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    Destination

    Thailand - Khao Lak

    When can I go?

    1 June 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Description

    7 nights at the 4 star Khao Lak Merlin

    What’s included in the deal?

    Return flights to Phuket on Qatar Return resort transfers 7 nights accommodation in a Superior Room Breakfast daily All taxes, levies & surcharges (estimate)

    More Info

    28% early bird discount included in package price Upgrade to half board plus (inclusive of 2 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks) from R3 100 per person

    Airfare Surcharges & Conditions

    A weekend surcharge is applicable for travel on Fridays and Saturdays

    Terms & Conditions

    Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation. Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are not included. Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations. Rebooking and cancellation fees apply. All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified. Standard terms and conditions apply. All discounts and/or special offers have already been included in the package price.

    Pricing Per Person Sharing From

    Johannesburg
    Base Price: ZAR 7 975
    Package Taxes: ZAR 4 590
    Total Price: ZAR 12 565
  • KHAO LAK MERLIN RESORT


    Why we like it

    The 4 Star Khao Lak Merlin Resort is located amidst a peaceful, tropical forest landscape which slopes gently down to the 190 metre stretch of Khao Lak beach.

    The village centre is just a stroll away and offers more authentic eating options. Alternatively, take a taxi to the centre of Khao Lak for a wider variety.

    Description

    LOCATION
    Khao Lak Beach, Khao Lak.

    ACCOMMODATION

    137 Superior Rooms (Size: 37m2)
    The superior rooms are tastefully decorated with a warm atmosphere.
    All rooms have their own balcony with the en-suite bathroom offering a sunken bath with shower.

    75 Deluxe Rooms (Size: 44m2)
    The comfortable and relaxing deluxe natural rooms boast a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and separate tub.
    All rooms are equipped with a balcony and chairs to enjoy the view.

    21 Deluxe Pool Access Rooms (Size: 46m2)
    The Deluxe Pool Access Rooms offer direct access to one of the fabulous swimming pools with waterfalls.
    Each room features a king-size bed and a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and separate tub.
    Due to safety considerations, children 12 years and under are not allowed in this room category.

    Superior Family Rooms (Size: 74m2)
    Superior Family consists of 2 Superior rooms with an interconnecting door in between. 
    The room offers plenty of space for a family of four or five with 1 king-size bed and 2 single beds.
    The en-suite bathroom offers a sunken bath with shower.

    Deluxe Family Rooms (Size: 88m2)
    Deluxe Family consists of 2 Deluxe rooms with an interconnecting door in between. 
    The room offers ample space and comfort for a family of four or five.
    The bedding configuration is 1 king-size bed and 2 single beds.
    The en-suite bathroom offers a walk-in shower and separate tub.
    All rooms are equipped with a balcony and chairs to enjoy the view.

    ROOM FACILITIES

    • Air conditioning
    • Satellite TV
    • Telephone
    • Mini bar
    • Hair dryer
    • Tea and coffee making facilities
    • Electronic safe
    • Bathrobe & slippers
    • Balcony or terrace
    • Daily housekeeping


    DINING

    Meal Plans
    The resort operates on a Bed & Breakfast basis with the option to upgrade to Half Board Plus, Full Board Plus and All Inclusive.

    Half Board Plus includes:

    • Buffet breakfast at the Tropical Garden Restaurant.
    • Dinner at any of the dining outlets during regular operational hours.
    • À la carte dinner menu options at the Veranda Beachside Restaurant and Tropical Garden Restaurant or all theme buffets on a weekly basis.
    • 2 Beverages, either alcoholic (house pouring wines, local spirits & local beers) or non-alcoholic (juices, hot beverages, soft drinks & water) during mealtimes.

    Full Board Plus includes:

    • Buffet breakfast at the Tropical Garden Restaurant.
    • À la carte Lunch & Dinner menu at the Tropical Garden Restaurant & Veranda Beachside Restaurant or All theme buffets on a weekly basis.
    • 2 Beverages, either alcoholic (house pouring wines, local spirits & local beers) or non-alcoholic (juices, hot beverages, soft drinks & water) during mealtimes.

