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Playing Golf in Thailand on a VERY Limited Budget (Part 2 of 3)

For the more budget conscious golf traveler, Thailand can provide much more economical alternatives for you, by simply looking outside the more popular tourist locations. Here are 2 relatively unknown golf destinations to consider. Many of the courses located north of Bangkok, in Nakorn Ratchasima province, the location of Thailand’s largest national park (Khao Yai), can provide golf for some amazingly low prices, $10 US dollars per round on the weekdays. A couple of these courses that I like i...

Playing Golf in Thailand on a VERY Limited Budget (Part 1 of 3)

Playing golf in Thailand is a wonderful experience, from the excellent and challenging courses, to the fantastic hotel accommodations, everything adds up to a very memorable experience. Whilst Thailand offers great value for money for a golfing holiday, I do appreciate that many visitors are concerned about the potential cost of a golf vacation, and may be looking for a low cost option. In view of this, I hope the following post will serve as a guideline on how to visit on a limited budget, yet...

Phuket or Koh Samui – A Comparison of 2 Beach Resorts for a Golf ...

the web site.This is the continuation about Phuket and comparison to Samui as  golf holiday destination. In Phuket in the evening there are many choices for dining and entertainment especially in the lively town of Patong where selections range from beer bars to live music, and shows. The restaurants provide a massive choice from local seafood to 5 star international cuisines. There is an abundance of night markets and there are modern shopping malls, selling all brand name products. Withou...

Phuket or Koh Samui – A Comparison of 2 Beach Resorts for a Golf ...

Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is without doubt one of the most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. The island hosts a number of first class golf courses, and is a dream destination for those wishing to combine golf together with some stunning beach resorts, providing total relaxation. Fully recovered from the tragic and unfortunate events of the December 2004 tsunami, Phuket is looking better than ever and a continuing to attract huge investment in further developing the island. In addit...

Myths and Facts About Playing Golf in Thailand (Part 2)

Here is the second half of "strange facts about Thailand golf". I hope you enjoy reading the post and find a few things of interest. Please also let me know your experiences and comments. Also, can anyone recognize this beach? A copy of the soon to be published 2007 Thailand golf map awaits the first person who can correctly identify it by submitting a comment to this post. Now on to the Myths and Facts. Myth – The courses are of inferior quality. Thailand hosts many championship stan...

Myths and Facts About Playing Golf in Thailand (Part 1)

There is no doubt that many people have many misconceptions about Thailand as a golf travel destination. Over the years, Thailand has developed a reputation for many of the wrong reasons, and only those who have visited, realize what a wonderful and beautiful country it is, with so much to offer the golfing traveler. Thailand is now by far the leading travel destination in South East Asia, and is now regarded as one of the leading tourist destinations in the world. With regards golf, it has rec...

Thailand Golf Holiday and Travel Budgets (Part 2)

In this second part of “Thailand Golf Holiday Travel Budgets” I will give some examples of typical costs for golf holidays. These costs are approximate and will vary depending on time of the year. I have included the top and best golf courses in each area along with private transportation to and from each of the courses. Examples of such packages including accommodation golf and transport are as follows. In Bangkok, a one week stay at a nice 4–star accommodation in a central location, together w...

Thailand Golf Holiday and Travel Budgets (Part 1)

For anyone considering a golf holiday in Thailand, it is important to know the potential costs of your whole package in order to help you budget accordingly. In order to help you with this, I have detailed below some information including the choice and costs of hotels, golf & transport, and additional expenses you will likely incur during your visit. When selecting your holiday the most important aspect for most people is their accommodation. If they are traveling a long distance from hom...

Golf Festival or County Fair

Wouldn’t it be neat to be the first on your block to attend world’s first and only golf festival? August will mark the first golf festival that I have ever heard of. That is, not only in Thailand, but anywhere! You ask what exactly is a golf festival, so did I when I first found out about it, and I even living here in Thailand where it is being held. I know that you are now dying to know about the festival and you can find out exactly all about the golf festival as described by the T...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s (Part 3)...

Today’s post covers Hua Hin as an alternate place to visit for a golfing holiday. The smaller city of Hua Hin  is located on the opposite side of the Gulf of Thailand, and is approximately a three-hour drive from Bangkok.  This city has become a bit of a golfing ‘mecca’ in Thailand, and is extremely popular with couples and families due to the much quieter atmosphere than Pattaya. As you can also see in this photo, the Hua Hin beach is also  cleaner and more tranquil than Pattaya...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s (Part 2)

This is the second part of this post comparing two major choices for a great golf holiday in Thailand. Today’s post will cover the city of Pattaya. Tomorrow I cover Hua Hin. The city of Pattaya is located 100km south east of Bangkok, on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand. It is an easy 2 drive from Bangkok now and when the new airport in Bangkok opens in 2007, you will be able to be in Pattaya in just over an hour after touchdown. The region around Pattaya hosts a huge variety of go...

Golf Holiday in Pattaya or Hua Hin: Pro’s and Con’s of each dest...

