What to expect from your golf trip to Thailand
Value for money: For any visiting tourist, Thailand provides great value for money. From the wide choice of hotel accommodation and golf, to shopping in the local markets or world-class department stores and shopping malls, to the wide array of eating choices and nightlife, for the quality provided, Thailand offers tremendous value for money.
Weather: In the cool season from November to February, Thailand has fantastic climate. Light breezes, constant sunshine, great conditions for a golfing holiday. Even in the summer months when it gets a bit warmer, golfing conditions are still acceptable.
Golf Courses: With many courses being developed by leading professionals such as Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman, Thailand offers a great game of golf. In addition, a number of courses have been designed by famous course architects such as Pete Dye and Robert Trent Jones together with leading Japanese architects. There are over 200 courses located throughout the country, with a number of new high quality courses opening every year, ensuring a huge choice for the visiting golfer.
Destination Diversity: Thailand is a beautiful country and offers a number of totally different destinations to play golf. From the bustling capital of Bangkok to the beautiful mountainous countryside of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai; from the stunning beaches in Phuket and Koh Samui to the bright lights and amazing nightlife of Pattaya; from the quieter seaside town of Hua Hin to the waterfalls and stunning scenery of Khao Yai; Thailand has a location for everyone.
Caddies: An integral part of playing golf in Thailand, caddies provide exceptional value-added service. Greeting you upon arrival at the clubhouse, they will take care of arrangements before you tee off. Guiding you around the course with a constant smile on their face. They will give you distances to the green, mark balls and give you the lines of your putts, and as an added plus, help keep you cool and refreshed.
Accommodation: No matter where you are in Thailand, you'll find accommodation to meet your budget. From impressive five-star hotel and resort properties to small Thai style bungalows, Thailand is truly set up to cater to the tourist market.
The Thai people: The Thai people are known to be some of the friendliest in the world. Always with a smile on their face - it's called the 'land of smiles' for a good reason. Thais are very welcoming towards all visitors.
The Food: From local Thai dishes to cosmopolitan cuisine, it is truly amazing. There is a huge variety in choice with the local cuisine, and a wide selection of international restaurants for those who prefer a bit of something closer to home.
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Bangkok is a dynamic cosmopolitan city. There are over 60 courses of varying standards in the city and suburbs. International hotels and restaurants are in abundance. Accommodation ranges from budget standard to world-class award-winning hotels voted amongst the best in the world. There is a huge choice for shoppers, with many modern international style shopping malls, and also many local markets, selling handicrafts, clothes, watches, CDs, perfumes, and a wide array of jewellery. Much of Thailand's culture can also be found by visiting the many temples and museums that are open to the public. Bangkok has developed significantly over the past decade, particularly in terms of its transportation infrastructure. The Sky Train and the subway system now make it much easier to travel around the city centre.
The resort for Pattaya golf is located south east of Bangkok, less than a two-hour drive. The region hosts a wide variety of golf courses with over 20 in the region. Pattaya has evolved in to a very vibrant city with a busy nightlife scene and a multitude of bars and restaurants. It is popular with both families and single travellers and continuing investment makes it the fastest growing region in Thailand.
Set in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is popular for its many beaches and the close proximity of many surrounding islands that can easily be reached by ferry, catamarans as well as speedboats. The island is very well developed and hosts a wide choice of both international and local style accommodation, together with a wide choice of restaurants and entertainment in the evening. There are now eight golf courses available, the most recently opened being Mission Hills on the eastern side of the island which opened in 2004. This is another Jack Nicklaus design with incredible ocean views. In addition to golf, tourist attractions range from coral reef diving, game fishing, elephant riding and sailing trips around the local islands. Phuket is about 50 miles long and 18 miles wide, and the interior supports surviving rainforest and plantations of rubber, cashews, pineapple and coconut. There is a national park with many waterfalls, and you can also enjoy an array of wildlife.
The Hua Hin and Cha Am area is located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a three-hour drive from Bangkok. A fishing village that has developed over the years, hosts six courses in the immediate vicinity but development of further courses is well underway with two due to open by the end of this year. Extremely popular with both locals and visiting foreigners for holidays, it has successfully incorporated modern luxuries without the commercialism of other resorts, and the area has kept much of its old world charm, and colourful ways. Today it is still a thriving fishing village with its own local fleet and on most evenings, holidaymakers stroll down to the harbour to enjoy the fresh seafood available in many of the fine waterfront restaurants.
Located in the northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai is one of the oldest cities in the country, and 1996 marked its 700th anniversary. A one-hour flight from Bangkok makes it easily accessible and its mountainous terrain provides visitors with breathtaking scenery. Named the 'Rose of the North', Chiang Mai is host to over ten courses throughout the surrounding area providing visitors with plenty of choice. The area has six main hill-tribes that continue to work the land and have maintained their beautiful customs and crafts. These native tribes each have their own language, religion, culture and dress, and particular way of living off the land. Immigrating from surrounding countries, their arts and handicrafts of silver, teak and silk are valued pieces for visitors and locals alike to buy and treasure. Treks to tribal villages in the surrounding hills are a popular attraction. There are also over 300 Buddhist temples in the city; these are some of the finest and oldest temples in the Kingdom.
In addition to the destinations highlighted above, there are also several golf courses in Kanchanaburi province and areas adjacent to the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Both are approximately a 3-hour drive from Bangkok.