From a thriving culinary and art scene to boutique wellness retreats and sporting adventures - Thailand boasts many unique women-friendly experiences, making it the most exciting destination right now for female travellers from the Middle East.
Just last week, Emirati media personality, Taim AlFalasi, and Iranian actress and UNICEF Ambassador, Mahtab Keramati, as well as dozens of other female celebrities from around the world, came together in Thailand to celebrate female travellers and all that Thailand has to offer for adventurous women.
Over 616k people from the Middle East visited Thailand in 2017; 40 per cent of those visitors were female and the figure looks set to increase this year as more and more Arab women look to Thailand for unique travel experiences. With Islam being the second largest religion in the country, Thailand offers numerous Muslim-friendly activities, hotels and restaurants for travellers from across the Middle East.
Here’s a round-up of female-friendly activities in Thailand from the experts at Tourism Authority Thailand:
The top five things for female travellers to do in Thailand:
1. Embark on a gastronomical journey
Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and there’s no better place to enjoy it than in the heart of the vibrant Bangkok. Thanks to its cosmopolitan vibe, multiculturalism and flourishing gastronomic scene, Bangkok has rapidly become “the” destination for foodies. With plenty of halal-friendly options available, dine in style at one of the city’s world-class fine-dining establishments, sample the authentic tastes of Bangkok’s bustling street food scene, or learn Thai authenticity first-hand at one of the city’s famous cooking classes.
2. Enjoy some “me time” at one of Thailand’s award-winning retreats
Thailand offers a range of world-renowned women-only health and wellness retreats. Whether in a group or travelling solo, Thailand is recognised for offering the highest level of services and hospitality. From budget to luxury retreats, each with packages tailored to specific needs, a wellness escape in Thailand will boost all-round health and leave guests feeling fresh and renewed.
3. Indulge in a sporting passion
Second-to-none facilities and year-round sunshine make Thailand a sporting paradise and the perfect place for beginners to learn the basics or well-seasoned players to improve their skills. Thailand offers a range of women’s packages and classes, from playing golf on some of the world’s best courses and mastering the art of yoga, to a women-only Muay Thai training class, there are a wealth of options available for women in Thailand.
4. Explore the cultural capital of Thailand
Chiang Mai has become an extremely artistically and visually rich city to visit and should be at the top of the list for female travelers. It incorporates the ideal blend of nature, culture and history with excellent tours, activities and quality dining options. Go on a guided tour of the city’s art galleries, visit the bustling night market, or explore the city’s many famous and historic wats (Buddhist temples).
5. Shop till you Drop
Bangkok is brimming with amazing malls and bustling markets, making a shopping expedition the perfect outing for the ladies. With unique handicrafts and artwork, the latest fashions and high-quality tailoring at incredible prices, Thailand is a shopper’s paradise.
Source: Seven Media