What’s on offer in Thailand?

Bordered by Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia, and lapped by the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, Thailand has long been enticing visitors. The country’s attractions are endless, with miles of sandy beaches, national parks, pristine dive sites and fascinating cultural centres. Absorb yourself in the way of life and meet the Thai people who are only to happy to introduce you to their unique country.

Fondly known as “the land of smiles”, Thailand is commonly associated with gorgeous golden sand, palm-lined beaches, warm aquamarine waters, glorious temples and verdant jungle-clad mountains. With sixteen million foreigners flying into the country each year, Thailand is the primary travel hub of Southeast Asia, offering a diverse range attractions and activities to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether exploring the teeming metropolis of Bangkok, relaxing on the tropical beaches of the southern islands, scuba diving in the underwater wonderland off the coast of Koh Tao, jungle trekking in the North, or discovering the ancient cities of Chiang Mai, Thailand is filled with attractions to satisfy any interest.

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Fast Facts

Getting There

Major gateway: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

Typical flying time from UK: 11h Transfers: Bangkok (16 miles/25km) airport bus 60min; taxi 50min. Also Pattaya Beach transfer bus. BTS Skytrain Airport Link Express takes 15mins and the stopping service takes 30mins

Departure tax: included in ticket price.



The best conditions are between November and March, when it’s warm, sunny and dry with a temperature of 24-27C, though with cooler evenings in the north. Temperatures and humidity both increase significantly between April and May (28-33C). The rainy season is October and November in Samui and the islands, and June to October elsewhere.

Top Attractions

• Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Bangkok

• Floating Market (Damnoen Saduak), Ratchaburi

• Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

• Klong (canal) tour in Bangkok by longtail boat

• National Museum, Bangkok

• Ayutthaya, ancient capital

• Traditional Thai dance shows

• Elephant conservation camps

• Beaches and islands

Second Time Around?

With excellent internal flight connections, Thailand is a breeze to get around. Starting in Bangkok, a second visit can take in Chiang Rai, a northern city nous for its distinctly spicy cuisine. he Black House (actually a collection of around 40 houses), Wat Phra Kaew temple and the Hilltribe Museum are among the top sights. Spend the rest of the trip island-hopping: Koh Samui, Koh Phan Ngan and the Angthong archipelago are easily combinable on the east coast.

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