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Thailand

Thailand a mystical land

OUR RECOMMENDATION Thailand is not just known for its idyllic beaches of Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui. Don’t forget to stop in Bangkok for its vibrant markets and street culture or take in the cultural triangle of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

Thailand is the most visited destination in south-east Asia, its rich culture and mystical landscapes Buttressed by the kind of white sand beaches a Twelve-hour flight merits. An added bonus is that the country is no longer the province of undiscriminating backpackers, its list of world-class resorts now reassuringly lengthy thanks to stunning contributions by companies such as ‘Six Senses’ and ‘Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts’. Thailand will suit you whether you simply want to fly-and-flop, or whether sightseeing is as important as suntanning, and if you venture into the jungles up north, it’s possible to enjoy experiences you never thought possible.

Of course, most people kick-off their adventure in the ‘urban jungle’ of Bangkok, trusting their lives to grinning tuk-tuk drivers, exploring the Chao Phraya River by longtail boat and dipping into the famously liberal nightlife with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Thailand’s tropical resorts usually then take centre stage, west-coast islands in the Andaman Sea like Phuket complemented by east-coast islands in the Gulf of Thailand like Koh Samui. And whilst teak sunloungers, infinity-edge pools and championship golf courses beckon here, excursions to national parks and ancient temples combine with roundisland safaris and shopping trips to local villages to ensure the good life never gets monotonous.

Head up north towards Chiang Mai and you’ve not only got stunning mountain scenery as your backdrop, but training camps for buffalos, rice paddies worked by hill tribes and enough Buddhist temples to ensure the culture buffs are satisfied. And if you want to do something you’ll never forget, head even further north to the ‘Golden Triangle’ region and learn how to be an elephant mahout for the day, the side-trips to Angkor Wat a definite bonus.

HOW TO GET THERE You can fly non-stop to Bangkok with British Airways and Thai Airways in about 11 1/2 hours. (one-stop flights with Emirates, Etihad and Malaysian Airlines are also available). Onward flights with Thai Airways to Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai take between 1 hour and 1 hour 20 minutes

WHEN TO VISIT The cooler, dryer months between November and April. But give Bangkok a miss in April because of the heat, whilst Koh Samui and Krabi in rainy November are probably best avoided too.

Bangkok

Why not launch your Oriental love affair with a few nights in this fascinating river city? The world-class hotels and first-rate service levels will combine with the dazzling temples, fascinating markets and legendary nightlife to make your heart beat that much faster...

Bangkok

Northern Thailand

Head up north towards Chiang Mai and you’ve not only got stunning mountain scenery as your backdrop, but training camps for buffalos, rice paddies worked by hill tribes and enough Buddhist temples to ensure the culture buffs are satisfied.

Northern Thailand

Thai Beaches

Thailand’s tropical resorts usually then take centre stage, west-coast islands in the Andaman Sea like Phuket complemented by east-coast islands in the Gulf of Thailand like Koh Samui.

Thai Beaches

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