Shades of exotic at every turn!
Thailand is a big, captivating country—the 12th largest in Asia, with so much history and charm! From pristine white beaches to gold-laden temples; jungle-covered mountains to glittering city skylines; villages, technology hubs and everything in between, whatever it is you’re seeking, you’re bound to find it here!
If you’re struggling to decide which part of Thailand to see first, you’ve come to the right place. Our Thailand Holiday Experts have committed their careers to exploring every inch of Thailand. From the main tourist hot-spots, to the lesser known oases, they’ve been to the lot. They can tell you the best things to do in each place you go and, more importantly, where you should stay to enjoy the upmost of comforts!
Keen to get started? Take a look at the map below to learn all about our favourite My Thailand destinations!
Picture-perfect and alive with energy! Phuket is world-famous and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand. Here, you’ll find busy markets, old shophouses, spas, restaurants and the main high-end resort town, Patong—home to nightclubs, bars and plenty of fun! Add in jungle-covered mountains, pristine white beaches and the stunning, clear waters of the Andaman Sea and you’ve got yourself an ultimately exotic retreat! Stay at resorts like The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Cape Sienna Phuket Hotel & Villas, Andaman Embrace Patong and beyond.
Koh Yao Noi
Step back in time and discover an unspoiled island paradise—a place that is tranquil, lush and soothing for all the senses! Koh Yao Noi is set in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, halfway between Phuket and Krabi. While it can be easily accessed by speedboat, it feels a million miles away; a private world where you can just indulge and relax in unique resort settings. Around the world, Koh Yao Noi has been recognised for its conservation of local culture and tradition. A stay here will not only treat you to all the water sports, day spas, fine dining and luxury that you’d expect of a My Thailand holiday, but also to unique local culture and tradition. Key resorts include Paradise Koh Yao and TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao.
Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island and can be found in the stunning Gulf of Thailand. For years, this palm-fringed paradise has been a favourite among tourists. Known for its luxurious resorts, high-end day spas, coconut groves and mountainous inland rainforests it is a true slice of paradise that should not be missed! While indulging on Koh Samui, treat yourself to some unique Thailand culture and marvel at the 12-meter tall golden Big Buddah statue. Set on a tiny island connected to Koh Samui by a causeway, the Big Buddah can be found at the Wat Phra Yai Temple. If you’re staying at Sensimar Koh Samui Resort & Spa, the temple is less than 10-kilometers away!
Phi Phi Islands
The six Phi Phi Islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway. Think classic tropical beaches, large mid-ocean rock formations, flawless turquoise waters and some of the region’s most colourful marine life. Many of the islands in the group are uninhabited. In fact, of the two main islands (Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh) only Phi Phi Don is inhabited. The smaller, Phi Phi Leh, instead plays host to day trippers keen to explore its beautiful bays. The most iconic bay on Phi Phi Leh is Maya Bay which became world famous after The Beach, with Leonardo Di Caprio, was filmed there. If you’re looking to day trip to the Phi Phi islands, travel 45-minutes by speedboat from Phuket or Krabi. There are also ferries available—these take approximately 90-minutes.
You’ve seen the pictures and the social media posts—craggy limestone cliffs, mangrove forests, aqua waters with traditional fishing boats floating by—Krabi is a stunning province of more than 100 offshore islands on southern Thailand’s west coast. If you’re looking for unique experiences, Krabi is your best bet. Railay Beach, for example, is only accessible by boat and a prominent rock-climbing spot. Other things to do include sailing, snorkeling and witnessing the amazingly colourful reefs.
Glitz, glamour, culture, history, markets, malls, gardens, technology, nightlife and more! Bangkok is a bustling metropolis known for its mix of experiences. It is the perfect capital city for Thailand due to the way it represents absolutely every aspect of authentic Thai living and culture. From ornate shrines, golden Buddhas and the opulent Grand Palace, to vibrant street life complete with motorbike taxis, food stalls, night and day markets and megamalls, there’s something for everyone in this city that never seems to sleep. Explore 5-star resorts along the Chao Phraya Riverbank, take the ferry across to visit iconic Wats (temples) and shrines, shop for world-renowned brands or get tailor-made suits, eat spicy favourites like a local or enjoy an elegant evening in a fine-dining rooftop restaurant as the city sprawls out below. There are a million and one ways to enjoy your time in Bangkok—the choice is all yours!
Experience the wonder of Thailand’s mountainous north! Chiang Mai is a captivating city with a unique and ancient history. Once the walled capital of the 13th century independent Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai today is where people go to explore lush vegetation, waterfalls and get a glimpse of the lavish times of the past. The Old City area still houses parts of walls and moats for architecture and culture buffs to marvel at, plus there are many lavish Buddhist temples to observe. These include the 14th century Wat Phra Singh and the 15th century Wat Chedi Luang. The elevation of the area is approximately 310-meters and, because of its stunning scenery and exquisite food, it’s the ideal place for those who want to escape toward the skies, wander and completely relax!
Holiday with the royals in the stunning seaside district of Hua Hin. Set on the edge of the Gulf of Thailand, this once quiet fishing village is now full of luxury, yet boasts a laid-back vibe. Hua Hin is popular with Thai residents and tourists alike. It became fashionable in the 1920s when the royal family built their summer palaces there. Now, it is a hub for high-end hotels, golf, kite-surfing and other water sports. Spend your time in stylish bars, coffee shops and art galleries or wander the wooden piers off Naresdamri Road to dine on fresh seafood catches at the many incredible restaurants. From temples, to markets; national parks to the Mrigadayavan Palace, there’s so much so see and do here!
Pattaya is known for its beaches, resorts and vibrant nightlife. The area was a sleepy fishing town in the 1960s but began to bloom in the 1980s. Today, tourists flock to the area, in search for a place that perfectly blends aqua bay views, high-rise luxury and plenty to do. From shopping malls to waters sports, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs, there’s never a dull moment in Pattaya. Holiday there as a family, staying at the InterContinental Pattaya Resort, to experience water sports, browse the floating markets or head to the surrounding hills for a culture exchange. Here you’ll find Wat Phra Yai Temple, home to the 18-meter golden Buddha. There are also several designer golf courses, some with amazing views of the Pattaya Bay!
Take your holiday to the absolute peak in Chiang Rai! Set on Thailand’s northern most border, this is the ideal place for those seeking ultimate peace and quiet. Dominated by lush rainforest, mountains and spectacular local temples, tourists can gain invaluable insights into everyday Thai living here while they learn what it is to breathe the freshest mountain air! Chiang Rai is home to Wat Phra Kaew—the royal temple that once housed the jade Emerald Buddha (a replica is now on display). Other captivating features include the Navel City Pillar, made of more than 100 Khmer-style pillars; Mae Luang Art and Cultural Park; the 14th century Wat Phra Singh and the golden pagoda in the ancient Wat Phra That Doi Chom Tong.
Islands, beaches and the tranquillity that comes with a lesser-discovered destination—Trat can be found on Thailand’s south-eastern corner and is an absolute treat to the senses! Looking out over the Gulf of Thailand and backed by the Cambodian border and Cardamom Mountains, Trat offers the best of all Thai experiences. Think white-sand beaches, coral reefs, dense jungle, waterfalls and everything in between! Make a special visit to the Bang Bao village to view unique houses on stilts or simply check-in to KC Grande Resort & Spa to soak up the luxury. Trat is known for its fishing, ruby mining, fruit and more. While you’re there, visit the vibrant indoor market in the main town (also called Trat), visit the Chinese-style shrine adorned with colourful dragons or marvel at the stunning ancient Buddhist temples northwest of the city centre!