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Our Guide to Thailand
Thailand has it all whether you’re a wildlife fanatic, a culture aficionado or a beach buff. Vibrant metropolises sit cheek by jowl with extravagant palaces, pastoral countryside is laced with rivers and jungle clad hills are inhabited by fascinating hill tribes and incredible wildlife. Tick off temples, cook up a storm in a culinary class, or cruise down a languid river to really get under the skin of this magical destination on an unforgettable holiday.
When is the best time to visit?
Whilst Thailand enjoys a tropical climate and is consistently warm throughout the year, there are three distinctive seasons and some variations between the east and west coast. The hot season runs between March and May, followed by the rainy season until October and the cooler season is timely with our winter. This being said, temperatures tend to only drop to 26 degrees Celsius, making it an ideal time of year for sightseeing and escaping the colder climes.
Getting there and around
Getting to Thailand couldn't be easier, it is accessible by air from all over the world. With this in mind, onward travel to other destinations in southeast Asia is also simple to arrange. Once you've arrived, travelling around Thailand is particularly straight forward and going by road allows you to see local life first hand as you pass through towns and villages en route from A to B. Boat transfers are great fun too and there is nothing quite like hopping between the sandy shores of Thailand’s islands at speed. For those with a shorter time frame, catching a flight between Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Koh Samui is the perfect option to save precious time.
Thailand for beaches
The beaches of Thailand's east and west coasts are as idyllic as they come. This is a land so laid back that once you arrive, the only thing left to do is string up a hammock between two palms for a seriously good snooze. Each beach differs from the next, at one you can dive with larger than life whale sharks, at another you can snorkel with a million pin sized fish, ensuring that even if you’re looking for a low key beach getaway, you’re sure never to get bored.
Thailand for food
Thai cuisine is simply sensational. Noodle dishes arrive garnished with fresh lemongrass, rice is infused with chillies, and stir fries are saturated in a deliciousness you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Markets are a culinary extravaganza, stalls spill out of streets brimming with spices, street food and many a weird and wonderful national delicacy. Whether its blindly tucking into a tasty Pad Thai or sipping on a thirst quenching coconut water, there is something to whet all appetites. From the floating markets of northern Thailand to the buzzing restaurants of Bangkok, there is many a flavour to savour in every corner of Thailand.
Thailand for wildlife
Take heed of the humble elephant, Thailand’s national animal, for the wildlife encounter of a lifetime. Nothing can quite prepare you for walking alongside one of Thailand’s gentle giants as it plods through the rainforest or for hearing its spine tingling trumpet as it bathes before your eyes. Thailand’s diverse national parks are abundant with a unique array of flora and fauna. For a rare sighting of a hornbill, gibbon or tiger, be sure to visit the Khao Sok National Park to soak up the natural wonder of this nature reserve.
Thailand for families
Thailand is unbeatable for a family holiday in Asia. The proclaimed ‘Land of Smiles’ greets younger guests with a welcome as warm as you can imagine, whilst its diverse landscapes are a playground for kids. Our tailored itineraries are perfect for little adventurers and parents too, so whether it be jungle exploration, coming face to face with an elephant or splashing around in the tropical waters of the ocean, youngsters and adults alike are bound to be spoilt for choice. Our specialists can craft an itinerary with your children in mind for a truly tailor made holiday.
Thailand for honeymooners
Thailand provides the perfect setting for a honeymoon. With crystal clear waters, powder white beaches and a catalogue of boutique and luxury resorts, there are few better places to spend a once in a lifetime holiday. Whether its discovering a city with your loved one or finding a secluded beach for some post nuptial relaxation, our bespoke honeymoon itineraries are the perfect way to start married life.
Thailand is especially well connected and there are international flights to all over the world from Bangkok. Closer to home, Thailand combines perfectly with neighbouring Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. So whether it’s cruising down the Mekong, around Halong Bay or across Tonlé Sap that takes your fancy, Thailand is the perfect start before exploring the rest of Indochina.