Currency: Thai baht
Time Zone: GMT +7 hours
Flight Time: 12 hours
From the dewy green hills surrounding Chiang Mai to the bustling city of Bangkok and the idyllic paradise islands dotted around in the azure waters to the south, Thailand is truly a majestic place to visit. With deep-rooted Buddhist influences, taste bud tingling cuisine and an abundance of magnificent wildlife, there is a buzz throughout Thailand that can be found nowhere else. Whether you want to unwind on the endless sandy beaches before enjoying a traditional Thai massage, or dive into the refreshing blue and get competitive with water sports, you'll find your peace in Thailand.
Our team of Thailand experts have not only travelled extensively throughout the country but often lived there too! From sampling the endless variety of exquisite local cuisine to combing the coasts for the most idyllic beaches and frequently revisiting the destinations that we sell, they know Thailand inside out and are eager to ensure that you experience the very best of this extraordinary country.
Generally, the best time to visit Thailand is from November to February when the weather is dry and the temperatures are not too hot. In Northern Thailand, between November and May the weather is mostly dry; rainfall is at its heaviest between May and November. The Southern Thai beaches are faced with two weather systems which bring the tropical rains at different times of the year. On the West coast (Krabi & Phuket) the southwest monsoon brings rain between April and October, whilst on the East coast (Koh Samui & Koh Phangan) the most rain falls between September and December.
There are several direct flights from Heathrow into Bangkok with Thai Airways, Eva Air and British Airways, with domestic onwards flights within Thailand. You can also choose to fly via Singapore with Singapore Airlines, via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific or via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines. To fly into Phuket, you can travel via the Middle East with Emirates or Etihad Airways; Emirates offer regional UK flights from Gatwick, Heathrow or Birmingham.
Please note that from Thursday 1st February 2018, Thailand is imposing a total smoking ban on 24 popular beaches across the country as part of its sustainable tourism drive. The major beaches include high volume destinations such as Phuket, Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin and Koh Phi Phi. Thai beaches are among some the most beautiful in Southeast Asia and local authorities aim to keep them that way. Visitors who do smoke will still be accommodated in designated smoking areas.
E-cigarettes - Personal possession of e-cigarettes in Thailand is illegal. These products fall into a category of goods that have not been taxed therefore being caught in possession with an e-cigarette within the country is illegal.