SIX months after Bangkok was rocked by riots, tourism operators are trying to lure tourists back to the city with the best package deals in years. Here are some of the latest:
Image via WikipediaThai Airways International celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a range of special airfares in all classes. As part of its Thai Spring Sale, return fares from Australia to Bangkok are reduced (valid for bookings by October 17 and travel until March 31, 2011). Contact a licensed travel agent for tickets and information on other destination deals.
Bangkok is renowned for its main shopping malls down town (with Central World being the biggest shopping mall in South-east Asia), offering an astounding variety of international and local brands.
Towards the north of the city, and easily reached by skytrain or underground, is "Chatuchak Weekend Market" (also known as JJ markets). It's possibly largest outdoor market in the world, selling everything from household items to live, and sometimes endangered, animals. You need to some conditioning to tackle this venue.
The "Pratunam Market" downtown, is nearly totally specialised in fabrics and clothing. The night markets in the Silom area and on Khaosan Road are mainly tourist orientated, selling items such as T-shirts, handicrafts, counterfeit watches and sunglasses.
In the vicinity of Bangkok one can find several visually stunning floating markets such as the one in Damnoen Saduak. The "Sunday Evening Walking Street Market", held on Rachadamnoen road inside the old city, must be the shopping highlight of a visit to Chiang Mai up in northern Thailand. It attracts many locals as well as foreigners.
The "Night Bazaar" is Chiang Mai's more tourist orientated market, sprawling over several city blocks just east of the old city walls towards the river.
When it comes to shopping you really must have the right "intel". You must arrange a inbound "PA" Local assistant. Our PA's at Aussie Exec Tours Bkk are not Guides, they are local people keen to host you around and for the nominal fee you will save so much time and money and gain a new friendship. Everyone confirms the experience is well worth the price. The link below shows a map of the shopping locations and from that site you can find details about our PA as well as a recommended tour residence for Aussie Execs and their team.
It’s not just the shopping, Thailand offers a great variety of attractions.
Image via WikipediaThese include diving sites, sandy beaches, hundreds of tropical islands, varied night-life, archaeological sites, museums, hill tribes, exceptional flora and bird life, palaces, a huge amount of Buddhist temples and several World Heritage sites. Many tourists follow courses during their stay in Thailand. Popular are classes in Thai cooking, Buddhism and traditional Thai massage. Thai national festivals range from the fun-for-all water splashing Songkran to the almost fairytale like quality of Loy Krathong. Many localities in Thailand also have their own festivals. Famous are the "Elephant Round-up" in Surin, the "Rocket Festival" in Yasothon and the curious "Phi Ta Khon" festival in Dan Sai.