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.

Katie, Carrie and Rosie are here to help give you the inside track.

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.

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.

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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Original Highlight

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

Tea Plantation at Ang Khang - Thailand

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Thailand

There's more to Thailand than golden beaches - lovely though they are - so head north for a different take on the country.

Where to go

Beach on Koh Lanta

West Coast Thai Beaches

Thailand

Travel down the coast of Thailand and veer west for crystal clear waters and spectacular marine life that make it a favourite amongst divers and snorkellers.

Where to go

Six Senses Samui

Six Senses Samui

East Coast Thai Beaches

Six Senses Samui is located on a headland on the northern tip of Samui, set amongst 20 acres of indigenous plantings and offers stunning views of the surrounding sea and outlying islands.

Where to stay

The Surin beach

The Surin, Phuket

West Coast Thai Beaches

Slip off the sandals and put your feet in the sand - The Surin Phuket brings a new level of luxury to Pansea Beach. This elegant resort is set on the shores of the Andaman Sea, with Phi Phi Island and Phang Nga Bay just around the corner.

Where to stay

Elephant-back or walking treks

Elephant-back or walking treks

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Learn the skills of a mahout before going elephant trekking through the beautiful terrain of jungles, rivers and mountains.

What to do

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

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

Adopt an Elephant

Adopt an Elephant

Thailand

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

What to do

Bangkok

Bangkok

Thailand

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

Where to go

Koh Kood Pontoon, Thailand

East Coast Thai Beaches

Thailand

Thailand's picture perfect beaches are rightly famous and combined with superb Thai hospitality and hotels, they are a dream destination.

Where to go

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

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

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