either from within or from nearby Indochinese states) diminished, the military gradually began loosening its hold on national politics. Under Chatichai Thailand enjoyed a brief period of unprecedented popular participation in government. Around 60% of Chatichai’s cabinet members were former business executives rather than the ex-military officers in the previous cabinet. Thailand entered a new era in which the country’s double-digit economic boom ran concurrently with democratisation. Critics praised the political maturation of Thailand, even if they also grumbled that corruption seemed as rife as it ever was. By the end of the 1980s, however, certain high-ranking military officers had become increasingly dissatisfied, complaining that Thailand was being run by a plutocracy.
The September 1992 elections squeezed in veteran Democrat Party leader Chuan Leekpai, who helmed a four-party coalition government. A food vendor’s son and native of Trang Province instead of a general, tycoon or academic, the new premier didn’t fit the usual mould. Although well regarded for his honesty and high morals, Chuan accomplished little in the areas of concern to the majority of Thais, most pointedly Bangkok traffic, national infrastructure and the undemocratic NPKC constitution. After Chuan was unseated in a vote of no confidence, a new general election ushered in a seven-party coalition led by the Chart Thai (Thai Nationality) Party. At the helm was billionaire Banharn Silapa-archa, whom the press called a ‘walking ATM’; they immediately attacked his tendency to appoint from a reservoir of rural politicians known to favour big business over social welfare. In September 1996 the Banharn government collapsed amid a spate of corruption scandals and a crisis of confidence. The November 1996 national election, marked by electoral violence and accusations of vote buying, saw the former deputy prime minister and army commander Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, of the New Aspiration Party, secure premiership with a dubious mix of coalition partners.
In July 1997, following several months of warning signs that almost everyone in Thailand and in the international community chose to ignore, the Thai currency fell into a deflationary tailspin and the national economy crashed and screeched to a virtual halt. Along with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea, Thailand had huge current-account deficits, massive external debt and low foreign-exchange reserves. Asia was borrowing billions more than it could afford on the basis of optimistic predictions of future growth. On 27 September 1997 the Thai parliament voted in a new constitution, Thailand’s 16th since 1932 and the first to be decreed by a civilian government. Known as rátthàthamanun pràchaachon (people’s constitution) it put new mechanisms in place to monitor the conduct of elected officials and political candidates and to protect civil rights, achieving many of the aims of the prodemocracy movement. Hope faded as Chavalit, living up to everyone’s low expectations, failed to deal effectively with the economy and was forced to resign in November 1997. An election brought Chuan Leekpai back into office, where he did a reasonably decent job as an international public-relations man for the crisis.
Cultural phenomenon, shopping heaven and tourist treasure. Welcome to Bangkok; one of the most cosmopolitan, contrasting and, above all, compelling of Asian cities. A steamy, pulsating, yet smiling metropolis of more than ten million – intense at first, but addictive as anything. Come find your niche among dazzling temples, hotels of every breed and size, eclectic markets, gleaming palaces, ritzy shopping malls, a famous nightlife and the many things in between. Enjoy a memorable dinner cruise adrift the Chao Phraya River. Bask in the city’s warm, affluent glow at a skyscraping rooftop bar. Experience all the things – tuk-tuk ride, ladyboy show, Muay Thai (kickboxing) match, Thai massage – everyone always comes home talking about. Weather: Spring: March to May 27-34 C Summer: June to August 26-33 C Autumn: September to November 25-32 C Winter: December to February 23-32 C.
Pattaya Beach offers hotels, shopping malls, street stalls, many Western restaurants, watersports and other leisure activities, and, of course, world infamous Nightlife. Pattaya has the most versatile nightlife entertainment establishments worldwide. It is not only famous for all kind of shows including the very famous transvestite shows and the incredible A Go Go presentation for men and women alike. But it also offers plenty of “ordinary nightclubs and discos for Young and Old. Age in fact is an unknown word in most parts of Asia but especially in Thailand. Live Music is these days hard to find but not so in Pattaya City. The bands from Thailand or the Philippines are great to watch and listen……….
