Thompsons Holidays Blog Blog posts for Thompsons Holidays en-gb Copyright 2016 Slumming it in Singapore Little is known about Singapore other than the fact that it’s regarded as a quick layover to go forth on to your final destination... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:48:00 +0000 WorldO Ooh La LA! Dream a French destination on your doorstep… What’s not to love about France? With its culture, its passion and its beauty, it’s true that France is on almost everyone’s bucket list. But, for us, South Africans, travelling to France also means a long and expensive plane trip and a tedious visa application process… Mon, 10 Oct 2016 06:43:00 +0000 Travel Insights Thompsons Holidays Golf Day Thompsons Holidays hosted an eventful golf day for their clients and suppliers on the Randpark Golf Club on 8 September. All 18 holes were sponsored by prestigious suppliers with teams on hand to encourage the players and keep them hydrated. Mulligans were on sale and a golf pro challenged players on their driving prowess – all for charity. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:19:00 +0000 At Thompsons Why take your next holiday in South Africa? We live in a beautiful country with diverse regions that range from semi-desert to lush tropical forests, from wide beaches and warm oceans to world famous game parks with an abundance of wildlife. South Africa has often been aptly described as a ‘World in one Country’. All this right here on our doorstep. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:35:00 +0000 Travel Insights Seychelles The spectacular Seychelles islands are like a string of 115 perfect pearls sprinkled across the azure waters of the warm, inviting Indian Ocean.  Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:32:00 +0000 Travel Insights Celebrate Tourism Month in the Free State In 2016 Tourism Month will be celebrated in Parys and surrounding areas of the Free State. Parys, on the northern border of the Free State is a charming old town dating back to 1876 which was established as a supply centre for farmers.The imposing Dutch Reformed Church played an important part in society. Its position on the banks of the Vaal River reminded a German surveyor of Paris and he renamed it after the French city. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:27:00 +0000 Situation normal in Thailand The situation is normal in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand as everyday life continues despite the recent explosions in some of the country’s southern provinces. Thailand’s cities and tourist attractions are reportedly as busy as usual. There is an increased security presence at all major attractions and shopping areas as well as in airports and train stations, to ensure the safety of tourists and locals. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:40:00 +0000 Travel News Abu Dhabi’s Big Five The allure of Africa’s Big Five draws thousands of tourists to Africa hoping to witness a lion kill, see a leopard lazing in the broad branches of a tree or watching a herd of elephants trampling their way through the African bush. Had your Big Five fix and keen to expand your horizons to the Middle East? You can enjoy a Big Five of a different kind just a flight away and with no jetlag. Here are our Top 5 things to do when you’re visiting Abu Dhabi…  Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:07:00 +0000 Travel Insights South America – beyond Rio Rio de Janeiro is without doubt the best known city in South America and this fame makes it a magnet for visitors to the continent. The iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado, wide beaches filled with tanned beauties, a mountain named after a sweet bun and the spectacular fantasia of the Rio Carnival are all a clarion call to visit Rio. But there is so much more to South America on the menu. Let me briefly share some of my favourite destinations with you. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 08:53:00 +0000 Travel Insights Thailand is not just Phuket Mention the word Thailand and almost immediately the conversation turns to Phuket – even by those who have not yet visited Thailand. No doubt their friends have been there. But Thailand is not just Phuket. Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:55:00 +0000 Travel Insights Visiting Victoria Falls? A must do experience for all visitors to the Victoria Falls - The Boma. Tantalising aromas of local dishes and game meat on the barbeque fill the restaurant, which is partially open to the surrounding forest and the night skies. Diners are treated to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and thrilled by a dramatic storyteller who entertains guests with folklore tales. Tue, 07 Jun 2016 06:22:00 +0000 Travel Insights Reasons to love Reunion An island of many contrasts, from dense rainforest to the arid lands that resemble mars, Reunion Island is truly a gem that has yet to be fully explored!  Mon, 30 May 2016 09:50:00 +0000 Travel Insights To cruise or not to cruise? There are few things more romantic than sailing away with your partner into a golden sunset. Read why we think Cruising could be your best option for a memorable vacation... Thu, 19 May 2016 10:09:00 +0000 Travel Insights Tee Off in Abu Dhabi Got a few days’ leave to spend on the golf course? Let us show you how much of great time you can have on a golf excursion to Abu Dhabi! Thu, 12 May 2016 08:27:00 +0000 Travel Reviews South of France European royalty and the English gentry established the South of France as a holiday destination more than a century ago. With winter months that are milder than the rest of Northern Europe, this super coast, with many fantastic beaches makes for a perfect French holiday destination... Mon, 09 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000 Travel Reviews What's on in Bath Welcome to Bath, a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Wed, 04 May 2016 08:16:00 +0000 Travel Reviews Disney's magical holidays With more to experience than you ever dreamed possible, there’s no better place for families to come together than Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:19:00 +0000 Travel Reviews Celebrate ‘The Year of the Garden’ in the Cotswolds We explore The Cotswolds  - home to some of the finest English gardens ever created. Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:26:00 +0000 Travel Reviews Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort We explore Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort, a new 5 star resort situated on one of Mozambique's most beautiful beaches in Pemba. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:39:00 +0000 Travel Reviews Thrills and spills on Yas We explore Yas Island - Abu Dhabi's party hotspot that offers round-the clock entertainment and great adventure. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:46:00 +0000 Travel Reviews Preparing for Abu Dhabi Planning a trip to Abu Dhabi and wondering how to prepare and pack for your trip? Here is how you can make it as smooth and seamless as possible Thu, 31 Mar 2016 04:41:00 +0000 Travel Insights Stretching your Rands in Abu Dhabi If your plans of visiting Abu Dhabi are going to the same way as the rand, take heart in our Randsaver ideas that will allow you to experience the destination without breaking the bank. Here are Thompson Holidays' top tips to getting the most bank for your buck in the capital of the United Arab Emirates... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:18:00 +0000 Travel Reviews Exploring Joburg on a Hop-on Hop-Off bus We decided to take a Shot'left to the city of Gold and we loved it! Thu, 24 Mar 2016 07:42:00 +0000 At Thompsons Yacht Sailing in the Greek Islands Here is why we think yacht sailing is the best way to explore the Greek Islands.. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:45:00 +0000 Travel Reviews Boating in France Want a fun, carefree and affordable holiday in France? Grab a boat and discover the waterways with ancient villages, medieval food markets and boutique wineries along the way... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:04:00 +0000 Travel Reviews