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Create your own Robinson Crusoe fantasy and experience the thrill of hidden beaches on Thailand’s coast, accessible only by long-tail boat.

THAILAND - Chang Rai elephant camp

Get a soaking at elephant bath time and learn how mahoots keep their elephants clean, cool and under control!

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Private villa with pool at the Six Sense Yao Noi.

THAILAND - classic beach scene

Beaches really look like this in Thailand – prepare to be blown away by the sheer beauty of whiter-than-sands and warm, azure water.

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Enjoy this iconic Phuket beach, nestled in a coconut plantation, whilst experiencing an exceptional level of service at Aman’s flagship property, Amanpuri.

THAILAND - Amanpuri, Main Pool, Phuket

The zen-like Amanpuri in Phuket will help you fully unwind within its harmonious interiors. With inspiration taken from Thailand’s temples this top Aman hotel is guaranteed to leave you totally blissed out and pampered.

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The Amanpuri bar is the perfect spot for sundowners looking out over the resort’s picturesque white beach. It is often frequented by A list celebrities who love to party here during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. 

THAILAND - AmanPuri, Beach Club

Soak up the understated sophistication of the sublime swimming pool at the Amanpuri in Phuket.

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Beaches don't come prettier than the Amanpuri's soft white sands lapped by the clear blue Andaman Sea.

THAILAND - W Resort Koh Samui

W Hotels have a reputation for merging natural landscapes with innovative modern architecture and this W Hotel, located on Koh Samui, is no exception with its breath-taking infinity pool that cuts a slice through a stunning seascape – pure genius.

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The classic view of palm fronds and dappled sunlight is a given at the seriously stylish W hotel on Koh Samui. Lie back and experience some of the best service in Asia.

THAILAND - Metropolitan - Bangkok, view from

Take in the dazzling sight of Wat Arun by night from the uber-chic Metropolitan hotel. For the energetic, we recommend visiting by day to see a startling view of Bangkok from the top of the tallest temple in the city.

THAILAND - The Metropolitan Hotel, Bangkok

This cool and stylish Metropolitan is the perfect respite from bustling Bangkok and it has long been the centre of the high-end party scene – ultra exclusive and hedonistic!

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Travel in the ultimate style and comfort on the legendary Orient Express and watch rural Thailand unfold before your eyes.

THAILAND - Orient Express view rice pickers

From your unique vantage on the world’s most luxurious train journey enjoy unparalleled views of everyday life in the Thai countryside. You'll no doubt pass by rice pickers in their traditional hats, cultivating Thailand’s staple dish.

THAILAND - Orient Express view

As your super-comfortable Orient Express train chugs you onward to your destination, relax and take in the views around you as you pass bendy palm trees and foliage-clad hills in this classic Thai landscape.

THAILAND - Orient Express people

Share amazing riverside views with friends and loved ones aboard the thrilling Eastern & Oriental Express as it chugs through South East Asia - from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand and Laos.

THAILAND - Thanyamundra Suite Khao Sok Naitonal Park

Thanyamundra Resort is Asia at its most natural and organic, hidden in the Khao Sok National Park. Surrounded by ancient rainforest and mist-soaked mountains, you can reap the rewards of the fertile terraces with mouth-watering organic food.

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Toast your good fortune whilst you soak up the picturesque natural environment at Thanyamundra Resort in Khao Sok National Park and dine like a king on food sourced from the fields around you.

THAILAND - Thanyamundra, Khao Sok Naitonal Park

Bedrooms at the secluded Thanyamundra retreat are made from local teak and furnished with beautiful Asian antiques. In the morning, watch the dawn mists roll off the jungle clad hills.

THAILAND - Soneva Kiri -snorkelling

Discover pristine corals and brightly coloured fish in the clear-as-glass water that surrounds your private hideaway island at Soneva Kiri.

THAILAND - Main Pool at Six Senses Yao Noi

Luxuriate poolside at Six Senses Yao Noi's hilltop reserve whilst taking in this epic view of the Phang Nga Bay and its mysterious limestone cliffs.

THAILAND - Six Senses Yao Noi, Evening lanterns

Soak up the atmospheric dusk scene at the Six Senses Yao Noi, overlooking the awe-inspiring crags of Pang Nga Bay.

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On the island paradise of Six Senses Yao Noi, you'll get unparalleled views of the mystical Phang Nga Bay from your bed, a stunning and spacious villa with private pool and personal butler. 

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Now, there's a view you won't tire of! Catch some rays at Six Senses Yao Noi's swimming pool and gaze out over Phang Nga Bay with its enigmatic formation of cliffs, rising like rocky jewels from the emerald sea.

THAILAND - Six Senses Yao Noi - Beach Excursion

This is where dreams and reality blur. A champagne picnic on a deserted, idyllic beach? Six Senses Yai Noi are happy to tick that box. Be blown away by this paradise island and its uncompromising service.

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Take in the dip in this natural swimming pool, carved from rock, overlooking the emerald Andaman Sea at the Rayavadee resort in Krabi.

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Limestone cliffs form an integral part of your vistas at Rayavadee on Krabi. Experience dinner within a cavernous natural chamber, soaking up the unique, echo-ey atmosphere. Watch out for bats!

THAILAND - Peninsula Pool at night

It’s hard to beat sultry city nights in Bangkok, especially from the luxurious vantage point of the Pensinsula hotel, overlooking the Chao Praya River and the twinkling cityscape.

THAILAND - Aleenta Hua Hin Beach

Enjoy commanding views of the Gulf of Thailand, free from the tourist hordes, at the Aleenta in Hua Hin, which is on the pretty, windswept beaches of Thailand's east coast.

