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Holidays Thailand

Thailand is one of the most desired holiday destinations on the planet, with a culture that is so distinctive, hundreds of beautiful beaches, bustling cities and green mountains. Spend approximately 11 to 12 hours on a plane and you could be stepping foot into one of the most stunning countries you have ever visited.
From tropical islands to hectic cities, Thailand is a country of contrasts. You'll find extreme sports and relaxing beaches, sleek designer boutiques and rustic market stalls. Whatever kind of holiday you are looking for, you will find it in Thailand. Hot and humid for much of the year, there is a slower pace of life throughout most of Thailand. The care-free, laid-back attitude of Thai people is contagious, making for a relaxing escape in beautiful surroundings.
Whether you are looking for a vacation with spectacular architectural sights, or a lazy beach holiday that comes with an abundance of things to see and do, a holiday in Thailand is what you have been waiting for.

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Things to do in Thailand

With its diverse locations, Thailand can meet a whole host of holiday requirements, from the couple wanting a romantic getaway, to a family in need of some fun activities or even a group of friends looking to party at night and laze in the sun during the day. There couldn’t be a more spectacular location to do it.

Thailand is such a varied country, full of so many different destinations, the problem often lies in choosing one in particular to visit. From the bustling, frenzied capital of Bangkok, where you can see amazing sights such as the Grand Palace, the Floating Market and sparkling Old City, to the sleepy beaches of the islands, where your troubles can be washed away with every sweep of the warm, glistening water.

Party island Thailand

Many people holiday in Thailand to revel in the famous beach parties, the most notorious of which is most likely the Full Moon Party, held every month on the island of Koh Phangan. Phuket is another location that is notorious for its party lifestyle, in the go go bars, cabaret shows, clubs and live rooms, it has something for everyone. Thailand really is the land of variety, with so much to do and so many amazing sights to see, once you have been you will want to keep going back again and again.

Nightlife

Thailand's famous nightlife is a huge draw for visitors. From stylish hotel spaces to rough and ready outdoor bars, you can enjoy watching the world go by with a cool drink in your hand. Extravagant shows, karaoke and late-night shopping make the evenings just a busy as the days.Party island Thailand
Many people holiday in Thailand to revel in the famous beach parties, the most notorious of which is most likely the Full Moon Party, held every month on the island of Koh Phangan. Phuket is another location that is notorious for its party lifestyle, in the go go bars, cabaret shows, clubs and live rooms, it has something for everyone. Thailand really is the land of variety, with so much to do and so many amazing sights to see, once you have been you will want to keep going back again and again.

Enjoy the Island life in Thailand

Thailand’s islands not only serve well to those who are in need of some rest after a week of debauchery, but also to familiescouples and friends who’s holiday heaven consists of lazy days by the sea and relaxed dinners by the beach. Koh Samui is one of the more laid back islands, and with so much choice when it comes to resorts and beaches, the perfect one is basking in the sun, waiting for you to join it.

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Sports

In the southern part of Thailand, sports revolve around the crystal clear waters and beachlife. Excellent diving opportunities in the Similan Islands, as well as snorkelling at any of the many beaches allow you to explore the coral and search for tropical fish. For something a little different check out some buffalo racing or elephant polo. 

Families

Thailand is not just for singles and couples, it is a very family-friendly country. There are many activities centred around nature that are suitable for kids. Hiking up to a waterfall and swimming in the cool water, watersports at the beach or visiting a national park and animal preserve, for example. With parks, mini golf and zoos, there are plenty of activities to keep children entertained. Koh Samui is one of the more laid back islands, and with so much choice when it comes to resorts and beaches, the perfect one is basking in the sun, waiting for you to join it.

Top places to visit 

The Grand Palace

Escape from the traffic and crowds of Bangkok with a visit to the Grand Palace. Living up to its name, the palace consists of a vast complex of ornate buildings set in serene gardens. Glistening in gold and red, tiled statues and elaborate rooftops catch your eye everywhere you go. 

Giant Buddhas

Throughout Thailand there are many giant statues of the Buddha. Often sitting high up on a hill, the statues are breathtaking and surrounded by incredible views. You'll find one in Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui and they are well worth a visit to take a breath of fresh air and just enjoy the peace and quiet.

