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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.

Destination Highlights

  • Explore the cultural and natural riches of northern Thailand - the temples and jungles of the ‘Golden Triangle’ are sure to enchant you
  • Get up close to Thailand’s exotic wildlife at ethical sanctuaries like Elephant Hills
  • Enjoy some easy island hopping on either the Andaman Sea or Gulf of Thailand coastlines - or both
  • Discover tragic World War II history amid stunning scenery on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi

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.

Dancing Thailand

Bangkok Phuket And Koh Samui Holidays

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £2,099 PP
Bangkok is an enthralling destination overflowing with cultural attractions, excellent shopping opportunities and mouth-watering cuisine to rival anywhere in the...
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Rayavadee

Bangkok And Krabi Twin Centre Holiday

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,999 PP
Combine both city sightseeing and brilliant beaches on this dream multi centre trip to Bangkok and Krabi in Thailand. Krabi...
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Multi Centre Thailand Holiday Bangkok Elephant Hills Khao Lak

  • 13 Days
  • Guide Price £2,099 PP
A city of excitement and chaos, grandiose luxury, world renowned street food and unrelenting freedom awaits you in fascinating Bangkok....
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Beach holidays
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Bangkok Chiang Mai Chiang Rai Tour

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,999 PP
Let the temples of Bangkok and Chiang Mai and the laidback charm of Chiang Rai dazzle you on this suggested...
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Multi centre holidays

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Whether you are planning a family holiday in Thailand or adventurous Thailand multi centre holidays, let us help you find the perfect accommodation. Browse our favourite places to stay in Thailand - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.

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Phuket

Centara Karon Resort

Located a few minutes walk from the pristine white sands of Karon Beach, and overlooked by the forest-covered hills behind,...
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Guide Price £1,699
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Krabi

Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort

Set among the long, pristine sands of Klong Muong Beach, the Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort welcomes guests with famously...
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Guide Price £1,399
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Koh Samui

Centara Villas Samui

Located on a gentle hillside leading to the private sandy Natien Beach, Centara Villas Samui offers a secluded location and...
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Bangkok

Shangri-La Bangkok

With lush gardens, river views and a signature spa, the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok offers guests the ultimate personalised service amid...
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Explore Thailand

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 Info

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

The Bridge over the River Kwai

Bridge Over River Kwai Tour

This tour takes you to the beautiful province of Kanchanaburi where you will take a trip back in history at...
  • PRICE: £47 per person (price Is subject to change)
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Angthong National Marine Park Tour From Koh Samui

Angthong National Marine Park is the second National Park created in Thailand and is composed of more than 40 islands...
  • PRICE: £73 per person ( price is subject to change)
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
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Phi Phi Island Tour By Speedboat

The fabulous Phi Phi Islands are only 45 minutes away from Krabi by speed boat. Explore some of the most famous...
  • PRICE: £38 per person ( price is subject to change)
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
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James Bond Island Excursion

This beautiful journey will take you to an iconic spot of “Phang Nga Bay” and various other scenic spots along...
  • PRICE: £45 per person ( price is subject to change)
  • APPROX. 4 HRS

Excursions From Pattaya Thailand

Tiffany’s Cabaret Show is the first ever truly transvestite cabaret show in South East Asia. The show started back in...
  • PRICE: £62 per person (price is subject to change)
Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya Tour River Cruise

Ayutthaya lies about an hour’s journey by coach to the north of Bangkok and was the proud and powerful ancient...
  • PRICE: £41 per person ( Prices are subject to change)
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
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Bangkok Floating Market Tour

Visit  the world famous floating market of “Damnern Saduak”. The colourfully clad merchants at these lively markets paddle along congested...
  • PRICE: £32 per person ( prices are subject to change)
  • APPROX. 4 HRS

Similan Islands Speedboat Tour

The Similan Islands are one of the most well-known island groups in the Andaman Sea. Composed of nine granite islands,...
  • PRICE: £115 per person - price is subject to change
  • APPROX. 4 HRS

Koh Samui Street Food Tour

Discover one of Asia’s great cuisines on one of its most beautiful tropical islands, in a fun and relaxed setting at...
  • PRICE: £108 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. 

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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.

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Thai wildlife

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.

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Thailand festivals

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.

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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.

Wat Phra Yai Koh Samui

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.

Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
32° C
40 mm
Khao Lak
31° C
30 mm
Krabi
32° C
15 mm
Bangkok
32° C
10 mm
Koh Samui
28° C
90 mm
Chiang Mai
28° C
8 mm
Pattaya
30° C
19 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
33° C
30 mm
Khao Lak
33° C
33 mm
Krabi
34° C
19 mm
Bangkok
33° C
10 mm
Koh Samui
29° C
30 mm
Chiang Mai
31° C
7 mm
Pattaya
31° C
14 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
34° C
40 mm
Khao Lak
33° C
79 mm
Krabi
34° C
48 mm
Bangkok
34° C
50 mm
Koh Samui
31° C
30 mm
Chiang Mai
34° C
14 mm
Pattaya
32° C
52 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
33° C
150 mm
Khao Lak
33° C
115 mm
Krabi
34° C
106 mm
Bangkok
35° C
110 mm
Koh Samui
32° C
80 mm
Chiang Mai
35° C
47 mm
Pattaya
33° C
67 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
32° C
200 mm
Khao Lak
32° C
253 mm
Krabi
33° C
216 mm
Bangkok
34° C
180 mm
Koh Samui
33° C
160 mm
Chiang Mai
33° C
150 mm
Pattaya
32° C
177 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
32° C
240 mm
Khao Lak
31° C
238 mm
Krabi
32° C
215 mm
Bangkok
33° C
180 mm
Koh Samui
32° C
100 mm
Chiang Mai
31° C
100 mm
Pattaya
31° C
79 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
300 mm
Khao Lak
30° C
256 mm
Krabi
32° C
217 mm
Bangkok
33° C
180 mm
Koh Samui
32° C
120 mm
Chiang Mai
30° C
141 mm
Pattaya
31° C
77 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
260 mm
Khao Lak
30° C
314 mm
Krabi
32° C
230 mm
Bangkok
33° C
170 mm
Koh Samui
32° C
100 mm
Chiang Mai
30° C
167 mm
Pattaya
31° C
91 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
30° C
400 mm
Khao Lak
30° C
347 mm
Krabi
32° C
281 mm
Bangkok
32° C
220 mm
Koh Samui
31° C
130 mm
Chiang Mai
30° C
197 mm
Pattaya
31° C
202 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
280 mm
Khao Lak
30° C
352 mm
Krabi
31° C
298 mm
Bangkok
32° C
190 mm
Koh Samui
30° C
290 mm
Chiang Mai
29° C
148 mm
Pattaya
31° C
249 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
200 mm
Khao Lak
30° C
189 mm
Krabi
31° C
153 mm
Bangkok
31° C
40 mm
Koh Samui
29° C
430 mm
Chiang Mai
29° C
36 mm
Pattaya
30° C
134 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Phuket
31° C
60 mm
Khao Lak
30° C
67 mm
Krabi
31° C
60 mm
Bangkok
31° C
10 mm
Koh Samui
29° C
150 mm
Chiang Mai
28° C
15 mm
Pattaya
30° C
4 mm
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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.”

Steph
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Barbara, Destination Specialist

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.

Barbara
Destination Specialist
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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.”

Clive
Content Editor

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Thailand holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

Songkran

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.

Local Cuisine

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

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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