Mainland or islands
The most popular beach destinations for All Inclusive holidays to Thailand are along its west coast and the islands that float in the Andaman Sea. The largest island, Phuket, is joined to the mainland by a bridge at its northernmost point and encompasses the resort of Kata Beach, with plenty of facilities, as well as places like more laid-back Tri Trang. However, what Phuket is perhaps best known for is the party atmosphere of its nightlife spots, Patong and Phuket City.
Over in Krabi on the mainland, but still facing west, you’re set up for snorkelling in the clear water and around the rock formations that line the coast, as well as taking climbing lessons up the towering limestone cliffs. Either look out across the islands from your beach spot or hop on a boat to explore isles like the iconic Phi Phi Island, made famous by the 2000 film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Three national parks, rugged beaches, waterfalls, mangroves and a series of small villages make up the stunning area of Khao Lak, which can be reached just north of the bridge to Phuket. Every care has been taken to preserve the beautiful landscape here and make the handful of hotels blend into it, providing a peaceful Thai haven.
Why choose just one Thai destination?
There’s no need to settle on just one place to stay in Thailand, with a TUI multi-centre holiday, you can split a fortnight between two destinations of your choice with transfers included. For example, take in the bustling, colourful markets and temples of Bangkok then swap it for the natural haven of Khao Lak, or rock climb and snorkel in Krabi then party in Phuket.
Water and light festivals
Visit Thailand in April, the hottest month of the year with temperatures well over 30°C, and you can cool down in the Songkran water festival, marking Thai New Year. Water is a symbol of purity in Thai religion and during this time you can immerse yourself in the biggest water fights imaginable, as a symbolic way of cleaning your life for the future. The bigger the town, the bigger the water fight so make a beeline for Phuket City’s Bangla Road or Beach Road on April 13th, while in Patong the water fights go on for days.
Alternatively, for a more magical and subdued festival, Loy Krathong is Thailand’s festival of lights, celebrated in November. Small flower-covered floating krathongs are sold on stalls and loaded with candles before being gently set off onto the water. The sight of hundreds of the twinkling vessels is beautiful and taking part is said to bring good luck.
Food glorious food
You can eat like a king in Thailand without stepping foot inside a single restaurant, such is the abundance of good quality street vendors and market stalls. Cheap holidays to Thailand mean you can be led by the aromatic fragrances of freshly made Pad Thai or Thailand’s famous Green Curry and wash it down with some coconut water, straight from the shell.
In terms of restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Krabi and Phuket, where you’ll find everything your heart desires from vegetarian hideouts to Thai a la carte. Be sure to save some room for dessert too, like delicious mango and sticky coconut rice.