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Thailand

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Thailand Holidays 2017/2018

Exotic beaches combine with waterfall-riddled jungle to make up Thailand's beautiful vistas, while on the other side of the coin is the bustle of the capital Bangkok and party atmospheres found on the island of Phuket. Combine both for an exciting and charming holiday.

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The sensory delights of Thailand

There's an awful lot to take in on Thailand holidays. From the busy streets of the capital Bangkok and neon lights of Phuket at night, to iconic beaches, idyllic islands and phenomenal natural landscapes in quiet villages. East most definitely meets west in a land that is exotic but welcomes in visitors with big smiles.

Thailand holiday packages are sure to provide a base that has the right pace for you. But if you can't choose, take advantage of a multi-centre break and spend some time beach lounging and culture hunting, or being active outdoors then getting your groove on in a club.

Where to stay in Thailand

Khao Lak
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Khao Lak is the ideal destination for peaceful beach holidays where you can totally unwind and recharge. The quiet beaches offer powdery sands and the surrounding landscape is a lush mix of natural beauty and wildlife. Head here as a couple or with the family and kids for a tranquil getaway.

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Krabi
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Krabi is the poster child for beach holidays in Thailand, boasting hundreds of islands whose white sand beaches, massive limestone rocks and clear blue water attracts holidaymakers by the bucketful. Offshore coral reefs make snorkelling and scuba diving a no-brainer, while boat trips mean travelling between islands is easy.

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Phuket
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An island with plenty of character, Phuket isn't just for backpackers. Holiday here for unforgettable nightlife, nature trails through magnificent forests, boat trips out to beaches where films are made and a sublime view back in time to Thailand's temples of old.

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Mainland or islands

The most popular beach destinations for All Inclusive Thailand holidays 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 as with a Thomson 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. 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.