One of South-East Asia’s most enchanting and magical locations, Thailand has an amazing wealth of natural, cultural and human treasures. From the many crystal-clear bays and inlets to the vibrant markets of Chiang Mai and Bangkok, there are countless unique experiences to take in across this one of a kind country.
Where to go
Catch a boat to the stunning beaches and awesome rocky outcrops of Phi Phi Bay. Explore the striking and soaring temples dotting Bangkok. Swim, surf, jet ski and snorkel off the beaches of Phuket. Visit the many daily markets throughout the city selling delicious street food. Explore the ruins of ancient Sukhothai, the medieval capital of the country. Come close to the country’s beautiful wildlife at zoos such as Dusit Zoo and the Bangkok Aquarium. Float away in your hotel pool, cool drink in hand.
Food & Drink
Thai food is (quite rightly) world famous for its tangy spiced curries perfectly complementing seafood, beef, and chicken. Try to sample it at street food stalls around the country, for a real, authentic taste. To eat well in Thailand, we recommend Blue Elephant (96 Krabi Road, Muang District) to have as much of an education about Thai cuisine as a meal. Over in Koh Samui, Nuch's Green Ta'lay Restaurant (1/4 Moo 5, Thong Krut, Koh Samui) does one of the finest green curries in the world - well worth making the detour to visit!
While some parts of Thailand have gained a reputation as rowdy and full of hairy backpackers, some parts of the country - Bangkok, in particular - have given birth to an acclaimed bar scene. Our favourites include Maggie Choo’s (Novotel Bangkok), for its warm, intimate basement vibe and Vesper Bangkok (10/15 Convent Road, Silom) for the care and preparation it puts into its cocktails, in addition to its easy access to transport.
Where to stay
Some of our favourite
SE Asian boutique hotels can be found in Thailand. Amongst the newest is Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
, on the banks of the River Ping - we are especially fond of the authentic Thai experiences it offers its guests. Paresa Phuket
feels like a palace floating in the clouds and is the perfect choice for those looking to pamper and indulge themselves with spa treatments. Finally, Casabay Luxury Pool Villas
is great for those looking for villa accommodation for family groups or gatherings of friends. How to get there
Thai and British Airways fly to Bangkok from London most days.