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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
-18hrs
Currently
Language
Flag of Thailand
Thai
Currency
Thai Baht
Official currency of Thailand
Flight information
11h 30m
11h 30m
Direct
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 the government’s travel restrictions

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel. Therefore, with known airline cancellations, the following holidays will not go ahead as planned:

  • Any holidays departing before 27th April 2020.
  • Any Caribbean holidays departing before 1 May 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

We understand you may want to change your holiday plans. You can postpone your holiday to any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes.

For now, we do ask you not to contact us. As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have already been directly affected by cancellations. We will contact you as soon as we can, or if there are any further changes that could affect your holiday.

We know you’ll want to get this sorted as soon as possible, and we’re very grateful for your understanding.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming days and weeks with our latest advice. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

You’re good to go

In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, and known airline cancellations, all trips booked from June onwards are currently going ahead as planned.

As a priority, we are currently supporting those customers whose holidays have been directly affected by cancellations.

So, for now, we ask you not to contact us. Rest assured we are contacting all of our customers by email in departure date order to support them with options, and we will absolutely let you know if your situation changes.

If your remaining balance is due within two weeks, and you’d like to know what your options are, please log into Manage my Booking for further information.

Please look out for an email from us in the coming weeks. See our Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for latest updates.

Rebook your holiday


We are sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too.

There’s no rush. You can redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us any time before 31 July 2020.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Cancel your holiday


We're sending all affected customers a voucher by email that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday.  

Rather than cancel, if you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, we would still love to find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you).

If you'd prefer to cancel completely, we understand. We will refund you in full. We’re currently dealing with a huge volume of enquiries from our customers, including refund requests. Because of this, it’s likely it will take much longer than usual to process your refund. We’re very grateful for your continued patience, and we’ll work as quickly as we can to get to you.

We know you’ll be wanting to get this sorted as soon as possible. So please look out for our email for more details of how to amend your holiday plans.

Your holiday is in safe hands


No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

Change it up


You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Your holiday is in safe hands


Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

The choice is yours


No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

Register yourself as away from home


If you’re abroad and your flight home has been cancelled please let us know, as relief flights will end soon.

Register as away from home

Alternatively, call our UK Duty Office on +44 0344 472 9646 (option 3) to discuss your options for getting 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

Help is at hand


Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types online and save your faves to your very own Wishlist

If you’re ready to book but can’t find the information you need on our website, just call our travel experts who will be happy to help.

To redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us, just give us a call and quote your old booking reference.

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Important information: We are working hard to help all of our customers, particularly those already on holiday or due to travel in the next 72 hours.

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If you still need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking, and you are due to travel in the next 72 hours, please log into Manage my Booking to call or message us. You are our immediate priority.