Thailand is Asia Pacific’s most popular tourist attraction, with 35.58 million tourist arrivals in 2017 alone. Planning a trip the Land of Smiles? Here are four unique Thailand experiences to add to your travel checklist, for a refreshingly unique experience.
- Stroll along charming markets and galleries in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai boasts several intriguing local markets and bazaars that offer everything, from fresh fruits to handcrafted artefacts. To enjoy convenient accessibility, Holiday Inn Chiang Mai offers complimentary shuttle service to four different markets.
Admire how its most famous street, Chang Klang Road, comes alive after dusk with the Night Bazaar, right in the heart of the city. Check out Chiang Mai’s trendiest neighbourhood, Nimmanhaemin Road, with its vibrant restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops, before popping over to Art in Paradise, a 3D art gallery, for some Instagram-worthy shots. For an unforgettable experience, visit in November to catch the maginificent Yee Peng Lantern Festival.
- Have a splash at the first Holiday Inn water park resort in Asia
Cool down in the balmy tropical setting at one of the biggest names in water parks in Thailand, the Vana Nava Water Jungle. Surrounded by lush greenery, feel the exhilarating rush adrenaline with 20 world-class slides and other attractions. For unlimited complimentary access to the Vana Nava Water Jungle, Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin provides guests with sleek wristbands that grant you convenient access to the park.
For a more laidback experience, take a dip in the stunning infinity pool on the 26th floor of the hotel, where you can enjoy generous, breath-taking views of the ocean against the scenic backdrop of the Hua Hin countryside. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle bus service to Hua Hin Beach, located less than 10 minutes’ drive from the resort.
For a sophisticated weekend getaway, the hotel is offering a special Stay & Dine offer for up to two adults with a minimum of two nights’ stay and THB1,500 net F&B credit in any of its restaurants.
- Discover a different side of Phuket
Experience a quieter side of Phuket at Mai Khao beach, the relatively unspoilt gem of this tourist-favourite Thai province. A welcome respite from the usual crowds, sink your feet into the pristine sand of Phuket’s longest beach. As you walk along the gently cascading waves, keep your eyes peeled for mole crabs and leatherback turtles, the deep-diving marine reptiles known to regularly lay their eggs on the beach.
Take your relaxation up a notch at the signature Tea Tree Spa in Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach. Nestled within lush tropical gardens, the resort features an 11-kilometre stretch of unspoilt Andaman coastline. Escape the stresses of everyday life with a signature spa treatment, derived from traditional healing ingredients and techniques across Asia to promote deep relaxation and rejuvenation. Travelling with children? The hotel’s highly raved-about Kids Club is guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained, with a spacious indoor centre with ball pit and outdoor playground.
- Explore the cultural delights of Rayong
More commonly known as one of Thailand’s industrialised estates, Rayong City is home to hidden cultural gems that brilliantly reflect the city’s rich past. Start your journey at Yomjinda Town, an old neighbourhood refurbished into a trendy heritage neighbourhood that celebrates the city’s history. Century-old French-Indochinese houses line the streets, some transformed into cosy local museums that exhibit fascinating historic artefacts. This quaint neighbourhood is located a 10-minute drive from Holiday Inn Rayong, with a concierge assisting guests in customising trips to local attractions like Yomjinda Town.
Art aficionados would love the art galleries along the streets of Yomjinda, such as Da Vinci Studios, a small gallery home to an enthralling collection of classic vintage Thai film posters, magazines, and portraits. Enjoy a cup of coffee with local artists who come to chat and work in the art galleries that dot the town, and delve deeper into the rich local art scene.