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Thailand

  • Two boats from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with one having fruit and another with hats

Its popularity has risen like the tallest temple tower and images of its Buddha-flanked streets, corrugated rice paddies and otherworldly beaches are bountiful. So it could be argued that, nowadays, Thailand is in no need of an introduction… perhaps.

Its popularity has risen like the tallest temple tower and images of its Buddha-flanked streets, corrugated rice paddies and otherworldly beaches are bountiful. So it could be argued that, nowadays, Thailand is in no need of an introduction… perhaps.

On the surface, this destination is loud, both literally and figuratively. Whether it’s the clamour of tuk-tuks zipping through the capital’s streets or the commotion of the White Temple’s extravagant glass façade. But deep down, it is all about enlightenment and a fulfilled and relaxed way of life. Buddhist teachings are immortalised in gilded temple roofs and yoga is practiced on the shores that straddle ocean and jungle; even the busiest of markets seem somewhat unruffled.

Calming spirituality is ingrained within its people, held steadfast by the lack of outside influences over the years. You’ll never be short of things authentically Thai, because quit simply there’s nothing that isn’t.

Golden Buddha statues at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, Thailand
A temple in Sukhothai, Thailand during sunset
A wooden boat on the water in Phuket, Thailand
Golden Buddha statues at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, Thailand
A temple in Sukhothai, Thailand during sunset
A wooden boat on the water in Phuket, Thailand
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    On the agenda
    in 2024

    With the turning over of new leaves and travel plans in the pipeline, we invite you to delve beyond the destination and into the marvelous moments to be had on meaningful journeys that will make your year.
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    Featuring...
    Eat, play & explore

    Including the country's bustling capital, natural wilderness and picturesque beaches, this is a tour of the best Thailand has to offer.

In pursuit of…

Scenic aerial view of two boats in clear water
… a slice of the spectacular with the spiritual

Serenity is Thailand’s natural state, so naturally, it looks towards that loud undercurrent of adventure to surprise; think treetop dining and cruising up the Chao Phraya river on a restored rice barge. Even the glorious sherbet beaches are more than just a never-ending horizon, enticing sunbathers to sail between the limestone islets of a Bond villain’s lair or dive the archipelago of Ana Thong Marine Park. And while Chaing Mai’s temples are tempting, the hullabaloo of the markets is where the action is really at.

Bill Bensley, Architect and Interior Designer
“The best part about having studios in Thailand and Bali is that I truly believe these places are home to the most creative and naturally artistic people in the world.”
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A sense of place

Get to know our favourite spots in Thailand, from the rippling hills of Chiang Rai and Bangkok’s street markets to the backpacker’s worst kept secret – Phuket.

  • An elephant standing in a rocky shallow river
    North

    Thailand’s north is rich in both nature and history. Chiang Rai, where the border meets with that of both Myanmar and Laos to complete the Golden Triangle, is known for its hilltribes and elephant rich lands. Chiang Mai on the other hand surprises with its sporting pursuits almost outnumbering its temples.

  • Street side restaurant at night in Yaowarat Road Bangkok
    Central

    Bangkok is all about embracing the distraction and letting it be your guide. Vibrantly bubbling with histories, religions, and incredible cuisines telling stories as old as the rivers themselves, explorers have grand temples, shrines, and the tastiest street-vendor morsels on their doorstep; only crossing city limits to explore the surrounding areas of Ayutthaya and Kanchanaburi.

  • Aerial view of Phi Phi Island and coastline with two boats in the shallow water
    South

    The image conjured by the words ‘coastal Thailand’ is likely that of Phuket, but while most are drawn by the beaches, it’s worth digging deeper to find the unique culture of the old town. Over in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui adds a bit more glitz to sleepy island life with sparkling bars and even sparklier waters.

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Its essence...

FULFILLING
RAMBUNCTIOUS
MULTIFACETED

Extraordinary
experiences

    • Gold and red hindu deity statues
      Receive a personal blessing from resident monks at a famous Thai temple.

      Enjoy a close experience of the special morning prayer ritual, chanting in Pali. An essential part of Buddhist practice, participants clear their negative acts of the past and develop enlightenment. It’s all about spiritual connection, as you go on to perform a private ceremonial offering to the monks, who’ll share a personal blessing in return.

    • A bowl of green vegetables in a blue and white patterned bowl
      Meet best-selling author and Thai expert Philip Cornwel-Smith.

      Begin your deep dive into Thai culture by enjoying a no-questions-unanswered experience with the author of best-selling ‘Very Thai’. Spend your time together roaming Bangkok on a foodies tour tailored to the tastebuds that gets to grips with all the Chinese and Rattanakoskin influences in this city.

    • A close up of two colourful deity marionettes
      Enjoy a private traditional Thai puppet show at the Baan Silapin Artist House.

      Bringing a once-lost art back to life are the highly acclaimed performers at the Artists House, located along one of Bangkok’s canals. The Traditional Hoon Lakorn Lek puppet dance then tells the story from the Hindu epic, Ramayna.

    • A line of people in kayaks on a dark river under the cover of trees
      Spend the day kayaking with John Gray’s “original cave explorer” sea canoe team.

