The attractions of Thailand are myriad – ruined cities, ancient monasteries, Buddhist monks, colourful hill tribes, floating markets, rave parties, dense rainforests, exotic wildlife, tropical islands, golden beaches and pristine coral reefs. Then there’s Bangkok, the most exuberant capital city in Southeast Asia, which would justify a trip to Thailand all by itself.
The Thai people are famously hospitable, and Thailand was one of the first corners of Southeast Asia to really open up to outsiders – helped by the 19th-century king Rama IV, and his love of all things Western. It was Rama IV who launched Thailand on the path to modernisation, and also persuaded his people to swap chopsticks for knives and forks.
This travel smorgasbord has attracted everyone from backpackers to billionaires, and visitors can find any level of comfort they desire, from hippy hostels to five-star palaces. If anything, Thailand has become more upmarket as a destination since its backpacker heyday, with air-conditioning everywhere and almost every hotel offering Thai massages and spa treatments.
As well as relaxation – and what could be more relaxing than a massage on the beach? – Thailand is a place for adventure. The beaches and islands of the south call out to scuba divers, rock-climbers and watersports enthusiasts, while the dense jungles of the north are a natural playground for trekkers and wildlife spotters. Try bathing under a waterfall in an orchid-filled jungle clearing – you won’t forget it.
Then there’s the cuisine – one of the world’s finest, and certainly one of the spiciest. From fine restaurants to street stalls and night markets, Thailand always seems to have a fork in its hand. Above all else, though, Thailand is a place to feel at ease – stroll along the sand, take tea with a monk, snorkel over a coral reef, and let the stresses of modern life slowly slip away.
Resorts in Thailand
Located in the center of Sukhumvit’s buzzing shopping and nightlife districts, DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok is just a five-minute walk from the Phrom Phong Skytrain station, providing guests with easy access across Bangkok. Explore the hotel’s surrounding neighborhood for an endless choice of shopping, dining and nightlife. Walk to[…]
Samui Emerald Condotel offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travellers and provide an ideal setting from which to enjoy the tropical paradise that is Koh Samui. The hotel offers a range of services and amenities including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, ticket service, taxi service, printer,[…]
Absolute Twin Sands is a stunning resort with panoramic ocean views, contemporary apartments and first class service, all in a spectacular peninsula setting minutes from Patong on the stunning island of Phuket. Nestled between two perfect white sand beaches, the apartments and penthouses enjoy breath-taking views of the Andaman Sea. Location –[…]
Perfect for couples as for family fun. Our peaceful Absolute Nakalay Boutique Resort is the perfect Thailand romantic getaway, nestling in a quiet cove on Nakalay Beach, yet within minutes of the 24-hour heartbeat of Patong Beach. Situated in Ban Kammala, this beach resort is within 3 mi (5 km)[…]
Modern Thai-style rooms, hot tubs and 5-star service await at Sea Pearl Villas. Featuring a peaceful hillside location, it provides Wi-Fi and a daily shuttle to Patong Beach for free. Offering a private balcony with a comfortable day bed, Sea Pearl Resort’s large rooms feature dark wood furnishings and abstract[…]
“Very nice apartment, had everything we needed. Was lovely to have a pool for a refreshing dip whenever we needed it! Staff were friendly and very helpful. During our stay there were a couple of power outages across the whole island and staff were very helpful during this and provided candles and battery operated lights for us”
“The staff were really helpful, the locals were amazing. And the location was perfect, close enough to get a quick taxi for beaches, nightlife, restaurants etc but far enough away to feel like your in the middle of nowhere, with peace and quiet.”