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Thailand Holidays

Holidays in Thailand

A taste of the exotic

Explore all that Thailand has to offer from Bangkok’s frenetic floating markets to week-long beach parties on Koh Phangan and pristine bays watched over by monolithic limestone karsts. Discover a blend of lively beach living and urban energy with our Thailand holidays and packages suited for families, couples and solo travellers alike. 

Where to stay in Thailand

Hotels in Thailand

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Thailand holidays

Thailand multi-destination holidays

See more of Thailand with our expertly crafted multi-destination packages. Combine the hustle and bustle of Bangkok with a stay near the idyllic beaches of Hua Hin, the culture of Krabi or the Bhuddist temples of Phuket.

Essential information for Thailand

Local time
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Language
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Thai
Currency
Thai Baht
Official currency of Thailand
Flight information
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Flight schedule
Direct flights to Bangkok depart daily with EVA Air or Thai Airways. Onward flights to regional airport are operated by Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways.

Do I need a VISA?

British citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 30 days.

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Best time to go

Thai temperatures average around 31/32°C throughout the year and you’re practically guaranteed sunshine. Dec-Mar is the dry season in most of the country. Apr-Oct is low season in most of Thailand including Phuket and Krabi when temperatures and humidity creeps up and Jun-Sep brings the monsoon rains. Koh Samui is a peak season for tourism in Jul-Aug.

Beautiful beaches and vibrant cities: Thailand highlights

It’s little wonder that Thailand holiday packages have skyrocketed in popularity over recent years. It probably has something to do with the beautiful sunshine and the way it warms some of the world’s most idyllic beaches and islands. Perhaps it’s the cultural vibrancy and dazzling architecture of Bangkok, or it could be thanks to the colourful, lively festivals that take place throughout the year.

Whatever the reason, see the Land of Smiles for yourself with an unforgettable holiday to Thailand. Whether you want to sit back and relax on an all-inclusive Thailand holiday or explore the country on your honeymoon, here are just some of the things you can’t afford to miss.

Thailand’s capital is a city of contrasts – majestic ancient relics sit side by side with modern skyscrapers. It’s threaded with canals and characterised by chaotic, bustling markets. Here are some ideas to get you started with exploring this multi-faceted city.

  • Dinner reservations don’t get much more luxurious than the Red Sky Restaurant. This rooftop eatery is located at the Centara Grand at CentralWorld Hotel in Bangkok and is made distinctive by its vibrant red light that dominates the skyline. Head up to the 55th floor to enjoy panoramic views of the city, a variety of decadent dishes and mouth-watering cocktails mixed by expert bartenders before your eyes. Red Sky is best suited to couples, as young children aren’t allowed in the Sky Bar.
  • One of Bangkok's most famous attractions, the Grand Palace, was built in 1782 and was home to Thai kings for 150 years. During your visit, you can admire the intricate details of the craftsmanship and the grand reception halls. Make sure to wear socks and clothing that covers your legs and shoulders (but don’t worry if you forget – you can borrow clothing from a booth near the entrance).
  • Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is the largest temple in Bangkok and holds the biggest collection of Buddha images in all of Thailand. The main attraction, of course, is the 46-metre-long gold-leaf depiction of Buddha. Beat the crowds by avoiding the morning rush and visiting at about 5pm – it won't be much hotter than the early morning and you'll have a good 90 minutes to admire its majestic sights.  

Experience the many nuances of holidays to Thailand by island-hopping around a few key destinations. Tick off the well-known spots – such as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi.

  • On Phuket, you’ll find The Vijitt Hotel and its celebrated V Spa, which is inspired by traditional Thai villages. We particularly recommend the banana leaf body wrap – it takes place in an outdoor pavilion surrounded by verdant jungle. 

Learn more about the country's history and way of life by exploring its many cultural sights and attractions. Here are our top recommendations to check out on your holiday to Thailand.

  • The bustling Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa floating markets take place on boats brimming with exotic produce. Expect to find the usual fruits and vegetables as well as vendors cooking up local delights like squid and deep fried sweet dough. Many allow you to try before you buy, so bring an empty stomach and an open mind.
  • Within the grounds of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, you’ll find Wat Phra Kaew. It’s perhaps the most famous temple in Thailand, because it’s home to Phra Kaew Morakot – the Emerald Buddha – which is handcrafted from one single chunk of jade. The rest of the temple is intricately and elaborately decorated, and dates back to 1785. Avoid the bulk of the crowds by arriving just before the site opens at 8.30am.
  • Truly experience the Buddhist way of life by taking a meditation course with the monks in Chiang Mai. Learn about breath work, mindfulness and turning inward.

If you want to explore your adventurous side on your holiday to Thailand, how about trying one of the following?

  • They may be familiar to travel photography aficionados, but nothing compares to seeing the spectacular limestone rock formations of Ao Phang Nga National Park in real life, or touring the 42 islands, which are bordered by impressive cliffs.
  • At Elephant Hills in Khao Sok National Park, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with majestic Asian elephants in a safe, tented camp. Wash, feed and interact with these protected animals under the watchful eye of experienced tour guides.
  • Mountains and jungle surround the northern province of Chiang Mai. Explore it for yourself on a single or multi-day trek. To really get that adrenaline pumping, combine with other activities such as white water or bamboo rafting.

Thailand is famous for its lively festivals, taking place all year round. For an unforgettable Thailand holiday package, plan your getaway around any of these events.

  • Thai New Year is celebrated in April, and is marked by the three-day Songkran Festival. Also known as the Water Festival, its wild water fights traditionally mean that you're wishing for a year of blessings (as well as being pretty good fun). Songkran takes place across the country, but make sure to book your transport well in advance as buses and trains book up quickly at this time of year.
  • Chiang Mai is sometimes referred to as the Rose of the North, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Visit Chiang Mai in the first week of February to enjoy its colourful Flower Festival. Expect extravagant parades of flower boats and agricultural exhibits.

Can’t wait to experience the many sights, sounds and tastes of the Land of Smiles? Find out more about our Thailand hotels

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Your holiday may be affected by travel restrictions or cancellations

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know.

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Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

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Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist. Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers.

For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 31 August 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

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With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

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Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking, and you are due to travel before 06 October 2020, please log in to Manage my booking to call or message us. 

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. Log in to Manage my booking to request a call back to amend your holiday. Please bear in mind we’ll work through requests in departure date order so may take longer than usual for us to get back to you

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

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