Phuket is Thailand’s original recipe for tailor-made fun in the sun where the island’s affinity for luxury far outshines its other stereotypes. Jet-setters breeze through in droves, getting pummeled at classy spa sessions, sipping sundowners on rented yachts or just chilling at swish nightspots. With high-end dining, luxury shopping, deep-sea diving, white sandy beaches, friendly locals and some of Thailand’s best resorts at your fingertips, you might be tempted to stay awhile.read more/less
Familiarize yourself with the island’s natural beauty as you drive along the Patong, Karon, Kata and Rawai beaches, each offering a different type of holiday experience. Photo opportunities abound at the Karon viewpoint and cultural sights such as the Buddhist Temple of Wat Chalong.The nearby Phi Phi Islands are surely one of the world’s wonders: an archipelago of lush, tropical isles set in a turquoise sea. On a day trip from Phuket, adventure seekers can explore this top snorkeling spot with its spectacular underwater scenery and white, sandy beaches. Experience the ultimate extravaganza at the Simon Cabaret Show or spend an evening at one of the best shows in Thailand; Siam Niramit – a magnificent stage production that features incredible stage sets with vibrant depictions of Thailand’s Arts and Cultural Heritage.
Bangkok, meaning the ‘city of angels’, is often described as crowded and noisy, yet the city is full of culture, historic sites and beautifully authentic food. Travelling to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is like throwing yourself into a mad melee of a metropolis, decadent and often squalid, but extremely traveller-friendly. Locals welcome those who holiday in Bangkok with wide smiles and amid all the chaos and congestion there are hidden gems to discover. Bangkok is also the gateway to Thailand’s legendary beach resorts and is ideal for those travelling on a budget.read more/less
A Bangkok holiday is particularly popular among young backpackers, simply because they are catered for in many cheap hostels. There is, however, a vast array of accommodation to suit all budgets in this tourist-oriented city. Despite popular belief, the city is also very child friendly and with many zoos, play parks and educational museums, the city even caters for families who have young ones.
HO CHI MINH CITY ( SAIGON )
Ho Chi Minh City, better known by its former name of Saigon, is an industrious and dense metropolis, the largest city in Vietnam and the business capital of the country. With a population of roughly seven million, it is crowded and noisy, yet also exciting, a historic city that encompasses the essence of the nation. Located on the Saigon River on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Saigon became the capital of the Republic of South Vietnam and was the American headquarters during the Vietnam War. Two years later the Communist north took control of the country, the city’s name was changed to Ho Chi Minh City, and recession and poverty ensued.read more/less
Today Ho Chi Minh City has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and having actively welcomed capitalism its citizens are clearly business-minded. Although relatively modern, it has still managed to hold onto its historical character, and fine restaurants, chic hotels and bars line the sidewalks. The buzzing of motorbikes and scooters merges with the calls of street vendors and the urgent business of stall owners, selling a range of delectable street food and exotic delicacies. The sight of a family of four balanced precariously on a scooter, a squealing pig strapped onto the back of a bicycle, bowed heads topped by pointed lampshade-style hats and orange-clothed monks are just some of the vibrant images the city has to offer.
PHUKET, BANGKOK & SAIGON
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3 nights Phuket
2 nights Bangkok &
2 nights in Saigon
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