THAILAND - Bangkok, tuk tuk

No visit to Thailand is complete without a ride in a tuk-tuk, the most popular mode of city transport. It is fact-paced and often quite hair-raising but this noisy experience is a must. 

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Within the cool haven of Bangkok's Metropolitan hotel, experience award-winning cuisine that perfectly highlights the best of Asian tastes: spicy, sweet and zingy – all at the same time!

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Thailand’s heritage is as much a part of its identity as its islands and jungle, so do make time to visit the ornate temples of Bangkok to get a full taste of Thailand's rich culture.

THAILAND - Kirimaya - National Park - pool

Imagine relaxing on a day bed at Kirimaya, situated in a this peaceful spot in the heart of Khao Yai National Park, surrounded by the sounds of untamed nature.

THAILAND - Khao Sok National Park

Explore Khao Sok National Park's rivers and lakes. Admire the oldest evergreen forest in the world and observe a unique style of structure of this region: floating rafthouses.

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This Four Seasons tent, set in the willowy bamboo forests of the Golden Triangle is extremely luxurious and chicly furnished with original Thai artefacts and traditional lanterns that lend a romantic glow at dusk.

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Sitting on the wiry, rubbery neck of an elephant is an experience not to be forgotten. Scratch behind huge, dusty ears to make a friend for life. Here is Ampersand's MD, James, at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Chang Rai.

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For a unique bathing experience have a soak in this wooden tub, on the balcony of your expansive tent at Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chang Rai. Listen to the hoots of nature, just out of reach in dense, untamed foliage.

THAILAND - Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chang Mai & Rai

This is seclusion at its best. Take advantage of your large outdoor deck at the Four Senses Chang Rai to view the meandering river, unchecked wildlife and encroaching jungle.

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Enjoy stunning white sand beaches edged by swaying coconut trees, whilst receiving top-notch service at the Four Seasons, Koh Samui.

THAILAND - Four Seasons Koh Samui

The Four Seasons Koh Samui is one of our favourite hotels in Thailand - private villas are stylish and spacious, and come with an outdoor living area, private pool and al fresco bathroom with wraparound sea views. Enormously sophisticated.

THAILAND - Mandarin Oriental,  Authors Wing

The Mandarin Oriental is a Bangkok old-timer and one of the best in town – we particularly love the Mandarin Oriental's Author’s Wing suites with their colonial white shutters and black and white tiled flooring.

THAILAND - Emerald Buddha Temple

The Emerald Buddha Temple is a must see, regarded as the most important temple in Thailand. This beautifully ornate Buddhist temple in the centre of Bangkok houses an emerald Buddha, carved from single slab of jade.


The Anantara Chang Rai is an elaborately luxurious resort set in 160 acres of tropical gardens and is perfectly positioned for exploring the Golden Triangle area. 

THAILAND - Thai girls

This is the friendly face of Thailand. Everywhere you go, you’ll be greeted with gracious smiles and friendly conversation, starting with a courteous "Sawadee Ka" (hello).

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Enjoy this clifftop view from the seclusion of your stylish private pool villa at Trisara in Phuket – one of the most exclusive resorts in Thailand.

THAILAND - Anantara - Chang Rai, Mahoot training, elephant camp

Get up close to these magnificent creatures in Chang Rai and learn from the mahoots how best to handle an elephant by yourself!

THAILAND - Anantara, Golden Triangle, Chang Rai

Join in this amazing opportunity to help train an elephant with the help of a mahoot. They grow up with the elephants and are incredibly skilled and knowleagable about these magnificent creatures.

THAILAND - The Sarojin Swimming Pool

Relax and revitalise as Lady Sarojin herself intended on one of the Sarojin Khao Lak's sumptuous pool side day beds. Set yourself up for the day in one of these inviting gazebos, with reclining padded sunloungers, a beautiful pool just inches away and, of course, ultra-attentive service to fufill your every whim. Bliss.

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A beatiful riverside scene at the Four Seasons Chang Mai.

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Life looks different from atop an elephant so make the most of it on a safari to explore the depths of dense jungle in Northern Thailand, flitting with rare birds and wildlife.

THAILAND - Ryavadee boat safari

With the independence of your own kayak, paddle through the pathways carved from deep- rooted mangroves off Krabi to discover hidden lagoons perfect for snorkelling or swimming.

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Thailand: When to go

Due to its long north-south span, Thailand's climate is quite diverse but is generally tropical and humid. While temperature differences in Bangkok are slight (highs of around 38°C in April and lows of 32°C in January), it can drop down to 13°C in Chiang Mai in the winter. Northern, north-eastern and central Thailand have three seasons: when the southwest monsoon arrives in June, the rainy season lasts until November; the cool season runs from November to mid-February; and the hot season, which is quite humid, runs from March to June. The west coast and its islands take the brunt of the southwest monsoon, but the Gulf coast is also affected by the northeast monsoon between October and January. As a result, Phuket, on the west coast, is drier from November to mid February, and Koh Samui, on the Gulf of Thailand, is drier from April to October.

There are daily flights from the UK to Bangkok and the direct flight time is 12 hours with a number of different airlines. Within Thailand domestic flights link Bangkok with the major cities and beach resorts as well as to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

British passport holders are automatically granted a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in Thailand. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your return from Thailand and have at least 2 blank pages.

For information on vaccinations and health requirements, we suggest you contact your GP or a travel clinic such as Fit For Travel at least 2 months prior to departure for advice and to arrange immunisations. Recommended vaccinations for travel to Thailand and Indochina are polio, tetanus, typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis A. We also recommend you take anti-malarial tablets, but please consult your doctor for his/her advice.

Bangkok: 11 hours 20 minutes direct non-stop
Chiang Mai: Approx. 13 hours 30 minutes not direct
Phuket: Approx. 14 hours not direct

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