Thailand holidays transport visitors to the stunning region of Southeast Asia, into a mystic country blessed with captivating culture and history, golden beaches on idyllic islands and a fascinating culinary scene. If you're looking for something exotic and potentially luxurious in 2017, why are you waiting to book those flights? Thailand has it all!
Many visitors on holidays to Thailand will choose to base themselves in an all inclusive hotel, right in the centre of the culture and chaos of the cities, like the capital Bangkok or the beautiful old city of Chiang Mai. Others will flee the city streets for all inclusive island escapes, absorbing the tranquil surroundings of Phuket or Koh Samui, while some will seek a flavour of ancient history at the ruins of Sukhothai or Ayutthaya. Wherever you choose to go for your break, you’re sure to be hypnotised by this country’s unique appeal.
At a glance
- Currency: Thailand Baht
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +7
- Average flight time: 11h 15m
When to go
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There are endless things to do over 2017 Thailand holidays, a country that continues to thrive on its strong tourist draw, quickly becoming one of the most popular holiday destinations on the planet. From all inclusive resorts in Phuket to backpacking hostels in Bangkok, Thailand holidays have a wide range of hotels and destinations to choose from. Thailand’s wildlife is another captivating lure, with elephants, tigers and monkeys lurking in the beautiful and diverse landscapes that make up this wonderful country.
A cultural haven awaits you when you book your holiday to Thailand. The country is full of captivating temples and ancient sites, transporting visitors to a bygone era full of mystery and vibrancy. Temple lovers will never run out of things to do in Thailand, especially in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The cities are adorned with temples and palaces, with Wat Arun and Wat Pho the most breath-taking in the capital, while in Chiang Mai you cannot miss Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – try saying that after a Thai whiskey or two! It is certainly worth visiting one of the country’s ancient capital ruins. The two most famous and impressive sites are Sukhothai and Ayutthaya – the former is best explored by bike. Heading to the river town of Kanchanaburi will transport you to one of the focal points of WWII. The town is home to the bridge over the River Kwai as well as Commonwealth cemeteries.
Wine and Dine
One of the most indulgent Thailand attractions is the country’s mouth-watering culinary scene. Such is the reputation of Thai food you’ll be likely to stroll past one or two Thai restaurants in your local town. But there’s no better place to tuck into some of the country’s most famous dishes than in the restaurants or street food stands that adorn the capital city Bangkok. Whether you go for pad thai, phat thai kung or kuay tiew, you’ll be spoilt for choice for dining locations in the capital. From the upper-class restaurants serving authentic meals, to street food areas like Ratchawat Market and Sukhumvit Street. All inclusive resorts in Thailand always have a big focus on food and no two holidays to Thailand will be the same in terms of culinary experience.
Mainly down to the stunning scenery, coastal beauty and its vibrancy and culture, Thailand is a romantic place. Among the most endearing Thailand attractions are the beaches – a real magnet for couples. Around Phuket you’ll discover wonderful strips of sand backed by fine dining, spa treatments and luxury all inclusive hotels, resulting in the perfect getaway for loved ones.
Around Krabi, couples will find much of the same, but it is the mesmerising boat trips that make this destination particularly romantic. Bobbing along between karst islands, finding hidden lagoons and deserted coves – it is like living out your very own secret love story. Even around the capital city you can find this sort of romance in close quarters – escaping to the beach resort of Hua Hin will provide ample respite from the city chaos for lovers.
The northern retreat of Pai is situated in a picturesque valley near Chiang Mai and has become a popular retreat for hippies, drawing to a contagious bohemian atmosphere. The surrounding countryside is the area’s main draw, boasting waterfalls, mountainous vistas and gushing rivers.
For an unprecedented Thai national park experience, look no further than the stunning Khao Sok National Park, arguably the country’s most beautiful wildlife reserve. Home to stunning flora and snaking rivers, an adventure around Khao Sok during holidays in Thailand will give you the chance of spotting tigers, elephants and gibbons in their natural habitat.
Life's a Beach
Thailand holidays give you the choice of two stunning coastlines, both dotted with paradisiacal islands, lined by perfect beaches and all inclusive hotels. The country is a dream for island hoppers, with the backpacker-friendly havens of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui adorn the east coast, while to the west you’ll discover Phi Phi Island and many beautiful islets located off Krabi. The province of Krabi itself is home to some stunning beaches and a lively rock climbing scene, and just to the west the beaches of Phuket are equally alluring. On the west coast you'll find Khao Lak, what was once a series of simple fishing villages now turned into a tourist beach haven. With all inclusive resorts and smaller hotels, Khao Lak is ideal for those seeking a beach holiday in 2017, a little different from the typical favourites.
Thailand has long been a hangout for the young, backpacker crowd and with this is a heavy focus on creating a vibrant nightlife scene for tourists. You’ll find this ethos embedded in most major tourism destinations, including both the islands, like Koh Samui, and cities. Bangkok’s Khao San Road is perhaps the most notorious night spot in the country, offering cheap drinks and cheap thrills every night of the year. The scene doesn’t diminish on the isolated islands, with Phi Phi Island and those situated off the east coast synonymous with partying. One island has become very famous for its raunchy and lively Full Moon Party. Koh Pha Ngan is the location, hosting a massive backpacker party on the full moon of every month – expect carnage, but fun carnage. With plenty of choices between all inclusive resorts and quieter hotels, there's plenty of choice to shape your 2017 Thailand holiday around your needs.
Action and Adventure
Adventurous types will find many things to do in Thailand to get their heart racing. Among some of the most intriguing activities are those found on and in the water. Water sports are highly popular, and the country’s stunning coastline only adds to the appeal. Diving and snorkelling are real must-dos, with an abundance of underwater creatures such as sharks and turtles ready to be discovered. There are numerous snorkelling and diving tours around Krabi, taking you out into the ocean surrounded by karst islands and blue water. In the north, the ocean is replaced by the mountains and diving and snorkelling make way for rafting and hiking. Around Chiang Rai and the border with Laos are some extremely rewarding treks. Your 2017 holiday has never looked so jam-packed! Whether you're an all inclusive lover or looking for something authentic, book those flights: Thailand has you covered! Don’t forget, asking at your all inclusive’s concierge desk is the best way to get a few tips.