When it comes to golf holiday destinations that merge world-class amenities, stunning beaches and a vast selection of golf courses, Thailand is a spectacular choice. Although many people who book golf holidays usually decide to go to places such as Scotland or somewhere in America or Australia, Asia is rapidly becoming the place to be for a luxury golf holiday.
Here are 13 reasons why Thailand makes the ultimate destination for a golf holiday, and maybe not surprisingly most of the reasons are non-golf related and are more indicative of Thailand’s reputation as a world-class golf holiday destination.
#1 – Thailand’s Sunshine and Warm Climate
Let’s be brutally honest here, as much as we love all the things about Thailand, if the Kingdom was located in the middle of Siberia, we would never go there on holiday. The all-year-round high temperatures that douse Thailand in the beautiful sunrays is always a massive factor for holidaying here. The temperatures very rarely go under 30 degrees. The only place in Thailand that is not blistering hot all year round is in Chiang Mai in the North of the nation. The best time of the year to visit Thailand with the least rainfall and humidity is between November and April. Between May and October, you might stumble into a bit of rain, but you will most definitely experience the humidity of what is now called ‘Green Season’.
#2 – Vast Choice of Thailand Golf Destinations
There is a myriad of golf course options in Thailand. We would suggest that Phuket and Pattaya are two of the best because they merge a tropical holiday destination while also having lots of golf course options. Phang Nga and Krabi are also highly recommended golf holiday destinations that merge tropical holiday fun with golf options. Although Bangkok is home to lots of golf courses, it’s not really a holiday destination per se, but it’s still an option nonetheless.
#3 – Beautiful Beaches in Thailand
The one thing that goes hand-in-hand with having copious amounts of sunshine are the beautiful beaches in Thailand. Some tourists come and stay in regions such as Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, and Koh Samui just to bask on Thai beaches all day long to bronze their torsos. If you want any recommendations for beaches in Thailand, we would recommend Railay Beach in Krabi, which really does have to be seen to be believed. If you are in Phuket, we would recommend Nai Harn Beach, and if you are in Samui, not many beaches can compete with Maenam. Although Pattaya is not generally known for its beaches, Bangsaray Beach and the Thai Navy Beach at Sai Kaew are great choices.
#4 – Affordable Golf Course Options
One of the best parts about playing golf in Thailand is the cost of golf courses. Like for like golf course green fees when you compare a championship style course in Thailand and in the Western world are significantly cheaper in Thailand. Value for money is one of the main reasons why Thailand is such a great place for a golf holiday.
#5 – The Thai Island Holiday Experience
There is nothing that can match that ultra-special Thai island holiday experience. Whether you go the more commercial route of visiting the dreamy shores of Phuket or Koh Samui, or opt for other interesting and less-travelled islands such as Koh Lanta, Koh Chang or Koh Samed, the choice is amazing and the atmosphere is breathtaking. If you find yourself in Phuket or other Southern regions such as Phang Nga and Krabi, make sure you get out to the James Bond Island and Phi Phi with its surrounding isles that were the location of the Leonardo di Caprio movie, The Beach.
#6 – Thailand Nightlife
If you have never heard about Thailand’s infamous nightlife escapades, you have probably been living under a rock somewhere in Patagonia. Such a subject needs an entire article, or if written in a book needs an entire Hectare of Amazonian rainforest. Whether you are in any of Thailand’s major holiday destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya or Koh Samui, there is a fantastic selection of go-go bars, beer bars, nightclubs, theater shows, and live music venues. Some of the most popular Thailand nightlife areas are Soi Cowboy, Nana Plaza and Khao San Road in Bangkok, Bangla Road in Phuket, Walking Street, Soi 6 and Soi Buakhao in Pattaya and the Fisherman’s Village in Koh Samui.
#7 – Thai Caddies
One of the great things about playing golf in Thailand is you get a Thai caddy when you play. The caddies are usually women and they carry your clubs and clean your balls and equipment. This is one of the unique things about golfing in Thailand. The vast majority of caddies have great course knowledge and will give you the yardage of each shot and will even give you some tips in regards to the slopes on the greens. Caddy fees are usually between 200 and 300 THB. You should also tip your caddy at the end of the round, usually between 300 to 500 THB.
#8 – World-Class Diving Locations
Thailand literally has some of the best scuba diving sites in the world. Out in the waters surrounding Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga, you will find awe-inspiring dive spots. Exploring the Andaman Ocean in Phuket, you will find the Similan Islands, which are known as one of the best dive locations in the world. In and around the Gulf of Thailand near Pattaya there are also some quality wrecks and reefs. Koh Lipe, Koh Lak and the Surin Island are just a few more islands that make Thailand a scuba diving paradise.
#9 – Value For Money Holidays
Although since the world economic crash, the Thai baht has been very strong against Western currencies, Thailand is still a place of undoubted value for money. You can get yourself a hotel room with air-con in Thailand for as little as 500 THB per night. Extremely nice rooms in 5-star resorts can cost as little as 2,000 THB. Some of the best value in terms of accommodation is renting out a villa. Some holiday villa rentals cost as little as 5,000 THB per night and have 4-beds that can sleep 8 people or 4 couples. Put this together with such cheap food, cheap shopping and much more, and Thailand is still one of the most affordable places in the world.
#10 – Amazing Thai Cuisine
The best part about a Thailand holiday is that you get to sample some of the finest and most unique dishes on the planet with the world-famous Thai cuisine. From famous and popular seafood dishes such as Tom Yam Goong (spicy shrimp soup) and all manner of fishes such as Grouper and Snapper to a wide variety of noodle and rice dishes, Thai food is stunning. Or maybe you want to push the boat out to try a Thai delicacy such as fried cockroaches, grubs, lava, fire ants, pigs blood and many more!
#11 – Thailand Hospitality
When it comes to hospitality, charm, and smiling faces, nobody does it quite like Thailand. The country is known as ‘The Land of Smiles’, and it really is infectious when you are enjoying a Thailand holiday. Whether you are turning up at a top-notch eatery, to a hotel or for a round of golf, there always seems to be a hoard of Thai females waiting to greet you like a long-lost explorer, hands clasped together while saying ‘Sawadee Ka’ in unison. It gets me every time!
#12 – Playing the Best Golf Courses in Thailand
Some people come to Thailand just to enjoy a golf holiday. Playing golf in Thailand is pretty amazing. The nation has some stunning courses such with the most noted courses such as Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Red Mountain GC and Blue Canyon Country Club in Phuket, Amata Springs in the Bangkok Countryside and Black Mountain in Hua Hin.
#13 – Trusted Thailand Golf Holiday Agent
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