Thailand holidays often centre around cosmopolitan Bangkok, but Thailand's beautiful islands, like Phuket and Koh Samui, definitely merit some exploration as well. Holiday around northern Chiang Mai for trekking and rafting with Thailand's hill tribes. Culture vultures on holiday in Thailand will love the UNESCO-listed ancient capital, Ayutthaya. Plenty of spicy local cuisine tops the holiday off a treat.
Holidays usually begin in Bangkok in Thailand's centre, close to Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi's notorious Bridge over the River Kwai. Travel north for rugged mountains in the Golden Triangle around Chiang Mai. Book flights from Bangkok to Phuket and Koh Samuifor beach holidays on stunning islands around the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Coast.
Thailand multi-centre holidays
See the highlights of exotic Thailand and Singapore on a multi-centre holiday
Explore the gateway to the charismatic ‘Land of Smiles’… Bangkok is the city where towering skyscrapers stand alongside ancient Buddhist temples. Shop at sprawling megamalls or haggle for bargains at bustling street markets. Watch elegant classical dance or experience the renowned nocturnal scene. Just a short flight away, Phuket beckons with its postcard-perfect beaches of powdery sands and turquoise waters. After dark, head to pulsating, neon-lit Patong for a slice of exuberant nightlife.
Embrace the city of contrasts that is Bangkok. Explore the buzzing centre by tuk-tuk, taking in shimmering skyscrapers and glossy shopping malls. Or wander around serene temples and palaces before browsing the colourful goods at a floating market. Then fly to Koh Samui and explore this island idyll of pristine beaches and lush greenery. Hop in a ‘songthaew’ taxi with locals and head to bustling Chaweng Beach. Or unwind on the secluded shores of Hanumen Bay.
Discover the cultural and spiritual heart of Bangkok. Gaze upon the ornate golden spires of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Take in the majesty of the gleaming Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho. Then fly north to Chiang Mai and marvel at the towering tiers of the Temple of Wat Chedi Luang. Admire the incredible works at the 3D Art in Paradise museum and Wattana Art Gallery. Continuing to Koh Samui via Bangkok, enjoy some downtime lazing on postcard-perfect beaches.
Step into a tuk-tuk or long-tail river boat to explore bewitching Bangkok. Take in its stunningly adorned temples and palaces, then experience its renowned nocturnal scene. Fly south to Phuket and stroll barefoot on pearly-white sands washed by aquamarine surf. By night, experience the sizzling scene of Patong or join the locals at a Thai boxing match. Then take a ferry to the paradise province of Krabi. Recline on secluded white sand beaches, bathe in crystalline waters or scuba dive around colourful coral reefs.
From its skyscraper-studded centre to its magnificent historic temples – discover the many sides of Bangkok. Shop at deluxe malls and bustling night markets. Tuck into sizzling street stall fare, or dine at a lavish rooftop restaurant. Fly on to Koh Samui and unwind on pristine white sand beaches, making time to visit the awe-inspiring Big Buddha. Continue to Singapore for some retail therapy in this shopping paradise. Wander around the incredible Gardens By the Bay. Or spend a thrilling family day out at Universal Studios.
Wats (temples) litter Thailand and you must see iridescent Wat Arun in Bangkok across the ChaoPhraya River from the stunning Grand Palace. Journey to Thailand's north for Chiang Mai's fortified city walls. Thailand's UNESCO-listed ancient capitals, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, provide a historical slant to many Thai holidays.
Things to do in Thailand
Island-hop and 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.