    All Inclusive includes:

    • Buffet breakfast at the Tropical Garden Restaurant.
    • Lunch and Dinner at any of the dining outlets during regular operational hours.
    • À la carte menu options at the Veranda Beachside Restaurant and Tropical Garden Restaurant.
    • All theme buffets on a weekly basis.
    • Unlimited consumption of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cold & hot beverages including house pouring wines, local beers, juices, soft drink, and water during meals per day.

    The Garden
    The Garden offers a wide breakfast buffet selection for a good start of the day and A la carte and set menus are available for dinner.
    Enjoy your meal on the terrace overlooking the gardens and pool, or in the cosy air-conditioned area.
    Open for Breakfast (06h30 – 10h30) and Dinner (18h00 – 00h00).

    Veranda Beachside Restaurant
    The spacious beachfront setting is ideal for a family lunch or romantic dinner. Special theme night buffets with cooking while you watch, and live entertainment are available during the high season.
    A private candle-lit dinner by the beach for any special occasion can be arranged.
    Open for Lunch and Dinner (11h00 – 23h00).

    Sunset Hut
    The best location to feel the fresh sea breeze and enjoy the fabulous view of the sea with a cocktail or cold beer.
    Don’t miss the stunning sunset show at dusk.
    Open for Lunch and Drinks (11h00 – 20h00).

    Pool Bar
    You don’t have to leave the pool to get a drink. Try one or two of the popular tropical drinks at the swim-up bar or poolside.
    Open for Drinks (11h00 – 17h00).

    Lobby Lounge
    The spacious and comfortable lobby lounge is an ideal place to socialize with friends or other guests. Choose your favourite drink from the extensive drink menu and enjoy great conversation while listening to soft live music in background.
    Open for Drinks and Snacks (15h00 – 00h00).

    SPA
    The spa products are made from carefully selected natural material. Experience luxurious body or facial treatments in a private room, or a traditional Thai massage in the open-air pavilion surrounded by nature. You will be totally refreshed and relaxed.

    Merlin Kids Spa
    Young spa-goers, age 4 and up are invited to enjoy kid spa treatments designed just for them to unwind sporty bodies and relax little minds. All treatments use child-friendly products.

    Children aged 4-12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the duration of their treatments.
    Parental consent is always required for all guests under the age of 18.

    Open 10h00 – 19h00.

    Wi-Fi
    Complimentary throughout the resort.

    WATERSPORTS & ACTIVITIES (* some at a supplement)

    • 4 Swimming pools
    • Kids pool with water slide
    • Spa pool with jacuzzi
    • Fitness centre
    • Kids playground
    • Tennis court
    • One way shuttle bus to Khao Lak Centre
    • Tour desk
    • Conferencing (max 400 delegates)
    • Babysitting *

    All information in this Fact Sheet is applicable from 1 May 2022 to 15 April 2023 and is subject to change without prior notice.

    Please note that some services may not be available due to weather conditions, hotel occupancy and/or operational requirements.


  • WELCOME TO THAILAND

    Or should we say, welcome to Paradise. Thailand is blessed with some of the world’s most-enviable beaches and a myriad of off shore islands ensuring your holiday will be filled with watersports, hammocks and sunset strolls along the water’s edge. Some areas are super-vibey while others offer a more serene experience.

    A QUICK GUIDE TO THE MOST POPULAR SPOTS…

    Phuket

    Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and is undeniably the country’s most popular beach destination. With a vibrant nightlife, bustling market stalls, a family atmosphere or romantic seclusion. This island paradise offers a vast selection of hotels, and the beaches supply every kind of vibe! Head to Patong Beach if you feel like a party or being active. Kata and Karon Beaches are great for families and couples. The range of activities available is fantastic; canoeing, hiking, white water rafting, scooter hire and best of all – diving and snorkelling. 

    Phi Phi

    Phi Phi Island is located 2 hours by ferry from Phuket (some resorts also offer a speedboat service). You’ll be collected from the ferry by long-tail boat and taken to your resort; all of which are located in the north of the island, a quieter area, for that true getaway experience. Phi Phi is nature at its best; towering limestone cliffs shelter white, sandy beaches leading to aquamarine bays filled with marine life; perfect for diving and snorkelling or simply taking it easy and letting the stress of modern life slip away. There are no roads on Phi Phi so once you settle into your resort your only mode of transport is a longtail boat (and some haggling with a local for the right price!). Make sure that you won’t need an ATM!

