Wednesday,  August 10, 2022  12:36 pm

Thailand a great destination 'fore' golf

Thailand a great destination 'fore' golf
Of Tourism Authority of Thailand: (from left) Kayla Shubert, representative for Canada; Runjuan Tongrut, executive director; Puangpen Klanwari, director – Toronto office.
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With more than 250 golf courses and unique wellness offerings, Thailand is no longer just about the beaches.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand welcomed travel media to an exclusive event showcasing these offerings, featuring pro golfers and sisters Moriya Jutanugarn and Ariya Jutanugarn, who will hit the links today at the LPGA Canadian Women’s Open in Aurora, Ontario. The Jutanugarns also lead a Thai cooking demonstration, preparing a rice salad for guests to sample.

Golf getaways

With its wide range of terrain, Thailand makes for some unique golf challenges, offering everything from mountain courses to seaside fairways. For the Jutanugarns, Pattya Golf Course at the Siam Country Club remains their top choice, the site of more than 10 LPGA tournaments. Beyond golf, the city of Pattya is also a renowned resort destination with miles of beachfront along Thailand’s west coast.

In addition to the country’s warm climate, Thailand’s favourable exchange rate allows visiting golfers to play on top-notch courses at a fraction of the cost of courses in North America and Europe.

“Golf is getting more popular in Thailand – we have great courses and can play year-round,” Moriya told PAX. “You don’t have to spend a lot to play on a world-class course.”

Moriya Jutanugarn and Ariya Jutanugarn took part in a cooking demo, preparing a rice salad.

Canadians: culture and cuisine

While value for money is also a motivator for Canadians visiting Thailand, Runjuan Tongrut, executive director for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, told PAX that travellers from Canada – more than 300,000 in 2018 – continue to be drawn to the destination’s history and food, whether its exploring the former capital city of Chiang Rai in the north or heading south to learn first-hand the secrets of Thai cooking.

Thailand is also emerging as a wedding and honeymoon destination, Tongrut said, thanks to the beauty of the country’s landscapes.

Tongrut added that Canadian visitors also spend an average of 15 days in Thailand and spend freely thanks to the current exchange rate.

Guests were also treated to a Thai massage, one of the destination's many wellness offerings.

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