Thailand holidays offer an unforgettably diverse range of experiences, from the vibrant cities and exquisite temples to the stunning islands and jungle-covered national parks. The independently-spirited Thai people are famously friendly and will welcome you with a smile and gracefully-pressed palms during your Thailand holiday.
Thailand - Land of Smiles
Start your journey in Bangkok, a hyperactive metropolis that mixes frenzied urban scenes and mouth-watering street food with serene ancient culture. Popular day trips from Bangkok include the historic capital of Ayutthaya and the serene beauty of Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai.
South of Bangkok, Thailand’s wide selection of paradise beaches and islands begins. Enjoy the nearby delights of Hua Hin and Pattaya or travel to the more remote islands of Koh Tao and Koh Lanta, where you can indulge in outstanding diving and snorkelling opportunities. Famous Thai destinations like Koh Samui and Phuket are sure to enchant you with their palm-tree-fringed white sands set against a backdrop of lush jungles and dramatic limestone cliffs.
Head to the north of Thailand for a slower pace of life and discover the origins of the Siam kingdom. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are an ideal place if you wish to go on trekking adventures in mountainous tropical jungles, and discover Thailand’s most beautiful Buddhist temples.
The ideal introduction to Thailand is with a mini-tour of Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui. Start in the capital where you’ll visit palaces and golden temples, then go and relax on stunning beaches on the southern Thai islands. If you’re looking for a longer holiday then enjoy one of our Thailand multi centre holidays. An itinerary that takes in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai is a great introduction to the real Thailand. You can witness mountain scenery and sublime temples, and experience the Thai culture and history through outdoor adventures, trekking and unforgettable interactions with the indigenous hill communities.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Thailand holidays. With so many options for your Thailand holiday package we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
Bangkok And Krabi Twin Centre Holiday
Multi Centre Thailand Holiday Bangkok Elephant Hills Khao Lak
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Bridge Over River Kwai Tour
- PRICE: £47 per person (price Is subject to change)
Angthong National Marine Park Tour From Koh Samui
- PRICE: £73 per person ( price is subject to change)
- APPROX. 4 HRS
Phi Phi Island Tour By Speedboat
- PRICE: £38 per person ( price is subject to change)
- APPROX. 4 HRS
James Bond Island Excursion
- PRICE: £45 per person ( price is subject to change)
- APPROX. 4 HRS
Excursions From Pattaya Thailand
- PRICE: £62 per person (price is subject to change)
Ayutthaya Tour River Cruise
- PRICE: £41 per person ( Prices are subject to change)
- APPROX. 4 HRS
Bangkok Floating Market Tour
- PRICE: £32 per person ( prices are subject to change)
- APPROX. 4 HRS
Similan Islands Speedboat Tour
- PRICE: £115 per person - price is subject to change
- APPROX. 4 HRS
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.
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.
Traditional Thai food
Thailand’s world-renowned cuisine offers a delicious variety of dishes to sample. Flavours and ingredients vary between regions but at its heart, Thai food balances salty, sweet, hot and sour flavours. Tuck in to aromatic curries, fresh salads, spicy noodles, hot soups and enticing rice dishes.
Elephants, tigers, turtles, whale sharks – Thailand is home to a captivating wildlife population. Spot exotic birds in spectacular forest parks, dive beneath the waves to view marine life or spend time at a peaceful wildlife sanctuary where you can observe and help with day-to-day animal care.
From traditional Buddhist festivals to wild Full Moon parties, Thailand celebrates a wide range of occasions throughout the year. Enchanting Loy Krathong (the Festival of Light) and playful Songkran (the Thai New Year Water Festival) are two of the best-known national events, but you can also discover some charming local festivals on your travels.
Thailand island hopping
The tropical seas surrounding Thailand are scattered with an abundance of stunning islands – some beautifully unspoilt, others full of action. Hop from one to another, experiencing everything from white sandy beaches and colourful coral reefs to luxury hotels and indulgent spas as you go.
Bangkok National Museum
Discover Thailand’s rich heritage at this fascinating museum in the grounds of the opulent 18th century Wang Na Palace. Home to a huge collection of art, architecture and artefacts, it beautifully tells the story of Thai history through the ages.
Big Buddha, Koh Samui
Rising into the skies from a rocky outcrop just off the coast, this impressive 12 metre golden Buddha is one of the most famous attractions on the stunning island of Koh Samui. Built in 1972, it can be reached by causeway and is a symbol of resolute calm and enlightenment.
