Thailand Destination Guide
Thailand is one of the most visited countries in Asia – and with good reason! Known colloquially as the 'the Land of Smiles' (Thais are renowned for their friendliness and easy-going dispositions) this ancient Southeast Asian nation boasts fascinating culture, glorious weather and spectacular coastlines.
Thailand holidays offer something for everyone, from the frantic pace of Bangkok and the full moon party on Kho Pha Ngan, to the historic temples of Ayutthaya and well beyond.
Capital city Bangkok is the most common place to start a tour of Thailand. The country's heart swirls you around in a sea of ancient and cultural sites, modern attractions, and a nightlife that's unlike anywhere else in the world.
With a seemingly endless list of things to do, don't be put off by the chaotic pace of the capital. There are plenty of chances to slow down, such as at the sprawling Grand Palace in the heart of historic Rattanakosin, or Wat Pho – the 'Temple of the Reclining Buddha'.
If the sights and sounds don't grab your attention, then Thai cuisine surely will. Local food is world-renowned, so take your tastebuds on a trip to the source of one of Asia's most delicious cuisines.
Indulge in traditional cuisine at…
- The Rain Tree Cafe (Bangkok)
- The Good View (Chiang Mai)
- Kruvit Raft (Phuket)
Some of the best places in the country to tip back a tipple include the Silom district around the raucous Soi Patpong, party town Pattaya to the south of Bangkok, and the famous tropical island of Phuket.
On Phuket, the lively Patong beach is metres from the outgoing stall holders who barter souvenirs with friendly enthusiasm. If you're after solace it's easy to find it on one of the island's quieter beaches such as Mai Khao and Freedom Beach, or nearby at pristine Krabi Province.
Discover Thailand’s tropical waters by…
- Scuba diving or snorkelling
- Rafting in Khaoluang National Park
- Sailing across to the Similan Islands
While you're island hopping, add luxurious Koh Samui and diving haven Koh Tao to your itinerary. To get off the beaten track, Koh Chang and Koh Samet, located near the Cambodian border, won't be low key for much longer.
Cooler climates can be found in the northern city of Chiang Mai, home to more than 300 Buddhist temples, some of which are among the most important in Thai culture. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a temple that stretches its roots back to 1383, and is revered as one of the most sacred sites in the region.
Find your adventurous spirit…
- Skydiving with Pattaya Airpark
- Quad bike riding inland
- Rock climbing up Phra Nang Cape
Thailand provides modern luxuries, but also plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in rustic and natural surrounds. Native animals such as monkeys and marine life provide unique postcard moments, while the tranquillity found at a beachfront spa is rarely exceeded.
Whether you’re discovering Thai traditions, cruising up mountains on quad bikes, or sailing across azure waters, each day in Thailand delivers priceless memories. Book your flights to Thailand today and create your own!