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Western & Oriental | 1 May, 2018
a taste of thailand travel blog

Thinking of a holiday to Thailand? Then let our experts inspire you with their top six hotels in a variety of destinations around this beautiful country…

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Chiang Mai

Described as ‘The Rose of the North’, Chiang Mai is filled with spiritual wonderment, lush valleys and Thai tradition; making it the perfect place to pick up local handicrafts and try your hand at a new skill such as Thai cooking. 

Set in a peaceful position along the Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is a serene escape in which to revel in the authentic atmosphere of northern Thailand. In fact, showcasing tradition and culture is very much part of the ethos of the resort, and you can even have a go at Thai boxing during your stay!


The Siam Bangkok, Bangkok

Temples meet tuk-tuks and luxury malls meet flea markets is this vibrant city of incredible contrasts. Be sure to visit the night markets, have a drink at the Banyan Tree’s famed Vertigo restaurant and bar, and take a cruise down a river for a new perspective on the Thai capital. 

In fact, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, The Siam Bangkok is a sublime choice for your stay; with its very own complimentary shuttle boat that launches from its 1920s pier. Less than 15 minutes by water from Wat Po, the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn, it’s perfectly placed for exploring the best of Bangkok.


Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai

Known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, Chiang Rai is the corner of Thailand where the country meets its neighbours: Laos and Myanmar. Expect epic scenery, hill tribes, Buddhist sculptures, rickshaw rides and the temple of the Emerald Buddha in this unique setting. 

Overlooking each of the three countries of the Golden Triangle is the astonishing Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort; an inimitable proposition for your time in the region. Dedicated to the conservation of elephants, guests can help to feed and bathe the majestic creatures, and walk through the lush jungle by their side whilst having elephant behaviour explained by experts.


Kata Rocks, Phuket

Think ‘Phuket’ and you’ll no doubt be immediately envisaging The Man with the Golden Gun and the famous scenery of James Bond Island. 
Less than an hour from Bangkok, the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ is celebrated for its stunning beaches and buzzing nightlife. 

Our team suggest a stay at Kata Rocks¸ where your private villa is nestled on the hillside to afford wonderful sea views, and the new Wine Cellar provides the perfect backdrop for a tasting experience. Travelling with kids? Family-friendly facilities are in abundance here too.


Banyan Tree Samui, Koh Samui

Thailand’s third largest island is a hugely popular choice for visitors to the country, and it’s not hard to see why. Shopping, night markets, wildlife interactions and of course those famous white sand beaches ensure its place as a must-see Thai destination. 

Add some luxury to your Koh Samui visit with a stay at Banyan Tree Samui, where the 88 stilted villas have sublime views and private infinity pools in which to enjoy them. The spa here is hugely well regarded, and includes The Rainforest; Samui’s first and only hydrotherapy spa experience.


The Sarojin, Khao Lak

A quieter alternative to Phuket, Khao Lak borders some five national parks and boasts some of Thailand’s best underwater experiences. For a real ‘bucket list’ experience, our experts recommend a sea cave canoeing adventure around the dramatic limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay. 

Experience the authenticity of the area with a stay at The Sarojin, an award-winning boutique resort which encourages guests to explore through excursions into the national parks, learning to cook traditional Thai dishes, diving or snorkelling activities, or even climbing. For those looking to take it easy, we recommend the private charter of the luxury yacht Lady Sarojin or a candlelit dinner by a waterfall in the jungle.


To get a real taste for these resorts, take a closer look at our dedicated Thailand brochure, featuring recipes for each of these hotels for you to try at home. Our expert team can also create tailor-made itineraries for you to experience multiple hotels on a single itinerary; for example, should you wish to contrast city with beach, or culture with wellbeing, they can create a tailor-made quote for you with ease.

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