AUSSIES seem to continue to love the Land of Smiles so we sat down with Thailand expert agent, Carly Smith from Helloworld Travel Toowoomba City what her top tips and advice for selling Thailand is.
Is there much interest among Australians for travel to Thailand?
There is still a fair bit of interest among Australians for Thailand from those who have been to Bali and the South Pacific. Part of the reason is that it’s an incredibly affordable destination.
Which destinations in Thailand are most popular?
Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui are always the most popular, however those returning to Thailand tend to look at places like Khao Lak, Krabi, Pattaya and right up north in Chiang Mai for the Hill Tribe Villages.
What are the must-see highlights for first time travellers?
Spending 3 or 4 nights in Bangkok to do the Bridge over River Kwai, Floating Markets, Grand Palace and Ayutthaya, then spending 8-10 nights in Phuket and doing the Island Hopping to Phi Phi Island, James Bond Island, Krabi etc, the Simon Cabaret Show, Fantasea Show, and spending money at the Patong A Top markets.
What sort of travellers are visiting Thailand?
Honeymooners, families, young couples and even the retired. Thailand is great because it can suit any type of traveller looking for any kind of holiday, from a flop-and-drop to more adventurous experiences.
Is there any particular time of year that is best to travel to Thailand?
The best time to travel to Thailand would be from November through to April, however April can be extremely hot.
What do you love about Thailand?
The food! Authentic Thai food is so delicious and there is such a variety of different flavours, depending on where in the country you are visiting. And the people of course, they are always so friendly and make a trip to Thailand so memorable.
What are your top three tips for selling Thailand?
- Be on the look-out for stay/pay deals as they are always good value.
- Grab a bargain for your client by keeping an eye out for exclusive deals with 5-star properties selling at 4-star rates.
- Find the best inclusions with dinner, massages and resort credits.