Thailand....it's a holiday destination, a cultural treat and a scenic delight all rolled into one. From the hill country in the north to the azure seas of the southern beaches, the people are renowned for their smiling faces, warmth and charm whilst the country is a wonderful combination of ornate temples, ancient pagodas, glorious beaches, stunning mountain scenery, colourful tribes, bustling cities and buzzing nightlife.
Where better to begin your Thai adventure than Bangkok, with its cacophony of colourful sights, sounds and smells. Here, glistening skyscrapers dwarf the spires and domes of opulent temples, lively street markets sit side by side with vast air-conditioned malls and tuk-tuks whizz around the hectic roads while long-tail boats ply the bustling river. After dark, feast on local specialities dished up at food stalls or on gourmet delights at Michelin-star restaurants, before a nightcap at a swanky rooftop bar or trendy nightclub.
Delve deeper into Thai culture by heading north for a night or two. Just a short flight from Bangkok, it will however feel like you're in a different country: the landscape, the language, the architecture, the food and the people of this region are quite distinct. Alternative side trips to consider include Khao Sok National Park for soft adventure and ethical elephant encounters or, the historic River Kwai region where you'll discover much more than the famous bridge.
Of course, no visit to Thailand would be complete without time beside a soft white sand beach fringed with swaying palms, clear calm seas and brightly-hued coral gardens. Each beach resort and island has its own individual personality, each sure to fulfil your personal dream of a tropical paradise. Choose from secluded romantic hideaways surrounded by spectacular natural scenery, lively resorts thronging with bars and restaurants, or family-friendly options with recreational activities galore and inviting sands perfect for beach games and a bucket and spade. Most are within a short flight of Bangkok, others are an easy road transfer from the capital, while those more tucked away will involve a scenic boat transfer too.
Thailand's location within Southeast Asia, along with excellent flight links, also gives the option of one unforgettable holiday combining Thailand with a neighbouring Asian country or with a stopover in the Middle East for a taste of Arabia.
Whatever your choice, we're confident Thailand won't disappoint.
GMT +7 hours
Flight time from the UK to Bangkok is approximately 11.5 hours (non-stop).
The climate does vary throughout this country and from coast to coast so you can visit all year round.; however, the best time is generally during the cool, dry season between November and early April. See each resort for further details.
A visa is only required if you stay in Thailand for more than 30 days.Find out more