Planning a holiday to Thailand? Take a look at our articles for information about this tropical nation, including a family guide to Krabi and must-try delicacies. We have everything you could need to know for your holiday, from what to expect from the Thai New Year to the wildlife and culture of Southwest Thailand.
Phuket is the gateway to the best scuba diving in Thailand and is rated in the top 10 dive spots in the world. From this idyllic island would-be divers can achieve their PADI certificate, and the more experienced can hop on a boat and explore the Similan Islands. Krabi is another ideal base, with daily diving trips available to Phi Phi Island and Ao Nang's beaches.
Although they're internationally famous, the distinctive tastes of Thailand are always their most authentic when prepared by Thai chefs in Thailand itself. Of course, you might already know that Italy has the world's best pizzerias and that there's no piri-piri chicken quite like what you'll eat in Portugal, but Thailand also has dishes that just aren't the same back home.
The Krabi region of Thailand is a laid-back area that doesn't have the same wild nightlife as somewhere like Phuket, but offers natural pursuits and exceptional beaches. Families will love exploring some of the 154 islands off the coast, climbing the limestone rocks, bathing with elephants and heading to forest parks.
If you're staying elsewhere in Thailand but can't resist the urge to take in active Phuket, here's a guide to how to spend three fun-filled days on the island. As well as being known for its party atmosphere in Patong, the large island has lots to do for anyone who wants to explore or just chill out.
Thai New Year, known locally as Songkran, is a special time of celebration and attracts millions of visitors looking to join the party. If you're on holiday in Thailand during this time you can expect lots of excitement and plenty of amazing photo and video opportunities to share with your friends. Read on to find out all this colourful celebration.
For relaxing beach holidays, southwest Thailand is a fantastic destination with idyllic seaside resorts such as Khao Lak and Krabi. Beaches aren't the only thing to enjoy here though – there's beautiful scenery, an abundance of wildlife, the fascinating Thai culture and a handful of truly beautiful temples.
A peaceful area of Thailand surrounded by beaches and national parks, Khao Lak is utterly family-friendly. In our line-up of things to do with kids in the area you can choose from bathing with elephants and watching turtles hatch, to hitting the waterpark, local markets and temples.
Thailand is a popular destination for couples, and especially for honeymooners, due to its warm tropical climate, beautiful scenery and peaceful sandy beaches. There are also lots of interesting things to see and do in Thailand such as amazing Buddhist temples, pristine forests and bustling markets, so you can vary your honeymoon to include laid-back beach days and exciting adventure days.
Part of the fun of visiting new places is immersing yourself in the culture and doing as the locals do. Thailand is a destination whose heritage runs deep, and whose daily activity is surrounded with a vast range of customs and traditions that visitors may not normally consider.
It's kind of amazing just how many waterfalls there are in Thailand. They come in all shapes and sizes, including stand-alone waterfalls, ones that pool into large basins and some that cascade down rocks. Most are tucked amid dense foliage – much of which in designated national parks – but some are easily accessible right from a nearby car park, and even have shops and restaurants at their feet.
When planning to visit Thailand for your holiday, first of all ensure that your passport is up to date and will remain valid for six months from the date you plan to enter the country. Anyone whose passport is disfigured or has pages missing will be refused entry to Thailand.