There is so much to see and do in Thailand that it’s almost impossible to go for less than 10 days, not to mention its 11+ hour flight time from London to Bangkok means that you end up travelling for the best part of two days. However, a long distance means that holidaymakers can make the most of its diversity over a couple of weeks, mixing an energetic city break in the (sometimes overwhelming) capital, Bangkok, and then heading to the mountainous north or to the tourist beachside hotspots of Phuket and Krabi in the south.
A country full of extraordinary beauty, intriguing culture and arguably the world’s most hospitable people, Thailand continues to allure its visitors, whether it’s gap-year backpackers heading to the islands for some partying under the full moon, to discriminating travellers looking to make the most of its luxury, remote oceanfront retreats.
The most popular multi-centre combinations involve a few days in the city followed by the remainder of the trip soaking up the sun on some of the most picture-perfect beaches on the planet. Bangkok is not for everyone, and unless you’re an experienced traveller it can be a little daunting on first arrival, but it’s a truly wonderful city full of colour, noise, fantastic street food and opulent sacred sights.
A couple of nights here is plenty of time to experience the best the city has to offer, most notably the beautiful sights of the Wat Arun riverside temple, Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. If you’re lucky enough to be in Bangkok over a weekend, then make sure to pay a visit to the Chatuchak Market, a lively under-cover market hosting around 8,000 stalls – even if you don’t buy anything it’s a great place for a meander. For something extra special, the W Bangkok is one of the chicest hotels in the city and provides a very stylish base for your city break here.
Phuket and Krabi are undoubtedly the most popular beach destinations, primarily as a base for island-hopping to secluded beaches and island resorts such as Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Koh Yao Nai, they also play host to a multitude of fabulous luxury resorts such as the Banyan Tree Phuket with its elegant private pool villas.
The area boasts dramatic limestone cliffs, crystalline waters and possibly the whitest and softest sand you’ll ever come across – perfect for at least a week of ultimate relaxation and indulgence. Alternatively, many people choose to venture north towards the stunning mountainous regions of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai for a more chilled-out pace amid lush forests, cascading waterfalls and peaceful countryside villages.
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