So here’s the big news: This August, Thailand or ‘The Land of Smiles’ as it also known, is celebrating womanhood to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on her 84th birthday. So, it’s going to be a treat for women travellers to plan a getaway to the country—special events, discounts, and great experiences are just a short flight away.
To observe the first women’s month in Thailand, Abercrombie & Kent has curated a banquet of travel experiences, crafted specially for women looking to satiate their wanderlusting souls. So go on a Thai food trail, indulge yourself at the spa, push your boundaries with adventure activities, or shop till your feet give up—it’s your chance to experience Thai hospitality like never before.
We love Thai food for its seafood recipes, hot curries, and crunchy salads. Add culinary lessons to your itinerary and acquire the timeless knowledge of Thai medicinal spices.
- Yum Nua (a beef salad): Salad with beef, cucumbers, romaine, mint, cilantro and a spicy dressing.
- Gaeng Keow Wan Gai (green chicken curry): An exotic dish prepared with tender chicken, eggplant, zucchini, and herbs.
- Pad Krapow Moo Saap (fried basil and pork): Filling fast food that’s delicious and also packed with nutrients.
- Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup): A refreshing haven of acidity and heat, that combines lemongrass, lime leaves, chilli, galangal, shallots mixed in lime juice and fish sauce may just be the too-hot-to-handle recipe that yanks you out of a jetlag!
FOR SPA JUNKIES
Ladies, pamper yourself with a myriad of exotic treatments.
- Oasis Spa, Phuket: This extravagant oriental retreat offers the best in ancient Thai traditional medicine and herbal secrets combined with au-courante discoveries in beauty and wellness. We recommend the Queen Signature Massage to soothe your inner self.
- Panviman Spa, Chiang Mai: Enjoy a special treatment designed for mothers and daughters, to rekindle your bond.
- The Royal Orchid Mandara Spa, Bangkok: Considered one of the best spas of Thailand, it offers a ‘Princess Pampering’ package that will spoil you to paradise and back.
- Amari Hua Hin: Sophisticated accommodation in an idyllic garden setting treats your feminine side to unparalleled luxury and exclusivity.
FOR BEACH BUMS
Think white sand, crystal-clear water and sleek yachts! Here, magical findings on the islands.
- Railay Beach, Krabi: Find hidden coves encircled by limestone cliffs, perfect for the discerning traveller. Accessible only by boats, this private island also hosts adventure activities like rock climbing, snorkelling and kayaking.
- Koh Kradan, Trang: Watch colourful fish in the azure waters or walk to the coral reefs during low tide.
- Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi: Crystal-clear water that lights up at night due to bioluminescent plankton!
- Koh Kood: With luscious woods beyond translucent beaches, and hardly any buildings, this island qualifies as the perfect getaway.
No surprise that the women’s month in Thailand coincides with the ‘Amazing Thailand Grand Sale’! Over 110 brands offer up to 80 per cent discounts and shopping centres in seven major tourist destinations—Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, and Udon Thani.
- Thai silk, wickerwork, and traditional pottery products.
- Luxury watches, silverware, diamond and other precious stones.
- Hand-made carpets, teak and rosewood furniture, clay dolls and vintage home décor items.
- Essential oils, organic soaps and other spa products.
- Latest in fashion at high-end stores or flea markets.
FOR ADVENTUROUS SOULS
This one is especially for those adrenaline junkies who don’t let go of any opportunity to try new things and then Instagram it.
- Skydiving, Pattaya: Take your sport a notch higher with a skydiving session. For first-timers, Thai Sky Adventures is a good place to start.
- Dive in the Koh Tao: Don’t miss the under-water view of corals and multihued tropical fish at the Gulf of Thailand!
- Muay Thai Training Camp, Phuket: You may not have enough time to get a black belt, but get a taste of the oriental martial art with basic self-defence lessons at this camp.
- Sea Kayaking, Ao Nang Bay: Tour the waterline for the best view of the Karst islands, sea caves, grottoes, mangroves and the day-glow coral.
- Mountain Biking, Chiang Mai: Off the beaten track are unmapped trails on the mountains that are waiting to be discovered!
- Jungle Trekking, Chiang Mai: Go on a trek through the forest hills with Active Thailand to soak in true Thai wilderness.
FESTIVALS ON OUR RADAR
- Queen’s Birthday Celebrations (August 12th, 2016): Thailand is celebrating Sirikit, the queen consort of King Bhumibol’s, 84th birthday in August by hosting special experiences catering female travellers from across the globe. Celebrations begin with presenting alms to monks and end with a candlelight ceremony across the country.
- Salak Yom Festival at Wat Phra That Harinpunchai (September 24th to 26th, 2016): This ancient merit making ceremony, initially for women of the Tai Yong minority, is dedicated to women and held at the most significant temples of northern Thailand. A Salak Yom is a tall bamboo structure decorated with vibrant paper cuttings and house items such as fruits, vegetables, utensils, cloth and the eight necessities for a Buddhist monk.
- Mini Light and Sound Shows in Sukhothai 2016: Walk through the history and heritage of the country in its erstwhile capital city of Sukhothai through mini sound-and-light shows.
- The 16th World Gourmet Festival 2016 at Anantara Siam Bangkok in September: Savour heavenly dishes created by seven master chefs, including Michelin-starred chefs from popular restaurants of France, Spain, Switzerland, Australia and Hong Kong at this seven-day event and delight in the world’s finest epicurean fares!
- The 13th Hua Hin Vintage Car Parade 2016 (November 20th to 22nd, 2016): This parade comprises 50 rare antique, class, luxury, and custom-made cars that value up to 300 million baht!
WORTH A VISIT
- The Grand Palace, Bangkok: Topping the sightseeing list in the Thai capital is the palace with a historical significance and craftsmanship like no other. A maze of royal halls and sacrosanct temples, the most important being Wat Phra Kaeo, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, constitute the grounds of the palace. It is said that the temple possesses a piece of bone or hair from Gautama Buddha himself!
- Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Nayok: Spend a day with the national animal of Thailand, the revered elephant. You can trek the jungle terrain atop one, bathe and even help feed them.
- Pai, Mae Hong Son Province: This concealed town is considered a mecca for backpackers. A vibrant art and music scene spread across eclectic temples and quiet back streets define the town’s Shan roots.
- Floating Markets, Bangkok: Get on board one of the wooden boats first thing in the morning to experience the colourful chaos of these markets.
- Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai: Take in the intricate architecture of the temple resonant with the prayer songs of the devout monks.