On the one hand you have the country’s capital, Bangkok, with its jumble of historic sites, noisy urban living, futuristic malls and age-old markets. Then on the other, you have islands that are the stuff of dreams – not to mention quite a few Hollywood movies. To the north, rice paddies and off-the-beaten-track cities; to the south, white sand beaches espoused by the Andaman Sea, astonishing cultural riches and an abundance of inner peace. But it is the people of Thailand that will mark your memory the most; a fertile ground for human authenticity, Thailand is not called the land of smiles for nothing.
There are two Bangkoks, the ancient soul of Thailand with its long and fascinating history and the frantic, modern metropolis that embraces the latest trends both Eastern and Western. The two blend together remarkably well—even the most jarring juxtapositions of old and new somehow make sense. Bangkok is not only the biggest city in Thailand, but also the most mesmerizing, with some of the most beautiful temples and shrines.
Phuket is one of the region's economic powerhouses—millions of tourists visit the island every year, enjoying the many delights that are offered in this established resort island. Phuket is a modern, vibrant island with more than 6 million annual visitors, a number that is only increasing year-to-year. If you've never been to Phuket, you will likely love it; returning visitors will find a new island that eagerly greets its next wave of tourism.
Set 50 kilometres west of the Cambodian border, at 100k2, Ko Kut is the fourth largest island in Thailand’s archipelago. The deserted beaches are clearly the jewels in the crown of the island, but those who want to venture further afield will enjoy getting to know the island by bike, songthaew (traditional Thai pick-up) or longtail boat. If you can peel yourself off from the beach, you could be plunging into the warm waters for some spectacular fish-gazing, hiking up the trio of spectacular waterfalls (and cooling off in the adjacent ponds) or simply exploring the ancient mangrove forests.
This is the most popular tourist destination on the Western Gulf coast, which isn't surprising, considering Koh Samui's gorgeous beaches, perfect weather, and sparkling blue, almost turquoise, water. The island has seen rapid development since the 1990s, and you'll encounter hotels in all price ranges. Just half the size of Phuket, you could easily drive around it in a day. But Koh Samui is best appreciated by those who take a slower, more casual approach.
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From climate to culture to local customs, Thailand is a land of plenty. Luckily, Silversea’s fleet of nine – soon to be ten – ultra-luxurious ships are the perfect choice when it comes to deciding on your Thailand cruise. Low draughts means berthing right in port (or anchorage close by), while the small size of our ships (under 300 suites) allows us to visit all the country’s coasts from big-ticket ports to tiny islands. Back onboard and you’ll soon find yourself luxuriating in our famous home away from home atmosphere. It’s everything you imagined it to be and more – our intimate ships ensure that travelling with Silversea is a once experienced never forgotten experience.
Luxury Oceanview Suites
Imagine the pleasure of waking up to the gentle lapping of turquoise blue seas every morning. Of standing on your private veranda (almost all our suites have them), as the sun sets and you sail away. Of spending cosy nights in with your loved-ones, remembering the day’s adventures. Spacious, sophisticated and internationally recognised as being the gold standard of cruising, our luxury ocean view suites really are the epitome of elegance. Bookended by sophisticated Italian styling, superb ocean views and everything you want at the touch of a button, our Thailand cruises really do go the extra mile.
Often described as the difference between Silversea and our competitors, our personal service is the jewel in our crown. Every suite, irrespective of category, has its own personal butler to make your Thailand cruise a once in a lifetime experience. These dedicated, highly trained, discreet and enthusiastic mean and women are ready for your every wish; excursions booked, reservations made, room service delivered – nothing is too big or too small! Additionally, our crew to guest ratio of nearly 1:1 is the highest in the business. So, let us take care of you, after all … you’re “thai-tolly” worth it!
Silversea’s all-inclusive cruises are a one-stop shop where all your worries melt away. Because everything has been dealt with prior to embarkation, when you arrive on board the only thing you’ll need to worry about is where to do your souvenir shopping! While our competitors use the term to define different things, at Silversea we prefer to be clear. Everything – yes that’s right, everything – you need is included. Amazing accommodations, gourmet cuisine, alcoholic and soft drinks, high-end spirits, evening entertainment and so much more. There are no hidden surprises and extra costs. Yes, that’s right – nothing to pay at the end of the stay.
Thailand’s food needs no introduction. The flavours of their modern-day cuisine boast an ancient history, so prepare your tastebuds to travel back hundreds of years of taste. But that’s not all, the delicate perfumes and profusion of exotic tastes have made it one of the most coveted cuisines the world over, so why not treat your appetite and discover what all the fuss is about ? And once you’ve had your fill onshore, it’s back on board your Thailand luxury cruise to dine one of our eight restaurants for beautifully presented meals, influenced by your destination but with an expert international twist.
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