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Koh Samui, Pattaya & Sihanoukville: the Gulf of Thailand’s 3 gems

Ask most people what GOT stands for and they think of a popular TV show, but in this blog post, travel writer Sally Hammond is referring to a GOT of another kind – the Gulf of Thailand.

The Gulf of Thailand features three very popular – and different – holiday destinations: Koh Samui, Pattaya and Sihanoukville in Cambodia. On a recent cruise from Singapore, Sally and her husband Gordon visited all three.

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Hidden Gems of the North: Nan and Phrae

Guest blogger John Borthwick recently travelled north to explore a pair of hidden gems; two historic Thai towns.

“Nan and Phrae — where are they?” It’s a common response when you mention these historic, north Thailand towns. They might be off the major tourist trail but they’re still easily found: just head 560 kilometres up the highway from Bangkok and you’re in Phrae. Take a break there, and then roll 130 km further northeast to Nan. Read More

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Fascinating Sukhothai

Travel writer Julie Miller explore the World Heritage-listed ancient sites of Sukhothai in Central Thailand.

When it comes to historical monuments, Thailand isn’t the first country that comes to mind – Cambodia, perhaps, or maybe Egypt win those honours. But Thailand has two major ancient sites, both World Heritage-listed and well worth the effort of exploring if you are at all interested in history, architecture and culture.

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City of monkeys: Lopburi

Guest blogger Julie Miller discovers a city of monkeys at Lopburi’s famous macaque monkey temple.

When our guide said we were stopping by a “monument where monkeys live” in the city of Lopburi, 93 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, I assumed she meant a temple in the jungle. When our bus pulled up on a chaotic city square I was confused – where were the trees? Read More