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Nestled between Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia, Thailand is one of the largest countries in South East Asia and is certainly one of the most vibrant. Thailand is one of our most popular long haul destinations.

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Holidays in Thailand

Thailand holidays offer a unique combination of beach relaxation and memorable adventure. The British winter time is a great time to enjoy Thailand. Many of the popular Thai destinations like Phuket and Koh Samui enjoy beach weather while Britain shivers its way through the early part of the year. So if you fancy an adventure, some beaches and much better weather than home, it's a good time to check out our range of cheap Thailand holiday deals and packages. With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, along with a tropical climate and exotic culture, Thailand holidays provide you with a dream destination for anyone in search of a cultural experience and the beach getaway of a lifetime. Holidays to Thailand offer everything from jungle excursions, to all inclusive luxury resorts Thailand really has something for everyone.

Best Time to Travel

Most of the year the weather in Thailand is humid and tropical wherever you go but there are differences in the northern and southern regions. It is often said that November to February is the best period to head to Thailand as it isn’t intensely hot and rainfall is kept to a minimum.

Between November and May, northern Thailand is mainly dry, with the latter three months having a higher average temperature and then from May to November you can expect heavy rain as the southwest monsoon season brings wet weather.

In southern Thailand, we have the dry and wet seasons but this does vary depending on the coast in which you are holidaying. East coast sees heavy rain from September to December whilst heavy storms hit the west coast between April and October.

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Essential Information

Explore Thailand

Many underestimate the sheer size of Thailand. It is a vast country comprised of mainland as well as hundreds of additional islands. It would be extremely difficult to visit each and every one of these islands during your stay, but we have listed a few key destinations below you should aim to visit. Bangkok is an essential location when planning your holiday to Thailand. It is the capital and largest city in Thailand, and is a true sensory overload with its bright lights and intense, bustling personality. Bangkok is a true 24hr city, with never a dull moment to be had. Visit the Damnoen Saduak floating market, the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) or take a water taxi across the famous Chao Phraya River for a true taste of Thai city life.

Thailand at a Glance

Another popular destination to visit during Thailand holidays is Phuket. Here you can explore waterfalls, go trekking, or just relax on the powder soft sand beach. If you have ever wanted to see what it’s like to soak up the sun on a tropical island, take a trip to Krabi, where you can diving and snorkel amongst the beautiful natural coral and marine life. Another fantastic location to consider when planning holidays to Thailand is Koh Samui. This beautiful island is home to a number of five star resorts that offer luxury beach accommodation. This is the perfect place for an exotic honeymoon or wedding.

Thailand Highlights

Spectacularly beautiful beaches that dazzle in the sunlight, cities that buzz all the way around the clock, rainforests of untouched natural splendour stretching as far as the eye can see... Thailand really does have it all. A pure image of tropical splendour, nothing quite compares with experiencing Thailand in person, where pearly white sands, crystalline oceans and emerald forest hues appear almost impossibly more vivid when seen with your own eyes. An enchanting land where the settings are epic, the cultures are fascinating, the food is fabulously fragrant and the pace is as fast or as slow as you want it to be, a Thailand holiday is a wild dream turned into an unforgettable reality.

Key Highlights of Thailand

- Sailing across the lazy waters of the majestic Chao Phraya River
- Relaxing on the pristine sands of Thailand’s glorious coastline
- Losing yourself in the bliss of an authentic Thai massage and spa treatment
- Enjoying a fine fusion of authentic Thai cuisine and international classics
- Trekking into Northern Thailand’s dense rainforest mountains
- Diving into the majestically crystalline waters of the Andaman Sea

If you would like to know more about Travelbag’s excellent tailor-made holidays to Thailand, call us on 0203 139 7074 and speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable travel experts.

Book Your 2018/2019 Holidays to Thailand 

When booking Thailand holidays with Travelbag, online or by phone, you can rely on our 30 years of industry experience. We have built relationships with some of the world’s leading holiday suppliers in order to provide you with cheap holiday deals for premium destinations.

Call one of our travel experts on 0203 139 7074. Our experienced phone staff have unrivalled travel knowledge and will assist with any questions or queries pertaining to your holiday. They can help you to choose the best possible resort for your needs, whether you would like to go all inclusive, reserve a beach hut, or even find the best shopping locations! If you prefer to book your holidays online, you can browse our latest offers or use our handy search tool to find a holiday based around your departure date, star rating and board basis.

