Get away from the Holi madness this year and head to the Land of Smiles instead
If you’re looking to escape the Holi hullaballoo in India this year, bolt to good old Thailand. Here’s a 5-day itinerary for all you culture-vultures who also want to have some fun at the beach. From the bustling city of Bangkok and the magnificent ruins of the grand city of Ayutthaya to the glamorous beaches of Ko Samui, have fun on the long weekend.
Day 1. BANGKOK
Arrive at Bangkok. Freshen up and take a Klong tour. Hire a long-tailed boat (1500-1800 baht for an hour) and explore the bustling city through its canals (klongs) which were the Bangkok’s old transport arteries before roads were built. The boat ride allows you an insight into the city with its mixture of dilapidated and grand houses, rich shrines and temples and local colour.
Day 2. AYUTTHAYA
One of the best ways to get to Ayutthaya is by train. Not just because it is cheap but the route is breathtaking. You can catch a train from Bangkok's Hualamphong Train Station. Get the train timetable here www.railway.co.th. A 2nd class AC ticket usually costs around THB 300.
Where To Stay:
The Park Ayutthaya on Naresuan Rd; Phone: (035) 950 337); Tariff: THB 1200-1500
Ayothaya Riverside House next to Wat Kasattrathirat Temple; Phone: +66 2910 8797; Tariff: THB 400-500
Day 3-4. KO SAMUI
Day 5. KO SAMUI
Catch your flight back home via Bangkok.