Departure9 January 2024 I'm flexible
Nights1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
BoardAll-inclusive Full-board Half-board Breakfast Self catering Room only
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Thailand: Thai Treasures: Heritage & Island Escape
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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 30Â°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
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.
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
Books inspired by Thailand
Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Thailand holiday
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.
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.
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.
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
Top 10 places to visit in Asia for an incredible cultural experience
16th October 2023 by Italian Trip Abroad
Discover the top 10 must-visit destinations in Asia for an unforgettable cultural experience. These remarkable World Heritage sites should be at the forefront of your next holiday plans....
4 Great Activities to Do On a Weekend Break in the Thai Capital, Bangkok
7th September 2023 by Birds and Lilies
Bangkok, the lively capital city of Thailand, presents a captivating fusion of cultural heritage, contemporary allure, and gastronomic wonders. If you are planning a weekend escape to this bustling metropolis, you'll undoubtedly seek a whirlwind of experiences that cater to diverse interests. Whether you're keen on exploring historic temples in the old city or embarking on street food escapades, this informative article unveils four fantastic activities to maximize your weekend getaway....
Is Chiang Rai worth visiting? 10 Reasons why you should visit Chiang Rai
31st August 2023 by Italian Trip Abroad
Chiang Rai was a delightful destination for our short break. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the city and taking part in various activities. Overall, we were very pleased with our experience. If you're wondering whether Chiang Rai is worth a visit, this guide will provide you with over 10 compelling reasons to go. From our initial impressions, we were already convinced that Chiang Rai is a must-see destination....
What is the National Dish of Thailand?
7th August 2023 by Inside the Travel Lab
Thailand is renowned for having one of the finest cuisines globally, offering a plethora of flavors to tantalize the taste buds. However, amidst this culinary extravaganza, one may wonder what truly represents Thailand as its national dish....
The Best Things to Do in Nan, North Thailand's Overlooked Province
17th July 2023 by Inside the Travel Lab
Discover the hidden gems of Thailand with this guide to the top activities in Nan. From exploring the ancient temples to sampling the local cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this beautiful city. Take a stroll through the old city and admire the traditional architecture, or take a boat ride along the Nan River and admire the stunning scenery. For a unique experience, visit the local markets and sample some of the delicious local dishes. Whatever you choose to do, you're sure...
12 of the Best Things to Do in Phrae, Thailand
17th July 2023 by Emily Luxton
Phrae is a town of indigo clothing, teak wood houses, and traditional crafts. There are many activities to enjoy in this picturesque location. Visitors can explore the ancient temples, take a boat ride along the Yom River, or visit the local markets. For those looking for a more active experience, there are plenty of outdoor activities such as trekking, cycling, and kayaking. For a more cultural experience, visitors can learn about the local culture and history at the Phra...
17 of the Best Things to Do in Nan Province, Thailand
12th July 2023 by Emily Luxton
Exploring Nan Province, Thailand, offers a wealth of exciting activities. From visiting dazzling temples and taking in the epic mountain views, to indulging in chocolate workshops, there is something for everyone to enjoy....
Weather in Thailand
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Thailand