Thailand Family Beaches
Travel 23 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
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- 5 nts Centara Karon Resort, Phuket - Superior at the Terraces - Breakfast
- 4 nts Dusit Thani Krabi, Krabi - Deluxe room - Breakfast
- Child prices from £499
- Flights to Phuket and return from Krabi via Bangkok with Eva Airways, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Superior at the Terraces - Breakfast
In the centre of the popular Karon resort, just a gentle three minute walk from the beach. The resort enjoys panoramic views of Karon Beach and the lush hinterland of hills behind.
Deluxe room - Breakfast
Dusit Thani Krabi nestles discreetly in 16 acres of gardens and ponds next to the pristine unspoiled white sands of Klong Muong Beach.
Upgrade to premium economy from only £299pp per way
Flights to Phuket and return from Krabi via Bangkok with Eva Airways, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £196, Belfast from £236, Newcastle from £196, Edinburgh from £196, Glasgow from £196. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
Superior at the Terraces - Breakfast
Phuket sits on Thailand's west coast and is the country's best known and largest island, although just 30 miles wide by 13 miles long. Home to majestic mountains, rainforests and some pristine beaches, Phuket has a wide appeal due to its variety of attractions, cosmopolitan atmosphere and the range of hotels or sophisticated resorts which cater to all tastes and budgets.
Connected to the mainland by causeway, Phuket has some of the best beaches in Thailand and while some may be more developed than others, it's a fantastic choice for a holiday by the sea. Lively Patong is the island's main resort and will suit those seeking a colourful nightlife, an abundance of bars, restaurants, shops and markets. South of Patong is slightly quieter Karon, which is known for its long beautiful beach and good selection of dining, shopping and entertainment.
Just a few minutes south of Karon Beach are the palm-lined white sands and clear waters of Kata Beach. It’s a popular choice for families and those seeking a good selection of restaurants, bars and shops. From May to October, Kata is also popular with surfers who flock here to catch the waves.
Further up the west coast is Bang Tao Bay, a four mile stretch of beach home to some of Phuket's most luxurious resorts, including those within the Laguna Phuket Resort which are clustered around a series of inland lagoons. There is a small shopping mall within the resort, an 18-hole golf course and the nearby village of Cherng Talay has a variety of good value restaurants.
On the south east coast is the sheltered Panwa Bay where you'll find a long secluded expanse of white sands and a selection of local shops and restaurants. Siray Bay, on Siray Island, is connected by road bridge to Phuket's east coast and has a more rustic charm, yet the bright lights of Phuket Town are only a short drive away.
Clearly the palm-fringed beaches are the main attraction, however venture away from the soft sands and you'll find plenty to explore including the recently constructed Big Buddha, Thalang National Museum, Ton Sai Waterfall and ornate Wat Chalong - one of Phuket's most important temples. Take a stroll around Old Phuket Town and you'll discover turn-of-the-century Sino-Portuguese architecture and funky shops while families may enjoy Phuket Aquarium, Cable Jungle Adventure or Phuket FantaSea Show.
Phuket is also the gateway to many smaller islands that are well worth exploring; while a must-see is stunning Phang Nga Bay with its sheer limestone outcrops jutting vertically from the emerald-green water. Choose from a leisurely cruise or perhaps enjoy a closer look by joining a guided sea kayak tour.
The island also offers a great variety of shopping, from bustling open-air food markets, noisy night markets, to boutiques and department stores. Visiting one of the many markets offers a glimpse of local life and popular markets include Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town, Banzaan Market in Patong Beach and the Night Market of Old Phuket Town. Karon Shopping Plaza has a wide range of souvenirs and clothing, Plaza Surin offers boutique-style shopping and Premium Outlets Phuket has genuine designer goods at significant discounts.
It really is impossible to go hungry in Phuket as the number and diverse array of restaurants is quite astounding, although the larger resorts do offer more choice particularly when it comes to international cuisines. As you might expect from an island, seafood is a speciality and features widely in restaurants and food stalls all over Phuket.
Deluxe room - Breakfast
Located on southern Thailand's east coast, Krabi is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Awaiting you at this perfect escape are white sand beaches, soaring cliffs, a colourful marine life amid the abundance of coral reefs and an unhurried pace of life which is sure to restore your soul.
Krabi's myriad of bays and coves has some of Thailand's least commercialised beaches, where tropical mangroves flank soft white sands and the crystal clear azure waters are a diver's paradise. Popular Ao Nang has a large bay with scenic beaches and a variety of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops aimed towards the tourists. 15 minutes north of Ao Nang are the powdery sands of Klong Muang where the well-established village has a few shops and simple restaurants. Accessible only by boat, stunning Phra Nang has a pristine beach and sparkling waters with numerous limestone karsts.
The scenic splendour of Krabi is hard to ignore with incredible natural sights seemingly at every turn. Head inland to Khao Phanom Bencha National Park where the main attraction is Nam Tok Huay To, a spectacular 11-tier waterfall with numerous pools for swimming. Alternatively, you could opt to follow one of the many hiking trails that lead into the heart of the forest, keeping your eyes peeled for monkeys.
Rock climbers of all abilities have long been lured to the spectacular limestone crags of Krabi, particularly around the beautiful peninsulas of Railay or Tonsai, while the exotic fish and colourful coral below the waves also tempt snorkellers and divers. Countless uninhabited offshore islands or the nearby Phi Phi Islands are also within easy reach by longtail speedboat.
Krabi Town is the charming provincial capital, where you can while away a few hours in the cosy cafes of the hilly streets, or follow the riverside walkway down to the fishing port, where restaurants specialise in seafood. In Ao Nang restaurants serve a variety of cuisines including Thai, international and of course seafood, while nightlife in Krabi tends to revolve around the open-air bars and restaurants rather than clubs and discos. Krabi Town and Ao Nang offer the best shopping opportunities and include specialist shops, department stores and markets piled high with fresh produce or handicrafts and souvenirs.