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The Northern Territory news Sat 21 Oct 2022

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The Northern Territory news Sat 21 Oct 2022

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NT news

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The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

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2022-10-21

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English

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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News Corp Australia

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Darwin

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News Corp Australia

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C00042

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/895769

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/895859

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NTNEWS.COM.AU Friday October 21 2022 LIFESTYLE 33 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Thailand may be the land of a thousand smiles, but its also the land of a thousand islands 1430 to be exact. So choosing which one is best for your holiday could get confusing. Whether you want a popular tourist base with the full smorgasbord of hotels and restaurants, or something a little more remote and laid-back, theres the perfect island getaway for you. The right paradise You can have a completely different experience depending on the island you land on. Most of the islands are off the peninsula to the south of Bangkok and firsttimers cant go wrong with Phuket in the Andaman Sea or Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand the two most popular Thai islands, which cater to backpackers, families and couples alike. For a more remote island experience, check out Koh Pha Ngan for nature lovers; Koh Tao for great diving; Koh Lanta for the surf; Koh Kood where the celebs flock to; or Koh Lipe for honeymooners. Getting there There are direct flights to Phuket from Australia and you can fly Bangkok Airways from the capital to Koh Samui. But Cindy Delhomel, general manager of Avani Chaweng Hotel and Seen Beach Club in Koh Samui, says there are ways to cut costs if you have time and patience. There are flights from Bangkoks second airport, Don Mueang, that fly directly to Surat Thani, which is the closest city on the continent to the islands, she says. You can take a taxi or bus to Donsak Pier and from there you take the ferry to Samui, Pha Ngan or Ko Tao, which saves you about 50 per cent of the cost of the flight with Bangkok Airways to Samui. But it takes longer. Rainy season Monsoonal rains will generally hit mainland Thailand from July to October. But Delhomel says they will reach the islands at different times. The rainy season in Phuket is usually from June to September, but its a beautiful sunny time in Samui then, she says. Samui enters the rainy season towards the end of October until mid-December. Getting around No one would ever recommend that a tourist hire a car to tackle the dreaded traffic in Bangkok, but its different on the islands, Delhomel says. The price for taxis is quite high and they dont turn on the meter; the price is fixed, she says. And there are no buses on Samui. But I recommend renting a car, which will cost about 700 baht maximum a day (about $30). And avoid renting old-school Jeeps as they are badly maintained, and avoid motorbikes as there are many accidents with people who are not used to the roads. Strike a bargain If youre reluctant to haggle a good price at the markets, consider this: The Thai people are proud of that cultural aspect (of bargaining), Delhomel says. Its expected that you will bargain to get a better price. Experts recommend you always let the seller state a price first before you counter. Find your perfect Thai island Mercedes Maguires tips for a value-packed Southeast Asian holiday LUXURY See Europe like a VIP with a 13-day tour from Reykjavik to Berlin aboard a private jet from $15,045 a person, twin share. Departing on August 9, 2023, travel to nine destinations including Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tallinn escorted by an APT tour director. Book by October 31, 2022. ph Travel Associates 13 70 71 RAIL See Europe on six rail journeys over 14 days from $7595 a person twin share, saving $700 a person. Travel from Munich on the Jungfrau Railway before joining the Bernina Express, the Zugspitze Railway, the Glacier Express and more. Book by November 24, 2022, and travel from May to September 2023. travelmarvel.com.au $7595 $15,045 EUROPE Visit Ang Thong National Park on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. I n E s ca p e on Su nd ay : C a mp in g m ad e e as y 1 The Similan IslandsWant a Thai island paradise away from the heaving crowds? Listen up. Made up of 11 islands, the Similan Islands are north of Phuket, and the largest island, Koh Similan, is an absolute winner. Its all youd expect from a Thai island white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters and swaying coconut trees. Its also home to world-class scuba diving and you can get close to marine creatures such as sharks, rays and hundreds of species of tropical fish. The easiest way to get from Bangkok