Colourful riverboat markets, smiling faces and breathtaking landscapes encapsulate Thailand holidays. With miles of sun drenched tropical beach paradises, tantalising cuisine and the exhilarating metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand holidays have something to offer everyone. And with the renowned hospitality of its people, the 'Land of Smiles' is a country to which you will want to return time and time again.
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Paradise Beaches: Famous for inspiring Alex Garland's novel 'The Beach', Phi Phi Island is a true tropical paradise, and a firm favourite with people taking holidays to Thailand in 2013, but it won't take you long to find your own idyllic retreat, with untouched sandy coves and endless beaches dotted around the coastline. In the South, explore one of the many exotic islands out to sea.
Temples and Palaces: Lose yourself in the fascinating stories depicted on the walls of the Grand Palace in Bangkok and the ancient imperial cities of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. At almost every corner you turn a shrine with incense sticks will remind you of the spirituality of the Thai people.
Northern Thailand: For a change of pace from the bustling life of Bangkok on your Thailand holidays 2013, head to the mountains of the North to trek among rice paddies, interact with elephants, go bamboo rafting or learnt the ancient art of Thai massage. Haggle at the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai, or experience the way of life of one of the many hill tribe communities, where traditional costumes and languages have been preserved. The perfect cultural experience on holidays to Thailand 2013.
Diving: Thailand's national marine parks, countless islands and the coral reefs around Phuket and Khao Lak provide some of the best diving and snorkelling opportunities in the gulf, with a vast array of marine life.
Local Markets: Here you can sample typical Thai cuisine from the fragrant roadside food stalls, watch Thai boxing matches or indulge in some series shopping. Beyond the fake designer tackle, you will find amazing arts and crafts where you can pick up a great souvenir from your Thailand holidays, but be prepared to negotiate to the last penny!
When to go
Temperature Range: 22°C - 35°C
Most popular: November to March in general, execept Koh Samui where July to September and January to March are most popular
Best value: April - June and September - October
Best weather: November - March in general, except Koh Samui where July - September and January - March has the best weather
Direct flights: Thai Airways, EVA Air, British Airways and Qantas
Indirect flights: Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Oman Air.
Visa information: None for British citizens.
Health information: Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisation and Malaria tablets are recommended.
When To Go
If you are happy to go on holidays to Thailand in 2013 outside of peak periods, the best value can be obtained for stays between April to June and September to October. Although the rainy season occurs roughly between May to October, September and October are the wettest months of the year and rain may be more persistent.
Best Time to Go
Although Thailand is hot year round, the best time to go is between November and March when there is less rain, it is not as humid and temperatures are cooler. Koh Samui is best from June to September.
November to March is the peak season for holidays to Thailand as most people prefer to visit when the temperatures are a little lower and there is less rain and humidity. However, July and August also get busy and the Songkran festival (Thai New Year)) in April attracts large numbers of visitors who come to watch the local people celebrate by dousing each other with water. There really is nothing quite like Thailand holidays.
Thailand enjoys hot weather all year round, one reason why holidays to Thailand are so popular, however the hottest month of the year is often April (35°C+) just before the start of the rainy season, while September and October have the highest humidity.
Thailand has a tropical climate where both temperatures and humidity are high, averaging 31°C year round. The rainy season begins in May and lasts until mid June before starting again in August and peaking in September to October around Phuket and Krabi, while Koh Samui is wettest around November. Use this information to plan your Thailand holidays 2013 carefully.
Thailand Travel Information
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Thailand from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Thai Airways, Eva Air, British Airways and Qantas offer a direct service from the UK.
Indirect Carriers: Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways and Etihad all offer indirect services from the UK.
Departure Taxes: Since 2007 international departure taxes have been included in the price of flight tickets, helping to take the hassle out of organising holidays to Thailand.
Fastest Flight Time: 11hrs 35 mins (London Heathrow - Bangkok)
British Passport holders are not required a visa to enter Thailand for tourist stays up to 30 days only, more than sufficient for most holidays to Thailand. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Thailand. Please contact the Thai Embassy for up to date country and visa information on 0207 589 2944.
How to obtain a visa
If you need a travel visa for your upcoming Thailand holidays 2013, Hayes & Jarvis are pleased to offer our customers the expertise and experience of CIBT, the Global Visa and Passport Professionals. CIBT UK Ltd specializes in fast, dependable visa application services for your holidays to Thailand. Don't wait until the last minute, for an application form and discounted pricing. Call 0844 800 4650 or visit http://www.uk.cibt.com/hayesandjarvis.