      Paddle among island caves, lagoons, and mangrove forests and keep your eyes peeled for macaque monkeys, water monitor lizards and different bird species. This canoeing team know all the best spots, meaning there’s no better place to finish than in the magical cave lit by natural phosphorescent plankton.

    • Waterfalls in the middle of green trees
      Go trekking and bamboo-rafting downstream the river at Mae Wang National Park.

      Depending on your preference, take a lighter or more active hike around the national park, stopping off to take a dip in the refreshing waterfalls and enjoy a picnic lunch. Round the day off with bamboo rafting, watching the forest sceneries slipping past as you float downstream.

    • Three white boats on a body of water
      All-day private yacht experience around Phuket.

      Whether it be visiting your favourite spots for a classic-movie moment or just a gentle drift around the islands sipping a cocktail, this itinerary is custom-made to your liking. Sit back, relax, or jump off the yacht side: it's all about making your own splash in the ocean.

    • A row of boats floating on top of a body of water
      Cruise Bangkok’s riverside neighbourhoods on a private longtail boat.

      The catalyst for the city’s early development, the neighbourhoods straddling the river blend Chinese, Muslim and European influences with authentic Thai communities. Aboard a traditional longtail boat, sail through the former Ayutthayan capital of Thon Buri discovering old villages and lively markets.

    • Aerial view of two monuments on a hill surrounded by trees during golden hour sunset
      Hike to meet a hilltribe community in the Mae Ai district.

      The terrain where Thailand meets Myanmar ripples between mountains and valleys, and it’s within one of these valleys that the Lahu tribe calls home. Stroll through the village led by its leaders, learning about their architecture, spirituality and music before helping prepare ingredients for lunch. Later, hike the trails in search of a small but perfectly formed waterfall for a quick dip to cool off.

    • A yellow building with a clock on the top of it near a busy street
      Take a break from the beaches and tour the cultural centre of Phuket Town.

      Like any town with a trading history, Phuket Town has developed its own unique culture of local beliefs, architecture, cuisine and art. Visits are tailored to tastes so anything from a cup of coffee in the China Inn to visiting a resident artist in their workshop is on the agenda.

Destination essentials
  • Nov - Mar
    HIGH
  • Apr - Jun
    SPRING SHOULDER
  • Oct
    AUTUMN SHOULDER
  • Jul - Sep
    LOW
SEASON
  • 11hrs 30min
    LHR - BKK
  • 15hrs
    LHR - HKT
Flight
  • +7hrs
    GMT
Time difference
  • THB
    THAI BAHT
  • Thai
    OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Currency / Language
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Asia

Despite the jetlag and plane journeys that can eat up two days in one, some places are just worthy of the long-haul; and when it comes to the likes of Asia distance really does make the heart grow fonder.

  • Angkor Wot temple as the sun sets behind it
    Cambodia

    Cambodia exudes a mysticism that’s hard to emulate, the not-so-secret ingredients of which come in the form of its extraordinary jungle ruins, Khmer villages, buttery beaches and cities of old-meets-new.

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  • Two boats with red sails on water with a city in the background
    Hong Kong

    Going way beyond its famed cuisine, Hong Kong serves up a feast for the senses; from the fascinating skyline and lively street markets to a surprising amount of green spaces.

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  • An aerial view of a blurred streak of people as they pass through a busy street
    India

    If there’s a satiating ingredient to inspire a zest for life, India’s got the whole recipe. But let the chaos quickly subside and even one of the oldest cities of all time might reveal its vivacious energy starts with a little something called community.

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  • A green field with trees and mountains in the background
    Indonesia

    Where rice paddies trip down hills and a gateway to wellness is opened to all; the secrets of sacred peace are whispered throughout the land in Indonesia.

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  • A green rice paddy hill with mountains stretching into the distance
    Laos

    Step back to a time of oxen-pulled ploughs and sleepy market towns within the pretty panoramas of Asia’s best kept secret.

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  • An adult and a baby orangutan climbing a tree
    Malaysia

    With a fusion of Asian cultures, rainforests that mingle with beaches and two skyscrapers standing watch over the capital city, the answer to where to find it all is surely Malaysia.

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  • Looking up at a walkway bridge with people crossing at Singapore airport
    Singapore

    In the time that it takes to utter its name, Singapore’s probably transcended your idea of the future; but what makes it all so special is its consistent attention to tending the roots that it came from.  

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  • Three people fishing from stilts in the sea
    Sri Lanka

    Bringing everything from timeless temples and caramel-scented tea fields to its very own Big 5 favourite, this admirably humble teardrop country is making much more of a splash in the ocean.

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  • Two boats from the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market with one having fruit and another with hats
    Thailand

    Its popularity has risen like the tallest temple tower and images of its Buddha-flanked streets, corrugated rice paddies and otherworldly beaches are bountiful. So it could be argued that, nowadays, Thailand is in no need of an introduction… perhaps.

    Explore
  • A woman on a bicycle riding through Bac Son Rice Field
    Vietnam

    Historically, travellers may have unwittingly overlooked Vietnam for its neighbour across the Gulf of Thailand, but with its mesh of bustling cities, hill tribe communities and beautiful coastlines, this resilient country is turning the tables.

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