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Thailand Holidays

Thailand Holidays

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Destination highlights

  • Over 2,000 miles of coastline and 8,000 islands
  • World-famous cuisine
  • Rich culture
  • Friendly locals
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    Beaches | Hotels | Food & drink | Nightlife | Events | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Thailand?

    Thailand’s beaches are truly in a class of their own. White sands, lush surroundings, vividly blue waters. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it’s real - we promise! Here are a few of our favourite spots:

  • Kata Beach, Phuket – palm trees and restaurants flank this family favourite, whilst clear waters make for the perfect snorkelling destination
  • Railay Beach, Krabi – accessible only by boat, this ever-peaceful beach is framed by limestone cliffs and steep jungle valleys
  • Haad Rin, Koh Phangan – music pumps from the beachfront bars, and come nightfall, fire dancers can be found performing all along this stretch of golden sand
  • Bottle Beach, Koh Phangan – wander through a jungle trail to find pristine sands and freshly-caught fish for a more authentic Thai experience
  • Lamai Beach, Koh Samui – a stunning crescent of palm-lined paradise with massage salons, food vendors of all types, and watersports
  • Nang Thong Beach, Khao Lak – watch the sun set over the glittering Andaman Ocean, just a brief stroll away from the lively village of La On


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    What are the top hotels in Thailand?

    Thai people are some of the most hospitable in the world. Don’t be surprised if you make a friend, whether you stay in a cosy cabin-style lodge, a lively family resort, or a luxury boutique. Here are some gems from the Land of Smiles:

  • The Surin Phuket - surrounded by coconut palms, the thatched cottages of The Surin Phuket sit on a gentle slope leading to the tranquil Pansea Beach.
  • Baan Krating Phuket - nestled comfortably between jungle and beach, this affordable option doesn’t compromise on quality.
  • Paresa Resort - boasting private infinity pools overlooking the spectacular coastline, Paresa is one of Phuket’s most stunning resorts.
  • Bandara Resort & Spa - light and open accommodation right on the beachfront, with a choice of bars, an exciting kids club and a spa
  • Avani Aonang Cliff Beach Resort - a boutique-style resort in Krabi with a stunning mountainous backdrop, perfect for a romantic couples holiday
  • Amari Vogue Resort - a chic beachfront hotel with two top-class restaurants, located on the breathtaking west coast of Krabi.


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    What’s the food like in Thailand?

    Traditional Thai food is fresh, aromatic, and often has a spicy edge to it. Keep an eye out for these mouthwatering dishes you’ll no doubt want to recreate when you get home:

  • Guay Teow - a Thai staple - noodle soup, often made with a choice of chicken, pork, or beef, and always extra delicious when topped with sugar, lime juice and fish sauce
  • Tom Yum Goong - a spicy shrimp soup made with fresh prawns and silky coconut cream, flavoured with classic Thai ingredients such as lemongrass, chilli, and kaffir lime leaves
  • Som Tam - a spicy green papaya salad with shredded vegetables, herbs, and spices which are combined using a pestle and mortar
  • Pad Thai - a stir fry found all over Thailand (with good reason), made with rice noodles, beansprouts, tofu, and a tangy sauce that’s sweet, sour, and savoury all in one
  • Kao Niew Ma Muang - mango and sticky rice - it’s sweet, simple and delicious, making for the perfect dessert


  • Hungry? Grab a bite to eat at these hand-picked dining spots in Phuket:

  • Black Ginger - a surreal Michelin Plate restaurant in the middle of a lake - need we say more?
  • Mom Tri’s - beautiful sea views and an extensive wine cellar make this venue perfect for a romantic meal out.
  • Mor Mu Dong - hidden within the mangroves, you’ll find patrons sitting on the floor under thatched rooves eating delicious Thai food - it's as authentic and local as it gets.
  • One Chun - situated in the historical Phuket Town, One Chun is a vibrant, casual restaurant popular with the locals, which says it all really!


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    Where's the best nightlife in Thailand?

    Nightlife in Thailand ranges from laidback reggae bars, to craft markets, to all-night dancing on the beach. Whatever your idea of a good time is, Thailand can accommodate. Here are some spots we love:

  • Patong - a partying hotspot in Phuket that buzzes at night, with shows, clubs and music for every taste
  • Café del Mar - a chilled-out, sophisticated beach club in Phuket, known for its A-list DJ line-ups
  • Coco Tam’s - an open-air beach bar on the island of Koh Samui with a seemingly never-ending cocktail menu and a dazzling nightly fire display
  • Cicada Night Market - a vibrant weekend artists’ market in the Hua Hin district, offering beautiful handcrafted goods alongside traditional Thai food, drinks, and live music
  • Khaosan Road - a backpacker's haven - this is one of Bangkok’s most famous roads, full to the brim with raucous bars and restaurants


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    What events can I go to in Thailand?

