Whether you’re a solo adventurer in search of cultural experiences, a family looking for a great value holiday, or a couple seeking the ultimate romantic escape, Thailand really does have it all. There are countless reasons why we think Thailand is the ideal holiday destination, but we’ve settled for this selection of 16.
Although the rest of this list is shown in no particular order, it’s only fitting that the Thai people are placed at the top. While there are lots of reasons why Thailand is so special, it is the charm and friendliness of the Thai people which helps to make this an extra special destination to visit. And it is this hospitality and welcome which continues to attract repeat visitors year after year.
2) Sabai sabai
Sabai is the Thai word for comfortable. Used twice for emphasis, sabai sabai translates as being totally relaxed. And when you’re on holiday in Thailand being sabai sabai is something you’ll quickly become accustomed to. It’s that feeling of total relaxation when the warm sun is on your face, your everyday worries have melted away and when the biggest decision of the day is choosing which delicious Thai dish to eat for lunch.
There is another Thai phrase – sanuk – which also encapsulates why Thailand is perfect for a holiday. Broadly speaking, sanuk is the idea of having fun and taking enjoyment out of everything you do. Holidays in Thailand are all about sabai sabai and sanuk.
4) Year round destination
The different weather patterns which affect different regions of Thailand help make the country a year-round holiday destination. With warm temperatures and an equally warm welcome awaiting you, any month can be a great time to visit Thailand. And while it’s true that Thailand does experience a rainy season, temperatures remain high and when tropical downpours do arrive, they are often short and sharp. In fact, there are lots of advantages to travelling off-peak during Thailand’s green season.
5) Incredible islands and beaches
Thailand is home to an array of incredible islands and inviting beaches. No matter what your preferred style of travel, you will find islands and beaches that are ideal for you. From lesser-visited islands like Ko Tarutao and Ko Jum in the Andaman Sea, through to better known destinations such as Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand, there is something to appeal to all types of traveller. Whether you’re looking for a family beach holiday, a romantic getaway or somewhere off the beaten track, there is a Thai beach or island with your name on.
6) Diverse landscapes
Thailand is a country with a diverse range of landscapes and natural wonders waiting to be explored. While Thailand is justifiably famous for its amazing islands and beaches, there is so much more natural beauty to see in every corner of the country. If you’re staying in Southern Thailand, head inland to the gorgeous Khao Sok National Park or the wonderful wetlands of Thale Noi in Phatthalung province. From Bangkok, travel north-east to explore Khao Yai National Park and then onwards into rural Isaan and admire the landscape along the Mekong River. Or explore North Thailand and enjoy the mountain scenery in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son and Nan.
7) Thai food
Food is at the very heart of Thai culture makingThailand one of the best food destinations in the world. From simple street food to high-end dining, part of the joy of any trip to Thailand isn’t just feasting on authentic Thai food, but also the sanuk of interactions with street food vendors, restaurant staff and in local markets. Wherever you travel in Thailand, be sure to bring an open mind and a big appetite and delve into the delights of Thai food.
8) Fabulous festivals
Throughout the year, Thailand plays host to a number of fabulous festivals. In February, Chiang Mai is ablaze with colour at the annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival. In April, Thailand celebrates Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year Water Festival. It’s the biggest and most widely anticipated holiday of the year and an event that everybody should try to witness at least once in their lifetime. And in November, the whole country celebrates Loy Krathong, one of the most photogenic of all Thai festivals. Check out our selection of 15 of the most colourful festivals in Thailand.
Different regions of Thailand all have their own unique identities reflected in the food, language and culture of that region. One of the best ways to discover more about the places you’re visiting is to check out any community-based tourism initiatives. These are the perfect way to not only discover more about the culture and lifestyle of the destinations you are visiting, but to also support responsible tourism.
10) History and heritage
Bangkok is the modern-day capital of Thailand, but it is still a relatively new city which was established in 1782. To gain an insight into what life was like in ancient Thailand, explore the historic ruins and atmospheric old temples at the former capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. History lovers will also enjoy Kanchanaburi, the location of the infamous Death Railway and the Bridge on the River Kwai.
11) Sport and adventure
Thailand is perfect if you prefer an active holiday. Train at a Muay Thai gym, cycle around the lush landscapes, enjoy a round of golf on a world-class course or go diving or snorkelling at some of the best dive locations in Asia.
12) Romantic holidays
It’s easy to see why many people fall in love with Thailand. The stunning scenery, warm weather and unbeatable hospitality all combine to make Thailand a great choice for a romantic holiday. From weddings and honeymoons to birthdays and anniversaries, the Land of Smiles is the ideal location for a romantic getaway.
13) Family holidays
Family is important in Thai culture and anybody travelling on a family holiday will experience the amazing Thai hospitality that makes all ages feel special. With so many exciting activities and diverse destinations to choose from, children of all ages can enjoy Thailand. And with Thailand being a year-round destination, it’s good to know that the UK and Ireland school holidays in July and August correspond to the low season in Thailand. This means that there are often good deals available on hotels and internal flights during the school holidays.
14) Welcoming to all
Regardless of race, nationality, gender or sexual identity, all tourists are made to feel welcome in Thailand. The Thai attitude to life can be liberating and helps make Thailand a destination where people can relax and be themselves. Tourism Thailand actively supports LGBT+ travel and in 2019 launched the ‘Go Thai Be Free’ campaign to showcase how welcoming the country is.
15) Health and wellness
If you’re in need of a health and wellness holiday, there can be few better destinations in the world than Thailand. This is a country where traditional Thai massage is a part of daily life. Spend some quality ‘me time’ at any of Thailand’s amazing spas or health resorts where a holistic approach to physical and mental wellbeing will soon soothe away the stresses of work or a hectic lifestyle.
16) Budget to luxury
Whether you’re looking for a basic bungalow near the beach or a luxury hotel in Bangkok, you’ll find something to suit all tastes and budgets in Thailand. And the same is true for food which means you can fill up on tasty street food, vegan cuisine or indulge at Michelin-rated restaurants.
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