Advice: Travel in Thailand

Last updated 11:38 28/02/2014

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Q. Hi there, I am going to Thailand for 11 days for my 21st birthday. We are spending 4 nights in Bangkok, 5 nights at Patong Beach and then 2 nights in Panwa beach at a 5 star resort to wind down the holiday.

Are there any places in Phuket and Thailand that you would recommend visiting? We are trying to see as much as we can while we are there and don't want to miss out on the good stuff with the average stuff! Thank you in advance, Melanie.

A. How exciting! In Bangkok you should check out the Grand Palace. Take a river taxi to see local life along this busy area of Bangkok and if you have time take an early morning tour out to the Floating Markets to see the local way of life trading on the water. 

Since it's your 21st, you can't go by without checking out one of the many swanky rooftop bars in Bangkok as well for a cheeky cocktail as the sun goes down. 

In Patong, really this is party central and all about your pool at your resort, the beach and the nightlife. 

If you like elephants, you can always check out an 'Elephant Experience' or if you want to get out on the water there are some fabulous kayaking trips you can do. 

Or if you want a full day trip - head over to Phi Phi Island for a day for fabulous diving and snorkelling.  Panwa will be all about R&R, it's very quiet down there so treat yourself to a spa treatment at your 5 star resort!!

Q. Hi, I am looking at travelling to Koh Samui or Phuket in July. I heard this is the rainy season? We only have five days max and want to do the usual tourist things- riding elephants etc. and of course lounging at the beach.

Is this a bad time of the year to go? And what would you recommend- Koh Samui or Phuket? Cheers #wishingforsun, Samantha.

A. Hi Samantha, traditionally, Phuket & Koh Samui have completely different seasons. Phuket's monsoon season is from May to October whereas the rainiest times for Koh Samui are late October and November.

So I would pick Samui to guarantee more sunshine - of course with global warming, weather patterns change year on year so there are no guarantees.

Paula Watson, Destination Product Manager, Asia.

*Be sure to check for travel advisories on your destination before booking. There is currently a high risk involved in travel to some parts of Thailand.

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