Thailand tailor-made holidays
Glittering temples and the remains of ancient kingdoms, exotic islands fringed by white-sand coves, gently swaying palms and towering limestone cliffs have all made a holiday in Thailand something of a traveller's dream.
A well-trodden trail highlights the main attractions: frenetic, intoxicating Bangkok; hill tribes and elephant treks in the mountainous north; the old Siamese capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai; put togther a tailor-made trip to Thailand to experience the best of what the country has to offer.
At a glance
Where to go in Thailand
Bangkok is a modern metropolis merging old and new, sacred and profane. Bustling street markets peddle bargains alongside high-end shopping malls, trendy nightclubs and restaurants that tempt devotees, while serene Buddhist temples and majestic palaces stud the riverbanks and boulevards.
The eastern province of Thailand is far less visited than the rest of the country, but a trip here allows the opportunity to get off the beaten track and see some of the area's small towns and unspoilt landscapes, before continuing on to islands in the Gulf of Thailand or into Laos or Cambodia.
Bird watching and historical sites are among the attractions of the central and western regions of Thailand, parts of which have been given over to mountainous and forested national parks where rare animal species can be seen.
When to go to Thailand
Inland Thailand has a tropical, humid climate for most of the year. The area north of Bangkok has three seasons whilst the southern peninsular region has only two. In the north the weather is mostly dry between November and May, though from March to May sees a sharp rise in temperatures as the cooling breezes of the northeast monsoon subside. May to November is dominated by the southwest monsoon, when rainfall is heaviest. The south is more definitively split between wet and dry seasons. On the west coast the southwest monsoon brings rain and heavy storms from April to October, while on the east coast the heaviest rains fall from September …
Top itineraries in Thailand
Get a taste of Thailand as you combine the exhilarating capital city Bangkok with the hill tribes and temples in the northern town of Chiang Mai.
A crowd-pleasing concoction of culture, city and beach, has made Thailand one of the most popular destinations for travellers the world over. Wonderful food, almost guaranteed sunshine and a wealth of accommodation options to suit almost every budget has ensured Thailand's appeal.
Offering a flavour of three very different regions of Thailand, this 11-day tailor-made tour explores the vibrant capital Bangkok, before setting sale on a cruise along the River Kwai, a region famed for both its scenery and historical significance.
Top places to stay in Thailand
Just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Phuket, the Santhiya Koh Yao Yai is a brand new five-star resort and spa surrounded by 38 acres of tropical forest, untouched white-sand beaches and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.
With a collection of 108 stunning thatched cottages and magical location on a hillside overlooking the gorgeous white sand of Pansea Beach, The Surin is, without doubt, one of the finest properties on the Thai island of Phuket.
As its name suggests, Centara Grand at CentralWorld is located in the heart of Bangkok, offering easy access to the city's many attractions while providing guests with five-star facilities, amenities and service.
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