Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime because we’re going to Thailand! We’ve been talking about it for a while but our first 18-30 somethings group holiday will be to the land of smiles for a 10-day trip in the sun.

Our first stop will be Chiang Mai, one of Thailand’s oldest cities and we know this place will sweep you off your feet. Temples line the streets of the old city, night markets are the places to go for delicious, fresh food, and gorgeous jungle countryside is just a short ride out of town.

Chiang Mai will be our home for 4 nights before we fly to Phuket, a dreamy beach destination where we’ll experience a whole different side to Thailand. Island hopping and beach days are the name of the game in Phuket but there’s also an artistic side to this city that you might not quite expect…

If Thailand is making you think “Yeah, I should try out a Traveleyes holiday!” then here are 10 reasons why we think you should book your place ASAP and try out our first 18-30 somethings holiday…

Temples Of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is littered with temples. Almost every street you walk on in the old town features a temple and each one is incredible in its own way. From the glittering gold hues of Wat Phra Singh to the imposing crumble of Wat Chedi Luang in the heart of the old town, you can’t go to Chiang Mai and not visit at least one. Break up temple visits with stops at various cafes along the way for a refreshing mango smoothie or mojito – you won’t be disappointed and it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Wat Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai, two gold and temples lit up against a twilight sky

Wat Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai, two gold and temples lit up against a twilight sky

Thai Cooking Class And Visit To Traditional Market

Thai food is some of the most delicious in the whole world. There’s no doubt you’ll eat a lot of local cuisine while you’re in Thailand but why not try cooking it too? We’ll head to a local market to pick fresh ingredients before going to a local cookery school to create 3 meals and 1 dessert. You’ll even get a recipe book at the end of class so you can make these dishes at home.

Relaxing and Rejuvenating Massages

Massages can cost a fortune can’t they? Not in Thailand. Massages, facials, foot rubs, they’re all incredibly affordable. Those few notes that are loose in your wallet? It’s probably enough for a relaxing shoulder massage. In Chiang Mai, you’ll find massage shops all over – simply walk in, pick which treatment you want from the menu and enjoy being pampered for an hour or two. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and we bet you’ll be back for more over your holiday. Such a luxurious life!

Tuk Tuk Tours

You can’t come to Thailand and not enjoy at least one journey in a tuk tuk. If you don’t hail one down, you’ll get to experience Thailand’s most famous mode of transportation on a tour of Chiang Mai. Stops along the way will include Warowat Market and Three Kings Monument, so grab your cameras, and grab hold of the tuk tuk rails, as this three-wheeler ride takes you on an exciting journey through the city.

Girl taking photo of a blue three wheeled tuk tuk on a busy street in Thailand

Girl taking photo of a blue three wheeled tuk tuk on a busy street in Thailand

Island Hopping Around The Hongs

Are you looking for a slice of paradise? The best way to do that is to take a boat out to some of the most idyllic islands you’ll ever step foot on. We won’t be going to Maya Bay – known as the famous location of The Beach – but the lagoon on Hong Island is arguably better and definitely less well known. Swim in the clear, turquoise ocean; go snorkelling and feel the tropical fish swim past you, and get those Instagram photos on the bright white sand that will make your friends at home so, so jealous.

Three longtail boats on turquoise water with limestone rock protruding out of the water in the background.

Three longtail boats on turquoise water with limestone rock protruding out of the water in the background.

Night Market Food

Sure, there are a lot of restaurants in Chiang Mai and Phuket but the best place to get food in Thailand are the night markets. In Chiang Mai you’ll find a ton of stalls serving dishes like Pad Thai, sticky mango rice, BBQ’d squid, and plenty more freshly cooked food. What’s more, the prices at night markets are super cheap – you won’t need more than a few quid to feast like royalty!

Skewered grilled pork held in the hand of a street vendor at a night market

Skewered grilled pork held in the hand of a street vendor at a night market

Get Boxing With A Muay Thai Class

Are you ready to get your sweat on? Grab a bottle of water and get ready for a Muay Thai class with professional instructors. Step-by-step you’ll learn the basics of Thai boxing, a unique traditional martial art that no doubt you’ll hear about all over Thailand. It’s kick ass and a lot of fun.

Beach Time In Phuket

Part of the Thailand’s appeal is its gorgeous beaches. And Phuket has a lot of them. We’ll only be a short stroll from the beach in Phuket so get ready to relax to the max with some serious time by the sea.

Get #Blessed At Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep is one of the highest hills in Chiang Mai and one of the cities most spiritual and noteworthy temples. This part of your journey through Thailand will be one of the most peaceful and serene parts of your holiday as you experience a unique private blessing from the monks. Their awe-inspiring chanting sets the tone for sunset which we’ll experience from this inspiring place.

Towering temple on a hillside in Chiang Mai looking over landscaped lakes and green valley with clouds between the hills

Towering temple on a hillside in Chiang Mai looking over landscaped lakes and green valley with clouds between the hills

Enjoy Those Buckets That Thailand Is Famous For

This isn’t a party tour but if you want to party, Thailand is a great place to do that. Beers are cheap, parties are frequent, and everyone is here for a good time. Thailand is also famous for its buckets – literally buckets filled with alcohol – so if you do want to take part in a quintessential 18-30s rite of passage, that’s the one to do. Just drink responsibly, don’t drink anything you’re not sure of, but most of all HAVE FUN!

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