The activity in Phuket City is nearly around-the-clock. In the early morning, stoic monks take to the streets on their daily alms round and the fresh market buzzes with restaurant owners buying ingredients for the day’s meals. Non-stop bustle characterizes the daytime, and lasts well into the evening. Nights are reserved for enjoying good company, whether at a restaurant, a disco, a quiet bar, or a combination of all three
The oldest and most traditional Thai resort combines the attractions of a modern holiday destination with the charm and fascination of a still active fishing port.And 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.
Today’s visitor to Hua Hin will still sense this special atmosphere and old world charm. Besides sun-filled days on the mile-long beach there are leisure activities for the whole family from watersports to golf. The area around the town let’s you discover fabulous parks and peaks, caves and waterfalls.In the evening the winding roads with a great variety of shops make a great stroll. And the restaurants built on stilts into the sea offer superb seafood in the legendary and unsurpassed preparation of the Thai cuisine
Koh Samui has been settled for about 1500 years. The first inhabitants here were fishermen. The island is found on 500 years old maps from Chinese Ming dynasty. Fishing and coconut plantations has been the major source of income on the island. Today, tourism is the main income for the inhabitants of the island. The people here are called “Chao Samui”. On Samui you’ll find a few nightclubs and discotheques if you like that kind of entertainment. We can recommend; Green Mango (on Soi Green Mango next to Chaweng Bach Road), Reggae Pub (on Chaweng beach) and Bauhaus, Super Sub (on Lamai beach) There are also smaller pubs and bars all over the island. Enjoy! So called girlie bars are rather common and often a little more expensive. If you are a man, do not be to surprised if one of the girls wants to follow you to your room. Normally she is not too serious if she say that she is in love with
They always give you the warmest, friendliest smile – if you smile first. The street hustlers are not scamming you, they just try to make a living. They serve the man first, but give the woman the larger portion. No matter how early you get up in the morning, most of them will already be awake and working. They have the most innocent sense of humor.
The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February, because it rains the least and it is not too hot. This period is also Thailand’s main season for festivals, like Loi Krathong. If you plan to focus on the Northern provinces, the hot season (March to May) and early rainy season (June to July) are not bad either, as temperatures are moderate at higher elevations. Northeastern and central Thailand, on the other hand, are best avoided from March to May, when temperatures may climb over 40°C. Because temperatures are more even year-round in the south (because it’s closer to the equator), the beaches and islands of southern Thailand are a good choice for respite when the rest of Thailand is miserably hot. Thailand’s peak tourist season runs from November to late March, with secondary peaks in July and August. If you want to avoid crowds and take advantage of discounted room rates, consider travelling during the least crowded months (typically April to June, September and October).
Although the rainy season (roughly July to October) gets a bad reputation, there are some bonuses: temperatures tend to be cooler, tourists are fewer and the landscape is lush and green. Depending on the region and the month, the rains might be hour-long downpours in the afternoon. October, however, tends to be the wettest month. The rainy season in Southern Thailand lasts longer than that of North and Central Thailand, so your planning needs a little more attention if you're hoping for sunshine. Generally speaking most of the rain falls along the south-west coast. The small rainy season starts in May, when rains showers can be infrequent and unpredictable. This monsoon season lasts until mid June. The monsoon starts again in August and peaks in October around Phuket, Krabi and Ko Raya. Around November, Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao will bear the full brunt of the rains so don't expect bikini weather until December, when it's generally sunny everywhere.
The Thai Baht is the currency of Thailand. Currency rankings show that the most popular Thailand Baht exchange rate is the THB to EUR rate. The currency code for Baht is THB, and the currency symbol is ฿. Thailand’s currency is Baht. Bills come in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are 10, 5, 1 and tiny satangs. Satangs are quarter fractions of 1 and are not widely used. Most international currencies and Travellers Cheques can be exchanged at banks or local moneychangers. Major credit cards are accepted in major establishments as well as at moneychangers. You can get a cash advance on your credit card at most banks and transfer funds into the country, the latter usually taking a few working days. Western Union outlets are relatively common and easy to access. There are many ATM’s throughout the country, usually with optional displays in English. International ATM cards with the Cirrus symbol link may be used at most ATM’s, although there may be a hefty transaction fee.
