Thailand has long-been a favourite destination in Asia offering a tantalising mix of tropical beaches, ancient temples and fascinating history. The ‘Land of Smiles’ is indeed an incredibly hospitable destination with top notch hotels, lodges and resorts providing every luxury, delicious cuisine using wonderful fresh produce and eclectic markets to enjoy. National Parks are rich with wildlife, and it is still possible to get away from the over commercialised areas, out into the wild and beautiful Thailand of old. We are especially excited to support the launch of Thailand's first 'safari style' camp - Rainforest Camp at Elephant Hills in Khao Sok National Park.
When to go:
Thailand is a year-round destination. The optimum time to go is during the cool season which runs from around November to February. Between March and May it can get very hot, in Bangkok temperatures can reach 35C so the best place during these months is undoubtedly on the beach! Which beach? Well, you have a lot of choice but as a general rule, from November to June look to resorts around Phuket and Krabi, while between December and August the other side of the peninsula is better with Koh Samui and environs being a good bet. Between June and October the south-west monsoon arrives and weather can be unpredictable with some more remote areas tricky to reach. Downpours are heavy but short-lived – usually coming in the afternoon or at night.
Thailand is a superb choice for a family holiday. We are very excited about Elephant Hills in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand's largest area of rainforest, north of Phuket. Elephant Hills comprises two different camps. You can spend one night at the main Elephant Hills camp, learning about the elephants and helping to feed and bathe them, before spending two further nights at the satellite Rainforest Camp which is reached by longtail boat. The tented camp floats on a deck over beautiful Cheow Larn lake. Your tent comes with a kayak so you can explore this spectacular wildlife habitat and each morning you are woken by the calls of the gibbons in the trees around you. Guided paddles are also available. This would go really well with a few nights on the beach at quiet and secluded Khao Lak or the beautiful island of Koh Yao Noi, easily accessed from Phuket and a bit more 'off the beaten track'. You could also include a two or three night stopover in Bangkok depending how much time you have.