Bespoke and Tailor Made Holidays & Honeymoons to Thailand
Thailand has long been an attraction for the long haul traveller with many a back packer going for a few weeks and staying for months or even years! It’s friendly people, beautiful beaches, colourful cultural centres and world class dive sites draw visitors in their thousands again and again. Flying time from the UK is about 12 hours and there are several direct flights as well as good connections via Dubai and the middle east.
Bordered by Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Malaysia and surrounded to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea, Thailand is a year round destination, but be careful if you are travelling to the coast or islands, it can be the rainy season on the east coast but not on the west or vice versa! Northern Thailand has three main seasons being dry and cool from November to March, hot from April to June and rainy from July to October. In the south of Thailand there is further rain November to January. The best overall time to visit is November to March, but April to November is good on the East coast and Koh Samui as it gets very little rain, when the western coast experiences monsoons!
If you love diving or want to get your PADI, it’s cheaper here than some other destinations and the diving is superb. The dramatic limestone rock formations and tropical beaches of the islands around the Andaman coast and Phi Phi offer fabulous snorkelling and diving (and you’ll recognise the scenery from the film ‘The Beach’). This is a gorgeous honeymoon destination, there are plenty of idyllic tropical islands around Thailand and special hideaways. Luxury hotels and spas offer the ultimate in tropical pampering! The Six Senses hotels have many properties around Thailand and offer luxurious and relaxing settings to enjoy their award winning Six Senses Spa facilities. Banyan Tree also have luxury pampering options with their rainforest hydrotherapy spa.
Travel in style by rail on the Eastern and Oriental Express which journeys from Singapore to Bangkok or take local transport to get to know the people. Travelling by train through Thailand is very easy. Visit the busy and colourful markets, one of the best is the Bangkok Chatuchak Weekend Market.
For more adventurous activities head to the north and explore the beautiful forests and mountains around Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Visit the elephants and temples and hike the many trekking trails or try your hand at rafting. Ask me about family adventures to Thailand, the kids love meeting the elephants and there is so much to see and do in this fabulous country! There is a three night elephant hills and rainforest experience accessed from Phuket which is an incredible holiday for all the family.
Twin or three centre trips here are ideal, I would recommend combining Bangkok with the north around Chiang Mai and then some down time on a beautiful beach! There are really good group escorted or adventure tours here too, so don’t worry if you are travelling alone or want to join others. Thailand is a wonderful place to get under the soul of the country, mix with the friendly locals, visit their villages, homes and markets and even take part in some volunteering projects. Eco-tourism is generally very good in Thailand and there are several hotels and resorts which have a very responsible view of tourism.
Beach honeymoons are popular in Thailand but there is a great range of accommodation and the resorts and islands vary in size, so ask me to check out the options for you. Phuket and Krabi tend to be quite busy and Phuket particularly is very lively. Fine if you want nightlife and bars, but if you want a little piece of tropical paradise, there are some amazing hidden gems on the smaller islands! Koh Chang is Thailand’s second largest island but has retained traditional charm and natural beauty and sits in the Gulf of Thailand east of Pattaya towards the border with Cambodia. To the west in the Andaman sea, accessed by boat from Krabi or Phuket are the smaller islands of the Phi Phi group and Koh Lanta and Koh Yao which offer amazing seascapes and superb diving. Koh Samui in th Gulf of Thailand is ever growing in popularity but is beautiful and if you go off peak you can still experience the tropical island Robinson Crusoe atmosphere, although there are a lot of bars and hotels here.
Some suggestions of the quieter, more idyllic places for your Thailand beach holiday include Phi Phi Island Village, which is on it’s own in Loh-Ba-Gao Bay on Phi Phi Don island. The rooms here are traditionally Thai in style, thatched chalets on raised decks set amongst the palm forest. There are beach front chalets as well, a spa and a dive centre. The Paradise Koh Yao is in Phang Nga Bay which is famous for its limestone formations and is away from the major tourist resorts and largely untouched. This is a great option to enjoy the natural beauty of Thailand and it has a spa and some pool and jacuzzi villas. Another perfect honeymoon choice would be the award winning Zeavola on Phi Phi Don which is on a pristine sandy beach at Laem Tong, accessed by private speedboat. All the rooms are luxury suites with seperate living and garden areas, plus there is a spa and dive centre.
Give us a call to discuss what will work best for you and let me put together the perfect bespoke Thailand holiday or honeymoon. Airlines often have special offers on for the Far East so ask me to search different carriers for you.