Packing tips

One of Southeast Asia’s largest countries and a hugely popular tourist destination, Thailand is a spectacular country filled with enchanting adventures. From pristine beaches to bustling Bangkok, it can be hard to pack light when exploring the treasures, so let’s take a look. Thailand is hot so beachwear is a must, along with shorts, t-shirts, flip flops and sandals. Try not to pack heavy items, aim to carry light materials when heading to the tropics; sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and after sun are also useful. Being such a popular tourist destination, you can get most sundries and medication in Thailand so don’t worry too much about things that you might or might not need on holiday. Temples are religious areas so be sure to carry clothing that covers your knees and shoulders if you will be visiting them. Other than that, look for layers with items such as light cardigans and sweaters if it is a cooler day and for the evenings. It can rain sometimes so it might be worth carrying a poncho and comfortable shoes with a dress option if you head out in the evening. Don’t forget the insect repellent either!

Essential Information

- Capital-Bangkok. Always been seen as a gateway to Asia and gets some 16 million tourists each year
- Currency-Thai Baht
- Language-Thai
- Time Zone-GMT +7 hours
- Thailand

Thailand is often regarded as the Land of Smiles and rightly so because of its friendly and welcoming people. With its growing infrastructure, affordable entertainment, and a landscape featuring mountains, beaches, and cities, many visitors find this country to be an amazing one-stop-fits-all destination.

Beginning with Bangkok, this seemingly endless city can be accessed by the easily navigable Sky Train, Underground Metro, and network of car and motorcycle taxis. While in Bangkok, get lost in Thailand’s outdoor markets, the largest being the Chatuchak Weekend Market. And don’t miss Pier 21 located on the 5th floor of the Terminal 21 Mall, one of Bangkok’s many supermalls. It does a fantastic job showcasing popular Thai dishes “street food style” in one convenient location. Simply pre-load a card with some cash at the nearby information booth and delight yourself in a Thai red curry dish, green papaya salad, or a fresh mango smoothie. End your evening with a sunset view over the city’s horizon from one of the dozens of popular rooftop bars and then find yourself an entertaining cabaret show to watch.

Famous for its nightlife, Pattaya has several exclusive beaches and high end resorts, spas, and golf courses. Enjoy time at the beach during the day and go sailing, jet skiing, or boating. Koh Chang is perfect for budget travelers and backpackers and is one of Thailand’s most affordable islands. The water is crystal clear and although it’s tempting to go to the beach every day, make sure to explore Mu Ko Chang National Park’s waterfalls for an afternoon. Everyone should rent a songthaew taxi (a pick-up truck with a covered bed) and take a two-hour trip around the island’s entire perimeter for some beautiful views.

Phuket, Krabi, and Khao Lak are just a stone’s throw from one another and feature gorgeous beaches and picturesque views of the Andaman Sea. Take a speed boat tour of the nearby islands, bronze yourself on the soft white sands, and indulge in some of the most exotic seafood dishes you’ll ever eat. Or if you prefer, take a day tour kayaking through mangroves, visiting James Bond Island, and shopping for handmade goods at a floating market. If you prefer a more breathtaking view of the sea and have a good bit of athletic ability, mountain climb with experts on the nearby cliffs. Finish up your evening watching the sun set as you indulge in dinner at a luxurious beachside restaurant. Hua Hin and Cha Am are two popular places where local Thais from Bangkok enjoy vacationing. These slower beach towns feature tan sand and dark blue water from the Gulf of Thailand and are perfect for watching the sunrise in the morning. Enjoy a family friendly horse ride along the beach, visit a Thai-Victorian style palace, and view the entire stretch of Khao Takiab Beach from Monkey Mountain.

Chiang Mai and its neighbouring towns in Northern Thailand offer a wide range of outdoor adventures. Spend a full day ethically caring for elephants at the famous Elephant Nature Park, where riding elephants is out and bathing and feeding them is in. Chiang Mai’s mountains offer excellent opportunities to zipline, rock climb, and hike or bike. Within Chiang Mai’s famous city center square moat, bounded by brick walls over 700 years old, you can find countless eclectic cafés and walking food tours to sample delicious coffee and popular Thai dishes. Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island and once a fishing village, now welcomes both luxury travellers with upscale resorts and international fine dining as well as backpackers with beachside bungalows among tangles of coconut trees. Why not begin your day with seaside yoga, spend the afternoon taking a Thai cooking course, and finish up the evening hanging out at a legendary full moon party.

Koh Lanta has a wide range of beaches to suit anyone’s taste. The larger and more developed beaches, such as Klong Dao Beach, are on the north side while the more secluded beaches are further south. If you were to do one thing on Koh Lanta, it would be to go scuba diving. Some of the most incredible dive sites are located just off this island. Once you’re back on dry land, bar hop along the laid back Klong Khong Beach that evening.

Thailand’s remaining countryside, known to locals as Isaan, features a more rustic way of life. Lush rice fields and orchards, small villages with their own unique dress and customs, and a more unusual cuisine influenced by the neighbouring countries, Laos and Cambodia, can be found here. For total immersion of Thai culture, including visits to breathtaking Buddhist temples, this is the place to go. Whether, you’re looking to relax, to party, or to have an adventure, Thailand has something perfect for every traveller.

By Chris and Angela Scott

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