Thailand

Summary

With beautiful island beaches, lush landscapes, national parks, hill tribe villages, exotic cuisine and a rich Buddhist culture, Thailand is a perfect all round destination. It offers much more than sea and sun. Bangkok offers world class shopping and sightseeing where you can shop until you drop, explore the floating market by boat, barter in local markets, visit the museums, palaces and temples and watch a Muay Thai boxing match. In the north you can elephant trek, explore the lush landscapes, go trekking, river raft, explore the night market bazaar and sample authentic cuisine in the local restaurants. The islands and southern Thailand offer fantastic island hopping, white sand beaches, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and rock climbing. An ideal place to relax after a tour or sightseeing in the cities.

Experiences

  • Explore the striking golden temples of the Grand Palace in Bangkok
  • Visit the old capital and ancient ruins of Ayutthaya which can be enjoyed as a day trip from Bangkok
  • Travel to Kanchanaburi to see the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and have the option of staying in a floating house on the River Kwai
  • Go for a hike around Mae Sa Valley for a chance to meet the hilltribes and explore the stunning countryside
  • Venture on a boat trip to the floating markets
  • Experience the vivacious atmosphere of Songkran water festival in April
  • Enjoy the wonderful snorkelling and diving on offer in Thailand's several islands
  • Make your own Thai Green curry at a cookery school
  • Try your hand at bartering for a choice of colourful silks, jewellery and local handicrafts at the night markets
  • Take a boat tour to Khao Phing Kan, commonly known as James Bond Island, where "The Man with the Golden Gun" was shot

Seasons

April and October are transitional months, which see the switch in prevailing monsoons.

The east coast islands have good conditions from March to July, whilst October and November can be high in rainfall.

November to March has dry conditions across most of Thailand including the west coast destinations and islands.

 

Best time to go

The UK winter months are the most popular time to visit the west coast and islands. Koh Samui in the UK summer is popular due to the dry weather. It's also deemed as Thailand's 'cooler' time of year, so do bear in mind it can become busy, so it's worth booking in advance.

 

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Fast facts

  • Capital – Bangkok
  • Currency – Bhat
  • Point of Entry –Bangkok
  • Airlines – British Airways, Eva Air & Thai Airways
  • Flying Time – 11 hours 15minutes
  • Time Zone – GMT +6
  • Visa – Not required

Insider tips

  • Most Thais will accept a handshake but their traditional form of greeting is the wai – a prayer-like gesture where the palms are pressed together.
  • Thai food is one of the most delicious types of food in the world. All over the country you’ll find places to take a cooking class, the best are in Chiang Mai and Bangkok where you get to spend a day making and eating food.

Bangkok


Chiang Mai


Chiang Rai


Khanom


Khao Yai


Koh Samui


Krabi


Phitsanulok


Phuket


Sukhothai


Thailand's Smaller Islands

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