Autumn travel is for colour, culture and smaller crowds – as these six destinations prove. When Britain’s summertime ebbs away to autumn,
Hua Hin is one of the oldest and most traditional of the Thai resorts, having been chosen by the king in 1920 as an ideal getaway from the heat of Bangkok. To this day, it keeps its royal endorsement and is a popular escape for locals, expats and tourists alike, offering a good balance between Thai culture and tourist facilities. Hua Hin, with a pleasant climate all year round, has an 8km-long pretty and clean beach, a large number of golf courses and spas, and is nearby to waterfalls, caves and national parks. Most hotels here can be reached within two hours drive from Bangkok.
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Venture into Petchaburi province, a rural district where travellers can gain an insight into the daily life of local villagers. Learn about the how Buddhism influences the lives of local Thai people at the Thamrong temple, and visit a cave that is home to 700-year old statue of the Buddha. You will then you will be welcomed into an original Thai house to see how people live and work, and visit a small local school, where some of the students may take the chance to practice their English with you.
Away from the beaches of Hua Hin is the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, also known as 'The Mountain with Three Hundred Peaks', an area of mountains, mangroves and wetlands. This diverse landscape attracts a range of bird species, especially migratory water birds between January and February. One of the park highlights is the Phraya Nakhon cave, reached by a short but demanding walk; the interior of the cave and the beautiful Pavilion built here by King Rama make the effort worthwhile.
Avoid seasonal extremes, enjoy sweet-scented blossoms and spend Easter somewhere new, when you travel in spring. As winter thaws and new life
Whether you wish to embrace the season or escape it, these destinations guarantee an unforgettable winter journey. Contemplating a winter holiday? Then
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Very high class accommodation with superb facilities and service.
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