Thailand Holidays

Thailand holidays offer a fascinatingly diverse range of experiences; vibrant cities, elaborate temples, stunning island beaches, and jungle-covered national parks. The mouth-watering street food, ease of getting around, and friendly hospitality make Thailand great for families, couples and groups.

Bangkok is a hyperactive metropolis of history and culture and is ready when you are for a frenzy of modern street adventures and nightlife. For a slower pace of life, the north is where you’ll discover the origins of the Siam kingdom, visit mysterious and elaborate Buddhist temples and trek in the calm of dense mountainous tropical jungles. If you’re looking for an island paradise, head south to Phuket and Koh Samui for spectacular palm tree beaches and dramatic landscapes that are waiting to welcome you.

Thailand: Land of Smiles

The independently spirited Thai people are famously friendly and will welcome you with a smile on your holiday to Thailand. What better way to start than by sampling some of the world famous street food? Try Pad Tai, a spicy rice noodle stir-fry with shrimp, bean sprouts and egg.

Choosing our Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui mini-tour is a perfect introduction to Thailand, starting in the capital where you’ll visit palaces and golden temples, before relaxing on stunning beaches on the southern Thai islands. The Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chaing Rai multi-centre itinerary offers spectacular mountain scenery and sublime temples which trace Thai culture, traditions and history through outdoor adventures, trekking and unforgettable interactions with ancestral hill tribes.

Destination Highlights
  • Relax in paradise
  • Revel in Bangkok
  • Explore multiple islands
  • Snorkel with tropical fish
  • Experience a traditional Thai massage

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Banyan Tree Bangkok

Banyan Tree Bangkok

Bangkok

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,079 pp

Banyan Tree Bangkok
Beachfront swimming pool

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi

Pai Plong Bay

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,549 pp

Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi
Unique

Keemala

Phuket

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,999 pp

Keemala
Ruen Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Village

Chiang Mai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,069 pp

Tamarind Village

Time Zone

+7 GMT

Flight Time

Approx 11 hours. Direct flights are available with Thai Airways, British Airways and Eva Air to Bangkok daily from London Heathrow. In addition TUI Airways offer a direct seasonal service to Phuket and Krabi from several UK departure points.

Currency

THB - Thai baht

Visa Information

British citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Thailand if they’re staying less than 30 days.

Language

Thai - English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

Things to do in Thailand

There’s a wealth of things to enjoy and explore in Thailand, from its fascinating culture and history, to scenic landscapes and flavourful cuisine. Discover bustling street food stalls and magnificent palaces in Thailand’s opulent cities, or maybe the glorious turquoise seas and luxurious beach resorts of the country’s exotic islands are more your calling? Wander through picturesque mountain towns with their ancient hilltop temples, and traverse jungles teeming with wildlife. With so many places to go, sights to see and tastes to sample, the beautiful Land of Smiles has everything you need to create an amazing journey and lifelong memories. 

  • Ancient Ayutthaya by river cruise

    Once the proud and powerful ancient capital of Siam - this is a wonderful opportunity to visit this magnificent site.

  • Kanchanaburi - River Kwai float house tour

    With a variety of activities and excursions, this is a great option for visitors who want to know more about the history of this fascinating area.

  • Floating market

    This is an exciting and fun way to see the local life and to go bargain hunting.

  • Wat Doi Suthep

    Chiang Mai's temples

    The relaxed city of Chiang Mai, in the mountainous north of Thailand, is home to over 300 ancient temples – some over 700 years old. From remote clifftop chapels to lavish golden temples in the heart of the old city, there are countless beautiful Buddhist sites to explore.

  • Snorkelling in Koh Talu

    Fabulous opportunity to enjoy swimming and snorkelling at Yai Bay.

  • Local life experience - Khao Lak

    Take half a day to see how local Thai people live.

