An increasing number of Thai resorts are turning away from large-scale tourism in favour of a more personal, exclusive approach, one journalist has noticed.

An increasing number of Thai resorts are turning away from large-scale tourism in favour of a more personal, exclusive approach, one journalist has noticed.

On a recent trip to Thailand, Philip Cornwel-Smith, writing for the Independent, said that villas are popping up as opposed to hotels with blocks of rooms, while outdoor bathrooms are seen as green and chic rather than a sign of poor accommodation.

“Thai resorts are trying to recapture the small scale and carefree ways that made these beaches a hit with backpackers,” he commented.

Mr Cornwel-Smith remarked that Phuket, Krabi, Koh Yao Noi and Khao Lak are all examples of resorts where this is happening, with Peace Laguna Resort particularly pleasant in terms of peace and quiet.

Alison Cook, editor of Luxury Travel magazine, recently said that Thailand is no longer simply a place for gap-year students, but that it now appeals to a wide range of audiences, including those on their honeymoon.

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