Travel writer Julie Miller won the coveted Best Travel Writer award this week at the annual National Tourism Industry Awards gala event. Her winning story is an important one, about the treatment of Thailand’s much-loved elephants.
Phuket is fast becoming a popular hub for luxury cruise ship departures, and cruising from Phuket makes perfect sense for lovers of luxury travel. Not only can you cruise the tropical waters of South East Asia in the luxurious comfort of ships such as Silverseas’ Silver Discoverer, which offers a range of itineraries from and to Phuket, but there’s a fantastic range of luxury properties to stay in before and/or after your cruise. Read More
Elephants are an integral part of Thailand’s history and culture, and elephant encounters are usually high on most visitors’ bucket-list activities. These days visitors to Thailand have a greater respect for elephants and are keen to visit find sanctuaries that treat elephants with the kindness and respect they deserve. Here’s a guide to the best of Thailand’s ethical elephant encounters. Read More
Thailand is now recognised as the major hub that connects Australians with South East Asia. Award-winning travel writer and author, John Borthwick introduces us to some of South East Asia’s hidden gems, lesser known South East Asian towns, each with a fascinating history and culture, each a mere hop, skip and jump from Bangkok. Read More
The Tourism Authority of Thailand Sydney Office (TAT) would like to assure travellers that Bangkok remains one of the world’s top destinations for street food. This is in light of recent media articles stating that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is to ban food stalls from Bangkok’s main streets. Rest assured, this is not the case! Read More
With its emerald rainforests, palm-tree-lined shores, and endless array of fun activities, Phuket is a holiday destination straight out of the pages of National Geographic—and its fans would like to keep it that way. Luckily, it’s not just the rainforests that are green here; there are plenty of places to stay that are kind to the Earth. We set Expedia Australia the task of finding Phuket’s most eco-friendly hotels in Phuket. Read More
Floating in the Andaman Sea off Thailand’s coast, Phuket lures you in with its white sand beaches and ancient temples, but you’ll stick around for the food. In between shaking the sand from your sandals and admiring Wat Chalong, your nose will catch the scent of banana pancakes and noodle soup that wafts through the air. Food is everywhere during a Phuket holiday—nibble by nibble, you can try it all with just a few dollars and a big appetite. We asked the travel experts at Expedia Australia to recommend the best Phuket food adventures… Read More
Home stay accommodation in Thailand is becoming more and more popular – in fact demand is growing across South East Asia, and it’s not just because it’s cheap. Taking advantage of accommodation like this is a great way to experience what Thai village life is really like, far-removed – but often not far away – from the bright lights of Phuket, Koh Samui, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Travel writer Deborah Dickson-Smith sampled the simple life recently, in Koh Yao, only a 35-minute ferry ride from Phuket in Phang Na province. Here’s what she had to say about her experience. Read More