Thailand Unlocked: Top Spots to Visit with Free Visa This Perfect Weather Month

Thailand Unlocked: Top Spots to Visit with Free Visa This Perfect Weather Month

By Author

Published on November 5, 2023

Hello, travellers! Thailand's inviting us over with a free visa this month, and it's the best time to visit. Ready for a trip full of laughter, amazing views, and some spicy food that'll make your toes wiggle? Let’s dive into where you should go in this cool place!

1. Bangkok: The Fun Never Stops

Bangkok's the first stop. It's a city full of life, especially on Khao San Road. This street is buzzing day and night. Fancy trying something new? How about a Muay Thai class? It's a cool way to work off those tasty street food snacks!

2. Khao Yai National Park: Nature's Own Adventure Park

Feeling adventurous? Head over to Khao Yai National Park. It's not far from Bangkok and is like stepping into a Jungle Book scene. You might see elephants, cheeky monkeys, and even tigers if you're lucky. And if you like wine, there's a little surprise – local vineyards just nearby!

3. Phuket: Sun, Sea, and Sand for the Family

Got kids? Phuket is the place for you. It's got beautiful beaches, loads of fun things to do like snorkelling and boat trips, and food that'll make your taste buds dance. Remember, December is the best time to go diving, but if you visit in May, you'll get some great deals at resorts.

4. Ko Tarutao: The Ultimate Island Chill

If you're dreaming of a chill island vibe, Ko Tarutao is where it's at. It's down south, near Malaysia, and is super relaxed. You can camp on the beach, see cool animals, and pretend you're Robinson Crusoe for a day.

5. Kanchanaburi: A Trip Through History

Want a taste of history? Kanchanaburi's got it. You can stay in floating houses, learn about the famous bridge over the River Kwai, and explore national parks with awesome waterfalls. Plus, you can rent a scooter and feel the wind in your hair!

6. Chiang Mai: A Temple Wonderland

Chiang Mai is like stepping back in time, with temples that are both beautiful and mysterious. You can eat yummy food all day and even learn how to cook Thai dishes. Sounds cool, right?

7. Railay: Rock Climbing Paradise

If you're into climbing, Railay’s got you covered. It's near Krabi, with cliffs that are perfect for adventurers. The beaches are stunning, and you can stay in cute beach huts. Plus, getting there by boat is just plain fun.

8. Isan Region: Off the Beaten Track

Feeling adventurous? Head to Isan, in northeastern Thailand. It's less touristy, and you'll see a different side of Thai life. There are cool sculpture gardens, dragon boat races, and ancient rock paintings to discover.

9. Similan Islands: Dive into the Deep Blue

Love diving? The Similan Islands are calling your name. The underwater world here is mind-blowing, with colourful corals and amazing fish. And keep your eyes peeled for manta rays and even whale sharks!

10. Khao Sok National Park: A Jungle Dream

Khao Sok National Park is like a real-life Jurassic Park, minus the dinosaurs. You can hike up high for epic views, or chill on a floating hut on a peaceful lake. It's a must-see for nature lovers.

11. Ayuthaya: Where History Lives

Interested in Thai history? Ayuthaya's your spot. It's full of ancient temples and cool ruins. Don't forget to check out the royal summer home nearby!

12. Ko Pha-Ngan: Party Island

If you're up for a big party, Ko Pha-Ngan is famous for its full-moon parties. Dance the night away, then relax on a quiet beach the next day. Renting a moped is the best way to see everything here.

13. Pai: Hot Springs and Cool Vibes

Pai is a laid-back town in the hills, perfect for chilling out. You can hike, check out waterfalls, and soak in hot springs. There's also great massage places if you want to totally relax.

14. Chiang Rai’s Hills: Hiker's Heaven

Love hiking? Chiang Rai's hills are a treasure trove of trails, with beautiful views and friendly villages. Don't miss the lesser-known temples and homestays in the area.

15. Sukhothai Historical Park: A Walk Through Time

Finally, Sukhothai Historical Park is a trip through Thailand's past. It's full of amazing ruins that tell stories of ancient times. Rent a bike and explore at your own pace.

There you have it, folks – Thailand's waiting with open arms and a smile. Whether you're into history, nature, or just looking for a good time, there's something here for everyone. Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure you won't forget! 


Booking.com Joins Forces with Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, Amplifying LGBTQ+ Representation in Travel and History

Booking.com Joins Forces with Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, Amplifying LGBTQ+ Representation in Travel and History

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 17, 2024

Booking.com is enhancing its mission to make travel accessible for everyone by announcing a new partnership with the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center. This collaboration aims to preserve and promote LGBTQ+ history and culture, reinforcing Booking.com's commitment to diversity and inclusion in the travel industry.

Arjan Dijk, CMO and Senior Vice President of Booking.com, expressed pride in being a Founding Partner of the Visitor Center, stating, "Booking.com is incredibly proud to be a Founding Partner of the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, making it easier for visitors to learn more about a significant piece of history for the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement, in one of the most popular travel destinations in the world."

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This partnership announcement coincides with Booking.com's release of new research emphasizing the importance of inclusivity in travel. Key insights include:

  • Over half (59%) of American LGBTQ+ travelers have faced discrimination while traveling.

  • 50% of American LGBTQ+ travelers feel more insecure and self-conscious due to their LGBTQ+ identity.