to the Similan Islands is to catch a flight from Bangkok to Phuket and then buy a ticket straight to the islands through one of the tour operators that can be found at the airport. This trip will include both land and sea transfers, but its the quickest and most convenient way. Scan the code and uncover more uncrowded Thai destinations. Secret Thai islands Get in touch Editor: Toni Hetherington. For story ideas and sales inquiries contact toni.hetherington@news.com.auDeputy Editor & Entertainment Editor: James Wigney. Contact: james.wigney@news.com.au Thailand may be the land of a thousand smiles, but its also the land of a thousand islands 1430 to be exact. So choosing which one is best for your holiday could get confusing. Whether you want a popular tourist base with the full smorgasbord of hotels and restaurants, or something a little more remote and laid-back, theres the perfect island getaway for you. The right paradise You can have a completely different experience depending on the island you land on. Most of the islands are off the peninsula to the south of Bangkok and firsttimers cant go wrong with Phuket in the Andaman Sea or Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand the two most popular Thai islands, which cater to backpackers, families and couples alike. For a more remote island experience, check out Koh Pha Ngan for nature lovers; Koh Tao for great diving; Koh Lanta for the surf; Koh Kood where the celebs flock to; or Koh Lipe for honeymooners. Getting there There are direct flights to Phuket from Australia and you can fly Bangkok Airways from the capital to Koh Samui. But Cindy Delhomel, general manager of Avani Chaweng Hotel and Seen Beach Club in Koh Samui, says there are ways to cut costs if you have time and patience. There are flights from Bangkoks second airport, Don Mueang, that fly directly to Surat Thani, which is the closest city on the continent to the islands, she says. You can take a taxi or bus to Donsak Pier and from there you take the ferry to Samui, Pha Ngan or Ko Tao, which saves you about 50 per cent of the cost of the flight with Bangkok Airways to Samui. But it takes longer. Rainy season Monsoonal rains will generally hit mainland Thailand from July to October. But Delhomel says they will reach the islands at different times. The rainy season in Phuket is usually from June to September, but its a beautiful sunny time in Samui then, she says. Samui enters the rainy season towards the end of October until mid-December. Getting around No one would ever recommend that a tourist hire a car to tackle the dreaded traffic in Bangkok, but its different on the islands, Delhomel says. The price for taxis is quite high and they dont turn on the meter; the price is fixed, she says. And there are no buses on Samui. But I recommend renting a car, which will cost about 700 baht maximum a day (about $30). And avoid renting old-school Jeeps as they are badly maintained, and avoid motorbikes as there are many accidents with people who are not used to the roads. Strike a bargain If youre reluctant to haggle a good price at the markets, consider this: The Thai people are proud of that cultural aspect (of bargaining), Delhomel says. Its expected that you will bargain to get a better price. Experts recommend you always let the seller state a price first before you counter. Find your perfect Thai island Mercedes Maguires tips for a value-packed Southeast Asian holiday LUXURY See Europe like a VIP with a 13-day tour from Reykjavik to Berlin aboard a private jet from $15,045 a person, twin share. Departing on August 9, 2023, travel to nine destinations including Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tallinn escorted by an APT tour director. Book by October 31, 2022. ph Travel Associates 13 70 71 RAIL See Europe on six rail journeys over 14 days from $7595 a person twin share, saving $700 a person. Travel from Munich on the Jungfrau Railway before joining the Bernina Express, the Zugspitze Railway, the Glacier Express and more. Book by November 24, 2022, and travel from May to September 2023. travelmarvel.com.au $7595 $15,045 EUROPE Visit Ang Thong National Park on Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. I n E s ca p e on Su nd ay : C a mp in g m ad e e as y 1 The Similan IslandsWant a Thai island paradise away from the heaving crowds? Listen up. Made up of 11 islands, the Similan Islands are north of Phuket, and the largest island, Koh Similan, is an absolute winner. Its all youd expect from a Thai island white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters and swaying coconut trees. Its also home to world-class scuba diving and you can get close to marine creatures such as sharks, rays and hundreds of species of tropical fish. The easiest way to get from Bangkok to the Similan Islands is to catch a flight from Bangkok to Phuket and then buy a ticket straight to the islands through one of the tour operators that can be found at the airport. This trip will include both land and sea transfers, but its the quickest and most convenient way. Scan the code and uncover more uncrowded Thai destinations. Secret Thai islands Subscribe today for full digital access plus weekend newspaper delivery. Min. cost $8.* $2 a week for the first 12 weeks. 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