• Thailand
  • Overview

    A land of breathtaking natural beauty, captivating Buddhist monuments, tantalising cuisine and the warmest of welcoming smiles. Step outside the energy and vibrance of the capital Bangkok and you’ll find the mountainous landscape of the north intertwined with paddy fields and ornate Buddhist temples, whilst to the south a world of tempting gastronomy, tropical beaches, and picture perfect seascapes awaits.

    The beating heart of Thailand, there is no better place to invigorate the senses than Bangkok. The city is an explosion of colour, aromas, tastes and sounds. The streets and canals hum with life as vendors sell fragrant street food and Bangkok’s floating markets burst with exotic colours. Rising high above the rooftops myriad palaces and Buddhist temples shimmer in a golden haze. As day turns to night, rooftop bars offer extraordinary views over the Bangkok skyline and a dazzling array of night-time entertainment gives the city an electric energy.

    To the north, forests cascade over hills and mountains, pooling into the valleys below. Paddy fields are tended by hillside communities, and waterfalls echo through forests. Chiang Mai enjoys a slower pace of life, but live music and bars can still be found. The country’s deep Buddhist roots are evident in the grand temples scattered across the landscape. Bustling markets display local goods and visitors partake in activities such as hiking, kayaking and white-water rafting.

    In the south, temples and waterfalls join pristine beaches and iconic seascapes. Emerald waters encircle mangrove topped limestone karsts and edge white sand beaches. Popular with divers and snorkellers, clear waters contain a diverse selection of tropical fish. On land sanctuaries provide a safe space in which to observe elephants, and vibrant cities afford shopping opportunities, enticing Thai food, and vibrant nocturnal entertainment.

    Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, features glorious beaches, watersports, trendy restaurants, beach clubs, bars, and lush jungle, all held in the embrace of the Andaman Sea. The energy of characterful Phuket Town draws visitors in with delicious street food, weekend markets, trendy boutiques and a fascinating old town. Sirinat National Park introduces visitors to the local wildlife. Coastal vantage points offer spectacular sunset views.

    A bridge connects Phuket with Phang Nga. A blend of national parks and dramatic seascapes, the area is home to rare birds and exotic animals competing for attention with tropical marine life hidden in jade waters. On the west coast, smooth sandy beaches, backed by forest, gaze out over the Andaman Sea. The south coast’s Phang Nga Bay features towering cliffs, limestone karst islands, enclosed lagoons and deep caves.

    In the northeast of the Gulf of Thailand lies Koh Samui island, renowned for palm fringed beaches, coconut groves and mountainous rainforest. Beach and water-based activities are popular here. Those looking to appreciate Thai culture can visit waterfalls, a 12m golden Big Buddha, and a temple of Buddhist art containing the body of a mummified monk. Cross the Gulf to the province of Krabi for more awe-inspiring scenery where jungle covered interiors are framed by coastal limestone cliffs and palm fringed bays.

    Climate and when to visit

    Thailand’s tropical climate sees three main periods, the hot season from March to May, the rainy, monsoon-like season from May to October, and the cooler drier season which runs from November through to March. The north of the country experiences these changes in season more intensely than the south, where temperatures fluctuate little. The best time to visit is during the long sunny spell between November and March, avoiding the rainy season and the more intense heat of April and May. From Bangkok south to Phuket, temperatures remain reasonably consistent, hovering in the high twenties and low thirties with rainfall at its lowest in February and at its highest in September.

    Thailand highlights include

    -The Grand Palace, Bangkok

    -Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi

    -Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

    -Ao Luk Sea Caves, Krabi

    -Chiang Mai, Buddhist temples

    -Erawan National Park

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A land of breathtaking natural beauty, captivating Buddhist monuments, tantalising cuisine and the warmest of welcoming smiles. Step outside the energy and vibrance of the capital Bangkok and you’ll find the mountainous landscape of the north intertwined with paddy fields and ornate Buddhist temples, whilst to the south a world of tempting gastronomy, tropical beaches, and picture perfect seascapes awaits.

The beating heart of Thailand, there is no better place to invigorate the senses than Bangkok. The city is an explosion of colour, aromas, tastes and sounds. The streets and canals hum with life as vendors sell fragrant street food and Bangkok’s floating markets burst with exotic colours. Rising high above the rooftops myriad palaces and Buddhist temples shimmer in a golden haze. As day turns to night, rooftop bars offer extraordinary views over the Bangkok skyline and a dazzling array of night-time entertainment gives the city an electric energy.