    Krabi

    Krabi is a 2 hour overland trip from Phuket through countryside terrain and local villages. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! Krabi’s sheer limestone cliffs will welcome you to where over 130 islands rise majestically from the sea, and secluded beaches are accessible only by colourfully adorned long-tail boats. Krabi is about getting out and exploring nature - sea caves, exotic marine life, rock climbing, beautiful National Parks, hot spring waterfalls, the spectacular turquoise waters of the Emerald Pool and Tiger Cave – a cliff monastery in a jungle valley.

    Khao Lak

    Khao Lak is on Thailand’s mainland west coast, an hour north of Phuket and stretches along the Andaman coastline. It is a less crowded tourist destination close to the Phang-Nga area’s rugged natural beauty. There are a couple of towns and and beautiful white-sand beaches – all scattered along a 24 kms stretch so it never feels too busy. For travellers who like their holidays less frenetic the easy going local feel of Khao Lak is perfect. There are a variety of good local restaurants and of course great shopping easily reached from most resorts by taxi and Khao Lak has its own night market for late-night snacks and shopping.

    Nature lovers can soak up the slower pace and go hiking around Chong Fah’s waterfalls or explore the Kho Sok National Park which is around 2 hours drive, home to elephant sanctuaries, one of the oldest rainforests in the world and floating camps so is a delight for anyone with a love for the outdoors. For keen snorkellers and divers, the Surin and Similan Islands are some of the best places to dive in Thailand and are just two hours from Khao Lak by boat. The islands form part of a protected national marine park and are open between 15 October and 15 May annually.

    CLIMATE

    Thailand’s tropical climate has three main seasons:

    Hot: March to June

    Rainy: July to October

    Cool: November to February

    Average temperatures range from 20°C to 35°C

    The monsoon season in the Andaman Sea (West coast/Phuket and surrounds) is from approximately May to October. The monsoon rains are generally short and heavy, clearing quickly and days of constant rain are rare.

    LANGUAGE

    The national language is Thai, although English is widely spoken in Phuket, Krabi & Phi Phi.

    CURRENCY

    The currency is the Thai Baht which is better for bargaining and shopping in markets. US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are accepted at hotels.

    TIPPING

    A service charge is already included in all prices. Tips, in general, are not mandatory, and you should only give them if you are really content with the service offered. Waiters, bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.

    TIME DIFFERENCE

    5 hours ahead of South Africa.

    FESTIVALS

    Thailand brags of many festivals throughout the year; one of the most famous being the Songkran Festival in mid-April which washes away all the bad spirits and celebrates the traditional Thai New Year. Basically, Songkran is all about getting wet, so be prepared to be squirted with ice water!

    WHAT TO WEAR

    Light, cool clothes are sensible. Shorts (except knee length walking shorts), sleeveless shirts, tank tops and other beach-style attire are considered inappropriate dress when not actually at the beach or in a resort area.

    COMMON COURTESIES

    It is important to show respect for the Thai Royal Family. Revealing attire is not allowed in religious shrines. Do not climb over or sit on Buddha monuments. Do not touch or give anything directly to a Buddhist monk if you are a woman. Thais greet each other by pressing their palms together called ‘wai’. It is rude to touch people on their head or point your feet at people or an object.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electric current is 220 volts AC (50 cycles) and the majority of electrical outlets take a round, two-pronged slim plug.

    HEALTH

    Visitors do not require vaccinations unless coming from or passing through a designated contaminated area. Drink only bottled water and avoid ice unless you know is made from bottled or boiled water. Be cautious when eating from food vendors on the street.

    WHAT TO PACK

    • As a guide, the maximum weight for checked luggage is 20kg in economy class and 30kg in business class
    • Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg and needs to be small and compact
    • Take along your best beach and casual wear, perfect for the day
    • The dress-code for dinner is usually smart casual and gents are required to wear long trousers
    • Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
    • Don’t forget any medication that you might need, and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
    • Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV channels in your hotel may be limited)
    • Mosquito repellent
    • A hat or cap
    • A beach bag

    TRAVEL TIPS

    • Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim when you get to your resort)
    • Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
    • No sharp objects are permitted in your hand luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
    • Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford to travel!
    • Travelling with kids – please check that you have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
    • Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and jewellery in your carry-on bag
    • It’s often a good idea to let your bank or credit card company know that you’re going overseas
    • Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have the best time ever!


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