These golf trips are much more than a golf vacation. They are a total exploration of golf, history and culture that opens up each destination and the countries of Thailand, for what they really are; dynamic, cosmopolitan, cultured, affordable, and safe countries.
The golf is world class, the accommodations old world colonial luxurious, and the sights are exotic beyond description, and that's only part of the allure. From modern capital cities to thousand year old culture, from sunny beaches to scenic mountains
Thailand is ideal for year round golfing, with numerous world class golf courses in close proximity to some of the world’s finest beach resorts and breathtaking tourist attractions, making Thailand one of Asia’s premier golfing destinations.There are over 200 high standard golf courses countrywide, many of them championship standards; designed by world’s top designers: Jack Nicklaus, Roboert Trent Jones Jr, Pete Dye, Gary Player, Greg Norman, etc. Thailand’s secret golfing weapon is it’s charming caddies, these smiling ladies in smart uniforms will actively assist you to a memorable golfi ng experiece.
THE TOP 5 GOLFING DESTINATIONS IN THAILAND
The best location for your golf holiday will depend on what you want to do in addition to golf. This is a very important aspect as each of the destinations offer a different experience.
Bangkok Golf Package
Enjoy world class golf courses in Bangkok metropolitan area. There are many championship courses conveniently located in and aroundBangkok, while the neighbouring provinces of Pathum Thani to the north, Nakhon Pathom to the west, and Chachaoengsao to the east, each boast a number of championship courses.
Chiang Mai Golf Package
The “Rose of the North” , Chiang Mai, and neighbouring Lamphun hosts a choice of demanding courses with tricky hazards and tight fairways in valleys below forested peaks; Chiangmai Green Valley, Chiangmai-Lamphun, and Gassan Khuntan are a must visit golf courses when visiting Chiang Mai.
Hua Hin/Cha-am Golf Package
Hua Hin and Cha-am are seaside resort twin towns on the Gulf of Thailand, with many tourist attractionsand home to some of Thailand’s top link courses. The Royal Hua Hin Golf Course is the oldest course in Thailand. Palm Hills, Springfield and Imperial Lake View are the latest elite courses in the area.
Pattaya Golf Package
Pattaya’s popular beach playground sits just southeast of Bangkok and is brimming with watersports, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and great golf. Some of the most famous names in golf have created impressive layouts, Jack Nicklaus designed Laem Chabang International Country Club is on top of the list.
Phuket Golf Package
Pearl of Andaman’s Phuket is a golfer paradise, well known for their pristine beaches and first class tourist facilities, and home to some of the best golf courses anywhere. Blue Canyon, Mission Hills Phuket, Laguna Phuket, Loch Palm, and Phuket Country Club make up 5 great golfing venues on the island.
Khao Yai Golf Package
Khao Yai, the largest protected tropical forest area in the country, is at fairly high altitude and the weather is pleasant all year round, and ideal for golfing breaks. It is possible to drive to Khao Yai, enjoy a round of golf and then return to Bangkok within the day,or enjoy first class accommodation and play golf for a few days in the area.
Bangkok is a dynamic cosmopolitan city. There are over 60 courses of varying standards in the city and suburbs.
International hotels and restaurants are in abundance. Accommodation ranges from budget standard to world-class award-winning hotels voted amongst the best in the world.
There is a huge choice for shoppers, with many modern international style shopping malls, and also many local markets, selling handicrafts, clothes, watches, CDs, perfumes, and a wide array of jewellery. Much of Thailand's culture can also be found by visiting the many temples and museums that are open to the public.
Bangkok has developed significantly over the past decade, particularly in terms of its transportation infrastructure. The Sky Train and the subway system now make it much easier to travel around the city centre.
Located in the northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai is one of the oldest cities in the country, and 1996 marked its 700th anniversary. A one-hour flight from Bangkok makes it easily accessible and its mountainous terrain provides visitors with breathtaking scenery.
Named the 'Rose of the North', Chiang Mai is host to over ten courses throughout the surrounding area providing visitors with plenty of choice.
The area has six main hill-tribes that continue to work the land and have maintained their beautiful customs and crafts. These native tribes each have their own language, religion, culture and dress, and particular way of living off the land.
Immigrating from surrounding countries, their arts and handicrafts of silver, teak and silk are valued pieces for visitors and locals alike to buy and treasure. Treks to tribal villages in the surrounding hills are a popular attraction.
There are also over 300 Buddhist temples in the city; these are some of the finest and oldest temples in the Kingdom.
In addition to the destinations highlighted above, there are also several golf courses in Kanchanaburi province and areas adjacent to the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Both are approximately a 3-hour drive from Bangkok.
The Hua Hin and Cha Am area is located on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a three-hour drive from Bangkok. A fishing village that has developed over the years, hosts six courses in the immediate vicinity but development of further courses is well underway with two due to open by the end of this year.
Extremely popular with both locals and visiting foreigners for holidays, it has successfully incorporated modern luxuries without the commercialism of other resorts, and the area has kept much of its old world charm, and colourful ways. Today it is still a thriving fishing village with its own local fleet and on most evenings, holidaymakers stroll down to the harbour to enjoy the fresh seafood available in many of the fine waterfront restaurants.
The resort for Pattaya golf is located south east of Bangkok, less than a two-hour drive. The region hosts a wide variety of golf courses with over 20 in the region. Pattaya has evolved in to a very vibrant city with a busy nightlife scene and a multitude of bars and restaurants. It is popular with both families and single travellers and continuing investment makes it the fastest growing region in Thailand.
