Thailand is one of the most popular holiday destinations for South Africans, and with good reason. The shopping is unbeatable, the food is delicious, the Thai people are the friendliest you’ll ever meet – and that’s just a taste of what to expect on a Thailand trip.
The ‘Land of Smiles’ offers a choice of absolutely beautiful beach destinations, some on charming little islands. Among the many tourist attractions, there are jungles and mountain retreats to visit, and glittering royal temples and ancient monasteries to explore. There are street markets and sophisticated city plazas, all brimming with fabulous items to buy. And did we mention that Thailand holiday packages are very reasonably priced?
Why we love Thailand holidays
The choice of holidays is so varied. From jungle safaris to island resorts, city breaks to mountain retreats, Thailand has it all.
It’s called ‘The Land of Smiles’ because the Thai people are so friendly and welcoming.
It’s a cost-effective holiday destination for South Africans.
The beaches are picture-perfect, with white sand lapped by azure seas.
The Thai people love to celebrate, and there are endless festivals, cultural celebrations and religious ceremonies.
Nowhere else on earth offers such incredible massages, which you can even enjoy on the beach.
The nightlife is unparalleled – in Thailand, life begins when the sun goes down!
The food markets in Bangkok will leave you salivating.
When you holiday in Thailand, there is always something new and exciting to discover. Whether you’re travelling on a romantic getaway or taking the family for some fun in the sun. Going solo or getting together with friends to enjoy the food and nightlife. Thailand is a destination to suit every type of traveller.
What to do in Thailand
Thailand is an exciting destination and having ‘sanuk’ (fun in the Thai language), is what a holiday here is all about. No matter what type of package you choose in Thailand, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities.
Whether you’re on a beach holiday in Phuket or one of the islands, exploring the countryside in Northern Thailand, or savouring city life in Bangkok. Each place you visit offers a multitude of things to do, but make sure to take time out to relax with a traditional Thai massage. Being indulged in this rejuvenating, and legendary pursuit is one of the joys of visiting Thailand. When the sun sets, there’s plenty to too, with lots of entertainment, from Thai dancing and nightclubs to shopping at traditional night markets.
Things to do in Thailand
Go jet skiing, kayaking and sailing on Phuket’sPatong Beach – or just laze in the sun.
Learn to cook traditional Thai food in a lush mountain setting in Chiang Mai.
Explore Bangkok’s glittering Royal palaces, temples and traditional markets.
Shop until you drop in shopping malls or street markets around Thailand.
Stay at Elephant Hills, a luxury tented camp, where you can go on safari.
Enjoy snorkelling in the stunning Similan Islands near Khao Lak.
Explore Koh Phi Phi and the surrounding islands. Please note that Phi Phi Leh island's Maya Bay, where the movie The Beach was filmed, is closed for environmental reconstruction due to the number of visitors over the past decade. The opening date has not been released by the Thai Government.
See Krabi’s magnificent natural wonders, such as Noppharat Thara Beach National Park.
Go coral diving outside of Krabi to the surrounding islands, home to some of the most beautiful reefs on earth.
Visit a hill tribe village in Mae Hong Son, Northern Thailand and discover the unique customs and cultures practised by one of the most popular hill tribes called the Karen Hill Tribe.
Visit the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to experience the oldest and traditional way of farmers selling food, fruit, flowers and many other local products from their boats.
Sample some Thai street food in Bangkok, known to be the best city in the world for street food.
Enjoy a fun ride in a tuk-tuk which is a cheaper way of exploring the cities – depending on your negotiation skills.
Visit Wat Rong Khun, the picture-perfect White Temple in Chiang Rai.
Explore the underwater world in Koh Tao, Thailand's most popular island for diving.
Visit the Phuket Big Buddha, which is one of the tallest statues in the world and enjoy the best view of the island.
Celebrate Thai New Year, also known as the Songkran Festival, where locals enjoy local entertainment and splash water on everyone. This is believed to bring good health, prosperity and longevity.
Everybody should experience a holiday in Thailand at least once in their lifetime. Chat to us about packagesto make your Thailand holiday dreams a reality and travel on a journey of delight to this exotic destination.
It’s preferable to drink bottled water in Thailand. Bottled water is available everywhere.
Check with your travel clinic about recommended vaccinations.
What must I pack?
Depending on when and where you visit, lightweight clothing for summer, warmer layers for winter.
Lightweight rain jacket.
Dress modestly when visiting sacred sites – no shorts or tank tops. Legs & shoulders must be covered. Long, loose pants and long-sleeved cotton shirts are best.
Comfortable walking shoes.
Sunscreen, lip balm, hat and sunglasses for summer holidays.
Mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
Hand sanitiser and insect repellent.
Travel adaptor. Power outlets in Thailand generally feature flat, two-pronged plugs, though some feature holes for round plug ends. Few outlets feature three holes (grounded outlets) so it is often necessary to have a three-to-two-prong adapter.Thailand operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
What do I do in an emergency?
If passports or valuables are stolen, report the theft to the hotel/police immediately.
Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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