A must see in the heart of the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, is the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings and has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. Bangkok is a busy city, so if the hectic city holiday doesn't appeal to you, then head South. Krabi is the perfect holiday destination for those looking for a relaxing area in southern Thailand. The province of Krabi is less developed and crowded than Phuket, more laid back than Koh Samui, and just 1 hour and 20 minutes by air from Bangkok. With a range of accommodation from budget to deluxe, this idyllic province really is the ultimate destination. With over 150 islands off its coast line that feature white-sandy beaches and turquoise waters, a jungle-covered interior, towering limestone cliffs, caves, waterfalls and exotic wildlife, Krabi has a great selection of natural assets that offer its visitors a wide array of leisure activities for the whole family. Island-hopping, snorkelling, rock climbing, sea kayaking, jungle trekking and scuba diving to name a few.
The Phi Phi islands are some of the loveliest in Southeast Asia. Just a 45-minute speedboat trip or a 90-minute ferry boat ride from either Phuket or Krabi, these picture postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway. Phi Phi is a group of six islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach (with Leonardo Di Caprio) was filmed.
Heading back north, 700km past Bangkok is Chiang Mai. There are regular flights to get you there. Markets are scattered all over the city in Chiang Mai, with something to suit everyone. The famous Night Bazaar is a bargain hunters paradise. It sits on the eastern side of the Old City all the way along Chang Khlan Road, about 1km long. (open daily from late afternoon till midnight). If you need some help to plan your holiday to Thailand, give me a call.