Ancient temples

There are thousands upon thousands of Buddhist temples in Thailand. Even the smallest villages have their own temple and cities like Chiang Mai have over 300. A wander around a temple is a serene and calming experience. In addition to the opulent decoration there is just an air of peace. While you are exploring on holiday, look out for shimmers of gold and red. Some temples have an arched gateway and are hidden back away from the road. Visitors are always welcome, simply cover your shoulders and knees to show respect. Some of the oldest temples in Thailand can be found in Ayutthaya, around an hour north of Bangkok. The historical park features a number of temples, ruins and an impressive 40 metre-long reclining Buddha statue.

How to get to Thailand

Flights to Thailand take around 12 hours from the UK. You can fly from many major airports and most land in Bangkok, then you can get a short connecting flight to your final destination. Thailand is 7 hours ahead of GMT. 

Things to see in Thailand

The beaches you will come across on holiday in Thailand are great for the adventurous, with water sports on tap, such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and diving. If you are looking for something to really get the heart pumping, then see if you can handle skydiving near Pattaya, white water rafting in Phuket, waterfall abseiling in Chiang Mai and even elephant riding through the jungle in Kanchanaburi. Here you can check more thing that you must see in Thalind:

  • Elephants - there are camps throughout the country where tourists can ride on and help to wash these incredible giants.
  • Islands - from the wild Full Moon parties in Koh Pha Ngan to an idyllic boat ride to James Bond island, visit a stunning island that suits your pace of life.
  • Floating markets - these fascinating markets in Bangkok are formed by sellers displaying their wares on little wooden boats, Damnoen Saduak is one of the most popular.
  • Wildlife - efforts to preserve the local wildlife in Phuket can be seen and supported at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre and the Turtle Rescue at the Aquarium.

Typical food and gastronomy in Thailand

Famed for its delicious cuisine, Thailand is a paradise for food lovers. Thai dishes are often based on a spicy, salty and sweet combination. Extensive use of garlic, chilli, lime and sugar creates the perfect balance of flavours. Wherever you go you will see food carts, roadside restaurants and even barbecues attached to the back of motorbikes serving food day and night. A good rule to follow is to eat where Thai people are eating, this way you'll find hidden little gems and the most authentic flavours. Pad Thai, flat noodles with prawns, beansprouts and tofu cubes or chicken noodle soup are often served at fold out tables with plastic stools at the side of the road. Tiny restaurants usually have one speciality, such as kao mok gai, yellow chicken and rice or will cook up your favourite dish on the spot. Restaurants in hotels and stylish eateries will serve the same delicious meals and international dishes in prettier surroundings.

Best time of the year to visit Thailand

There are colourful, exciting festivals and celebrations held in Thailand throughout the year, including those for New Year's Eve and Chinese New Year. On April 13th, the traditional Thai New Year is celebrated with a huge water fight. Expect to get drenched and doused in talcum powder during this wild few days throughout the country. In November, the Vegetarian Festival is held, specifically in Phuket. The sometimes gruesome processions see participants is trances harming themselves to show spirits their bravery. December is a wonderful time to visit Thailand, the weather is hot and sunny, and there is plenty of Christmas cheer

Weather & Climate in Thailand

Thailand has hot and humid weather for most of the year. The hottest months are usually March and April, followed by the start of the monsoon season in May. Also known as the rainy season which lasts until October or November. September is usually the rainiest month of the year, with nightly thunderstorms and very heavy downpours. Temperatures can get cool in the north in December and January, but it remains warm all year round further south, making a great winter sun holiday option. Low season coincides with the rainy season, so if you are looking for a cheaper holiday in Thailand go in July or August and you will still see some sunny days

Visa and inmigration requirements

If you are travelling to Thailand from the UK, you can stay for 30 days without a visa. Your passport will be stamped upon arrival. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days you must apply for a tourist visa in the UK from the Thai Embassy or consulate. There is no separate fee to enter the country. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you enter Thailand.

Beaches in Thailand

The beaches you will come across on holiday in Thailand are great for the adventurous, with water sports on tap, such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and diving. If you are looking for something to really get the heart pumping, then see if you can handle skydiving near Pattaya, white water rafting in Phuket, waterfall abseiling in Chiang Mai and even elephant riding through the jungle in Kanchanaburi.

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