  • More than half (58%) of American LGBTQ+ travelers prefer destinations with established LGBTQ+ tourism, while 46% seek destinations where they can promote social awareness and acceptance.

  • 72% of American LGBTQ+ travelers acknowledge that increased inclusivity in the travel industry has made them feel more comfortable.

For more detailed insights, the research methodology, and global statistics, please visit the Booking.com global media room.

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About Booking.com

Part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), Booking.com's mission is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. By leveraging technology to reduce travel friction, Booking.com connects millions of travelers with memorable experiences daily. Follow @bookingcom on social media or visit globalnews.booking.com for more information.


Holiday Inn Club Vacations Launches All-New, My Vacation Portal

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Launches All-New, My Vacation Portal

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 17, 2024

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Incorporated, an international vacation ownership company, has launched My Vacation Portal, an innovative online platform designed specifically for Club Members and owners. This new portal offers a centralized, self-service tool for booking reservations, managing upcoming stays, accessing key membership details, making payments, and more.

"At Holiday Inn Club Vacations, customer obsession is one of our core growth strategies. We are passionate about providing great service and empowering guests to interact with our brand on their own terms," said JP Hurtado, Chief Information Officer at Holiday Inn Club Vacations Incorporated. "In crafting My Vacation Portal, our focus was on our owners and Club Members. We engaged them throughout the development process, regularly gathering their feedback, testing features, and incorporating their recommendations. The outcome is a user-friendly tool tailored to their needs today while staying aligned with the evolving preferences of future consumers."

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Key Features of My Vacation Portal:

  • Optimized Design: Seamless access on web browsers and mobile devices.

  • Multi-Location Search: Room photo galleries and the ability to book reservations.

  • Centralized Platform: Manage both membership and HOA, including making HOA/maintenance fee payments.

  • Self-Service Capabilities: Transfer Club Points to IHG One Rewards Points and extend Club Points.

  • Access to Details: View upcoming stays, current and future payments, partnership details (e.g., IHG One Rewards member number), current Club Points, exclusive offers, and more.

My Vacation Portal is part of several digital transformation investments made by Holiday Inn Club Vacations to enhance the experience for owners and Club Members. The platform will be continuously updated and enhanced to elevate user experience.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Members and owners can now access My Vacation Portal by visiting myvacationportal.com and logging in with their credentials.

To see how My Vacation Portal appears to Club Members and owners, view the video here.

About Holiday Inn Club Vacations Incorporated

Encompassing resorts across the United States and the Mexican Caribbean, Holiday Inn Club Vacations Incorporated is a resort, real estate, and travel company with a mission to be the most loved brand in family travel by delivering easy-to-plan, memorable vacation experiences that strengthen families.

Based in Orlando, Florida, the company has been a leader in the vacation ownership industry since 1982, when Holiday Inn® founder Kemmons Wilson debuted the company's flagship property, Holiday Inn Club Vacations® at Orange Lake Resort, next to Orlando's Walt Disney World® Resort.

Today, the Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort portfolio spans across the United States and into the Mexican Caribbean, following the company's international expansion in May 2023. Throughout its history, the company has maintained the core family values true to its founding Wilson family, while aggressively pursuing growth, transforming its member engagement model, and building an industry-leading team passionate about the guest experience.


Top Summer Holiday Destinations for Indian Travelers Revealed by Agoda

Top Summer Holiday Destinations for Indian Travelers Revealed by Agoda

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 17, 2024

As summer approaches, Indian travelers are eagerly planning their vacations, with a strong preference for international destinations. Digital travel platform Agoda has unveiled the most searched destinations for Indian tourists, highlighting a clear trend towards Southeast Asian locales. The top city destinations for the summer months of May and June include Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur.

Popular Destinations:

Bali: Known for its serene beaches and rich cultural heritage, Bali remains a top choice for Indian travelers seeking both relaxation and adventure.

Singapore: This city-state attracts tourists with its modern urban environment, vibrant nightlife, and unique attractions like Gardens by the Bay.

Bangkok: Famous for its bustling street life and cultural landmarks, Bangkok continues to be a favorite among those looking for an exciting urban experience.

Dubai: Offering a mix of shopping, entertainment, and cultural experiences, Dubai appeals to tourists who enjoy luxury and adventure.

Kuala Lumpur: The capital of Malaysia is renowned for its iconic skyline, diverse culinary scene, and historical landmarks.

Regional Preferences:

Agoda's data indicates that Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia are the most searched countries, with the United Arab Emirates also making the top five. This reflects Indian travelers' growing interest in diverse cultural experiences, vibrant cityscapes, and scenic beaches offered by these regions.

Krishna Rathi, Senior Country Director for the India Subcontinent and Maldives at Agoda, noted, “The allure of Southeast Asia continues to captivate Indian travelers as they seek out new experiences and leisure opportunities. The diversity of destinations like Bali, with its serene beaches and rich traditions, along with the urban excitement of cities like Singapore and Bangkok, serves a broad spectrum of travel preferences. Furthermore, the many searches for Dubai and Kuala Lumpur show an inclination towards combining shopping, entertainment, and cultural engagement.”

Regions that offer a blend of leisure, culture, and culinary delights rank high among Indian tourists. Agoda’s platform caters to this demand by providing a wide array of accommodations, flights, and activities, making it easier for travelers to plan and book their ideal summer vacation.

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