Top 3 Weekend Getaways in Thailand
Heading to Bangkok on business or living there long-term? Escape the hustle and bustle of Asia’s most congested cities for the weekend. Whether you want a relaxing or adventurous 2 days, Thailand offers the perfect place for you. Check out these top 3 weekend escapes for a short, but sweet, holiday from the city:
1. Hua Hin
This beach destination is a favorite for Thai locals looking for a break from Bangkokian life, and should list high on your radar. If you’re feeling hungry, there’s no better place to be: Hua Hin is a culinary metropolis, boasting some of the country’s richest restaurants. Order the đôm yam gûng (shrimp soup with lemon grass) at Hua Hin Koti, or do as the locals do and try the fried crab balls and deep fried fish with ginger. Rent your own bungalow at the beloved Jaidee Resort for privacy, comfort, and your own share of tranquility. And the best part about this weekend destination? You don’t even need a plane to get there! Hua Hin lies one quick and easy train ride from Bangkok center.
There’s a reason 5.3 million tourists flock to this coastal city each year: Phucket boasts the best beaches, greatest nightlife, and most extraordinary gastronomy in Thailand. Avoid getting caught up in the crowds by visiting Phucket in the summer months –just be aware that this is also leading up to monsoon season so you may get caught in the rain. During your stay, make sure to schedule in a dinner at Ka Jok See, a Thai restaurant with Euro flair, and don’t even think of skipping over Kan Eang@Pier, where you’ll indulge in the most luscious seafood dinner of your trip (debately, your life). Take our advice and order the baked Phuket lobster, and tom ka gai (chicken in coconut milk).
Escape from the touristic scene and into Phuket’s isolated beaches. With a plethora of gorgeous views, you’ll happily find your own private spot to relax, swim, and enjoy the sunshine. This piece of Thai paradise is only an hour flight from Bangkok: a cheap escape via Asia’s budget airlines.
3. Chiang Mai
Hoping for a holiday that features more than just the beach? Then Chiang Mai, northern Thailand’s largest and cultural-steeped city, with its intricate temples and outdoor adventures, is your coveted destination. Explore Chiang Mai’s most prominent temples with a guided tour (we prefer Travel Hub’s listing of the best tours) where you’ll learn the historical significance and story behind each carefully-architected masterpiece. Then, zip through the rainforest with Flight of the Gibbon ziplining adventures. With 33 platform stations along 5 kilometers, Flight of the Gibbon ziplining will keep your adrenaline pumping while taking in the gorgeous views of Thailand’s great outdoors. The flight over is easy to attain, as over fifteen regularly fly directly out of Bangkok and into Chiang Mai’s international airport.
There’s a reason Thailand’s expat community grows exponentially each year: with a dynamic culture, breath-taking scenery, and mouth-watering eats, it’s no wonder more and more people want to call the country home. Whether you’re planning to move abroad or simply are traveling for pleasure, get the most out of your experience by learning Thai before you go. Contact Language Trainers to start Thai language lessons immediately, where and when you want them. With a few basic phrases, important vocabulary, and even some cultural introductions, you’ll be prepared for Thailand’s limitless adventures.