Is Thailand on your list of vacation destinations? Phuket Luxury Mansion Rentals has combed the country for places you may want to include during your visit to this beautiful country.
1. Khao Sok National Park, the Oldest Rainforest in the World
Not many foreigners have experienced this 160 million-years-old virgin forest, Khao Sok National Park. Its dense jungle, shimmering limestone mountains, and Cheow Lan Lake are home to rare species including gibbons and tigers. You can explore the park, spend the night in a floating cottage, and raft through the forest on its many streams. Soft adventure in canoes and kayaks are popular options. And, nearly every visitor jumps in a small stream to bathe and bond with the elephants.
2. Banyan Tree Phuket Hotel for Over-the-Top Luxury
Many agree that Thailand’s most elegant hotel is the Banyon Tree Phuket that circles a sparkling saltwater lagoon. Roads are lined with palms, and the fields are festive with blooms. The hotel’s 2-mile beach is pristine, white sand. The hotel is built in elegant Thai architecture and includes all amenities including free inter-resort transportation, by shuttle or lagoon boat, so guests easily can visit the lagoon’s 30 restaurants and bars. Pools meander around the villas.
The hotel’s six restaurants and two bars serve signature Thai food, fresh seafood, Japanese specialties, and international favorites. You can dine in a restaurant or have your favorite cuisine delivered to your villa. Eating under the stars beside the pool takes luxury to a new level.
The hotel has the first spa in Asia to re-introduce an exotic blend of health and beauty practices passed down through the generations. The spa celebrates the art of touch and uses natural and native ingredients with a holistic focus.
3. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary to Meet the Majestic Beasts
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, home for retired working elephants, is in 30 acres of lush tropical jungle. Visitors see how elephants rehabilitate into forest life after decades of abuse. Guests are encouraged to meet the herd and learn their histories. Seventy-year-old Richy, the grandmother of the herd, was rescued just six months ago from a logging company where she carried logs as heavy as she is. She is still recovering from a broken leg but enjoys the comfort of her large shelter, daily strolls through the jungle, and swimming in the lagoon. Guests can book a morning or afternoon with the elephants for close encounters that include feeding the elephants and walking with the herd to the lagoon.
4. The Grand Palace, Home to Kings
In the heart of Bangkok, the Grand Palace was a former residence for King Rama I to King Rama V (1782 – 1910). It is used today for hosting royal ceremonies and welcoming the king’s guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries. The Grand Palace has two zones: The Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. “Emerald Buddha” is the English nickname for the most sacred object in the Kingdom of Thailand: a small jade Buddha sitting in a meditative pose on a large golden throne. It is said to be the oldest sculpture of Budda. It was found covered in stucco in a temple in Chieng Rai in the early 1400s. The palace complex includes more than 100 buildings in Thai architecture, some with a Renaissance touch. The beauty of the structures, statues, and the grounds are breathtaking.
5. Jay Fai for World-Class Street Food
Jay Fai recently became the third street food restaurant in the world to win a Michelin star. The 70-year-old chef controls her charcoal-fired woks like a maestro. A favorite dish is her browned, thick crab omelet. Locals recommend the poo phad pong kari, generous chunks of crab scrambled with curry and eggs. Located in the heart of Bangkok, this informal eatery is part of the nightlife.
Thailand is a coveted vacation destination because of its lush scenery, pristine beaches, exotic wildlife, and exquisite cuisine. Thais are one of the most gentle, graceful, and hospitable peoples on the planet and welcome visitors with helpful hands and gracious smiles.