It’s impossible to sum up Thailand in a few words. The land of smiles is known the world over for its spectacular natural landscapes, bustling resorts and captivating historical resorts, from beautiful Buddhist temples to grand palaces.

This outstanding part of the world has long been the first port of call for holidaymakers looking to explore Southeast Asia. One of Thailand’s main appeals is its incredible diversity and wide choice of destinations, from the bustling surroundings of Bangkok to the luxurious Koh Samui coast.

Thailand’s exceptional tourist trade shows no signs of dwindling, either. The country’s reputation for being one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations is no coincidence. A mixture of endearing hospitality and a welcoming atmosphere sees millions flock to this sublime region, year on year.

Browse our selection of cheap and discounted 5 star Thailand holidays to discover this exotic destination, and sample the diverse culture that’s a source of inspiration for millions. Our cheap luxury escapes will allow you to go on holiday to Thailand in 2018 / 2019 without costing the earth.

Useful information

Thai Baht
Time Difference:
GMT + 7 hours
Flight Time:
Approximately 12 hours.

Flights: You can fly to Bangkok from most major UK airports. However, getting to other destinations in Thailand may include a stop off on the way.

Passport/visa requirements: You must hold a valid British passport. This allows you to visit Thailand for less than 30 days without requiring a visa.

Packing essentials: Due to Thailand’s tropical climate it is best to pack light clothing. You should also include sunglasses, a sun hat and a light rain mac. If you plan to visit any temples or sacred sites, make sure that you pack clothes which cover your legs and shoulders.

Thailand Highlights

Thailand offers a diverse array of holiday possibilities. Thailand may have a reputation for being one of the party capitals of the world, but there’s so much more to this vibrant country than full moon parties and the raucous nightlife of Patong. You’ll find it’s also a great destination for long haul family holidays, offers plenty of culture for discerning travellers and some of the best beaches in the world for those looking for a relaxing beach break.

Bangkok, the country’s thriving capital is home to a contrasting mix of luxury shopping complexes and traditional thai markets, future proof skyscrapers and ancient buildings including the Grand Palace and majestic Wat Arun temple. The hustle and bustle of the city isn’t for everybody but offers a rich experience and insight into the history, heritage and culture of Thailand.

Located toward the southwest of the country is Phuket. Thailand’s largest island offers a very different experience from the capital. Where Bangkok is an urban metropolis, Phuket is a laid-back paradise, where golden sands meet warm turquoise waters.

Phuket offers more in the way of a traditional holiday, with beachfront resorts, water sports and theme parks, as well as a host of national parks. Those hoping for a taste of Thailand’s world-famous nightlife must pay a visit to Phuket Town.

Koh Samui follows in a similar vein, offering a real luxury holiday in Thailand, with pristine beaches, mountainous rainforests and a plethora of palatial 5-star resorts. The island is situated on the opposite side of the country, just off the east coast. Like Phuket, Koh Samui offers a vibrant mix of leisure activities and brilliant nightlife.

Those looking for a secluded retreat, away from all the hustle and bustle, will find it at Khao Lak. The resort, found on Thailand’s west coast, is one of the country’s best-known secrets.

This list of wondrous Thai resorts goes on, the quaint fishing village of Hua Hin is where the Thai Royal family built a summer palace and you can understand why they choose to reside here. Impeccable beaches and quieter than the larger resorts like Phuket. Hua Hin offers a truer reflection of Thai life & culture.

Krabi with it’s serene beaches, national parks and rainforests is a resort that really encapsulates Thailand’s natural beauty.

Chiang Mai is a great city destination to enjoy the markets, temples, history and culture of Thailand at a more relaxed pace than in Bangkok and with a more picturesque backdrop of lush green mountains.

Events and festivals

The biggest festival to take place in Thailand is known as Songkran.

Celebrated over three days during the Thai New Year period, from April 13 to 15, Songkran, was traditionally a blessing of splashing water over family and friends. However, this has transformed over the years into huge outdoor festivities.

As an increasingly popular time for tourists to visit Thailand, international visitors mix with Thai locals in what resembles a massive water fight on the streets!


When it comes to cuisine, there are many delicious dishes that you should sample during your time in Thailand. Pad thai is a stir-fried noodle dish flavoured with eggs, tamarind pulp, fish sauce, garlic and red chilli pepper. Depending on your taste, you can also enjoy pad thai with a choice of meats or tofu.

Another flavoursome dish on the menu in Thailand is tom yum, or tom yam. This hot and sour soup is usually cooked with shrimp and contains a number of herbs and spices.

Green curry and red curry are also popular Thai dishes that can be enjoyed during a visit to Thailand. Green curry is made with green chillies and coconut milk, and traditionally fish or meat. Red Curry is created using red spur chillies, garlic and shallots amongst other ingredients, and again a choice of meats.

Seafood is also very popular in Thailand, with restaurants and street food vendors serving a wide range of fish in a variety of styles and flavours.

Thailand Weather

Thailand enjoys a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging between the high twenties and low thirties, all year around. The rainy season is between July to October, however it doesn’t affect the whole of Thailand equally, with some areas experiencing more rainfall than others during this period, so it is wise to plan your Thailand holiday destination according to the time of year you are looking to travel.

The best time to visit is between November and March, when the sun is guaranteed to be shining and rainfall is minimal.

You’ll love Thailand if…

A journey to one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful and vibrant locations tempts you.

You love discovering beaches and islands, Thailand boasts some of the most beautiful in the world

History, culture or cuisine are of interest, Thailand holidays can be enriching experiences