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Summer is here and you’re looking to get away. Maybe you’re looking to escape the beaches of your hometown, maybe you’re in desperate need of a new cuisine, maybe you’re just ready for your next adventure. Enter Thailand: a country that seems to be on everyone’s bucket list these days. And yet, when you hear people talking about their experience in Thailand, they tend to talk about backpacking around the country; avoiding the more luxurious travel options available.

We’re here to help you out if you’re looking to dive into Thailand, and more specifically Phuket’s, fancier offerings. Here are our tips on how to travel in comfort and style, while still maintaining the adventure aspect of your trip.

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Luxury accommodation

Beachfront Condo, Pattaya Naklua

Sometimes the view is an accommodation’s greatest luxury. That would certainly be the case with this condo as its view out over the ocean is nothing short of jaw-dropping. With two beds, modern amenities and an infinity pool perfect for taking in the sunset, this is the kind of vacation apartment you dream of.

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Oceanfront Villa, Ko Samui

Let’s keep the view theme going. This four-bedroom villa can put you and six friends high in the hills of Ko Samui with a view of the water that will make it hard to leave. The interior is sharp and modern with Thai influences and the pool area is perfect for kicking back after a long day on the beach.

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The Naked House, Ko Samui

Another Ko Samui hills home, the “Naked House” looks like something out of a vacation magazine. The entire house opens up so the breeze from the ocean can make its way through the home. Six bedrooms mean up to 11 guests and the dining and pool areas are perfect for entertaining. Naturally, the views at sunset are nothing short of gorgeous.

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Excursions

Many accommodations offer trips for guests to book during their stay. They’re a perfect way to explore Thailand and chase after adventure, all while still spending your days in a luxury resort.

Thailand is full of culture and interesting history begging to be explored. Take a day trip to one of the temples and learn about its unique story. Venture to one of the fantastic beaches along the country’s coastline. Patong beach is right on the doorstep of BYD Lofts but you’ll also find other stunning beaches in Phuket, such as Kata Noi Beach, Nai Harn Beach and Karon Beach. These are particularly beautiful locations and with crystal blue seas and white sand.

If the beach is a little too slow for you, there’s a  whole host of national parks in Phuket as well. Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is located in the northern part of the island and visitors here can dive into the majestic Tonsai Waterfalls. Swim in the shallow pools, trek to the very top or take it easy and have a picnic at one of the designated picnic areas near the falls. Phuket is perfect for travelers who love everything aquatic.

 

Whilst in Phuket you’re more than likely to be offered a tour of the stunning Phi Phi Islands. Here you can spend some time exploring the islands’ colorful nature and snorkeling in the waters filled with marine life.

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Transportation Options

Thailand is fairly well covered in terms of various transportation options. Internal flights are regular and affordable, and there are additionally overnight trains and buses. If you prefer something more intimate, travelers can also hire private cars and motorbikes.

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Internal flights are perfect for traveling long distances around Thailand. If you’re coming from outside of Thailand you are most likely to fly into one of  Bangkok’s airports. Once there a fight to Phuket takes less than one and a half hours. This simple flight on a bus would take longer than 13 hours one way,

Air Asia is the most popular airline in the country and unfortunately, these flights don’t offer much in terms of upgrades. However, for an additional cost, passengers can get priority boarding, extra legroom and a meal.

Private cars are certainly more comfortable to get around Thailand if you’re traveling shorter distances. Most vehicles come air-conditioned, allowing passengers to escape the humid sticky temperatures. Regular bathroom breaks and snacks are also an advantage to traveling via private car. This mode of transport can be booked in advance or there are private car sales desks in airports. Most hotels will also be able to organize private car hire at their reception desk.

 

About the author: Sage Fitzpatrick is a travel blogger currently living in London. She can be found drinking tea, reading and traveling the world. When she’s not traveling she spends her time blogging about her travels over at A Virtual Postcard.

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