Travel Challenge

Thai winter sun

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The Independent Travel

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. This week: an early winter beach holiday in Thailand, flying from Heathrow on 16 November. Each package includes 12 nights' accommodation. Prices are per person, based on two people travelling together.

Trailfinders - £859

Includes Malaysia Airlines flights to Bangkok via Kuala Lumpur, transfers, and B&B at Centra Coconut Beach Resort in Koh Samui. "Set on the beautiful Thong Tanote beach on the tranquil south-west tip of Samui, this modern resort offers fantastic value and peaceful seclusion," says Tiffany Cope (020-7368 1200;

Travelbag - £964

Includes Malaysia Airlines flights to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur and B&B accommodation at the Centara Khao Lak Seaview. Transfers are extra. "This resort offers picture-perfect beaches with a backdrop of unspoilt rainforest covered mountains," says Rianne Ojeh (0871 703 4240;

Kuoni - £1,536

Includes Thai Airways flights to Phuket via Bangkok, transfers, and B&B at the Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach. "This new hotel is directly on the quieter Mai Khao beach overlooking the Andaman Sea, within walking distance of Ao Nang's shops and restaurants," says Jemma Purvis (01306 747008;