The LPGA kicks off its season on the other side of the world this week, but Thailand is a golf destination worth traveling to even if you're not playing for the big bucks of the Honda PTT Thailand.
The site of this week's event is Siam Country Club in Pattaya, a beach city about two hours south of Bangkok, and an area rich with golf and other attractions. Siam features two courses, which have both hosted the LPGA: the Old Course and Plantation Course, which are a couple miles from each other and both have their own facilities. Click here for the review.
Thailand's regions all vary, from sprawling Bangkok to sleepier cities (relatively speaking) like Hua Hin. While they all offer their own vibe, what is consistent about Thailand is the warm, tropical air, golf courses in superb shape and service levels (including the country's smiling female caddies) off the charts. You'll eat and change in some of the most impressive clubhouses you've ever stepped foot in, with trans-continental menus serving the tastes of the many countries who come here for golf, from Japan to Australia to South Africa and many more.
While Phuket is generally the most expensive of the destinations in Thailand, you can still be treated like a king during your stay. For the cost of a couple beers, you can get a 90-minute foot massage, but at Thailand prices, you may as well do both.