Tantalising Thailand is a gem for exploration. From the jungles and mountains of the north, to the utopian beaches and castaway islands of the south. Discover captivating wildlife, paradise beaches created for the perfect holiday and inspiring culture. Visit spiritual temples, meet humble and happy locals and wander as many street markets as you can.
Holidays in Thailand
Our recommended Thailand holidays
Thailand’s beaches are a slice of paradise. With coastal gems close to Bangkok, soothing island shores in the south and waterfront beauty spots to the west – kick back in beachside serenity. Book flights to Bangkok and begin your adventure in Pattaya. Venture south-west to Hua Hin, where locals soak up the beach life. Relax on holidays to Koh Samui on white sands, paddle in turquoise waters, then watch a breathtaking pastel sunset. Visit the captivating beaches of Mae Nam, Chaweng Beach and Silver Beach. Or stay near Kata Beach and visit Freedom Beach on Thailand’s biggest island on holidays to Phuket.
Take that big Thailand trip
Renowned for being ‘the’ backpacker destination, Thailand is the place you have to visit to understand how fascinating it really is. Enchanting temples, elephant sanctuaries, jungle adventures and euphoric islands, it doesn’t get much better. Meet wonderful locals and be charmed, in The Land of Smiles.
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Twin centre Thailand holidays
Stay for longer and see so much more
The blissful capital of the north oozes tranquillity. Experience the sublime, as you stroll through the mesmerising Wat Chedi Liam temple. Learn about Buddhism, admire the monks and soak up the serenity of the city. Go trekking through incredible terrain, spend time at an elephant sanctuary or glide along the Mae Kok river on a bamboo raft. Stay at the Khum Phaya Resort & Spa nearby the renowned night market and just a tuk-tuk ride away from the sights. Or book into the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai for Thai cuisine cooking classes and an ethereal setting within the Mae Rim Valley.
Take in the fascinating landscape of Krabi, where soft sandy beaches beautifully contrast with the towering limestone cliffs of Railay beach. Explore the tropical underwater world and enjoy the abundance of activities. Grab a kayak and splash about in the Andaman Sea, hop on a ferry over to Koh Phi Phi and take it easy on the wondrous Princess Lagoon. Take a break at Rayavadee for a beautiful setting between three cliffs and three magnificent beaches. Or stay at the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi for the sensational private Pai Plong Bay, jaw-dropping island views, as well as the diving and water sports centre.
55 miles north of Phuket lies the beautiful beaches hugging Phang-Nga's coastline. Sentido Graceland Khao Lak Resort & Spa is the ideal place to kick back and unwind, or find your adventurous side before you go jungle trekking or white water rafting in Khao Sok and Phang Nga National Parks. Why not combine a stay at the stylish Twinpalms Phuket and join the fashionistas at Catch Beach Club on Bangtao Beach?
Best places to visit in Thailand
Thailand beaches and the best islands
After the buzz of Bangkok, the sun and sea of Thailand beaches offer the perfect contrast as part of a twin centre holiday. When you arrive at The Village Coconut Island, off the main island off Phuket, you'll feel a million miles away. Six Senses Yao Noi is set on secluded Phang Nga Bay providing both luxury and privacy. While away the day on the stunning shores of Anantara Lawana Resort and Spa Samui , or retreat to the stunning villas, nestled in the trees, at The Surin Phuket.
Cheap holidays to Thailand
You don't have to settle for a backpacker hostel if you're on a tighter budget. Savvy travellers can find boutique hotels on a shoestring. Bel Aire Hotel, in Bangkok, is nestled in a quiet street just off the bustling Sukhumvit Road. In Koh Samui the Ibis Samui Bophut offers modern accommodation and an idyllic beachfront location, and there's an authentic fishing village to explore nearby. Khaolak Orchid Beach Resort in Phuket is a real gem, found along the popular Khuk Khak Beach.
Thailand family holidays
A family holiday to Thailand is perfect if you want to share some cultural discoveries, but also go home feeling refreshed and relaxed. In between adventures spend precious time in and around the magnificent pool at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa or stay at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort and take advantage of the entertaining kids programme and the nine-hole mini-golf course. Or snuggle up on bean bags watching movies under the stars at Tongsai Bay, Koh Samui.
Thailand city breaks
Begin your journey in Bangkok and discover modernity infused with tradition. See majestic temples, soak up the humble spirit, take a trip to the floating markets, jump in a tuk-tuk and immerse yourself in this fascinating city. Glide along the waters of the Chao Phraya River and lookout for the glorious Grand Palace. Thailand's UNESCO-listed ancient capitals, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, provide a historical slant to many Thai holidays. Journey to the north of Thailand to Chiang Mai. Explore rainforests and rice paddy fields, visit a nurturing elephant sanctuary and discover a Thai cooking class.
Things to do in Thailand
Venture to Chiang Mai and volunteer with the elephants, then wander through the bustling night markets. Travel to the south and stay in Phuket for basking beach days, or catch a boat ride to Krabi for activities and mesmerising landscape discoveries. Island-hop and scuba-dive to fully experience Thailand's southern beauty in the Gulf of Thailand or the more secluded Andaman Coast. Go to the mountainous Golden Triangle of Thailand for a holiday of caves and hot springs. Trek with friendly hill tribes and see elephants before following Kanchanaburi's rickety Death Railway to Nam Tok's waterfalls and Hellfire Pass.