Known globally as the land of smiles, Thailand’s alluring mix of paradise beaches, delectable cuisine and laid-back culture has charmed visitors for decades now. With so much to see and do in this vast and varied land, it’s important to plan a trip carefully to avoid areas that are prone to crowding. But with insider knowledge, you can venture an inch off the map to discover why Thailand keeps even seasoned explorers hooked for life.
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Much more than Bangkok and sunburnt farangs (the Thai term for Western tourists, which translates to ‘guava’), modern Thailand is boundlessly captivating and diverse. You’ll not want to miss out on the irresistible beaches and hotels for which the country is rightly renowned. However, we suggest that curious travellers always delve a little deeper too. Rural lodges, remote mountains and small, community-run tourism ventures can reveal a side to Thailand that most travellers don't know exists.
We at Experience Travel Group have had a firm foothold in Thailand since its earliest days and excel in searching out the hidden gems. Talk to us about how we can challenge your perceptions of this exceptional country.
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Where to Visit on a Holiday to Thailand?
Thailand is a vast and varied country. From the mountains and terraced hills of Chiang Mai Province and the north to the palm fringed coastlines of the south, there truly is something for everyone. Most flights arrive into Bangkok, home to some of Asia’s most eccentric urban life and night bazaars and undoubtedly the best place to explore Thai cuisine and food in greatest detail. The islands of the south and the Gulf of Thailand are equally contrasting and alluring while the rural heartland of the southern interior provide great opportunities for cultural exploration. Thailand has so much to offer that it works as a single destination or in combination with its equally interesting neighbours; Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos. Experience Travel Group’s luxury tailor-made holidays to Thailand are fully customised to your interests and requirements and are sure to take you a step away from the everyday.
Despite the fact that Thailand is a huge country, the majority of visitors continue to flock to the same handful of places; it’s as if all the visitors to France decided to stick to Paris and St Tropez! We are passionate about tackling the problems of over-tourism, not only because we want our trips to impact positively on the local economy, culture and environment, but because we believe that you’ll have a more enriching and enjoyable experience in Thailand if you do something a little bit different.
To ensure a trip to Thailand really hits the spot it is important to choose the right flights, hotels and local experiences. Our Travel Team work tirelessly to ensure this is the case and offer the most immersive, relaxing and varied Thailand holidays possible.
We know where to find the quintessential Thai beaches, with few other travellers in sight.
Stay in hotels with a unique character and community spirit, where you'll find friends and laughter along the way.
The mountainous north of Thailand is often overlooked, but for landscape-lovers, it's an absolute must.
WHEN TO GO TO THAILAND
The best time to visit Thailand is generally considered to be between November and April, although this is not a hard and fast rule. The weather in Thailand can vary from region to region. Travellers often ask what the weather is like in Thailand during the rainy season and, while there is no simple answer, it is nearly always possible to plan sensibly to work around traditional weather patterns.
Suggested Itineraries to Thailand
Whether you are looking for laid back beach trips or more adventurous itineraries that explore Thailand’s vastly diverse natural and cultural landscape, we can plan the perfect luxury Thailand holiday for you. Whilst islands like Koh Phangan and Koh Samui have become internationally famous for their myriad charms, there are many alternatives to consider when seeking that perfect beach getaway. Though each of our Thailand itineraries are crafted from scratch for the individual traveller, you can take a look at our sample Thailand trips and off-the-beaten-track rural adventures for inspiration.
Hidden Hotels and Secret Adventures
Thailand’s byways and backwaters. Sleepy, authentic, rural Thailand, all heritage hotels and village life. A world beyond the shock of the new.
Natural Beauty and Local Life
Experience Thailand's hinterland. Her traditional cultures, unique traditions and gorgeous National Parks rich in wildlife, flowing rivers, waterfalls and lush tropical forests.
Luxuriate in a timeless, effortless, slow-motion Thai experience. Then head down south… and slow it down, even more, on your own… secret… paradise island.
Thai beaches really are as extraordinary as they say - and we know where to find coastal hideaways away from the crowds.
Head just a short drive outside the city of Chiang Mai and you'll find the beautiful Raya Heritage Hotel
Popular hotels in Thailand
Thailand is home to some of the world’s finest hotels and there truly is something for everyone in this incredible country. From luxury resorts and design hotels to small boutique properties and environmentally conscious hotels, we are proud to offer such a diverse and inspiring selection of accommodation options. If you want to delve a little deeper for parts of your trip and go beyond “just” a beach resort, we also offer rural homestays as part of more adventurous itineraries.
Ariyasom Villa, Bangkok
A beautiful boutique hotel in central Bangkok that’s modelled on a 1940s design. Bonus points for an award-winning vegetarian restaurant.
Koh Jum Beach Villas, Koh Jum
Spacious villa-style accommodation set on peaceful, undiscovered Koh Jum island. An authentic glimpse into Thailand island life.
Koyao Island Resort, Ko Yao Island
Tranquil, boutique, undiscovered. And what’s not to like about an infinity pool with stunning views of the Andaman sea?
Phu-Chaisai, Chiang Rai
A colourful, comfortable, occasionally eccentric hilltop hideaway resort. Great panoramic views of the northern mountains.
Raya Heritage, Chiang Mai
Tranquil contemporary retreat with stylish accommodation on the banks of the Ping River just outside Chiang Mai.
Siam , Bangkok
Thai Colonial and Art Deco Riverside villas on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Where oriental antique meets luxurious modern comfort.
More Travel Information on travel to Thailand
In close collaboration with our local partners, Experience Travel Group have worked for many years to develop a network of specialist local guides who can help you get further under the skin of the country. Many of our team have also lived in Thailand and can offer the latest travel advice regarding the best times to visit, how to find the best beaches, where to hunt for the most interesting food and any questions around travel insurance.
Experience Travel Group's holiday and travel services are backed up by our continued membership of the ATOL scheme, ensuring your trip is fully financially protected. Contact us for more information about financial protection and booking guarantees offered for all our holidays to Thailand and Asia.
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