Superb hospitality, a fascinating culture and incredible scenery all make a cruise holiday to Thailand a ‘must do’ experience. The largest island, Phuket, is famous for its nightlife and beaches. Whether you want to try your hand at a few water sports, or prefer to laze around on the beach soaking up the sun, it's a tropical paradise you won’t want to leave. [ReadMoreMob]
Taking a cruise to the south of the country gives you the opportunity to dive into the bustle of Bangkok (Laem Chabang). This larger than life city blends the traditional and modern, with exotic temples rubbing shoulders with modern hotels and offices. Why not try some traditional Thai food such as Pad Thai, but watch out, it’s hot and spicy.
Whatever you decide to do on your cruise to Thailand, one thing is certain, you will love the spicy, aromatic cuisine, which is almost as warm as the welcome you will receive.
Phang Nga Bay
Just a short distance from Phuket lies Phang Nga Bay, famous for its spectacular scenery. One of the most beautiful bays in Thailand, Phang Nga is known for its rock formations, including Khao Phing Kan, also known as James Bond Island, which featured in the final sequence of The Man with the Golden Gun.
The longtail boat is an ever present sight on the beaches of Phuket. Somewhat grandiosely known as 'the gondolas of the south' by many Thais, these classic vessels come in various shapes and sizes. With their narrow profile and negligible draft, long-tail boats are ideal for navigating the shallow bays, creeks, caves and passageways of Phuket’s picturesque marine environment. They play a major role in ferrying tourists and supplies, as well as carrying local fishermen to their daily fishing grounds.
No less than 29 Buddhist temples can be found on Phuket, the largest and most revered being Wat Chalong where you can see a fragment of Buddha’s bone. Elsewhere, the huge marble statue, Big Buddha, towers over the island, offering stunning views.