Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world blessed with boundless natural wonders, glistening temples, exotic street food and so much more. The Southeast Asian country is broken up into several regions: north, south, east, west, and central. Bustling Bangkok, the Thai capital is the tourist hub of Central Thailand and a popular starting point for Thailand holidays. We offer superb value luxury holidays to Thailand including featured packages to Bangkok.
If you day-dream of relaxing on paradise beaches and admiring exotic landscapes, then Southern Thailand is the holiday hotspot for you. This region is home to many islands and secluded bays with idyllic beaches; Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui and Pattaya are popular with holidaymakers, all of which boast luxurious beachfront resorts, spectacular natural scenery, outdoor adventures and night markets. We have some awesome packages to each of these tropical travel destinations.
Northern Thailand is an equally beautiful region considered as a hidden gem with an authentic feel to it; there’s the culture, countryside landscapes, waterfalls, hill tribes, wildlife sanctuaries, and wellness centres, to name a few. Chiang Mai is the heart of the action in Northern Thailand which promises an enchanting travel experience with plenty of adventures to embark on, from zip-lining to mountain hiking.
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Bangkok is one of Thailand’s most eclectic cities and a bucket list hotspot filled with adventures, excitement and spiritual rejuvenation. The city offers a blend of modern appeal and old-world charm with stylish shopping malls, roof-top bars and skyscrapers set among bustling local markets and ancient temples. We at Brightsun Travel have a great choice of Bangkok holidays from the UK, including budget Bangkok holidays and premium holiday packages, catering for all budgets.
There are a large number of sacred temples in Bangkok which are important to the city’s heritage. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is one to note; this is located inside the city’s Grand Palace complex, containing a stunning emerald Buddha statue. Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is another must-see Bangkok temple; it’s one of the oldest in the city, constructed with tiles from a British shipwreck.
Bangkok is where foodie’s dreams come true all at once. The city is filled with gastronomic pleasures - especially its street food; you’ll be able to sample all kinds of exotic dishes here at cheap prices such as barbequed seafood and meat skewers. The city also boasts an incredible night scene with panoramic hotel bars, clubs, live music venues, karaoke lounges and jazz bars, to name a few. Bangkok’s nightlife thrives at the famous Khao San Road – the backpacker’s paradise.
The North of Thailand offers an authentic travel experience with off-the-beaten-path attractions and breath-taking countryside. Chiang Mai is the heart of this region and an enchanting city with a slow pace of life, charming local villages, hill tribes, markets, and elephant sanctuaries. Chiang Mai is surrounded by mountains and verdant landscapes, so the scenery is a reason to visit alone! Brightsun Travel offers great value Chiang Mai holidays, taking you to the heart of authentic Thailand.
Chiang Mai is famous for its glistening temples which are significant to the city’s culture and Buddhist heritage. Wat Chiang Man is the oldest existing temple here, located in the Old City with golden Buddhist stupas, meditation halls, and serene garden surrounds. Another impressive Chiang Mai temple is Wat Lok Moli, located outside of the city walls with a towering chedi believed to contain the ashes of ancient rulers.
Look forward to some exciting shopping experiences in Chiang Mai; the city’s traditional markets are well worth browsing. The Chiang Mai Gate market is one to note, considered to serve up the city’s best street snacks, including mango sticky rice. Then there’s the Sunday Walking Street which perfectly portrays the Northern Thailand charm with plenty of local stalls selling handmade items, plus live cultural performances.
Koh Samui is one of the largest islands in Thailand, located in the country’s south with breath-taking beaches, sacred temples and sites, charming local villages, and plenty of low-price luxury hotels to base your stay at. The island is also filled with leisure opportunities; shoppers will be in their element here with plenty of bustling markets, malls, boutiques to browse. Brightsun Travel has a great choice of cheap holidays to Koh Samui, so when you’re ready to plan the ultimate tropical escape, get in touch!
Koh Samui is probably best known for its picture-perfect beaches with soft white sands, glistening turquoise waters, and palm trees, not to mention stunning sunsets and exciting water sports activities. The island also has tropical jungles, mountains, waterfalls, and coral reefs, so there’s always something to admire. Don’t miss the Mu Koh Angthong National Marine Park, located a short boat ride from Koh Samui with some of Thailand’s most awe-inspiring natural landscapes, from limestone karsts to lakes, mangroves, and beaches.
There’s a charming culture associated with Koh Samui which you can delve into by exploring local villages and visiting Buddhist temples. A trip to the island is incomplete without marvelling at the colourful Wat Plai Laem – a Chinese Buddhist site containing a striking idol of the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Another must-visit is the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut, an old fishing community which is home to old shophouses, rustic-style buildings, and boutiques.
Krabi is located in the gorgeous South of Thailand, comprising more than 150 islands with endless breath-taking landscapes; admire mountains, dramatic limestone formations, tropical jungles, and glistening blue lagoons, to name a few. The Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is a highlight, filled with waterfalls and nature trails. We offer cheap Krabi holidays, featuring premium four and five star resorts surrounded by stunning nature.
Krabi also boasts pristine beaches with clear waters and powder white sands – perfect for a tropical break! Ao Nang is among the most popular beaches of Krabi, best known for its thrilling water sports adventures and bustling beachfront bars and restaurants. If you prefer peace and quiet then you’ll appreciate Railay Beach, an exclusive coastal hotspot which can only be reached by boat, boasting dramatic cliffsides and rock formations.
