If there is anywhere in Asia that truly feels like a home away from home, it’s Thailand – and it certainly isn’t difficult to see why. Thai culture blends uniquely well with the tourism which has flourished here over the past decades – so it comes as no surprise that Thai people are famed across the globe for their charm and hospitality. Everything in Thailand is created with meticulous detail, from the stunning temples, to the food on your plate. Thailand is a country with pride, passion and vibrancy right at its core.
Crystal clear waters lap the south of Thailand where innumerable islands are to be found on both sides of the Malay peninsula. Besides giving many of the islands a distinct feel and character, this also means the islands experience the rainy season at alternating times, meaning you can plan your luxury Thailand holiday to suit you throughout the calendar year.
To the north of the island lies breathtaking national parks covered in dense tropical jungles and some of Asia's most beautiful waterfalls, not to mention an abundance of exotic wildlife. Chiang Mai, the northern capital of Thailand and it's second largest city, hosts countless temples and monasteries which remind travellers of the city's vibrant yet, at times, turbulent history.
The epicentre of Thai civilisation which flourished hundreds of years ago, is to be found in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, both in the centre of Thailand - thus easily reached from Bangkok. These were the capitals of the two most significant kingdoms in ancient Thailand, and are steeped in culture and history exuding from their gloriously preserved ruins.
Who visits Thailand?
The beauty of this island is its diversity, and so luxury holidays in Thailand can be easily arranged. Exclusive resorts occupy some of the best locations amidst Thailand's natural beauty, making this the perfect place for those in search of absolute escapism.
Visitors looking to venture away from the tourism hotspots will be amazed by the solitude in central and southern Thailand's national parks. Whilst those simply in search of an island paradise escape are spoilt for choice with the quiet, unspoilt sandy islets that decorate Thailand’s shores.
Currency: Thai Bhat (THB)
Flight Time from UK: 10 – 12 hours
Time Difference: GMT+7
Language: Thai, (Many minority languages are also widely spoken)
Thailand's culinary arts have become famous across the globe, and rightly so. Boasting a delicious arsenal of rich spices and flavours as well as beautiful food decorations, meal time will unmistakably be a highlight of your luxury Thailand holiday. From exclusive rooftop dining in Bangkok, to simple street-food, Thailand’s cuisine is consistently delicious and hugely varied.
Whilst you may be familiar with the delicate flavours of coconut milk and the tang of spice in a Thai curry, rest assured it’s unlikely you’ll have experience anything quite like a fresh curry cooked in native Thailand. Sticky rice, which has also become a favourite across the world, is predominantly a part of northern Thailand’s cuisine, particularly in regions close to the Laos boarder.
Beyond curries, a huge variety of different stir fried dishes and exotic vegetables are best enjoyed in Thailand’s night markets which take place in every major town, and host an abundance of food stalls selling sizzling barbecued meat as well as local specialities – some of which are perhaps more of an acquired taste!
Flying into Bangkok is the easiest and simplest way to start a luxury Thailand holiday. Direct flights are available from most UK airports, but you may find indirect flights are also an option at a slightly cheaper price.
The simplest way to witness the best of Thailand is on an organized tour. No luxury Thailand holiday would be complete without having seen the breathtaking islands in the south of the country, which are easy to reach as decades of tourism have established well- trodden routes. Ko Samui has its own airport, and is an ideal base from which to visit Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao – which are amongst the most popular Thai islands. Domestic airports are scattered across all cities worth visiting, making flying the most efficient way to get around.
Bus services as well as taxis will be ready to pick you up at from any airport and get you to your destination safely and hassle free.
Luxury holidays to Thailand will only be enriched by the experience of renting a scooter or small motorbike in Thailand. This is true on the southern islands, where the infrastructure was designed with scooters in mind, but also in the north of Thailand, where the country's most beautiful mountain roads can be found.
Roads are generally in very good condition, especially compared to most of Thailand's south-east Asian neighbours. Nevertheless, extra care needs to be taken when driving, since the traffic is not as organized as one might be accustomed to back at home.
When to go
Thailand is generally hot all year round, yet has two or three distinct seasons to be aware of.
Thailand’s high season tends to fall between September to March, where temperatures are slightly cooler, making the climate drier and more comfortable, blessing the entire country with idyllic weather. Low season is from July to September, which is the time of the monsoon rains and heavy cloud. It is certainly worth bearing this in mind if you’re in search of sun on your luxury Thailand holiday.
Shoulder season is from April to June, where temperatures are very high, with Bangkok averaging above 30 degrees. Due to Thailand's geographic layout, the weather can vary greatly on the eastern and western islands. This means that if you are travelling outside of the high season, it is worth considering the weather conditions across the island.
Loi Krathong is a traditional festival held on the evening of the full moon, on the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar and is a wonderful spectacle to witness. 'Loi Krathong' can be translated as 'to float a basket' and comes from the tradition of making buoyant, decorative baskets, which are made to float down a river. The dates of this event vary each year, but we highly recommend looking into it for an evening to remember on your luxury Thailand holiday.
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