Thailand is among Asia’s top travel destinations – and not without reason: the incredible diversity in landscapes, starting from the mountainous regions in the north towards the borders of the legendary and (in)famous ‘Golden Triangle’ with Burma and Laos, to the south where Thailand boasts some 3200 km pristine coastlines and dozens of beaches and islands to choose from. Despite the huge influence of tourism over the past decades, Thailand’s culture remains largely untouched.
Have you ever had the picture in your mind of chilling in a hammock and sipping fresh coconut juice? Yes? Then let us dive into a heavenly part of the ‘Country of Smiles’: The southern islands of Thailand (island = ‘Koh’).
You can immerse into white sandy beaches and turquoise water, colourful city markets, picturesque tropical landscapes and sophisticated cuisine, blended with the heartfelt hospitality of Thai people. Weather-wise the best time to visit the islands is from November to February when the northeast monsoon is blowing cool and the dry air serves as temporary relief from the heat.
Thailand’s islands are by far not only about spa and wellness. In fact, you can choose what type of activities you want to experience. How about Muay Thai training in a jungle camp (http://www.diamondmuaythai.com/) on Koh Phangan? Oh, and there are spectacular diving and snorkelling sites as well, particular around the Andaman coast reefs of islands such as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi. Or just relax, sink your toes into the divine white sand of Koh Samui and go wherever your heart and soul takes you…
Think it’s going to be too expensive? Think again. Besides that Thailand offers accommodation for every budget, from a small bamboo hut to splurge ultra-luxury boutique resorts, the best affordable alternative is to arrange a Home Swap in Thailand!
A Home Swap won’t need you to give up on your comfort you know from home. Why? Because you are going to stay at someone’s house while he/she will stay at yours at the same time – for free! What better way do you know for staying free and to connect with the culture first hand? It’s easy as well: Just sign-up (e.g. www.homebase-hols.com), list your house, find somebody in Thailand who has listed their house, exchange emails and phone calls, book a flight ticket and –
Sawadi krap – jindi ton krap koh Thai (Welcome to the islands of Thailand)!
Insider Tip: Plan a trip during a festival; Thailand has a packed calendar of cultural celebrations – take for example the Chinese New Year which is welcomed in with parades of dragons and lion dancers in China Towns around the country but particular in Bangkok and Phuket.
Interested in home swaps in Thailand?
2 bed home swap offer on Koh Phangan
Very unusual style of living! Open planned house on the edge of the rain forest on Koh Phangan island, South Thailand . Surrounded with jungle/sea views and built totally out of wood. Extremely beautiful style of living for the right people!
View this home swap in Thailand