Thailand has something to offer everyone. This radiant country, full of fun-loving and beautiful people, is home to buzzing cities, mountain scenery, jungles and wildlife, a spectacular coastline, hill tribe villages, a storied history, a deeply spiritual culture, and some of the best cuisine in the world.
The country has been welcoming travellers for years, which means accommodation and facilities are of the highest standard; though there are still plenty of unexplored corners of Thailand for those who like to wander off the beaten track.
Whatever appeals, you can find it in Thailand – expect a welcome with open arms.
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Flying time from London 11.25 hours
Official language(s) Thai (official), English
Time difference +7 GMT
Visa requirements Not required for periods of 30 days arriving by air, or 15 days overland for UK passport holders.
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Hop on a beautifully restored rice barge and sail along the Chao Phraya river, the River of Kings. Flowing between Bangkok and the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, the river retraces the paths of former royal processions. Chao Phraya river has long been the lifeline of Thailand, and this journey offers an insight into the lives of rural communities that are still dependent on the ancient waterways. The hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Bangkok is replaced by the tranquillity of the countryside just a few hours into the journey.
Sightsee in Sukhothai
Literally meaning 'Dawn of Happiness', Sukhothai was the first truly independent Thai kingdom. The main draw is the superb temples and monuments of the lovingly restored Sukhothai Historical Park, a Unesco world heritage site.
Venture to National Parks
Visit Khao Yai, one of the country’s biggest and oldest national parks and only a 3-hour drive from Bangkok. It is home to almost 2,500 plant species and abundant wildlife including wild elephant, deer, tiger, gibbon, wild boar and more than 300 bird species. Venture further afield to Pha Taem National Park in Thailand's north-east, renowned for its collection of prehistoric paintings which are more than 3,000 years old. Nearby Kaeng Tana National Park covers an area of 80 sq km and is covered in deciduous dipterocarp forest on the plains, tropical evergreen forest along the rivers and grassland everywhere else. It is home to large mammal animal species including wild bear, macaque, civet, gibbon and common barking deer.
Go to the Golden Triangle
Chiang Rai is a laidback Northern Thai town, surrounded by green hills and located close to the Golden Triangle – the border between Thailand, Laos and Burma. The area is full of small quiet villages and ancient temples set in beautiful natural scenery where the Ruak and Mekong rivers meet and form the borders of three countries.
Go island hopping
Cruise lazily around Thailand’s south, from Koh Tapu, known colloquially as ‘James Bond Island’, to Koh Phi Phi Ley where you can explore Maya Bay, which became famous after featuring in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. During the cruise between the islands of Krabi and Phi Phi, there are many opportunities for snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing and going ashore to explore remote uninhabited islands and deserted white sand beaches.
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