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Thailand Travel Guide

Escape your everyday routine and discover rich culture and amazing food in Bangkok, or get off the beaten track in the hills of Chiang Mai. Then head south and plunge into Thailand's crystal clear waters to discover rich marine life below the surface, kick back on one of the perfect islands, or find your zen on a wellness or yoga holiday. No matter what it is that tops your travel bucket list, book one of our Thailand tours and make your trip unforgettable. And since it covers almost 200,000 square miles, there's enough of Thailand to go around.
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The official language is Thai (Siamese) but English is widely spoken.
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Thai Baht (THB)
Symbol: ฿
100 THB is approx £2.50
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Japan Standard Time (GMT+09:00)

Top destinations in Thailand

Say hello to Bangkok, one of the most fun and colourful cities in the world. Head north to Chiang Mai to trek to remote hill-tribe villages and bathe with elephants, before kicking way back amidst some of the most beautiful islands in the world... Where will your quest to find paradise take you? Explore the different areas of Thailand with our handy travel guides.
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Top tours in Thailand

Thailand is home to over 1000 islands, so it's no surprise this country is the beach escape capital of the world. No matter what you're chasing - a complete escape, a bit of zen, your perfect sunset, or yourself, you'll find it here. Culture vultures needn't worry - away from the southern islands, there's hilltribe trekking, elephant encounters, temple hopping and street food at seemingly every turn. View all Thailand Tours.
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Thai Island Hopper West

Phuket > Koh Phi Phi > Krabi > Phuket

You've seen The Beach, you've dreamt of limestone islands, & you've foamed for Thai food since before you were born. Now you're ready for the real deal, to witness this paradise with your own two eyes. We'll float you from Phuket to Phi Phi, Krabi and Ao Nang, gawping at karst mountains, chilling with amazing marine life and partying the whole way.
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Northern Hilltribes and Villages

Bangkok > Chiang Mai > Ban Mae Jok > Pa Khao Lam > Chiang Mai > Bangkok

From the luxury of Bangkok's malls and gleaming high-rises, head north to Thailand's hills. Eating and sleeping with the hilltribes will bring you face-to-face with these colourful cultures. We’ll leave plenty of time for fun in historic Chiang Mai with its night market and delicious cuisine. 
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Plan your trip to Thailand

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Asia Bus Passes

Travel with the security of knowing your transport is paid for, but with the freedom to hop on and off at your own pass. Find out more about our Stray and Bamba travel passes.
Ornate temple in Bangkok

Cheap flights to Thailand

Picture diving into the azure waters, topping up your tan on golden sand, trek across jungle-clad hills and visit golden palaces. It’s no wonder that Thailand is one of our most popular flight destinations. Find the cheapest one way or return flights to Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, and more.
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Thailand beach break packages

Koh Lanta has the peace and quiet. Krabi has the insane landscapes and awesome activties, like kayaking and climbing. Phuket and Koh Samui have... well, everything you'd ever need for the best beach holiday ever. Grab your snorkel, pull together your low deposit, and get planning.
Thailand wellness retreats

Thailand fitness & wellness retreats

Boldly enlightening, spiritually enriching, and downright relaxing... there's a reason why we love southeast Asia so much. Tick off a lifelong goal and see Thailand with one of our health and fitness packages. Hilltribe trekking, guided meditation, and beach Shavasanas are what we do best.

What we love about Thailand

Bowl of noodles Cheap eats
Find meals as cheap as £1-2 from street vendors and markets selling anything from barbecued fish to pork skewers
Coconut cocktail with a straw and umbrella Full moon parties
Thailand is the birthplace of hedonistic beach parties and one of the few places where filling a bucket with whiskey is acceptable
Asian temple Temples
There are over 40,000 Buddhist temples scattered throughout Thailand. One of the most famous and intricate is Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.

Frequently asked questions about travelling in Thailand

When is the best time to go to Thailand?

Thailand's hot, dry season occurs between November and April, meaning the best time to visit Thailand is during our winter. April and May are the hottest months, whereas May to October is most of Southeast Asia's rainy season. Don't be put off by the sweeping monsoons during this period; it means the beaches are quieter and hotel rates are often cheaper, making it still a great time to travel.

Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand?

As long as you’re in possession of a UK passport with at least six months validity left on it, you’ll be granted a free visa upon arrival in Thailand. You’re allowed up 30 days in the country; if you'd like to stay longer, you can speak to the Thai embassy in Bangkok, a reputable travel agent, or one of our travel experts.

Another popular way for backpackers to see more of Thailand than 30 days would allow, is to see some of the country, then visit neighbouring Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam or Malaysia too, before looping back into Thailand for your flight home, seeing more on the way!

What should be on my Thailand packing list?

It's easy to get carried away with your packing list when you're taking a trip to such an exotic country, but if you're planning on travelling to multiple locations, pack light! Don't forget a 220-240 AC voltage, or a universal plug adaptor, mosquito repellent, earplugs, a waterproof and waterproof bag if you're visting during rainy season, and comfortable shoes for all the exploring you'll be doing. Don't, under any circumstances, forget to organise travel insurance before you go!

Which vaccinations do I need before I travel to Thailand?

Check with your doctor to see which of the following vaccinations you've already had in school, and which ones you might still need, out of Tetanus, Diptheria, Typhoid, and Hepatits B. You can book an appointment at one of our STA Travel Clinics to get these, six weeks before you depart. If you're off to a remote area that's far off of the beaten path, you might need malaria pills.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out the STA Travel blog!

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