Which part of Thailand is right for you?
From the luscious greenery of the north to the pristine beaches of the south, where should you go?
Best for: Beaches
Getting here: 1-hour domestic flight from Bangkok
Where to stay: Rosewood Phuket
Number one must see: Big Buddha
Best for: An insight into city life
Getting here: 12-hour international non-stop flight
Where to stay: The Siam
Number one must see: The Grand Palace
Best for: Families and first-time visitors
Getting here: 1-hour 15-minutes domestic flight from Bangkok or 1-hour domestic flight from Phuket
Where to stay: Banyan Tree Samui
Number one must see: Ang Thong National Marine Park
Koh Yao Noi
Best for: An untouched island escape
Getting here: 25-minutes by ferry from Phuket
Where to stay: Six Senses Yao Noi
Number one must see: Koh Hong
Best for: Island hopping
Getting here: 1-hour 20-minutes domestic flight
Where to stay: Rayavadee
Number one must see: Krabi Town, via longtail boat
Best for: An authentic Thai experience
Getting here: 1-hour 15-minutes domestic flight from Bangkok or 2-hour domestic flight from Phuket
Where to stay: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Number one must see: Festival of Light
Best for: Discovering National Parks
Getting here: 2-hours by car from Phuket or Krabi
Where to stay: The Sarojin
Number one must see: Similan Islands
Let's not forget
Koh Tao: A great spot for diving, if you’re not already qualified this isle is perfect for completing a PADI course.
Koh Phangan: From the world-famous Full Moon party to the serene hideaway of Secret Beach, this island has something for everyone.
Koh Kood: Relatively remote, this one’s ideal for an authentic taste of Thailand and for Thai veterans looking to experience something new. Be sure to check-in to Soneva Kiri for ultimate luxury.
Chiang Rai: Chiang Mai’s smaller neighbour, this northern Thailand city has temples by the bucket load and for the adventurous, you can even spend a night with the indigenous Akha Hill Tribe.
The mainland is an amalgamation of beauty from the lush green jungle to the bustling night markets, every corner tells its own story.
FIVE MINUTES WITH...
We put your questions to Emma Arnott, the Trade Marketing Manager for Tourism Authority of ThailandAs a first-time visitor to Thailand, how long should my trip be to see as much of the country as possible?
Thailand has so much to offer and two weeks is the recommended amount of time to do a diverse itinerary. I would start by visiting either Phuket or Koh Samui for some island hopping. After I would recommend catching a flight to the wondrous Chiang Mai where you can visit temples, elephant sanctuaries, hill tribes and soak up the atmosphere in the amazing night bazaar and riverside area. From there, it is only a short flight to Bangkok which has a trendy nightlife culture with many rooftop bars and incredible views. Be sure to visit the famous Grand Palace, the floating markets and the Bridge over the shimmering waters of the grand River Kwai.
My family are thinking of visiting Bangkok. Is it suitable for a toddler?
With careful planning, Bangkok can be suitable for a toddler and there are many hotels that have baby-sitting services and kids’ clubs. With a baby sling or carrier, Bangkok is very easy to navigate with the BTS sky train and the underground making many top sites accessible.
What is your number-one must-try typically Thai dish?
My favourite meal is kra pao gai. This is a spicy dish with chicken or pork, basil and beans, topped off with a fried egg and served with rice. It can be found anywhere in Thailand and is delicious.
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Lauren Godfrey is a Marketing Manager