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Back on the Road: The Ultimate Southern Thailand Explorer Itinerary

Back on the Road: The Ultimate Southern Thailand Explorer Itinerary

There has never been a better time to explore your own backyard. This summer, with adventures in faraway lands on hold, destinations on home turf beckon. A narrower horizon doesn’t have to translate to a limited variety of experiences, however. Thailand residents are particularly lucky in that respect, with a wide range of natural attractions, cultural richness, or gastronomic adventures on their doorstep.

As an alternative to mini-staycations and extended weekend getaways, a week-long road trip around southern Thailand, from Bangkok to Phuket via Hua Hin, promises the entire family a much-needed break from the daily grind. Change of scenery aside, the therapeutic value of checking into some of Thailand’s most luxurious resorts and allowing yourself a spot of pampering shouldn’t be underestimated.



Bye-bye Bangkok

As you drive out of Bangkok on this Southern Thailand tour early in the morning, gaze upon rustic countryside vistas with a stop at Phra Nakhon Khiri historical park. A quick cable car ride deposits you among the birdsong and monkey calls, while the museum pleasantly surprises with some excellent period furniture. 

Hua Hin Beach

Hua Hin’s days as Thai royalty’s playground might be behind it, but the seaside destination has successfully rebranded itself as a family-friendly beach paradise. Spend a few days exploring lively markets or hit the waterparks if feeling in the mood for thrills and spills.

Ask the team at Anantara Hua Hin to assemble a gourmet picnic basket for dining on the road and continue towards the south via Sam Roi Yot National Park to explore the caves and freshwater marshes. 

Sam Roi Yot National Park

Nam Tok Ngao National Park

Stop at the laid-back Baan Krood beach for a quick dip, visit a shrimp farm in Chumphon, and, time permitting, explore Nam Tok Ngao National Park in the picturesque Ranong province. Evergreen forests, flowering orchids, imposing mountain ranges and an abundance of waterfalls await. If you only have time to see one, make it the spectacular The Ngao Waterfall.



Decisions, decisions

The Mojito Factory at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort

Pool Villa at Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort

From here, you have a number of options. Continue towards Phuket to enjoy the white sands of Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, the lush nature of Sirinat National Park and the iconic 
Thalong road and its famous market. 

Beach at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort


Or travel by ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Phangan where the all-villa Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan resort promises both adventure and indulgences. If Samui’s buzzing beaches is more your cup of tea, you could do worse than make a private pool villa at Anantara Lawana on Chaweng Beach your base; with special family packages available to book now. A visit to Chaweng’s hottest new day club, SEEN Samui is a no brainer.

SEEN  Beach Club Samui


A Hua Hin encore

Surin Island

On the way back, stop at the often overlooked Khuraburi. A speck of a town, the market community offers a roadside gateway to the Surin Islands and some of southern Thailand's best community-based tourism opportunities. If you want to prolong the adventure by a day or two, Hua Hin is a great spot for topping up your batteries before getting back in the whirl of the country’s capital.

Dining by Design at Anantara Hua Hin resort

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Anantara Layan Phuket Resort

Hide away in a peaceful cove overlooking the Andaman, or head out in search of adventure. Dive some of the most pristine sites in the world. Island hop by private yacht or speedboat. Experience Thailand’s rich culture with authentic cuisine, spa journeys and the art of Muay Thai. Located on Phuket’s western coast, just a 20-minute drive from the airport, Anantara Layan Phuket Resort is ideal for honeymoons, romantic escapes, family getaways and spectacular weddings, with a unique chapel setting overlooking the ocean.

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas

With only 64 pool suites and pool villas dotting lush jungle overlooking white sands, Anantara Rasananda brings castaway fantasies to life. Salute the sun on a cliffside yoga platform. Dine on fresh seafood with your toes in the sand. An idyllic island off the coast of Southern Thailand, Koh Phangan is known for crystal-clear waters, laid-back vibes and world-famous full moon parties.

Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort

Located on the eastern shore of Koh Samui looking out onto open ocean, Anantara Lawana offers relaxed seclusion only a short stroll from buzzing Chaweng Beach. Laid out like a traditional Thai village around palm-fringed pools, the resort's design is inspired by the island's Chinese merchant communities. Gaze across turquoise waters from the beachfront infinity pool. Take in the ocean sunset from the treetops. Explore cultural heritage or peruse the local market to connect with island life.

Anantara Hua Hin Resort

The original Anantara a few hours south of Bangkok is a beachfront sanctuary modelled on a traditional Thai village. Low-rise gabled buildings dot landscaped gardens and lotus-filled lagoons. Explore the royal seaside retreat, from vineyards and teak palaces to the thrill of a water park. Dine on fresh seafood overlooking the ocean and unwind at the award-winning Anantara Spa.
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