There is a charming cultural side to Krabi which you can immerse yourself into by browsing some bustling local markets, sampling traditional street food, attending a Thai cooking class, and exploring glistening temples and shrines. Don’t miss the Tiger Cave Temple - one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Krabi which serves as a worship site for monks and offers panoramic vistas of Krabi.
Pattaya is a gorgeous travel destination located on the eastern coast of Thailand, best known for its idyllic beaches with soft sands and azure waters that offer great outdoor adventures such as diving, jet skiing, banana boat rides, and snorkelling. The former fishing village has developed into a modern beach resort with plenty of shopping malls, impressive hotels, golf courses, botanical gardens, and exotic local cuisine. Brightsun Travel offers cheap holidays to Pattaya from the UK.
There’s a number of extraordinary sightseeing landmarks in Pattaya which will certainly catch your eye. Among them is the Big Buddha, a hilltop golden Buddha surrounded by smaller stupas with great views of the city, plus the Sanctuary of Truth, a religious temple and museum which was believed to have been carved with just teakwood. Then there’s Buddha Mountain, a dramatic limestone hill home to one of the largest engravings of Buddha in the world.
There is so much to explore and discover in Pattaya, and we recommend that you start at the city’s floating market which has boats and waterfront shops selling local items such as souvenirs, handicrafts, fruit, and clothing. Another must-visit attraction is the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden which not only boasts stunning gardens and plant displays, but also a cultural hall which hosts traditional live performances. When the sun goes down, Pattaya thrives with abundant clubs, cocktail lounges, bars, and entertainment hubs.
Phuket, Thailand’s largest island is a gorgeous holiday hotspot boasting some of the finest beaches in the world, plus natural wonders such as limestone mountains, waterfalls, and rainforests. This Southern Thailand resort is also home to deluxe beachfront hotels, cultural centres, bustling markets, delectable cuisine, and a dynamic night scene, to name a few. Brightsun Travel offers low-priced luxury holidays to Phuket from the UK, so take a browse today and think about treating yourself to a paradise beach holiday.
Away from its beaches and natural marvels, Phuket has a charming cultural side. The Old Phuket Town is a must visit with many old shophouses, colonial monuments, museums, chic boutiques, street murals, and a bustling night market. Phuket is also home to some impressive religious temples and shrines; the island’s most significant temple is Wat Chalong, which has a Chedi believed to contain a splinter of Lord Buddha’s bone.
The picture-perfect beaches of Phuket comprise of powder-white sands, palm trees, and azure waters. The tourist-friendly Patong Beach is one to note, with plenty of pristine sunbathing spots, plus shops, bars, restaurants, and water sports activities. There are also many serene coastal stretches around the island including Nai Yang and Nai Thon, and you can take boat trips from Phuket to other breath-taking destinations including the famous Phi Phi Islands and Phang Nga Bay, the home of James Bond Island.
Currency:You’ll be spending Thai baht.
Language: Thai, though English is widely spoken, particularly in tourist areas.
Local Time:Seven hours ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK:Approximately 12 hours.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Thailand tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around..
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to Thailand, British citizens need a valid passport - no visa is required for trips up to 45 days. For up-to-date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Thailand.
A: No, visas are not required for trips of up to 45 days.
A: It’s recommended that travellers to Thailand have jabs for tetanus, hepatitis A, and yellow fever.
A: It's usually safe in tourist areas but please follow official advice.
A: Between December and March, when it is driest and warmest, with temperatures between 32-35°C (90-96°F).
Thailand offers a wide variety of activities and attractions for holidaymakers, regardless of their interests. Holidaymakers looking for cultural experiences will find plenty of opportunities in the Land of Smiles, ranging from traditional Thai cooking classes to Muay Thai boxing lessons or Thai massage courses. Adventure seekers can enjoy jungle treks or ATV tours in various parts of the country.
Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, home to many historical and cultural sites, with a number of temples to visit, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Visitors can explore its bustling nightlife, world-class shopping malls, and excellent street food scene. Chiang Mai offers a more laid back atmosphere with ancient temples, elephant sanctuaries, national parks, and treks through the mountains.
Krabi features some of Thailand’s best beaches, with limestone cliffs and islands with crystal clear waters perfect for diving or snorkeling, as well as hot springs, and lush jungle trails. Koh Samui provides an idyllic island getaway with white-sand beaches, a lively nightlife scene, and plenty of outdoor activities like kayaking and sailing.
Pattaya has vibrant night markets selling unique souvenirs alongside its lively bars and entertainment venues, as well as attractions such as the Sanctuary of Truth temple complex. Phuket is a beach paradise with a beautiful old town, stunning coastal views dotted by luxurious resorts, and stunning sunsets over the Andaman Sea. It’s also an ideal base for exploring nearby islands and beaches.
The climate in Thailand is tropical and warm all year round with high temperatures and humidity. The hottest months are typically March through May, with temperatures often reaching 35°C (95°F). The wettest months are September through November when the southwest monsoon brings heavy rains. December to February is the dry season, and temperatures remain relatively low.
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