When to go:
November-April are the most predictable months and should be warm and dry.
From £2300 per person for a 10 day trip.
"The Beach"by Alex Garland. It's a backpacker's page turner but it's quite a fun read.
Large bottle of water to quench your thirst after all those chillis.
Did you know?
It's quite normal not to use chopsticks but the Thai custom is to use the spoon when putting food into your mouth, not a fork.
The ancient kingdom of Siam was undoubtedly a sight to behold and remnants of that empire still remain in various monuments and temples. These relics are often awe-inspiring, but there is so much more for the modern visitor to this magical country.
Thailand is no longer the preserve of backpackers, but it retains a draw, an energy which brings visitors back. No city has a bustle quite like Bangkok, no coast has quite the choice of accommodation from the modest to the palatial, and Thais have a uniquely wicked sense of humour.
I used to live in Chiang Mai and, like many others, find it hard to resist the temptation to return to a country so full of contradictions. The Thais are so inescapably funny, so extraordinarily hard working and so indescribably upbeat. This country is magical.
Did I mention the food?
These are just a few of the activities we’ve arranged for our clients in the past. One of them could be the defining reason for your whole holiday, or simply an afternoon diversion.
– You can’t move in Thailand for temples and palaces, evidence of its long and illustrious history, but unless you are an expert, after a few monuments one may start looking very much like the last. However, the country has so much to offer beyond cultural sightseeing that you’ll never have to look far to find something else to do to complement these gorgeous sights.
Shopping, markets and food
– Shopping malls in Bangkok rival most Western capitals these days but the real fun and buzz is in the country’s night markets. But not the touristy ones we’ve all heard about. These are entertaining, but really you want to go to the local night markets and spend your evenings moving around between food stands, getting a taste for local life as well as local food. Street food is famous for being not only safe but also just divine. Thailand is one Asian country where you’ll find the best food and also some of the cheapest.
– Almost all hotels have fantastic spas and the yoga-esque Thai massage is quite an extraordinary experience. If you want more than the odd treatment we also know a few retreats more focused on wellness programmes.
– Thai beaches are famous but many of the best beaches are also the busiest. Knowing the difference between what you see on a website and what you see on the ground is absolutely key to finding the right place. There are some gorgeous beach retreats if you know where to look.
Trekking and hiking
– There are some lovely hiking spots in northern and eastern parts, but generally it’s quite difficult to get away from the tourist spots. Not impossible, but it does require a little imagination.
- Getting there
– Bangkok is about a 10-hour flight away from London flying direct with BA or Thai Airways.
– Thailand has an excellent network of domestic flights; these are usually the quickest and most convenient way to travel. There are some trains if you are so inclined, and you might also have the odd car/boat transfer to get you to your final destination.
– Thailand’s dry season runs from about November–April but it’s a tropical climate and there is always a chance of rain. These are generally short outbursts. The rest of the year you’ll get slightly higher temperatures and it can get humid, but on the up-side there are fewer tourists and hotel rates do go down.
Visa/ entry requirements
– Tourist visas are issued on arrival.
Events (festivals, wildlife migrations)
– The biggest events of the year are the Water and Light festivals in November and April respectively. In the countryside and within hotels these can be lovely occasions but out in the big cities they can actually be rather hectic and best avoided. Other smaller and religious festivals take place all year round and if you are interested we can work out a way of fitting them into an itinerary.
- Cultural Nuts
-With palaces and temples aplenty, alongside gorgeous meandering rivers and tribal villages, there’s plenty to keep cultural nuts entertained.
– Thailand is a wonderfully easy honeymoon destination, especially for those new to Asia. Great food, amazing hotels, vibrant cities and stunning beaches.
- Young and Old Families
– Especially for families new to Asia, with a safe environment, great food and a universal adoration of kids, you’d be hard pushed to find a better place for children to experience Asia.
- Limited Mobility
– Thailand is firmly on the tourist trail and most hotels have excellent facilities for those with limited mobility. Some excursions, like temples and markets, require a little forward planning but in generally Thailand is a great place to explore even if you are not as mobile as others.
– From street food to haute cuisine, Thailand is home to probably the best food in Asia. Fresh and crisp, the great thing about Thai food is that you can experiment and order whatever you like in smart restaurants and in local markets and know that you will be giving your taste buds a journey of their own.