If you love history and monuments to explore then a few days in Bangkok visiting all the temples with keep you entertained. For those beach lovers, you are just spoilt for choice. If sports your thing then diving, sailing, snorkelling, golf and many more activities await for you to try. Check our Manager Special Holiday offers for the latest holiday deals in Thailand.
People often ask how long and where should I go in Thailand. The answer is really down to the individual. Most international flights will arrive at Bangkok airport and from there you can take a road transfer to the nearby coastal resorts of Hau Hin, Pattaya or Cha Am or Ko Chang. If you prefer to visit one of the islands such as Phuket or Koh Samui an internal flight with Thai Airways or Bangkok air will be required as well as a visit to the North to Chaing Mai or Chaing Rai to visit the temples and rice fields of the north of Thailand.
Thailand Getting there
Daily direct flights from the UK are available with Thai Airways, Eva Air and British Airways/Qantas codeshare as well as many other airlines offering indirect options to Thailand. Internally Thai Airways and Bangkok air provide many connecting flights to the smaller islands of Thailand.
Bangkok the Crazy city that never sleeps –
A visit to Thailand is never quite complete without a visit to the capital city and main connector airport, Bangkok. A 3-night stay will help you get over the flight from the UK, explore the crazy night markets and top up on a few souvenirs and visit the famous Temples.
Night Markets Bangkok
Our favourite night markets to visit in Bangkok are Patpong market (also known for its array of go-go bars) but of late it has had a bit of a cleanup and the choice of shopping is quite vast wtih all the replica bags and clothes. A visit to the Asiatique market is also a must as there are so many shops to choose from but also many places to eat and lots of entertainment. Find out more on Asiatique night market Bangkok
Travel Tips to Thailand
The Royal family are very well respected in Thailand by the Thai people and visitors should show the same respect whilst in the country.
Always cover up when visiting shrines and Buddhist temples, never go topless or wear shorts when inside the temples.
Women may not touch buddhist monks and if wishing to hand something to them, they must pass it to a man to give to the monk.
Thai people do not normally shake hands when they greet one another, instead they press their palms together in a prayer-like gesture called a wai.
Beware of unauthorised people who offer their services as guides. For all tourist information, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tel : 1672.
Do not get yourself involved with drugs. Penalties for drug offences are very severe in Thailand.
Northern Thailand – The Golden Triangle
The north of Thailand is home to the hill-tribes each with their own language and culture, Temples and stunning scenery of this region. Bordering Laos and Myanmar you will explore the countryside enjoying the views from some of the highest mountains, the lushness of the jungles and the amazement of the temples dating back over 700 years. To get the most of Northern Thailand consider a Golden Triangle tour or at least stay in tow different areas to explore. Our favourite towns to consider staying are Chang Mai and Chang Rai, from there you can explore the Northern Thailand countryside.
From Chang Mai things to do
Chiang Mai is home to more than 300 temples, but the very best include the 14th century Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which is outside of the city center.
Visit the famous night bazaar and the many markets throughout the day.
Visit Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s tallest mountain
Visit Fang a small village near to the border of Myanmar and close to the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park whcih will give you vistas of steep mountain ranges and home to the Fang Hot Springs.
Visit Pai a very sleepy village with a hippy feel to it which makes it popular with backpackers and one to go and chillout for a few days. From here you can visit Pembok Waterfall or Pai Canyon where you can walk the narrow trails and watch the beautiful sunsets.
Visit Doi Inthanon National Park, part of the Himalayan Mountain Range also known as the “The Roof of Thailand” here you can view many waterfalls, walk the mountain trail or enjoy the flora and wildlife with over 362 bird species and 65 different types of mamals.
Visit Doi Pui Tribal Village and National Park whcih is famous for beautiful waterfalls and is 1685 metres above sea water.
Visit Doi Suthep a historic and spiritual place in Thailand that dates back over 700 years and offers views over the city from this holy place.
Take a night safari and visit one of the animal zones such as; Savanna Safari, Predator Prowl, Jaguar Trail choose to tour by foot or in an open-sided tram.
Temples to visit are Wat Cheid Luang built around 1385 and is 80 metres tall. Wiang Kum Kam the underground ancient City and take a horse drwan carriage to enjoy the ruins of this temple.
Visit Mae Sa Elephant camp and watch the elephants paint, play football and dance.
Visit Chiang Dao to see the Karen Long Neck Tribe and Chiang Do Caves and see the limestone formations and Buddhist shrines in these caves.
From Chiang Rai things to do
Visit Phu Chi Fah on the border of Laos a 3 hour journey from Chiang Rai which will give you views of the jungles of Laos in the valley below.
Visit Chiang Saen similar to Ayitthaya or Sukhothai but not as busy or crowded. Here you will find smaller temples and Chedis in amongst the jungle
Visit the Pu Kaeng Waterfalls these 9 tiered waterfall flows through the jungle and is accessable through a small almost overgrown trail through the jungle.
Visit Khun Korn Waterfall which is the tallest waterfall in the Chang Rai provence over 70 meters in height
Visit Wat Rong Khun a crazy looking white Temple which lies 5kms south of Chang Rai still unfinished like Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona this temple is the work of local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat
Chang Rai Clock Tower built in honor of Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej
Hill-Tribes Museum and Education Centre
King Mengrai the Great Monument a life size monument dedicated to the King Menfrai the great and founder of the Lanna Kingdom.
Wat Klan Wieng a stiking Temple built in 1432 with ornate relief decorations housing the original city pillar shrine.
Other temples to consider are Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong,
Things to do in the Kanchanaburi region
Hintok River Camp experience
Hikes in the Erawan National Park where you can walk and hike and explore the parks Pra That Cave.
Bamboo river trip
Bridge over River Kwai a historical landmark which was errected by the British, Dutch and American war prisoners of World War ll
Hell Fire Pass and Memorial Museum which is a 500m long portion of rock that the prisoners of war dug out of hand. You can take a 4-5 hour walk of the old railway track into the jungle and visit the museum.
Jeath War Museum is a replica of an actual prisoner of war camp located in the ground sof Wat Chai Chumphon.
Don Rak War Cemetery which is the resting place of 7000 prisoners who died constructing the famous Death Railway.
Three Pagodas Pass which marks the Tahi-Burmese border.
Sri Nakarin National park is home to the hot springs and a rang eof wildlife and waterfalls reached by boat or 4WD vehicles
The beach resorts in Thailand
Central & East
Essential Information about Thailand
Capital City – Bangkok
Language – Thai, English, Chinese
Currency – Baht
Electricity – 220V
Flight Time – average from London 11 hours
Time Difference – GMT +7 hours
For more information browse the official website for the Thailand Tourist Board
Languages spoken Thai English Chinese
Currency Thai Baht
Visa requirements None for Uk Passport Holder