There are several very highly recommended golf courses to choose from in the Pattaya area and our golf advisors can assist with selections based on your preferences and playing level. Also, golf in Pattaya can be easily combined with golf in other areas such as Bangkok and Hua Hin. A two centered Pattaya golf holiday takes advantage of the best courses located both close to the city and the beach. Please feel free to inquire as to these Pattaya golf package options.
From a fishing village in the 1960's, Pattaya has emerged as the favorite Thailand golf vacation center. Golf tourists from around the world unfold to a wide array of golf courses and also unwind afterwards at this exotic beach destination.
Unlike other golf resorts, where one or two famous courses are used as magnets to attract golfers, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of golf for players of all abilities. In addition everything a golfer can imagine while on golf holiday is on offer: championship golf courses, top beach resort, entertainment, sightseeing and loads of fun. Pattaya the Thailand golf destination where you can fill your day, from dusk to dawn. At day there is endless golf. At night, there are restaurants, bars, shopping, cabaret shows, night clubs, bowling halls, billiard & snooker clubs, discos, sauna and massage parlors. To put it simply, Pattaya is a golfer's paradise!
With the addition of the Royal Samui Golf & Country Club, Koh Samui's second championship golf course, Koh Samui is now a real competitor and viable alternative golf destination to it's famous neighboring island of Phuket. Located atop a mountain in the Lamai Beach area Royal Golf & Country Club is another course with spectacular views overlooking Chaweng, Lamai, the surrounding islands, and even the Thai mainland from practically every point on the golf course. Needless to say, the Royal Samui golf course is challenging and you might want to plan on more than one round before posting a decent score.
Another course, the beautifully designed 9 hole par 3 layout at Bophut Hills Country Club opened in Bophut in 2007. Bophut Hills Country Club is a true professional bit of fun. It well suited for holidaymakers staying in one of the main tourist areas, beginners or groups with both golfers and non-golfers, as well as more serious golfers who would like to fine tune their iron play before heading to one of the championship Koh Samui golf courses.
The good thing about golf in Koh Samui is that all these courses are easy to get to from any of the island's main beach areas. Hire clubs, equipment and all golf accessories can be purchases or rented on site, assuring that golf on Koh Samui is one of the most relaxing and convenient destinations to visit on a Thailand golf vacation.
Set in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is popular for its many beaches and the close proximity of many surrounding islands that can easily be reached by ferry, catamarans as well as speedboats. The island is very well developed and hosts a wide choice of both international and local style accommodation, together with a wide choice of restaurants and entertainment in the evening.
There are now eight golf courses available, the most recently opened being Mission Hills on the eastern side of the island which opened in 2004. This is another Jack Nicklaus design with incredible ocean views.
Phuket has something for everything. For non-golfers Phuket offers exciting adventures to nearby tropical forests, snorkeling in the Andaman Sea, island hopping excursions to such famous islands as Phi Phi and James Bond, sunset cruises in Phang Na bay, and fun filled nightlife at Patong Beach. Whether it is luxurious and private, wild and unrestrained, or somewhere in the middle; you will find it in Phuket.
Phuket is only 1 hour from Bangkok with more than 20 daily flights. Why not combine the white sand beaches of Phuket with the modern luxury of cosmopolitan Bangkok? Golfasian can make recommendations and arrange it all for you!
In addition to golf, tourist attractions range from coral reef diving, game fishing, elephant riding and sailing trips around the local islands. Phuket is about 50 miles long and 18 miles wide, and the interior supports surviving rainforest and plantations of rubber, cashews, pineapple and coconut. There is a national park with many waterfalls, and you can also enjoy an array of wildlife.
The natural environment of thickly forested hillsides, rushing streams, and cascading waterfalls provides a haven for golfers and numerous species wildlife including tigers, gaur, monkeys, deer, pigs elephants, leopards and tropical birds. In recognition of its unique natural character, Khao Yai has recently been named a World Heritage site.
While popular with local Thais, not many visitors know about golf in Khao Yai. At the park's borders, there are numerous golf resorts, hotels, and championship golf courses.
The golf courses are all set amidst breathtaking surroundings, and an opportunity that should not be missed. Taking only 2 hours by car from Bangkok by well maintained super-highway, golfing in Khao Yai can be the basis of a weekend getaway or as an added golf destination to Thailand golf holiday spanning several locations.
Playing golf is a popular leisure activity in Kanchanaburi. Golf courses are scattered around the region and range from basic to advanced level. The River Kwai is an ideal place for golfing as beautiful natural settings and magnificent scenery have lead to the development of some excellent golf courses. Dams, reservoirs, waterfalls, lakes, and streams add to the natural settings found at Kanchanaburi golf courses.
The River Kwai and Kanchanaburi is the site of the Bridge on the River Kwai, immortalized world over in film and print. While surrounding jungles have for the most part disappeared, much of the natural scenery can seen be seen and has been incorporated into the many challenging golf courses and golf resorts that are found in the area.
Play all the top golf courses in Kanchanaburi. Enjoy luxurious accommodation either in the city center, visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, ride the death railway, and most of all combine this unique historical center with some of the most challenging and hidden golf courses in Asia.
Golf in the River Kwai Valley has been something of a secret but those who have the chance to golf in River Kwai will find it truly spectacular.