If your group has already enjoyed the bustle of Bangkok it might be time to take the team to southern Thailand. Perhaps a little culture? The perfect mindfulness locations in Thailand to get the team centred and back on the job. Find out how Thailand welcomes Australians through incentivising business event oganisers.
Phuket, located in the Andaman Sea, is one of the most well known islands in all of Thailand, and has always been popular with Australian tourists. Once an undeveloped jewel, Phuket is now a hub for business tourism as well as leisure. The increase in infrastructure and nightlife makes it an appealing spot for traditional conferences. In Chalong Bay, you can go beyond the beaches and explore some incredible Buddhist monuments. Check out temples like Wat Chalong and Wat Laung Pu Supa as well as the white marble Big Buddha statue located on the top of Naka Kerd Mountain, this will allow for some mindfulness for your group.
The body of water between Krabi and Phuket is called Phang Nga Bay, and it is one of the most breathtaking destinations in all of Thailand. Within the bay, limestone formations tower up from the water, leading to amazing views. Most incentive groups to Phang Nga Bay opt for boat tours so that they can see as many of these formations as possible, but sea kayaking is also a fun way to explore in smaller groups. There are also some truly amazing islands within the bay, such as Khao Ping Gan, which was featured in the James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun. Creating a trailer with the theme music from this movie and your team as stars is a great way to launch an incentive to Thailand that includes Khao Ping Gan.
Ko Phi Phi is made up of six islands located off the mainland coast of Krabi. This archipelago can deliver beautiful beaches, amazing reefs and plenty of outdoor activities. Ko Phi Phi Don is the largest island, the busiest island, and the spot where you will find 5 star accommodation. During the day, however, your group can check out the other five islands. Ko Phi Phi Leh is perhaps the most popular because it served as the backdrop for the film The Beach, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. From swimming at beaches to spotting monkeys to scuba diving in caves, Ko Phi Phi is a truly unforgettable destination.
In the Gulf of Thailand close to Ko Samui is the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park. This archipelago is made up of 42 islands, most of which are located close to one another. That makes it a breathtaking place to tour by boat, because the close proximity of these lush green islands makes for amazing photographs, and who doesn’t like a little bit of bragging rights when travelling for work. One island you can’t miss is Ko Wua Talap where your group can dine at a seafront restaurant, explore the Buaboke Cave, relax on one of two amazing beaches or walk across the island in 30 minutes through a jungle trail. We recommend Ko Samui and its extraordinary accommodation offerings as a base and using a local DMC to reduce the amazing offerings to the very best for your incentive.
The island of Ko Pha Ngan is also found in the Gulf of Thailand, and it is best known for hosting huge parties in honor of the full moon. These infamous beach festivals are popular with young backpackers from around the world, and the revelry is unparalleled in Asia. However, that’s not all the island has to offer. Besides ideal beaches, Ko Pha Ngan is also home to Than Sadet-Ko Pha Ngan National Park, which boasts a beautiful waterfall. A group hike through the jungle and along the coast, scuba diving or experience a Muay Thai training course suitable for a group that is fit and ready for adventure..
While certain parts of south Thailand are busy with travelers, places like the Khao Sok National Park offer a completely different perspective. This jungle reserve your incentive group can explore on a guided tour, allowing them to safely see wildlife and natural attractions within Khao Sok. Cheow Lan Lake is a must-see destination, but the view from the vantage point above the lake is the place to be for epic group photo. You might want to check out the Wing Hin Waterfall or the Tang Nam Gorge, both of which are highly recommended.
Whether your group’s next trip is looking for the next adrenaline rush or unparalleled scenic beauty, Railay may be the answer. Railay is a peninsula surrounded by oceans and mountains, which means that it is primarily accessible by boat. On stunning white-sand beaches, tall limestone formations tower over the water. At Phra Nang Beach on Railay, you can swim underneath incredible limestone structures. At Rai Leh West Beach, the vibe is a little quieter but the scenic beauty is just as appealing. You’ll have the chance to explore caves in Railay, and the truly adventurous can also try out some of the ample rock climbing available.
Did you know that Thailand Convention and Exhibition Centre (TCEB) represented in Australia by Clockwise Consulting provides support for Australian groups heading to Thailand. The Government recognises the economic impact of business tourism and the positives of sharing knowledge between our countries. Find out today how you can benefit in taking your next group or conference to Thailand.