Exotic, hectic, colourful, relaxing – Thailand is a dream holiday destination for singles, couples and families. Beautiful white beaches with clear aqua water, luxurious resorts, adventure, wildlife and amazing food and shopping – there’s nothing like it for an adventure close to home.
Relax after hectic Bangkok on the island of Koh Lanta – not as well-known as Phuket but equally beautiful. The surfing, diving and snorkelling are spectacular and there are plenty of bars and restaurants along the beach to sip a cocktail and people-watch.
Koh Phi Phi (Phi Phi Island) is about an hour’s boat ride from Phuket. The beaches are postcard perfect and you can’t get a more iconic Thailand experience than snorkelling next to limestone cliffs that drop straight into the water. Take a day trip or stay on the island.
Silver Beach, Koh Samui is just a short ride from the more popular Lamai Beach and is one of Thailand’s best-kept secrets. You can still get a massage and bite to eat but it’s a lot less crowded than other beaches on Koh Samui. The water is calm so it’s great for swimming as well.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok is a complex of beautiful buildings that has been used by the royal family since 1782. It is still used for official events today, and also houses the famous Emerald Buddha.
Ayutthaya in its prime was the trading capital of Asia, and the largest city in the world. The ruins are now a UNESCO world heritage site full of mystery and interest.
Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, also called ‘The White Temple’, is a contemporary temple built in the late 1990s and made entirely from white materials and glass. It has an unusual mix of traditional and modern art, plus there’s a wall mural that’s rumoured to contain Superman and Neo from The Matrix.
Chatuchak Weekend Markets in Bangkok are a shopaholic’s dream come true. Pick up anything from exotic batik, to an antique wood carving or a ‘genuine’ Fendi handbag.
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Smartraveller advises that you exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to and within Thailand, including Bangkok and Phuket, due to the possibility of civil unrest and the threat of terrorist attack.
Since the military coup there have been a number of anti-coup demonstrations in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand, including in areas frequented by tourists. Confrontations are potentially volatile.
Although domestic and international flights are operating normally, internal transport and infrastructure may be affected. Access to hotel and shopping districts may be restricted. There is also a continuing threat of terrorist attack.
Sexual assault, food and drink spiking, assault and robbery against foreigners occurs in Thailand, including in major tourist spots and cities.
Credit card and ATM fraud including skimming can occur.
Petty crime including theft from hotel rooms, pick-pocketing and bag snatching is common. Theft has also occurred via bags that have been sliced open with razor blades. Violent crime towards tourists and foreigners occurs from time to time.
If your passport is lost or stolen you are required to pay to have it replaced.
Ensure you follow Smartraveller advice and check how this might affect your policy in the PDS.
Severe storms can occur in the wet season (May to October) and the Mekong River can flood during this time. Thailand is also subject to earthquakes.
Storms, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters can mean disruptions to your holiday and travel plans at best, and loss of your belongings, illness, injury or death at worst. So it’s wise to consider taking out travel insurance if you are planning to visit Thailand.
Stings from jellyfish and other marine life can be fatal.
Malaria, dengue fever, HIV/AIDS and rabies exist throughout the year in the regional areas. The World Health Organization has confirmed deaths from avian influenza (bird flu).
Water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases (including tuberculosis, cholera, hepatitis, leptospirosis and typhoid) are prevalent with outbreaks occurring from time to time.
There is also a risk of illness caused by ciguatera, scombroid (histamine fish poisoning) and toxins in shellfish.
The hospitals and medical facilities in Thailand are generally not as well-equipped as in Australia, and most places will not treat you unless you can prove you have travel insurance. The alternative is airlifting you back to Australia to receive treatment, which will be extremely expensive.
Visit your GP for the appropriate vaccinations and health precautions, and consider taking out travel insurance to cover you if you need medical treatment.
As soon as adverse events such as civil unrest, bad weather, natural disasters and others that may affect your trip hit mass media, you are not covered unless you already have travel insurance, as it’s no longer ‘unforeseen’.
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