Luxe Vacationing – Koh Samui
Nestled to the east of Kra Isthmus, Kou Samui is hip, cosmopolitan and versatile, acting as the perfect playground for both – backpackers and the world’s movers and shakers. Tons of ultra-villas and bungalows dot its landscape. Then there are the palm-fringed shores and swish spas, along with an imposing 12 meter Buddha statue at the Wat Phra Temple.
Debauchery Unlimited, Pattaya
The debauchery capital of South East Asia also features family-friendly beaches (Jomtien Beach) to balance the crowded beach bars, water sports zones and shores teeming with revelers. Yes, life’s a party in this pleasure-seeking beach town, which also boasts of 21 well-appointed golf courses and a multitude of amusement parks.
Beyond the Full Moon Parties – Koh Phagnan
Thailand’s hippie heartland, Koh Phagnan is synonymous with boisterous Full Moon parties at Hat Rin and other parts of the crowded island (think 30,000 happy folks converging on the beaches during the full moon bashes). Head to Hat Thong Nai Pan Noi for a smaller replica of Koh Samui. Lots of upscale resorts and a swanky shopping market complete the party.
Shopping With a Difference –Floating Markets
Featuring ubiquitously on tourist brochures, this vibrant, bursting with colors market sums up the quintessential Thailand exoticness. The boats are aesthetically decorated with piles of fresh tropical produce and flowers near Bangkok. Tuck into refreshing coconut juice or enjoy a local meal whipped up right on one of the boats. Enjoy a guided Damnoen Saduak market tour or visit other floating markets such as Bang Ku Wiang and Tha Kha.