A country of spellbinding diversity, Thailand has ancient monasteries overlooking tropical beaches, street vendors standing outside sacred temples, and floating markets sitting next to first-class restaurants. Experience these cultural and culinary contrasts with the style and sophistication that only a luxury holiday in Thailand can provide.
No matter whether you want to sunbathe by the sea on an idyllic island, experience a long-established culture, or sample the finest regional cuisine in celebrated locations, Thailand is the place for you. One of Asia's most enthralling destinations boasts remarkable natural landscapes, a unique heritage of its own, and delicious dishes that will live long in your memory.
Head to the south of Thailand and you'll be rewarded with a excess of picture-perfect islands. Phuket is rarely left off an itinerary to Thailand thanks to its white-sand beaches, lapis waters, and some of the country's finest hotels and spas. Alternatives include romantic Krabi, party-orientated Koh Samui, and laid-back Khao Lak. Most getaways to 'The Land of Smiles' will also involve a stay in Bangkok, which is well worth your time. Here, you can see first-hand how Thailand has absorbed Western influences into its own culture without losing any sense of its identity. From street vendors selling modest yet flavoursome fare in bustling marketplaces, to serene Buddhist temples, from soaring skyscrapers, to golden-topped palaces, the capital of Thailand is a heady mix of captivating contrasts.
Between November and March, you can enjoy dry conditions and balmy temperatures throughout most of the country. Seeing as this period follows the monsoon, you'll also be treated to lush green landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.
If you're heading to Thailand's southern islands, the best time for travel is June to September, as you'll escape the rain and the crowds. You'll also find that even on days where the temperature is high, the heat is kept in check by cooling sea breezes.
It's difficult to escape Thailand's love of food. No matter whether you're mixing it up with the locals at a hawker stall or enjoying views of the ocean at a first-class resort restaurant, the country's enthusiasm for its cherished cuisine will always shine through.
An amalgamation of tribal cooking traditions along with influences from further afield, Thai cuisine is typically flavoured using rich bases made from herbs, roots, spices, and chillies. The cornerstone of most meals is rice, which balances out the fiery nature of most curries and stir-fries.
British passport holders arriving by air or land can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry. Visit GOV.UK for more information.