Northern Thailand’s Golden Triangle is the area where the Ruak River meets the mighty Mekong. Sharing a border with Laos and Myanmar, it’s a spectacular region full of traditional Lanna culture, dense jungles, mountain villages, temples and rice paddies. Chiang Rai is a wonderful base from which to explore.
Hilltribe Museum, Chiang Rai
Learn about the culture and history of Thailand’s hill tribes at this informative museum. Telling the story of six different tribes, through a mix of videos and anthropological exhibits such as clothing and weapons, it’s a wonderful way to gain insight into an ancient way of life.
Bang Pa-In Palace
Sitting on the banks of the Chaopraya River, to the north of Bangkok, this spectacular royal palace, with its vivid colours and intricate decorative features, is a beautiful place to spend the day. Also known as the ‘Summer Palace’, it is surrounded by leafy parks and tranquil ponds.
Thai street food
Explore Thailand’s vibrant street food scene and discover a world of relaxed eating and exciting flavours. With friendly food stalls on every corner, you’ll find a feast of down-to-earth dishes to sample from sizzling grilled meat skewers to spicy steamed dumplings.
Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Visit one of Thailand’s most sacred sites, Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew. Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, it houses a beautiful 15th century relic carved from shining jade. The temple is set within the grounds of the imposing Grand Palace, royal residence of the King of Thailand.
Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat
Journey to the historic city of Phitsanoluk, 250 miles north of Bangkok, to visit this revered Buddhist temple. Inside the 14th century building, you’ll find a magnificent bronze Buddha statue, cast in the Sukhothai style.
Koh Lanta National Park
Encompassing 16 exotic islands and a variety of different habitats, from jungles to coral reefs, Koh Lanta National Park protects some of the most stunning natural beauty in Thailand. Enjoy adventurous activities or simply unwind on golden beaches in this little piece of paradise.
Bangkok by day and night
Start by visiting the dazzling Grand Palace, a truly incredible architectural collection of colourful royal buildings including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Not far from there you’ll find another highlight not to be missed - Wat Pho, the Temple of the reclining Buddha. Take in the bustling Chatuchak street market, then begin your nightlife adventure with a cocktail in a roof top Sky bar overlooking the vibrant city.
Best time to visit Thailand
Thailand is a year-round destination, although the weather is very changeable in different parts of the country.
Central Thailand doesn’t see much variation in temperatures, while the north and south have a more changeable, tropical climate. The southwest monsoon lasts from May to the end of September, so beaches on the west coast get the worst of the rain. From September to December the rain moves to the east coast, soaking the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
Even during the rainy season, there are plenty of sunny days and often the dramatic showers that do come last a few short hours in the late afternoon or evening.
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“In Bangkok, make time to visit the Jim Thompson House Museum and Art Centre where you can discover the fascinating story of this eminent silk trader and explore the beautifully-crafted home he created.”
“Apart from the most upmarket restaurants and shops, Thailand is very much a cash-based economy so your credit card won’t be much use on a day-to-day basis. Make sure you carry enough Thai baht in small denominations to cover your everyday purchases, especially if you are travelling to places where ATMs are few and far between, such as the more remote islands in Thailand.”
“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.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Thailand holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Thailand’s most famous festival is Songkran, celebrating the beginning of the Thai New Year. Over a number of days in April people visit temples and engage in exuberant water fights as they wash away the past and look forward to new beginnings during this important Buddhist festival.
Thai cuisine is known the world over, and it doesn’t get more delicious than enjoying an authentic dish. You can enjoy everything from fine dining to street food that costs pennies but bursts with freshness and flavour during your Thailand holiday. Here are a few of our favourite Thai dishes.
Pad Thai is probably the world’s best known street food - with its spicy rice noodle stir-fry with shrimp, bean sprouts and egg. We recommend you start with this classic.
Som Tam Pu Ma
Make sure you try Som tam pu ma, the fermented blue crab papaya salad that is popular in specialist seafood restaurants.
Tom Yum Goong
Tom yum goong is a hot and sour Thai soup that’s usually cooked with shrimp and flavoured with lemongrass, lime juice and fish sauce.
Pad Kra Pao
A hugely popular dish in Thailand, pad kra pao features pork and fresh Thai basil in a stir fry, and is usually plated up with a healthy serving of jasmine rice.
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