This country have the world wide reputation for a rowdy and wild night life. The night life entertainment, the world's famous entertainment there is. The night life in Thailand is relaxed and very "sanook" fun and enjoyable. You don't have to change your clothes or dress up nice, before you know you are part of the famous night life on your holiday. The Kingdom have some popular and very famous night life area's in different city's from the North to the South. From Phuket to Bangkok, from Pattaya to Koh Samui. Enjoy the great night life when you be here, for all is something what you like in this amazing country. The most well know entertainment venues are the beer bars, the typical themed bars and pubs, the local popular karaoke bars, the dancing coyote clubs, the top entertaining go go bars, the several different styles night clubs and discotheques.
Some tourists like the beer bars, some like the beautiful dancing girls at the go go bar and others like to spend the night in One of the many discotheques this wonderful country have. Thailand is rightly famous for its nightlife. The kingdom has some of the best clubs playing the latest music, and not all of them in the capital - Thailand’s islands host world-class music venues and events (like “Full Moon Parties”) as do some of the regional capitals such as Chiang Mai. The kingdom also represents excellent value for film goers - ticket prices are much cheaper than in many other parts of the world and most of the country’s cinemas are top of the range. Aside from that, the country also has world-class shows (cabaret, etc.) and the world’s top performing artists grace Thailand’s shores on a regular basis – so far in 2005, Sting and Marilyn Manson with a host of others planned for the rest of the year. Wherever you are in Thailand, a great time can be had by all – whatever your taste in nightlife. Thailand is the country that actually knows how to celebrate and rejoice. It is loaded with more pubs and bars per square kilometer than you could imagine. Yes! Thailand is crowded with bars, disco, karaoke and its nightlife is unrivaled and anywhere in Thailand Whatever your taste or budget.
The Thai language is comprised of 44 consonants, 32 vowels and five tones in Thai pronunciation, along with a script that has Indian origins. The Thai language, belonging to the Tai family, is the main language in Thailand although there are several regional dialects as well. Other languages spoken in Thailand are Chinese, Lao, Malay and Mon-Khmer, while English use is becoming more prevalent in government and commerce. English is also being taught as a second language in secondary school and universities, which enables the English speaking visitor in Thailand to have little trouble conversing. Thai is a tonal monosyllabic language. The same word can be said in five different ways - normal or middle tone, high, low, rising and falling. In Thai the meaning of single syllable may be alter in five different tones. Thai is one of the oldest languages in East and South-East Asia. According to linguist, it may event pre-date Chinese, at least in its prototypical form. Many of the so-called "loan-words" thought to be borrowed from Chinese by the Thais actually have an Austro-Thai origin. At any rate, Chinese and Thai have many similarities, since both are monosyllabic tonal languages.
Prabaramee Road Patong, Kathu, Phuket, Idyllically located on a peaceful cliff, The Blue Marine Resort & Spa is surrounded by tropical forest. Listen to the sound of nature from the nearby stream that passes through the resort.The Blue Marine Resort & Spa, designed in Thai Contemporary Style, gives you both Thai and Western amenities.One of our most important commitments is your satisfaction and good impression of our service. As soon as you set foot in this resort, you will feel different.
5 ramkhamhaeng soi 15 ramkhamhaeng rd , huamark, bangkapi, Bangkok The Seasons Bangkok Huamark is an economy hotel located in Ramkamhaeng area, giving you comfort and style and exemplary service. We welcome you with a smile 24 hours and assure you of quality and convenience with professional hospitality staff members. The Seasons Bangkok Huamark offers casual dining, flexible breakfast options, 24-hours room service, meeting facilities, and covered car parking. Come and stay with us and really enjoy your holiday