Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Explore What Thailand Has to Offer

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Explore What Thailand Has to Offer

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Byline: Corey Bertalli Manager Grafton Travel

THAILAND doesn't appeal to everyone however it does have a lot to offer culturally. The food and drinks can vary depending on how adventurous you are but overall it is not that different from what you can get in any of our resorts or hotels here in Australia and with the Aussie Dollar around the 26-27 Thai Baht for one of our dollars it makes Thailand a reasonably priced holiday compared to other European or Western destinations. You have the option of visiting one of its many picturesque islands, the hustle and bustle of Bangkok or a few nights in the mountain city of Chang Mai, Phuket is generally the most popular of the above destinations.

Bangkok is an exciting and vibrant city of 10 million people. As Thailand's capital it has long been the base of Thailand's cultural, political, commerce and financial sectors. This city once known as the Venice of the East is set on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok has a fascinating network of canals to explore. A great place to base yourself in Bangkok is the Indra Regent Hotel or the Pathawan Princess hotels. Very popular with Australians, they are 3-3.5 star rating but very clean and located not far from the shopping district and the Pratunam Markets. Whilst in Bangkok there is plenty to do and see besides shopping.

A city and temple tour is great way to get your bearings and learn a bit about the city. They will pick you up from your hotel and take you places like the Flower Market at Pak Klong and Wat Po, The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, past the Royal Palace before visiting the Marble Temple and all its galleries.

A tour with a difference is the Floating Markets with the River Kwai added on. Not for everyone but a very popular tour with tourists. The markets are on the outskirts of Bangkok. The entire market is made up of Thai boats filled with fresh produce. The tour will then move on from the market to the River Kwai made infamous during World War II, now a war museum and cemetery of allied soldiers who perished in atrocious conditions building the notorious Death Railway. …

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