Best time to visit Thailand

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
40mm
Khao Lak
31ºC
30mm
Krabi
32ºC
15mm
Bangkok
32ºC
10mm
Koh Samui
28ºC
90mm
Chiang Mai
28ºC
8mm
Pattaya
30ºC
19mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
33ºC
30mm
Khao Lak
33ºC
33mm
Krabi
34ºC
19mm
Bangkok
33ºC
10mm
Koh Samui
29ºC
30mm
Chiang Mai
31ºC
7mm
Pattaya
31ºC
14mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
34ºC
40mm
Khao Lak
33ºC
79mm
Krabi
34ºC
48mm
Bangkok
34ºC
50mm
Koh Samui
31ºC
30mm
Chiang Mai
34ºC
14mm
Pattaya
32ºC
52mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
33ºC
150mm
Khao Lak
33ºC
115mm
Krabi
34ºC
106mm
Bangkok
35ºC
110mm
Koh Samui
32ºC
80mm
Chiang Mai
35ºC
47mm
Pattaya
33ºC
67mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
200mm
Khao Lak
32ºC
253mm
Krabi
33ºC
216mm
Bangkok
34ºC
180mm
Koh Samui
33ºC
160mm
Chiang Mai
33ºC
150mm
Pattaya
32ºC
177mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
240mm
Khao Lak
31ºC
238mm
Krabi
32ºC
215mm
Bangkok
33ºC
180mm
Koh Samui
32ºC
100mm
Chiang Mai
31ºC
100mm
Pattaya
31ºC
79mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
300mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
256mm
Krabi
32ºC
217mm
Bangkok
33ºC
180mm
Koh Samui
32ºC
120mm
Chiang Mai
30ºC
141mm
Pattaya
31ºC
77mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
260mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
314mm
Krabi
32ºC
230mm
Bangkok
33ºC
170mm
Koh Samui
32ºC
100mm
Chiang Mai
30ºC
167mm
Pattaya
31ºC
91mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
30ºC
400mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
347mm
Krabi
32ºC
281mm
Bangkok
32ºC
220mm
Koh Samui
31ºC
130mm
Chiang Mai
30ºC
197mm
Pattaya
31ºC
202mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
280mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
352mm
Krabi
31ºC
298mm
Bangkok
32ºC
190mm
Koh Samui
30ºC
290mm
Chiang Mai
29ºC
148mm
Pattaya
31ºC
249mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
200mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
189mm
Krabi
31ºC
153mm
Bangkok
31ºC
40mm
Koh Samui
29ºC
430mm
Chiang Mai
29ºC
36mm
Pattaya
30ºC
134mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
60mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
67mm
Krabi
31ºC
60mm
Bangkok
31ºC
10mm
Koh Samui
29ºC
150mm
Chiang Mai
28ºC
15mm
Pattaya
30ºC
4mm
  • Steph

    Direct Marketing Campaign Manager

    “I had fresh fruit nearly every morning when I was travelling around Thailand. You won't need to wander far before you find a street food stall where they'll chop up a pineapple or mango right in front of you. It's true that fruit tastes better over there.”

  • Gina, Destination Specialist

    Gina

    Destination Specialist

    “Internal flights are really affordable – so try and see as much of the country as you can.”

  • Clive

    Content Editor

    If you ever find yourself on the vibrant isle of Koh Phangan be sure to taste the island's specialities called No Names. These spicy little fritters are served with a delicate dipping sauce and are perfect with a cold Chang beer or a coconut and pineapple milkshake – bliss.”

Our Thailand destinations

Banyan Tree Bangkok Rooftop

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Bangkok

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Phuket

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Khao Lak

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Khao Lak

Khao Lak

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Koh Samui

Koh Samui

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Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

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Koh Tao

Koh Tao

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Hua Hin

Hua Hin

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Cha-Am

Cha-Am
Krabi Thailand

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Krabi

Krabi

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Pattaya

Pattaya

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Phi Phi

Phi Phi

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Koh Chang

Koh Chang

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Koh Samet

Koh Samet

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Koh Kood

Koh Kood

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Koh Yao

Koh Yao

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Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta

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Khao Sok

Khao Sok

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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

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Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

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Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi

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Trat

Trat

Types of Thailand holidays

Thailand Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Krabi Thailand

Thailand Honeymoons

Thailand Honeymoons

Frequently Asked Questions

Island Hopping

Why stick to one island when you can hop around to see even more of Thailand? Jump from hideaway paradise beaches to buzzing city breaks; whatever takes your fancy.

Go Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

Marvel at coral and swim with stunning fish in Thailand, perfect for PADI divers and first-time snorkellers alike. We recommend Koh Tao for the best underwater experience.

Thailand Festivals

From New Year festivities to springtime’s Songkran; Thailand is known for its festivals. Get ready to party and celebrate Thai culture during your stay.

Flights to Thailand take around 11 hours and 25 minutes. There are currently direct flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok from London Heathrow with British Airways, Eva Air, and Thai Airways as well as indirect options to Phuket and Chiang Mai. There are also in-direct routes to Thailand from other UK airports via destinations such as Doha, Amsterdam, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

There are actually two islands known as James Bond island – they make up the Khao Phing Kan and they feature in the film The Man with the Golden Gun. They’re located in Phang Nga Bay in the Andaman Sea.

 

The typical Thai greeting that involves putting your hands together and bow is known as the ‘Wai’. The way in which you carry out the Wai depends on the social status of the person you are greeting. Men will accompany the Wai by saying Sawatdee-krap, and women must say Sawatdee-kah. 

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4 Iconic Worldwide Recipes

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Beat the clock in Bangkok

Bangkok is a thrilling city that not only offers temples, exciting cuisine and adventure, it also represents good value. You could easily spend a week wandering the labyrinthine-alley ways, markets and ancient palaces of this sultry metropolis without causing a dent in your wallet.

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