Thailand

From bustling cities to deserted beaches, Thailand is a country packed with adventure and unforgettable experiences. Start with Bangkok, the kingdom's ancient-meets-modern capital. Here, glossy shopping malls contrast with colourful markets and street food stalls with gourmet restaurants. Elsewhere, explore verdant jungles, gleaming temples and fascinating historical sites.

In the north, you'll find tranquil mountain hideaways, steamy tea plantations and elephant rides. Head south and find yourself kicking back on one of Thailand's pristine beaches. With rainbow tropical reefs and bathwater-warm seas, the diving and snorkelling opportunities in Thailand are among the best in the world. For the ultimate Thai getaway, combine a non-stop city break in Bangkok with do-nothing downtime at one of our gorgeous beach hideaways.

Enjoy the world famous hospitality that earned Thailand its 'Land of Smiles' moniker. Exotic, eclectic and mesmerising: Thailand is the ultimate tropical holiday destination.


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Thailand facts at a glance
Flight time:
11 hours
Time difference:
7 hours
Currency:
Thai baht
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

The best months to holiday in Thailand are between November and April.

Things to do

Thailand is a varied country with a staggering choice of things to see and do. From trekking through jungles and diving coral reefs to shopping in Bangkok or playing golf, you're really spoilt when it comes to choosing how to spend your days. There's an array of important cultural, historical and religious sights to see in Thailand; don't miss the beautiful Buddhist temples or the famed bridge over the River Kwai. Adrenaline junkies can go rock climbing, sea kayaking and lots more. Of course, you may choose to come to Thailand to simply lay back and soak up the sun: take your pick from sun loungers by cool infinity pools and to-die-for sandy beaches. Need to totally switch off? Check in to a luxury spa and treat yourself to a blissful massage.

Food and drink

Thai cuisine is unique and tasty. Using tropical flavours like lemongrass and coconut, the world-famous curry is best tasted in its homeland. Book into a cookery class and learn the secrets needed to whip up an impressive Thai dinner when you get home. Bangkok offers up a good mix of traditional street stalls and modern restaurants. In most holiday resorts, you'll find a huge choice of eateries serving up everything from local dishes to international food and even fast food joints. Don't miss freshly caught seafood – best eaten at a beachside table. Feeling brave? You'll find fried insects and other delights sizzling in Bangkok's markets.

In the evening

The nightlife vibe in Thailand depends very much on where you choose to stay. If you're dreaming of romantic, moonlit evenings, our beachfront escapes are just the job. If lively nightlife's more your thing, you'll find plenty of it in places like Bangkok, Pattaya, Patong in Phuket, Phi Phi and Koh Samui. Whether you're looking for barefoot beach parties, glamorous nightclubs, cocktails and karaoke or those famous ladyboy cabarets, there'll be something to suit you.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.


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