Bangkok is most travellers’ introduction to Thai culture and it’s a sensory overload. Opulent palaces and temples rub shoulders with dazzling modern skyscrapers and traditional wooden homes. You can shop until you drop at air-conditioned megamalls, chaotic street markets and bustling floating markets and it’s heaven for the adventurous foodie, who can dine in world-class restaurants or slurp noodles at one of Bangkok’s many street food stalls.
If it’s tropical paradise you’re seeking, head south, where you’ll find jungle-clad islands, crystal-clear turquoise waters and miles of white-sandy beaches backed by swaying palms. With a multitude of islands to choose between, you can island hop around the tourist hotspots of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, treat yourself to a luxury break in Koh Samui, revel at a Full Moon Party in Koh Pha Ngan, or seek your own slice of paradise on one of the smaller, unspoilt islands, like Koh Chang, Koh Lipe, Koh Lanta, or Koh Kut.
Thailand is an adventure seeker’s playground. There are spectacular trekking opportunities amongst hilltribes in northern hotspots like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai. You can scale sheer karst limestone cliffs in Krabi, dip beneath azure waters for world-class snorkelling and diving in Koh Tao, Koh Similan and Koh Surin, and head into national parks to spot exotic wildlife amongst the tangled jungle.
Despite being a popular tourist destination, Thai culture remains prevalent throughout the Kingdom. Deeply influenced by religion, there are golden Buddhas aplenty and fortune-giving shrines decorating private homes and public buildings.
Thai cuisine relies on fresh, local produce and abundant scrumptious seafood, and there are exuberant festivals to experience throughout the country.
While your airfare may be slightly higher than some destinations, Thailand is amazing value for money. Accommodation options range from budget guesthouses to friendly homestays and 6-star luxury resorts, and Thailand’s family-oriented culture means it’s a safe, welcoming place to visit with children; they'll love it, however old they are.
Our Spin To ensure a hassle-free holiday be mindful of local culture and show respect towards Thai people. Practice your 'Wai' (hand gesture for "hello") and you're guaranteed the biggest of smiles from every Thai you meet on your journey.