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Classic sights & hidden treasures

  • Wat Rong Khun (white temple) in Thailand reflected in lake
Bangkok – Golden Triangle – Chiang Mai – Krabi

Classic sights &
hidden treasures

A dilemma that transcends travellers – to visit the sights everyone is talking about or to seek out somewhere unknown? The answer is simply finding the right balance.

In Bangkok, a tuk tuk tour leads to a day ticking off the glittering shrines and busy markets, before a day in the lesser-visited riverside communities.

That then makes way for the ‘Switzerland of Thailand’ in the north and the original charm of Chiang Mai encapsulated in the small town of Lamphun. Last but not least, a tour of cave paintings and the dramatic Phi Phi Islands in Krabi eclipse any thoughts of merely lounging on a beach.

Long exposure of busy street in Bangkok
View of Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan in Bangkok from across the river with boats passing
Boat anchored off the beach in Krabi
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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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Extraordinary
experiences

    • Golden Buddha statues at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, Thailand
      Uncover a hidden side to Bangkok in its riverside villages.

      Beginning in the narrow lanes of Talad Noi with its shophouses of oddities, the neighbourhoods to be explored house some real gems from both Thailand and further afield; including one of Bangkok’s first churches, the village of Kudijeen famous for its cake and of course some of its oldest and prettiest temples.

    • Golden Buddha statues at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, Thailand
      Take in the garden views in the ‘Switzerland of Thailand’.

      Doi Tung mountain – earning its nickname thanks to the villages sprinkled over it – is not only in enviable possession of some glorious views, but of some luscious botanical gardens too. After a morning wandering between the blooms, things are taken to new heights on a treetop walk 30m above the ground.

    • Golden Buddha statues at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, Thailand
      Experience the timeless charm of Chiang Mai away from the modern day clamour.

      Head a little south of Chiang Mai’s confines and you’ll discover some of the region’s oldest temples and a small-town feel in sleepy Lamphun. After scouting out some of the must-see locations and learning about the history of the Hariphunchai Kingdom, get stuck into a Northern Thai cooking class with a local family.

    • Golden Buddha statues at Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, Thailand
      Sail to Phang Nga Bay’s ancient caves and follow the stories of their paintings.

      Boarding a traditional longtail boat, cruise over the bay’s glassy water, passing karst islands and floating fishing villages on the way to the ancient burial site where paintings adorn the walls and ceilings.

essential infomation
  • 14
    NIGHTS
IDEAL TIME
  • Nov - Mar
    IDEAL
WHEN TO GO
  • 11hrs 30min
    LHR - BKK
FLIGHT TIME
  • 6hrs 07min
    BY ROAD
  • 3hrs 05min
    BY AIR
  • 20min
    BY SEA
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