Thailand: An Overview

Thailand is a vibrant blend of cultures and breathtaking natural scenery and, understandably, the most popular luxury holiday destination in South East Asia.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The beaches - they range from long, white sandy stretches of paradise to bays surrounded by towering limestone formations.
  • Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provide the ultimate culture fix - you'll see an array of gilded temples, and have the chance to sample some seriously tasty cuisine along the way, too.
  • Elephant trekking is a must; the mahouts will teach you how to instruct your elephant in Thai before trekking through the jungle.
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Luxury Thailand Holidays: The Detail

Thailand is one of the most popular luxury holiday destinations in South East Asia, owing in no small part to its fresh scenic backdrops, fabulous foods, lively cities and paradise beaches. Plus if it's good enough for Leo (Dicaprio that is), then it's good enough for us.

Did you know

  • Thailand means 'land of the free' because it is the only country in Southeast Asia that hasn't been a European colony
  • The world's biggest fish, the whale shark, is found in the waters off Thailand
  • Chopsticks are only used to eat noodle soup in Thailand, otherwise a spoon or fork is used
  • In 1999, 30 vets worked to heel an elephant's foot after he stepped on a landmine
  • Thailand is home to the 'mudskipper', a fish that can walk on land and climb trees

Energetic, cosmopolitan Bangkok combines the feel of a modern Asian city with reminders of the past, whilst contrasting dramatically with the serenity of the country's ancient temples, tranquil villages and miles of picturesque coastline.

Thailand's long coastline and the many islands that lie just offshore offer superb beaches, snorkelling and diving. The north offers a completely different luxury holiday experience, with trekking, jungle and some outstanding new hotels opening in recent years around Chiang Mai.

The country is also renowned for its fabulous food, making this a destination of many attractions, and Original Travel consultants have visited and revisited several times in the last few years to keep up to speed with new hotels and activities.

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More on Luxury Thailand Holidays...

Our fantastic Asia team are here to help with every detail of your luxury holiday, from where the best street food markets are to what time of day is best to avoid the crowds on Koh Phi Phi islands. As one of the most popular countries in South East Asia, the Original Travel team have scouted out the best places to go and visit, so let us do the work and you do the enjoying.


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The overhanging spa at Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai took 15 minutes of trekking to reach, but the sublime setting amidst the bamboo forest is well worth it.

Katie, Original Traveller

A note on price

Thailand is great value for money, and can be done on a real range of budgets. Direct flights to Bangkok cost around £650 per person, and domestic flights are reasonably inexpensive. Super-luxury Thailand holidays that include stays at beautiful tented camps in the jungle and private beach villas on the coast will cost around £10,000 per person. However, choosing quaint boutique hotels means you'll pay more like £1,800 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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Language

Thai

Currency

Baht

Visa Requirements

Not required

Religion

Buddhism

Food & Drink

Tom Yang Goong, Pad Thai, Singha beer

What to pack

A Thai phrase book, purely because trying to pronounce Thai words is comedy value

Flight from London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs


Top picks for Thailand

Jungle visit

Jungle visit

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Visit a night safari centre to see a number of different species of wildlife.

What to do

Jungle visit
SALA Samui

SALA Samui

East Coast Thai Beaches

SALA Samui is a lovely boutique hotel in a prime location on Choeng Mon beach, on the north east corner of Koh Samui Island.

Where to stay

SALA Samui
Si Datu Bua

Si Datu Bua

Indonesia

Silolona's little sister boat is every bit as impressive and luxurious as our favourite yacht, and the perfect vessel from which to experience some of the most unspoilt islands on earth and best diving spots.

Where to stay

Si Datu Bua
Silolona

Silolona

Indonesia

If you want the ultimate in luxury yachts then look no further than Silolona. Sailing the seven seas (or any sea, for that matter) really doesn’t get much better.

Where to stay

Silolona
Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Thailand

Chiang Mai and neighbouring Chiang Rai are well worth a visit after the buzz of Bangkok, to visit the temples and old town of Chiang Mai and go elephant trekking in the jungle of remote Chiang Rai. The city of Chiang Mai has a striking mountain backdrop and is the capital of the eponymous province, which borders Burma to the north, whereas Chiang Rai is a slightly more remote area, making it ideal for exploring the beautiful terrain of jungles, rivers and mountains.

Where to go

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

East Coast Thai Beaches

A spa retreat tucked away in the secluded southeast point of Koh Samui, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa is a haven for those in need of some well-earned r & r, and it has the eco-chic vibe down to a tee.

Where to stay

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa
Four Seasons  Koh Samui

Four Seasons Koh Samui

East Coast Thai Beaches

Koh Samui is an island of beautiful beaches, but possibly the finest of all is home to the Four Seasons Koh Samui.

Where to stay

Four Seasons Koh Samui
Adopt an Elephant

Adopt an Elephant

Thailand

Children can become a zookeeper for the day and adopt their very own elephant.

What to do

Adopt an Elephant
Evason Hua Hin

Evason Hua Hin

East Coast Thai Beaches

Hua Hin is Thailand's original beach resort area, and in contrast to some of Thailand’s other beach resorts with their bright lights and nightlife, remains a much more peaceful, family-oriented place.

Where to stay

Evason Hua Hin
Bangkok

Bangkok

Thailand

Bangkok is one of the finest cities in the Far East.

Where to go

Bangkok
Amanpuri

Amanpuri

West Coast Thai Beaches

Accommodation consists of traditional Thai-style pavilions and villas scattered amongst the towering coconut palms; all rooms feature king-size beds and private outdoor terraces.

Where to stay

Amanpuri
Soneva Kiri

Soneva Kiri

East Coast Thai Beaches

Soneva Kiri is arguably the most luxurious property yet from Six Senses, set amidst lush tropical rainforest on Koh Kood off the south-east coast of the Gulf of Siam.

Where to stay

Soneva Kiri

Thank you so much for the wonderful wonderful Sharky and George packs! They are quite marvellous - and I thought the way the tickets and itinerary were packed was top notch! We really will be booking again with you!

Sandra

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