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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 the main appeals of a Thailand holiday is the country's 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 after year.

Browse our selection of cheap 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 trips to Asia will allow you to go on holiday to Thailand in 2024 / 2025 without it costing the earth. For the ultimate experience, we'd recommend our Thailand multicentre holidays.

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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 holidays offer a diverse array of travel experiences. 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. Thailand is one of the best destinations for long haul family holidays, and offers plenty of culture and some of the best beaches in the world. With a wide choice of both 4 star and 5 star Thailand holidays on offer, there really is something for every traveller.

Bangkok, the country’s thriving capital is home to a contrasting mix of luxury shopping complexes and traditional markets, amazing skyscrapers and ancient buildings including the Grand Palace and majestic Wat Arun temple.

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 holidays are a little more traditional, 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 offers a taste of real luxury holidays 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.

Elsewhere, the quaint fishing village of Hua Hin, offers impeccable beaches and peaceful resorts, making it obvious why the Thai Royal family built a summer palace here. Krabi with its serene beaches, national parks and rainforests is a resort that really encapsulates Thailand’s natural beauty and should be on any bucket list.

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.

By Air

Domestic flights are usually one of the easiest ways to get around Thailand, and with surprisingly cheap internal flights, it usually works out cost-effective. Both national and international airlines run multiple flights daily across the country, which will suit all kinds of travellers.

Expert tip: make sure to check specific airline baggage allowances..

By rail

Thailand’s railway system is constantly evolving year-on-year, with rail travel offering a typically safer alternative than coaches and buses. While it can be slow, as it stands, Thai railways are government-owned, so you can usually find cheap trains in Thailand. Travelling by rail also offers you the chance to meet new friends or just sit back and relax, enjoying the beautiful scenery out the window.

By road

Travelling by coach or bus in Thailand is extremely cheap and convenient for most destinations. Short-distance bus trips can be found easily in any city or major town, although some routes include a lot of stops, so if you’re in a rush, taxis may be the way to go.

For short journeys you can also hire a tuk-tuk, for a unique view of cities at a fraction of tour prices. For taxis in Thailand, get a price beforehand and try to book in advance with respected companies. In busier cities like Bangkok, Uber also runs a competitive and safe option.

By boat

A necessity for island hopping in Thailand! Ferries travel to popular islands like Ko Phi Phi and href="">Koh Samui regularly during peak season. Times and schedules vary, but a good rule of thumb is: the quicker the ferry, the more expensive the ticket.

Expert tip: during monsoon season (May to October) many ferry companies operate revised services, so check before planning your holiday.

As night falls, Thailand's cities, towns and resorts come alive!

Whether it’s late-night shopping, dining or all-night partying in the busy entertainment districts, you will never be stuck looking for something to do at night in Thailand.

Night Markets

Although night markets are a feature right across the country, the best night market in Thailand is situated in the capital - the Bangkok Night Markets.

Rot Fai market is known for its huge size and hordes of memorabilia and vintage gifts. It moved in 2013 from the north of the city to the east, but this didn’t take away any of the original charm.

If you want something with a bit more wow factor to the usual stalls, then ChangChui is perfect for that.

Dubbed the ‘plane market’, ChangChui is one of the newest additions to the already busy night market culture, but it has one incredibly cool feature that makes it stand out - a huge aeroplane with stalls underneath sits in the middle of the market, for amazing shopping and photo opportunities.

Revisit the Temples

Almost everyone makes a point of visiting some Thailand’s temples during the day, but many miss out on revisiting once the sun goes down.

Come nighttime, most Thai temples are even free to visit, including Wat Arun and Wat Phra Kaew.

Other options are to take a river cruise at night to see many temples that are in close proximity, or take a taxi tour around the city to discover the main attractions.

Party hard

It needs little explanation that Thailand is one of the party capitals of the world.

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If you’re craving a beach holiday that promises to exceed all expectations, you can’t go wrong with Thailand.

From glorious golden sands to sugar-soft white shores, Thailand’s best beaches are second to none.

The island of Phuket is a popular option for luxury escapes, offering a number of breathtaking stretches of sand, along with stunning natural scenery, colourful nightlife and a selection of lavish hotels and resorts.

Another destination known for its immaculate beaches is Koh Samui. Located off the east coast of Thailand, this enchanting island offers a good choice of 4 and 5-star accommodation, and is a top location for both nightlife and scuba diving in Thailand.

