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.
Nicknamed the Land of Smiles, Thailand is a natural choice for adventurous families, bliss-seeking honeymooners, or couples looking for an unforgettable travel experience.
From secluded beaches and cheerful night markets, to zig-zagging tuk-tuk rides and breakfast with elephants, there’s a reason that Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Our job is to help you explore this country in a manner that both absorbs its highlights, and yet forges a path away from the norm.
Iconic journeys typically commence in bustling Bangkok, head north to the ancient walled city of Chiang Mai, introduce you to hill tribe communities and explore the wilds of the national parks, before heading to a pristine island paradise for a few days’ R&R.
For adventurers, Thailand can be the perfect playground. The country’s less-visited national parks are diverse and colourful, offering everything from soaring mountains and limestone karsts, to jungles and rice paddies, and from the Mekong River to the Andaman Sea. Opt to stay in a jungle treehouse, to be woken by birdsong, or dine under the stars at a floating lodge, where early morning mists gradually reveal an emerald lake. By day, cave-hopping, kayaking, hiking, white-water rafting, waterfall-swimming are all on the table.
Gastronomes will adore the dining options across the country, ranging from simple, traditional meals to extravagant feasts, whether you’re pulling up a stool at a local night market or sitting down in one of the Bangkok’s finest restaurants. Culinary masterclasses are a mainstay of many Wayfairer itineraries, offering you the chance to take the taste of Thailand home with you.
Of course, no traveller’s tale of Thailand would be complete without a visit to an island paradise. Whether you’re honeymooners seeking total seclusion, or families hoping for a mixture of activity and down-time, there is an established array of luxury resorts and boutique hotels that offer the discerning traveller precisely what they need.
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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