To the north, forests cascade over hills and mountains, pooling into the valleys below. Paddy fields are tended by hillside communities, and waterfalls echo through forests. Chiang Mai enjoys a slower pace of life, but live music and bars can still be found. The country’s deep Buddhist roots are evident in the grand temples scattered across the landscape. Bustling markets display local goods and visitors partake in activities such as hiking, kayaking and white-water rafting.

In the south, temples and waterfalls join pristine beaches and iconic seascapes. Emerald waters encircle mangrove topped limestone karsts and edge white sand beaches. Popular with divers and snorkellers, clear waters contain a diverse selection of tropical fish. On land sanctuaries provide a safe space in which to observe elephants, and vibrant cities afford shopping opportunities, enticing Thai food, and vibrant nocturnal entertainment.

Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, features glorious beaches, watersports, trendy restaurants, beach clubs, bars, and lush jungle, all held in the embrace of the Andaman Sea. The energy of characterful Phuket Town draws visitors in with delicious street food, weekend markets, trendy boutiques and a fascinating old town. Sirinat National Park introduces visitors to the local wildlife. Coastal vantage points offer spectacular sunset views.

A bridge connects Phuket with Phang Nga. A blend of national parks and dramatic seascapes, the area is home to rare birds and exotic animals competing for attention with tropical marine life hidden in jade waters. On the west coast, smooth sandy beaches, backed by forest, gaze out over the Andaman Sea. The south coast’s Phang Nga Bay features towering cliffs, limestone karst islands, enclosed lagoons and deep caves.

In the northeast of the Gulf of Thailand lies Koh Samui island, renowned for palm fringed beaches, coconut groves and mountainous rainforest. Beach and water-based activities are popular here. Those looking to appreciate Thai culture can visit waterfalls, a 12m golden Big Buddha, and a temple of Buddhist art containing the body of a mummified monk. Cross the Gulf to the province of Krabi for more awe-inspiring scenery where jungle covered interiors are framed by coastal limestone cliffs and palm fringed bays.

Climate and when to visit

Thailand’s tropical climate sees three main periods, the hot season from March to May, the rainy, monsoon-like season from May to October, and the cooler drier season which runs from November through to March. The north of the country experiences these changes in season more intensely than the south, where temperatures fluctuate little. The best time to visit is during the long sunny spell between November and March, avoiding the rainy season and the more intense heat of April and May. From Bangkok south to Phuket, temperatures remain reasonably consistent, hovering in the high twenties and low thirties with rainfall at its lowest in February and at its highest in September.

Thailand highlights include

-The Grand Palace, Bangkok

-Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ratchaburi

-Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

-Ao Luk Sea Caves, Krabi

-Chiang Mai, Buddhist temples

-Erawan National Park

Featured hotels

The Sarojin

5 Star Boutique

A boutique hotel infused with an air of romance, The Sarojin lies ensconced in a lush tropical garden and edged by an 11km beach. A sanctuary for couples, delight in private dining experiences, luxurious guest rooms, awe-inspiring views and pampering spa treatments.

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The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani

4 Star Superior

Intelligently designed, The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani offers a welcoming ambience with a personalised feel. Dotted with palm trees, the lush tropical landscape is framed by the brilliant blues of the sea, sky and swimming pools.

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The Tubkaak Boutique Resort

4 Star Boutique

Backed by Hang Nak Mountain and overlooking a dramatic 13 island archipelago in the Andaman Sea, The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort is a romantic and secluded holiday destination.

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Amari Phuket

5 star

Set across a lush tropical hillside and with fabulous panoramic views over the Andaman Sea and Patong Bay, the chic Amari Phuket is renowned for its hospitality and provides a tranquil haven at the southernmost end of Patong Beach.

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Featured hotels

The Sarojin

5 Star Boutique

A boutique hotel infused with an air of romance, The Sarojin lies ensconced in a lush tropical garden and edged by an 11km beach. A sanctuary for couples, delight in private dining experiences, luxurious guest rooms, awe-inspiring views and pampering spa treatments.

The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani

4 Star Superior

Intelligently designed, The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani offers a welcoming ambience with a personalised feel. Dotted with palm trees, the lush tropical landscape is framed by the brilliant blues of the sea, sky and swimming pools.

The Tubkaak Boutique Resort

4 Star Boutique

Backed by Hang Nak Mountain and overlooking a dramatic 13 island archipelago in the Andaman Sea, The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort is a romantic and secluded holiday destination.

Amari Phuket

5 star

Set across a lush tropical hillside and with fabulous panoramic views over the Andaman Sea and Patong Bay, the chic Amari Phuket is renowned for its hospitality and provides a tranquil haven at the southernmost end of Patong Beach.

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