    Thailand’s unique annual celebrations are the cherry on top of this incredible holiday destination’s cake. Whether you're jetting off for a last-minute holiday or you're planning your annual getaway, there's always something going on here. Keep your eyes peeled for these events:

  • Chiang Mai Flower Festival (February) - a dizzyingly colourful celebration of the flowers in bloom at this time of year
  • Songkran Festival (April) - a celebration that marks the start of the Buddhist new year - grab yourself a water gun and get involved in the country-wide aqua-monium!
  • Phi Ta Kon (June/July) - Dan Sai, a sleepy farming village, is transformed by colourful masked spirits who dance through the streets to re-enact a Buddhist parable
  • Mothers’ Day - Queen Mother’s Birthday (August) - a national holiday celebrating mothers and the Queen Mother herself, with many donating offerings to monks and presenting their mothers with jasmine - a flower symbolising purity, gentleness, and motherhood
  • The Nine Emperor Gods Festival (October) - thousands flock from across Asia to partake in rituals such a cleansing the mind and body with a vegetarian diet, and extreme acts such as coal-walking and body-piercing to invoke the gods
  • Yi Peng (November) - known as the light festival, thousands of lanterns illuminated by flickering candles float through the skies of Northern Thailand in this sacred ceremony
  • Lopburi Monkey Festival (November) - an extravagant feast held in temple ruins for the thousands of local macaque monkeys, which are thought to bring luck to the people of Lopburi
  • Full Moon Parties (Monthly) - Haad Rin Beach truly comes alive once a month with legendary all-night celebrations known among travellers of all ages from across the globe


  • Things to do in Thailand

    Island-hop your way around the Andaman Sea

    Snorkel through pristine waters, let the sunshine seep into your every pore, and sink into powder-soft sands in this little pocket of Southeast Asia.

    Grab a bargain by boat

    Floating markets are common throughout the country, and a morning ritual for many locals. Get there early to beat the crowds and bob through the throngs of rickety boats filled with food and goods in the Thai waterways.

    Those boots are made for walking!

    With UNESCO World Heritage Sites and countless other natural wonders to be found through the whole of Thailand, it’s time to lace up and get your hike on!

    Visit a temple, or ten

    Thailand is overflowing with enchanting temples that will take your breath away. Get in touch with your spiritual side and soak up the Buddhist culture.



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    What's the weather like in Thailand?

    There’s no need to pack a puffer when it comes to Thailand’s tropical climate (extra case space, always a winner). Averages for the beachy southern peninsula are always balmy, so even in the months that have a little more cloud cover, the ocean will always feel like an inviting bath.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 27 °c 28 °c 7 h
    Feb 28 °c 28 °c 8 h
    Mar 29 °c 29 °c 8 h
    Apr 29 °c 30 °c 7 h
    May 30 °c 30 °c 6 h
    Jun 29 °c 30 °c 5 h
    Jul 29 °c 29 °c 5 h
    Aug 29 °c 29 °c 5 h
    Sep 29 °c 29 °c 5 h
    Oct 28 °c 29 °c 5 h
    Nov 27 °c 29 °c 6 h
    Dec 27 °c 28 °c 6 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Thailand

    How long does it take to fly to Thailand?

    Flights from the UK to Thailand take around 12 hours.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Thailand?

    The local time in Thailand is seven hours ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Thailand?

    The official currency used in Thailand is the Thai Baht.

    What language do they speak in Thailand?

    The official language spoken in Thailand is Thai.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Thailand?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to the Thailand on the FCDO website.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Thailand?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand?

    British passport holders can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Holders of other passports are advised to check with their national embassy for any visa requirements.


    Customer reviews

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    Quick and easy process to follow and super fast confirmation. Excellent service.

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    We have booked with On The Beach several times and never had any issues. Looking forward to another stress free holiday next year.

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    Thailand Weather

    The weather in Thailand is tropical and humid for most of the year. In the southern region (where all the best beaches are), there are only two seasons - wet and dry - and these seasons do not run at the same time on the east and west sides of the peninsula! On the west coast, there are heavy storms from April to October, whilst on the east coast, most of the rain comes between September and December. So the optimum time to visit Thailand's beaches and be absolutely sure of great weather is between January and March. Of course, this is also when prices are at their highest, so if you don't mind the odd shower, book in low season for cheap Thailand holidays.

    Jan 26ºC
    Feb 27ºC
    Mar 28ºC
    Apr 29ºC
    May 28ºC
    Jun 28ºC
    Jul 27ºC
    Aug 27ºC
    Sep 26ºC
    Oct 26ºC
    Nov 26ºC
    Dec 26ºC

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    So where to start? Thailand's chaotic capital, Bangkok, is the usual starting point, with its temples and tuk tuks, cocktails and clubs. Other popular places include the 'Rose of the north' that is Chiang Mai and the tropical island paradise of Phuket, but truth be told Thailand is full of treasures and with On The Beach, you're guaranteed a good time wherever you go...

    Thailand Resorts

    Phuket

    Phuket

    Picture yourself in paradise, and you’ll probably be imagining the sort of beach that Phuket has to offer – glassy water and fine, white sand fringed…

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    Krabi

    Krabi

    A sun-soaked Asian adventure, with awe-inspiring natural scenery, mouthwatering traditional Thai cuisine and chilled-out island culture - the sweet sc…

    Read more on Krabi Travel Guide

    Koh Samui

    Koh Samui

    Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is an island paradise waiting to astound you with its picture-perfect azure waters and powder-white beaches…

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