Beautiful islands, exotic culture and tropical weather
Above: View out from beach on Poda Island, Krabi, Thailand
Renowned the world over for its colourful culture, tropical islands and exotic cuisine, Thailand is one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world. The country is blessed with the unbelievably beautiful Phi Phi Islands, a history dating back thousands of years and a captivating capital city that you'll never want to leave. So, from the unspoiled beaches of Phuket to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok are you ready to start your Thailand adventure?
On arrival to Bangkok your eyes will light up to the blend of traditional and contemporary architecture in the city as it strives to become one of the worlds most sought after destinations. Standing on the banks of the Chao Phraya River is the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) which strikes a commanding figure and is one of the more recognisable sights of the city. Another must see sight is the Grand Palace, built in 1782, it was the former home of Thailand's King for 150 years and still dazzles visitors today. Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) is located nearby to the Grand Palace, featuring an enormous 46-metre long golden Buddha, visitors can also drop pennies into the 108 bronze bowls here for luck. The Damnoen Saduak is the most famous of Bangkok's floating markets and can be explored by hiring a boat or taking a guided tour through the market stalls and haggling for local delicacies. When it comes to somewhere to stay base yourself in MTC At Grand Tower Inn, a modern high-rise set in an authentic Bangkok district.
Home to the famous "Walking Street" Pattaya is awash with bright lights, excitement and energy making for a truly exhilarating holiday. Yet, for those coming to Thailand to explore its culture the Sanctuary of Truth, a 105-metre high wooden palace/temple hybrid and home of two very playful dolphins should be the first stop. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens can make for an entire day out, at 2.4.sq.km it's unsurprising that many of its visitors take to bicycles to explore its 17th Century French Garden and European Renaissance Gardens. The Four Regions Floating Market of Pattaya has over 100 shops and many eateries, reflecting the four major parts of Thailand, for you to discover as well as some intriguing art galleries to find along the way. Revered by locals and admired by tourists, Big Buddha Hill is an unmissable sight in Pattaya and the 18-metre tall Buddha at the top of the hill creates the perfect holiday snap. Feel like you need to escape the city? Hitch a ride with the elephants and go trekking through the jungle for the day, an experience you are sure to never forget. Create memories for a lifetime in Pattaya with your own timeshare at View Talay Villas where all of the charming villas feature a private swimming pool.
The picture postcard Phi Phi Islands have worldwide appeal and when approached by boat the tropical land rises above the sea like a fortress, regarded as Thailand's superstar attraction they are a must-see during any visit to Phuket. Phang Nga Bay is another sublimely breath-taking location in Phuket and first came to fame as the backdrop for James Bond's "The Man With The Golden Gun", with emerald waters and striking limestone karsts its not hard to see why it was chosen. As an island Phuket is surrounded by beautiful beaches and the 6-mile stetch on Mai Khao Beach that Marriott Phuket Beach Club occupies is no exception, so why not enjoy this privileged location every year with your own timeshare villa. Upon entering the historically rich Old Phuket Town you will be pleasantly surprised by the Sino-colonial mansions, tiny printing shops, curious cafes and numerous museums that fill the old streets of the town. In Phuket alone there are 29 temples built to celebrate the countries prominent Buddhist culture, Wat Chalong is one of the more recognised of them and has been welcoming visitors for over a century. Taking a stroll to the top of Monkey Hill in Phuket Town offers more than just stunning panoramic views as you are more than likely to be joined by one of the supposed 400 macaques that inhabit the hilltop.