Women around the world know that when you get the chance to gather the girlfriends or escape solo, you’ve got to treat yourself. And where else are you going to find glorious weather, laid-back locals, and fabulous spas and shopping than on the islands of Thailand? The experts at Expedia Australia have put together a how-to guide with activities, attractions, and accommodation to help you enjoy the best girls’ weekend ever.
If your idea of a good time involves a body wrap and deep-tissue massage, you’ll be in good hands in Thailand. An array of full-service spas makes it easy to indulge yourself as a calm island breeze wafts over you. Plan for a day of pampering at one of the region’s top spas, like the award-winning Amatara Wellness Resort in Phuket, renowned for its Thai Hammam experience, which includes body treatments from around the globe. Before you travel, check out promotional packages and group discounts for the best spa savings. Get your glow on!
Catch some rays
Speaking of glowing, you’ll want to spend some time swimming, snorkelling, or sunbathing on a brilliant beach, and Thailand has plenty of those. Located on the quiet north coast of Koh Samui, Maenam Beach is the perfect place to shake out a towel and soak up some sunshine with your latest book club read. After watching a stunning sunset, wander down Maenam Walking Street with your favourite ladies for delicious food and beachy buys. Puttering around Phuket? Kata Beach is the place to strut your stuff and settle in at a beachfront bar.
Savour every experience
Is your ideal Friday night spent at Happy Hour or catching up over takeaway drunken noodles and a nice Shiraz? Get a taste for Thailand’s savoury side with the help of Phuket’s exquisite cuisine scene. From smoky street food to elegant ambiance, this island has your breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned. Housed in the old governor’s mansion in historic Phuket Town, Blue Elephant offers more than a meal; you and your BFFs will experience the royal treatment one picture-perfect plate at a time.
Stretch your legs
Whether you met your gal pals at yoga class or you all want to hit the “refresh” button after a day of decadence, it’s time to be your best self with your best friends. The islands of Thailand are known for their blend of spirituality and healthy lifestyles, and Koh Samui is a popular yoga and detox destination. Yoga retreats, local studios, and Koh Samui hotels offer waterfront classes on a drop-in basis, as well as package deals. Class rates are surprisingly affordable and comparable to what you’ll see at your hometown studio, so there’s no excuse to stay in bed.
Join the party
Thai locals are some of the friendliest, most welcoming people you’re ever going to meet. And every full moon, islanders and travellers gather together for the ultimate beach bash on several beaches across the country. These events are best with your BFFs, so grab your girlfriends, follow the sound of drum circles, and keep an eye out for fire-eaters and plenty of shenanigans.
Forget the rules
In Thailand, you’re sure to have a smashing girls’ weekend when you embrace the beach vibes, and get swept up in the local luxury, natural beauty, and nightlife. Ready, set, go get ’em, girls!