Thailand is a country that really does have it all - vibrant cities, shimmering temples, mouth-watering cuisine and spectacular beaches. You can explore the fascinating night markets of Bangkok, zoom through the spiritual streets of Chiang Mai on a moped, meet gentle-giants at ethical elephant sanctuaries and soak up the ancient history in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.

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Head south and you’ll discover hundreds of islands, scattered across the turquoise ocean. Watch fire shows on the beach in Koh Samet, taste fresh prawn curries in Koh Ngai and dive with kaleidoscopic fish in Koh Tao. There are so many options and combinations that can be made in Thailand but here are 6 of my favourite Thailand package holidays to get you inspired! 

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1. Take a bite out of Thailand’s delicious cuisine

Enjoy a Thailand trip with all the trimmings – delicious noodle dishes, spicy curries and sweet mango with sticky rice. Start in Bangkok, where you’ll enjoy a cooking class and explore the city’s markets, before heading to Chiang Mai in the far north. Here you can try local dishes like khao soi, with crispy noodles and spicy sauce, while exploring the golden temples around the city. Finish your trip on the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, tasting local fish curry, strolling along endless white sands and revelling in this delicious and relaxing Thailand trip.

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2. Go island hopping in the paradise southern islands

Jump right into this Thailand island hopping holiday through paradise. Start with a couple of days in Bangkok, admiring the golden temples and mouth-watering street markets of the capital before flying south. Relax on the endless sands of Koh Yao Yai, cruise past James bond Island in Phang Nha Bay and watch fire shows on the beach in Koh Lanta.

After these well-known islands, head a little off the beaten track in the quiet serenity of Koh Mook and Koh Ngai. Snorkel in turquoise waters, indulge in fresh seafood and stroll along peaceful beaches. This Thailand island hopping holiday will give you a glimpse into the varied island culture and pristine beaches of southern Thailand.

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3. Combine cities, wildlife and spectacular beaches

Remember this is a country that has it all, and, on this Thailand holiday, endless white-sand beaches, exotic wildlife, golden temples and castaway islands await. Start in Bangkok, where you can stroll through the bustling night markets and visit the shimmering Grand Palace before heading north to Chiang Mai. Taste northern dishes like khao niaw or kaeng hang lei and people-watch in this charming town.

Next, you’ll fly south to spend a few days with the gentle giants at Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp, learning about the local flora and fauna along the way. Finish your trip on two paradise islands – Koh Mook and Koh Lipe – where perfect beaches, turquoise waters and fresh seafood are a wonderful end to your Thailand holiday.      

The Rainforest Camp is truly idyllic

4. Introduce your kids to the lush landscapes of Thailand

Head off on this Thailand family holiday – enjoy exploring crumbling temples, tasting local noodle dishes, and playing on spectacular beaches. Start in Bangkok, where you can introduce your children to the flavours of Thai cuisine before exploring the lush jungles of Kanchanaburi Province. Explore the rich culture of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, before venturing into the wilderness in northern Thailand.

Here you’ll meet hill-tribes, hike in the lush forests and explore the golden temples of Chiang Mai. Finish your trip with some time on the white-sand beaches of Phuket, playing with your family on the peaceful beaches and learning to snorkel in the calm waters. If this sounds like your kind of trip - read my blog 'How to plan a holiday to Thailand with kids'.

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5. Explore temples and ruins in the cultural north

Explore the north on this charming Thailand itinerary. Visit the ancient temples of Ayutthaya, Sukothai & Chiang Mai before relaxing on the sands of Koh Samet. Start in Bangkok, where you’ll learn to rustle up a dish of pad thai and wander around the golden temples at Wat Pho. Explore north to admire the ancient architecture in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai before glimpsing the real Thailand in the agricultural villages around Lampang.

Head north to visit the hilltribes that live in the forests and mountains around Chiang Mai before feasting on northern street food in the night bazaar. Finish your holiday on beaches of Koh Samet, where white-sands, spectacular fire shows and fresh seafood awaits.

Admire the beautiful temple of Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai | Travel Nation

6. Indulge in luxury on a blissful Thailand beach holiday

Enjoy this Thailand beach holiday visiting the paradise sands of Phuket, Railay Bay and Koh Lanta. Start in the capital city, Bangkok, where you’ll explore the glittering Grand Palace and feast on delicious bowls of pad thai. Fly south for some beach time, starting on the golden sands of Phuket. Take a day to explore the paradise islands of Koh Phi Phi before taking a ferry to Koh Lanta, where you’ll indulge at the Pimalai Resort & Spa.

Finish your holiday in spectacular Railay Bay, where limestone cliffs surround the white sands and pink sunset splash across the sky.

Indulge in beachside dining at the Grotto at Rayavadee Hotel in Railay Bay | Photo credit: Rayavadee

Inspired to book a Thailand package?

I hope these great holiday ideas have got you excited about visiting Thailand. Whether you want to meet gentle elephants, hop between paradise islands or dig into a bowl of noodles in the far north, I can plan your dream Thailand holiday. If you want to start to plan, give us a call on +44 1273320580 or request a quote. We are experts in planning tailor-made holidays to Asia, as well as round the world flights, so we can work together with you until we’ve created your perfect trip.

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