With a rich and varied cultural history, Thailand really does tick all the boxes on your holiday checklist. Centred at the heart of South East Asia, this wondrous kingdom is packed with culture, exotic wildlife, vibrant city life, beautiful white beaches, some of the world’s best diving spots and, of course, that world-renowned Thai cuisine.
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Thailand is the perfect introduction to Asia, particularly for families wanting to combine exciting experiences with a stunning beach holiday. It’s easy to travel around and the Thai people are wonderfully friendly and accommodating to children. It’s also a year-round destination, so unlike many long-haul destinations, it is ideal for your summer holidays.
The capital, Bangkok, is a cultural hotspot of glittering temples, fascinating museums, glamourous mega-malls and busy markets serving incredible street food. We recommend cocktails at one of the rooftop bars overlooking the river to enjoy the displays of lights from the boats. From here you can fly to Khao Sok National Park for family-friendly elephant encounters.
Northern Thailand is home to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, a quieter throwback to life before tourism. The seat of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, the region is full of striking temples and rural communities. Lush jungle countryside provides the perfect backdrop for hiking, biking and elephant encounters and of course, you’ll feast on the local dishes. You can also head further north to the Golden Triangle – a scenic meeting of three countries: Thailand, Burma and Laos.
Head south for tropical island heaven. The southeast (Gulf of Thailand) and west (Andaman Sea) have opposing weather patterns, making it a great destination for a beach flop at all times of the year.
In South West Thailand, the largest island, Phuket, features luxury hotels and powder-soft beaches, while Khao Lak further north, has a more laid-back, untouched feel. The province of Krabi is a rock climber’s paradise with towering limestone karsts, while the Phi Phi islands are jewels in a turquoise sea. Activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, jungle trekking and sea kayaking.
South East Thailand is home to Koh Samui and Koh Phangnan. Easily accessible thanks to the international airport on Samui and regular ferry connections to the mainland, these party islands draw tourists seeking beautiful beaches and an extensive choice of things to do. The larger island, Koh Samui, has something for everyone – from uber-glam hotels to rustic beachside options. With its Full Moon parties, Koh Phangan feels more laid back and less developed. It’s a place where time seems to stand still and most visitors stay longer than planned.
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When to go
Thailand has two weather patterns. The west is generally in monsoon from June-October and dry from November-May. The reverse is true in the east, so those travelling during the UK summer holidays should head for Koh Samui or Koh Phangan for a beach break at this time of year.
Flights: Bangkok is serviced by direct flights, taking approx. 11.5-12.5 hours, by Thai Airways and Eva Air - the Taiwanese Airline (although we hope BA will return to offering this service too). Alternatively, you can fly non direct via the Middle East with airlines such as Emirates and Qatar who also offer a service into Phuket rather than just Bangkok.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 700 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand
Time Zone: GMT+7
Capital City: Bangkok
Where to Stay in Thailand
The Bush Camp Chiang Mai - Northern Thailand
Devasom, Khoa Lak - South West Thailand
Six Senses Yao Noi - South West Thailand
JW Marriott Khao Lak - South West Thailand
Rayavadee Krabi - South West Thailand
Pimalai Resort and Spa, Koh Lanta - South West Thailand
The Surin, Phuket - South West Thailand
The Slate, Phuket - South West Thailand