Thailand Culture & Koh Samui Holiday
Unearth this culture rich itinerary that visits both Thailand's most historic destinations and its luxury island paradise, Koh Samui.
From white sandy beaches and bustling night markets to crazy tuk-tuk rides and breakfast with elephants, there is a reason Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Nicknamed the land of smiles, Thailand can cater for honeymoons and families, explorers and luxury lovers.
Thailand offers an unparalleled level of luxury combined with a good infrastructure and a sense of adventure, making it the perfect place to begin a journey into Southeast Asia.
Thailand’s bustling capital, Bangkok, is a shoppers paradise with the Chatuchak weekend market holding over 15,000 street stalls of food, clothing and jewellery.
Bangkok is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, rooftop bars with impressive skyline views, or pull up a chair and sample tasty Thai dishes at a street stall.
An ancient city scattered with golden temples and surrounded by mountains, Chiang Mai offers day trips to hidden hill tribes, elephants in their natural habitat and Thailand’s highest mountain; Doi Inthanon.
Thailand is most famous for its beaches with Koh Samui and Phuket being islands of paradise.
Honeymooners can pamper themselves with traditional spa packages for couples or private dinners on the beach.
Rafting, trekking and kayaking can be arranged for those who can’t sit still, otherwise gently float down the river in Khao Sok National Park.
While there, stay overnight in a floating cottage on a lake and wake up to birdsong from the jungle.
You can even visit the notorious Golden Triangle, formerly Asia’s largest opium-producing and smuggling area, now home to tea plantations and resorts nestled in dense rainforest.
If you are looking to relax on white sand beaches and meet a gentle giant up close then explore our Islands & Elephants 13 day itinerary through the best of southern Thailand. For city lovers, explore the present day capital, Bangkok, alongside the past capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. Then head north to the old Lanna Kingdom cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, while visiting some hilltribe villages on the Thailand Heritage and hilltribes tour. Navigate the country and see the best it has to offer with our Thailand Explorer trip, or even take your children along on the unforgettable Thailand Family adventure.
Thanks to its long coastline there is always a good time to visit Thailand. Along the coast of the Andaman Sea (Phuket and Krabi) November until February is the best time to visit, with heavy monsoon rains occurring from May until October. In the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui and neighbouring islands), the reverse is true with the best time to visit being February until April, and the rain hitting in October and November. The north is graced with warm days and cool evenings from November to February, with the average temperature in March, April and May is 35°c. June until October daily downpours of rain occur for a few hours in northern Thailand, but this is a good time to avoid crowds.
Don’t miss Thailand’s New Year celebration; Songkran is a three-day nationwide water fight. Yii Peng and Loy Kratong are northern Thailand’s magnificent festivals, with thousands of sky lanterns floating peacefully in the night sky.
Phuket and Koh Samui have some of the most beautiful beaches in the region, and most of our luxury hotel offerings come with direct beach access. Khao Sok national park is one of our most memorable tour offerings and no trip to Thailand is complete without meeting an elephant up close and personal.
Bangkok is one of Asia’s largest cities, with modern buildings and old wooden houses sitting side by side. Chiang Mai is much smaller and has over 300 temples scattered through its city limits. Spend a few days here exploring the old city, shopping and getting pampered with massages.
The River Kwai Jungle Rafts are boutique bungalows are floating on the banks of the river and each room has a personal terrace to dip your feet straight into the river. Lanjia Lodge in Chiang Rai province is an eco-friendly hotel offering impressive views from its hilltop location and a chance to integrate with hill tribes.
For those looking to splurge, The Sarojin in Khao Lak is to die for. As well as direct beach access, the grounds offer lotus ponds, daybeds suspended over a swimming pool and stone bathtubs in the suites. Another beach escape is the Zeavola Resort on the beautiful Koh Phi Phi. Easily the best hotel on the island, the Zeavola is a fully sustainable luxury hideaway with ‘an air of rustic romance’.
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