The Kingdom of Thailand is situated in the south east of Asia and has been a popular holiday destination for decades. Much of the Thailand’s charm is due to the sheer diversity of its resorts and attractions. Indeed, with so many great places to visit, it can be hard to know which destination to visit first! Whether you head to the bustling Bangkok or one of Thailand’s more secluded corners, you will be met friendly locals and delicious food.
Airports can be found in most of Thailand’s popular resorts such as Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui. On average, a flight from London to Thailand will take between 11 hours and 13.5 hours depending on which destination you are visiting. The cheapest time to fly to Thailand is between April and June and plane tickets are at their most expensive between December and March.
An intoxicating blend of traditional and modern Thailand, it is easy to see why the thriving metropolis of Bangkok is often the first destination for Thailand-bound travellers. When in Bangkok be sure to The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo which are part of the same complex. The Grand Palace is the former residence of the Thai monarch and has a number of ornate buildings to visit. Wat Phra Kaeo is the holiest of Thailand’s temples has more than 100 buildings and a number of important murals. The highlight of Wat Phra Kaeo is the Emerald Buddha.
If you are looking to pick up some Thai souvenirs, head to one of Bangkok’s markets. The street market at Sukhumvit Road runs both day and night and Chatuchak Park opens up at the weekend and sells pretty much everything including local art.
Situated in the south-west of Thailand, the long-established resort of Phuket is often a popular destination for a Thai holiday. One of the major attractions of Phuket is its beautiful sandy beaches; two of the most popular are Kamala Beach and Patong Beach. In addition to sunbathing, the beaches here are perfect for water-skiing, snorkelling and diving.
If you can pull yourself away from island’s coast, there are plenty of fun things to see and do in Phuket. One of the most popular tourist attractions is Phuket Fantasea which is a large theme park famous for its award-winning shows.
There are a number of historic temples and monasteries in Phuket. Although it is unlikely you will have time to visit all of them in a single trip, be sure to visit Wat Phra Thong. The temple is home to a large golden Buddha which is famously partially buried.