Exhausted? Stressed out? Skin a bit pasty like it has not seen the out-of-doors for a decade? Love to snorkel, dive or just drink beer in a horizontal position? A few days at the beach could be the perfect prescription. Allow us to make a few suggestions:
Southern Thailand There are so many beautiful beaches in Southern Thailand that it may be difficult to choose where to spend your time. Phuket? Krabi? Koh Samui? Why do you have to choose just one? Or how about an island that is just about as "undiscovered" as it can possibly be? Our programs offer everything from simple hotels to lavish resorts. You can learn to cook Thai food, learn to dive, paddle a sea canoe to explore caves in the sparkling Andaman Sea, or do absolutely nothing at all. As the Thai love to say, "Up to you, krap."
Pattaya Only two hours drive from Bangkok, Pattaya is one of Thailand's most popular vacation getaways. Pattaya is a sun-splashed resort like no other. In Pattaya you will find quiet beaches, great restaurants, some of Thailand's favorite LGBT-friendly hotels, and, of course, legendary nightlife.
Hua Hin Not interested in nightlife? Hua Hin is an ideal get-away for couples seeking a quiet and relaxed beach escape. It is also the favorite seaside escape for Thailand's kings. On the two hour drive from Bangkok you will visit several of their palaces and still arrive at the beach in time for an afternoon swim.
Phan Thiet While most of Vietnam's great beach are closed for business between October and April, Phan Thiet welcomes visitors 362 days of the year. It practically never rains here, which accounts for the vast Saharanesque sand dunes nearby. Beyond the beaches lies a colorful fishing town with fresh prawns and a bit of nightlife. This is the kind of place you may want to a few days or a few weeks. You can also combine Phan Thiet with a stop in Dalat, a driving trip into the cool mountains from Saigon.
Khmer Riviera A quick look at a map will prove that Cambodia shares a coastline along the same body of water as Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Koh Samet and Pattaya. Sihanoukville has often been called "Pattaya twenty years ago." There are three gorgeous (and entirely empty on weekdays) beaches, a good selection of hotels and even a couple of casinos.
Hoi An Tiny Hoi An on the coast of Central Vietnam has one of Asia's most magnificent beaches. We currently offer it as part of a five-day Hue & Hoi An program. However, we are also developing a new program for our guests who want to travel less and relax more.
India India has stunning beaches in the southern state of Kerala as well as the eastern coast. We offer these on a custom basis, so please ask. We do not offer or recommend Goa because or rampant homophobia and because it now attracts trashy visitors on cheap charter flight packages.