Hua Hin is another great choice. This former summer retreat for the Thai royal family offers white sand shores, emerald waters and a great choice of hotels.

The mesmerising beaches and secluded coves of Krabi are also popular with visitors to Thailand, while the resort of Khao Lak offers a laid-back coastal retreat, ideal for couples and families.

Best Time To Visit Thailand

The most popular time for a holiday in Thailand is during the dry season, from November to February, when the weather is warm and rainfall is minimal. During the wet season, between July and October, Northern Thailand experiences a lot of rain, while the south of the country sees lighter showers and the highest temperatures of the year.

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Thailand beckons to all kinds of travellers with its diverse offerings. Whatever your getaway aspirations, Thailand boasts the ideal hotels tailored to meet your holiday desires. Rest assured with the peace of mind that all of our Destination2 holidays are fully bonded and ATOL protected - allowing you to unwind and embrace the true essence of a worry-free holiday!

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Where is Thailand located?

Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, sharing borders with the countries of Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia.

What currency is used in Thailand?

Thailand’s official currency is Thai Baht.

What’s the time difference between the UK and Thailand?

Thailand is 7 hours ahead of GMT.

How long should you stay in Thailand?

Depending on the type of holiday you are after, tourists can spend anywhere from a week to a month in Thailand. We would recommend a multicentre holiday for a minimum of 10 nights in order to get the best of city living and island relaxation.

When is the best time to visit Thailand?

Generally, we would recommend visiting Thailand between November and March (the dry season).

What is the best place to visit in Thailand?

Chiang Mai offers a taste of jungle life, meeting elephants and sight-seeing in northern Thailand. In the south, Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi are excellent destinations for picturesque beach holidays.

Do you need a visa to visit Thailand?

No. British passport holders can enter Thailand without a visa for up to 30 days. If you want an extended stay, you are required to apply for a visa before you travel.

How long is the flight from the UK to Thailand?

The flight from London Heathrow Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) takes approximately 11 to 12 hours.

Who flies to Thailand from the UK?

Thai Airways, British Airways and Eva Air all currently offer daily direct flights from London Heathrow Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok). A number of other airlines provide connecting flights from other airports in the UK or to other airports in Thailand.

Can I fly direct to Thailand?

Yes, but currently only from London Heathrow Airport. If you want to fly from other major UK airports, such as London Gatwick, Manchester or Edinburgh, there are connecting flights available.

What is the weather like in Thailand?

Thailand enjoys glorious sunshine and high temperatures (ranging between the high 20s and low 30s) all year round. The best time to visit is November-March, when there's usually plenty of sun and rainfall is minimal. You should expect short-lasting, but heavy rain showers, especially in the wet season (July-October) in certain parts of Thailand.

What language is spoken in Thailand?

Thai is the official language of Thailand. Many locals also speak English relatively well, especially in touristy areas.

Can you drink alcohol in Thailand?

Yes, and it is comparatively cheap to do so. The legal drinking age is 20.

Can you travel between destinations in Thailand?

Definitely. Thailand is well-prepared for tourists who want to travel domestically, with regular boat rides between islands, and overnight buses and sleeper trains for longer journeys on land.

Is Thailand safe to visit?

Thailand is relatively safe, especially when in your resort or busy areas. If visiting less built-up areas, we would advise travelling with caution as some can be prone to crime.

Does Thailand have mosquitoes?

As Thailand is a tropical country, it does have mosquitoes. Most 7-Eleven stores sell local insect repellent spray.

Are plugs in Thailand the same as in the UK?

No, Thailand uses different plug sockets. They are compatible with plugs that have flat parallel prongs (used in US/Japan) or two round pins (used in Europe/Asia). Therefore, a travel adapter is essential if you want to charge any electrical appliance. Fortunately, Thailand uses the same voltage as the UK.

Is Thailand expensive for a holiday?

Long-haul flights to Thailand can be relatively expensive, but the rest is very cheap. Thailand has some of the most reasonably priced luxury resorts in the world. Once you arrive, dining, drinking, taxi fares and activities are all very affordable.

Is Thailand a good family holiday destination?

Yes. Thailand is one of the most family-friendly holiday destinations in Southeast Asia. We would recommend Phuket and Koh Samui for all ages.

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