Without doubt, Pattaya and Hua Hin are two of the leading seaside golf destinations outside of  Bangkok that are frequented most by visiting tourists. Both locations are extremely different in what they have to offer and hopefully the following post will help you decide what is best suited for your requirements. Pattaya while usually thought of only as a party town can not be overlooked as it boasts 20 golf courses within easy reach for serious golfers. Hua Hin on the other hand is a more t...

Golf Course in USA

Here is a great photo from The Tradition Club in Myrtle Beach, SC. It was taken earlier this year and sent to me a few weeks ago by a good friend Mr. Ted Walton from Canada. Ted and I have been trading emails regularly and he plans to visit Thailand later this year. The shot reminds me of some of the Thai golf courses with loads of water and heavily guarded greens. I think Ted may comment more on this picture and I also hope he gives out his contact. For anyone wishing to get some great custom ...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 4 of 4)

Hua Hin & Cha Am 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. Thailand’s original beach resort, it now sports a selection of 7 excellent golf courses and is a much quieter destination that Phuket or Pattaya, although is particularly popular with visiting Eurpoean tourists during the cool season from November to February. Although Hua Hin still retains the intimacy of a village, it has successfully i...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 3 of 4)

Pattaya The resort of Pattaya is located south east of Bangkok, less than a 2-hour drive from the airport.  The region hosts the greatest variety and highest density of the finest championship golf courses in Thailand, and is a paradise for a golf holiday. Originally, Pattaya was a quiet fishing town with idyllic beaches. However, this soon became the destination for American troops on R&R during the Vietnam War, and a multitude of bars, neon lights and shows quickly appeared. This ...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 2 of 4)

Phuket Golf in Phuket is a great experience for those wanting to combine their holiday with relaxation at some of the world’s best beaches. Phuket is known internationally as one of the most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia. With its endless white beaches, cooling blue lagoons and tropical mountainous interior, it provides a stunning and ideal backdrop for a golf holiday. From basic beach front bungalows, to stunning world-class resort hotels with sumptuous spa facilities, Phuket offers a...

Thailand Seaside Golf Destinations : Which is best? (Part 1 of 4)

I often get asked by friends and clients alike to questions about the 3 main seaside Thailand golf destinations, Phuket, Hua Hin and Pattaya. The most frequent question fro those who have never been to the seaside resorts are which city is best for them? Therefore I thought I would write about this topic over the next few days and try to share my views together with some good overall information that I have been able to gather from various sources and web sites. For those wishing a golfing holid...

Pattaya Golf: Playing and My 5 Favorite Courses (Part 3)

Here are the last 2 of my favorite Pattaya golf courses. 4. Burapha Golf Club consists of 36 holes, on rolling hilly terrain. This excellent course demands both length and accuracy. The course used to be a members only course but now accepts visitors. Course A/B is my personal favorite, and requires a variety of shot-making to master this course. Although not overly tight, well placed bunkers and water hazards means you need to be careful with your tee shots. This will give you the opportunity t...

Pattaya Golf: Playing and My 5 Favorite Courses (Part 2)

Pattaya Golf Courses (Part 2) Here are the next 2 of my favorite Pattaya courses continued from yesterday. 2. St. Andrews 2000 Golf Course was originally designed to replicate a Scottish Links course. Subsequently it was redesigned and in the process has left one of the most challenging courses in Thailand. There are 2 par 6s (yes that is not a typographical error) each measuring some 800 yards from tee to green, which just make then quality for the 3 longest golf holes in the world. This is uni...

Thailand Golf Holiday: What City is best?

I often get asked about which city is best for playing golf and vacationing in Thailand. Depending on your preferences, there are a number of choices where you can base yourself for a unique golf holiday. First there is the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. Staying here will allow you to choose from  25 championship golf courses and also take advantage of all of great infrastructure that you would expect in a  major capital city. There is some amazing shopping, tourist attractions and wid...

Great Golf in Thailand

When is the perfect time of year to play? I often get asked about the best time of year to play golf in Thailand so I thought to share my experience on this topic. Without doubt, the best time of year for golf is from November through January. This is the cool and dry season, with average temperatures only around 20 degrees centigrade. On the other hand, this is also the peak season for visiting tourists. As such, one should be prepared for busy golf courses and it is a must to plan your holiday...

Thailand Golf Holiday: How to Arrange Your Own.

I often get asked how someone can arrange and go about taking a golf holiday in Thailand. While this is fairy obvious to those who live here in Thailand, it may not be so simple and can be quite intimidating to those who are not so frequently traveled and view Thailand as a destination halfway around the world (which it is!). Therefore, I though I would write this short guide covering the major aspects of a golf holiday in Thailand. For anyone considering arranging their own golf tour, then ther...

Thailand Golf Blog Introduction

Sawasdee krap (Greetings) From Thailand! Since this is my first post, I thought to take this opportunity to introduce all readers to the Thailand Golf Blog. It is my intent to share my, and other peoples, valuable knowledge and expert information about playing golf and golf travel in Thailand. I will be writing on such topics as my day to day golf experiences, prior tours and travels I have made throughout Thailand, useful golf tips which have helped me improved my game and other related subjec...