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A nation of contrasts with a lively night-time scene paired with numerous unspoilt beaches that ooze tranquillity, Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is known for its opulent royal palaces, ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha and ancient ruins. Bangkok, the capital sees a sprawling ultramodern cityscape, buffered by quiet canal side communities and Wat Phra Kaew, the Emerald Buddha Temple.
- Flight time: 12 hours
- Passport & Visa: British passport holders can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Time Zone: GMT+7
- Language: Thai
Thailand possesses a unique Buddhist culture that permeates to every area of everyday life and is the cause of the large number of shrines, temples and monasteries, known as ‘wats’ in Thailand. Thailand infuses old with new at every level of everyday life and this is evident in a variety of experiences from the sensory overload of a busy morning market to the vibrant array of nightlife in Bangkok. Go from serene and majestic Buddhist temples in one sitting straight to the sounds of an international DJ in the next before retiring to the tranquil waters and heavenly beaches of the country’s beautiful coastline.
For a truly majestic spectacle, be sure to visit the Grand Palace, the official residence of kings in Siam since 1782 and a dazzling sight nestled in the heart of Bangkok. The Phi Phi Islands serve as a spectacular haven of tranquillity floating in the Andaman Sea and sit just over 90 minutes away from Phuket or Krabi by ferryboat and just 45 minutes away by speedboat. Experience captivating rock formations and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life alongside beautiful shorelines including the famous Maya Bay which played set to The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio.
- Wat Pho Buddhist temple Bangkok
- Chiang Mai, for glorious temples galore
- Railay, the ultimate jungle gym for rock climbing fanatics
- Chiang Rai Province, Thailand’s northernmost province