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5 August 2022 | 7 nights | 2 people
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Thailand: Kingdom of Siam & Paradise in Phuket
£1999pp

Breakfast • Flights inc

11-nights

About Thailand

From the wonder of its golden Buddhas and hilltop temples to the glamour of its sandy beaches and paradise coves, its bustling cities and mountain shrines, Thailand is a tropical paradise, cultural haven and hedonistic nocturnal temptress all rolled into one.

Fresh local ingredients are key to the mouthwatering flavours that emanate from their world famous cuisine and nothing could be more traditional than a Pad Thai served off a street cart in a busy market in the centre of Bangkok. Cooking classes can be found throughout and if you want to really push the bounds of the culinarily bizarre and you're feeling brave, head to an out of town local market to try deep fried spiders on sticks, flies in bags like raisins and a whole host of things that would ordinarily turn the stomach.

Local and street markets can be found just about everywhere and the art of bartering is an essential skill when you head off for some traditional retail therapy. Don't be afraid to haggle, its expected. The initial price they tell you will be inflated by 200-300% so it they say 500 baht, offer 50 and take it from there.

Between the bustling cities and towns and the paradise coastlines lie acres of tropical forests, rice paddies and quaint little villages bound by agricultural. Mountains scar the north, decorated with glittering waterfalls and local wildlife all interspersed with hidden temples and golden shrines.

When it comes to sun worship and relaxation, there's a wealth of choice from shark diving in Ko Tao to the cliffs of Krabi, full moon parties in Ko Pha Ngan to water-sports in Hua Hin or if you want to relax, revive and re-invigorate both mind and soul, try a health spa in Ko Samui. For the more traditional resorts, head south to Phuket where you'll find the usual hotels and a wider selection of family friendly options.

Thailand can be divided into three seasons, the rainy monsoon season (May to October) with August and September being the wettest period although dry spells commonly occur for 1 to 2 weeks from June to early July. Winter, from October until February where most of Thailand experiences dry weather and mild temperatures with the exception of the south where abundant rainfall, particularly from October to November is common. Summer runs from February until May and when warmer weather is the norm with average temperatures around 30°C.

There's so much to admire about this glorious country and so much to do and see it would be madness to have never visited so book your next trip now.

When to visit

If you're planning a holiday in Thailand, our top picks for the best time to travel would be January and December

January

Thailand's dry season coincides with slightly cooler temperatures, which result in perfect conditions. The seas are calmer, particularly on the Andaman-facing west coast.

December

Cooler and dry, Thailand can be a wonderful wintry sunshine escape at this time of year. Relax on Koh Samui's idyllic long white sandy beaches, or visit local tribes in Chiang Mai's scenic hills

Things to do in Thailand

Books inspired by Thailand

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Thailand holiday

Baan: Recipes and Stories from my Thai Home

Kay Plunkett-Hogge

Baan means the home, the community, the place where you come from - and this book gives an essence of all that and more. A wonderful cookery book in its own right, it also delivers a bit of Thai soul and understanding along with its brilliantly simple recipes. The only Thai cookbook you'll need.

Killed at the Whim of a Hat

Colin Cotterill

Crime reporter Jimm Juree is forced to follow her family from Chiang Mai to Southern Thailand when her mother sells the family business for an investment in a beach resort. But bodies start turning up and it's soon back to what she knows best. Hilariously readable first book in the series.

The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi

Inventive and engaging dystopian novel set in a near-future Bangkok after the impact of climate change and the end of fossil fuels. Brilliantly written, it paints an unnervingly believable future and flavour of the city.

Thailand Travel Journal

Thailand Publishing

Perfect for planning your trip to Thailand!

Bangkok Days

Lawrence Osborne

A visit to Bangkok for its affordable dentistry becomes an extended stay when the author realises he can live on just a few dollars a day. A humorous insight into the Thai capital, digging beneath the surface of its hidden depths and contradictions and revealing it in all its glorious quirkiness.

All About Thailand: Stories, Songs and Crafts for Kids

Elaine Russell; Patcharee Meesukhon

A great book for young travellers to learn all about Thailand. The reader explores everything about the country with a girl from the countryside and a boy from the city. Great for 8 to 11 year olds.

Thailand Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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20th May 2022 by PommieTravels

10 most Instagrammable spots in Thailand

Thailand is a photographer’s paradise. There are plenty of insta-worthy settings to choose from, including vibrant city life, stunning beaches, and lush green hilltops. I’ve visited some amazing places while travelling from south to north Thailand, and I’m going to share them with you! So, perhaps, when you’re on vacation, you’ll be able to visit some wonderful sites while also brightening up your Instagram feed!...

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17th April 2022 by Budget Traveller

Phuket Old Town Guide - 15 best places to eat and drink

Phuket is a lush, forested and mountainous island located in the Andaman Sea and well known for its sandy beaches and lip-smacking food. Being geographically separate from the rest of Thailand and on the ancient trade route between China and India, Phuket has a number of cultures defining its cuisine today, including influences from central Thailand, China, Europe, Malay and India. Phuket Old Town probably has the best concentration of restaurants on the island where you can discover a number...

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13th April 2022 by Budget Traveller

First time in Bangkok? Here are some of my favourite things to do

If you’ve ever made the mistake of riding an airport taxi, ambling along the highway at snail’s pace towards Bangkok City Centre and have been nearly scammed by the taxi driver who refuses to use the meter, chances are that your first impressions of visiting Bangkok won’t be the most favourable. When I arrived at my hostel, breathless and a few extra grey hairs later, I was ready to call it a day. After picking up a few tips from the locals about how to navigate the city, places to avoid...

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1st April 2022 by Budget Traveller

Island hopping in Thailand itinerary - Phuket, Koh Lanta & Ao Nang

If you are first-time visitor to Thailand, then you should definitely set aside some time for an island holiday. Southern Thailand has an incredible choice of islands to choose from, some featuring several iconic landmarks that are famous around the world. I’ve pulled together a 3 week Thailand itinerary that will allow you to take in some of the most popular beaches and islands of southern Thailand which includes Phuket, Koh Lanta and the finally Ao Nang, Krabi....

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10th August 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

15 best things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located in the northern mountainous part of Thailand, the city of Chiang Mai used to be the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. When you go here, you’ll discover its old city that’s full of history. And of course, when you’re in Thailand, visiting temples is a must-do. With Chiang Mai’s hundreds of century-old Buddhist temples, you’ll be in awe with their unique structures and architecture. To know more about the places you can visit in Chiang Mai, read below our short guide....

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1st April 2021 by PommieTravels

10 things to do in Bangkok

With heavy traffic, huge high-rise buildings and oppressive humidity, it can take a while to adjust to life in Bangkok. Thailand’s capital is a big, chaotic city, but don’t let this put you off. As you explore further you’ll find opulent palaces, colourful markets and all kinds of nightlife. When I visited Thailand for the first time, my friend told me I shouldn’t spend any time in Bangkok on my way to Koh Samui. “There’s not really much to do there but shopping and it’s dirty”...

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1st April 2021 by Budget Traveller

The last time I saw Thailand

Like Bourdain, I’ve been fortunate to have visited Thailand a few times. Three to be precise. The last time I saw Thailand was just after Xmas, 2018. We had just spent Christmas in the dreamy town of Luang Prabang in Laos. After the blissfully meditative humdrum life of Luang Prabang a return to Bangkok was a return to the comfort of chaos, of extremes that is the DNA of all my best backpacking memories in South East Asia. No one ever forgets that first intense zap of muggy humid heat that...