Thailand Holidays

Thailand holidays offer an unforgettably diverse range of experiences, from the vibrant cities and exquisite temples to the stunning islands and jungle-covered national parks. The independently-spirited Thai people are famously friendly and will welcome you with a smile and gracefully-pressed palms during your Thailand holiday.

Thailand - Land of Smiles

Start your journey in Bangkok, a hyperactive metropolis that mixes frenzied urban scenes and mouth-watering street food with serene ancient culture. Popular day trips from Bangkok include the historic capital of Ayutthaya and the serene beauty of Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai.

South of Bangkok, Thailand’s wide selection of paradise beaches and islands begins. Enjoy the nearby delights of Hua Hin and Pattaya or travel to the more remote islands of Koh Tao and Koh Lanta, where you can indulge in outstanding diving and snorkelling opportunities. Famous Thai destinations like Koh Samui and Phuket are sure to enchant you with their palm-tree-fringed white sands set against a backdrop of lush jungles and dramatic limestone cliffs.

Head to the north of Thailand for a slower pace of life and discover the origins of the Siam kingdom. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are an ideal place if you wish to go on trekking adventures in mountainous tropical jungles, and discover Thailand’s most beautiful Buddhist temples.

The ideal introduction to Thailand is with a mini-tour of Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui. Start in the capital where you’ll visit palaces and golden temples, then go and relax on stunning beaches on the southern Thai islands. If you’re looking for a longer holiday then enjoy our Thailand multi centre holiday that takes in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. You can witness mountain scenery and sublime temples, and experience the Thai culture and history through outdoor adventures, trekking and unforgettable interactions with the indigeneous hill communities.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the cultural and natural riches of northern Thailand - the temples and jungles of the ‘Golden Triangle’ are sure to enchant you
  • Get up close to Thailand’s exotic wildlife at ethical sanctuaries like Elephant Hills
  • Enjoy some easy island hopping on either the Andaman Sea or Gulf of Thailand coastlines - or both
  • Discover tragic World War II history amid stunning scenery on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi

Our favourite hotels

Whether you are planning a family holiday in Thailand or adventurous Thailand multi centre holidays, let us help you find the perfect accommodation. Browse our favourite places to stay in Thailand - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel.

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Centara Karon Resort

Karon Beach

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Centara Karon Resort
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Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort

Klong Muang Beach

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Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort

Centara Villas Samui

Natien Beach

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Shangri-La Bangkok

Bangkok

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Guide Price

€1,259 pp

Shangri-La Bangkok

Time Zone

+7 GMT

Flight Time

Approx 11 hours. Direct flights are available with Thai Airways, British Airways and Eva Air to Bangkok daily from London Heathrow. In addition TUI Airways offer a direct seasonal service to Phuket and Krabi from several UK departure points.

Currency

THB - Thai Baht

Visa Information

Irish Passport holders do not require a visa to enter Thailand for tourist stays of up to 30 days.

Language

Thai - but English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required.

Things to do in Thailand

Thailand offers a riveting introduction to South East Asia and as your friends may tell you, it has an infectious energy about it. The city streets of Bangkok – a city of more than 8 million people – throngs with activity. You’ll want to explore the exotic Gulf of Thailand afterwards - its emerald islands play home to some of the most beautiful hotels you’ve ever seen.

  • Ancient Ayutthaya by River Cruise

    Once the proud and powerful ancient capital of Siam - this is a wonderful opportunity to visit this magnificent site.

  • Kanchanaburi - River Kwai Float House Tour

    With a variety of activities and excursions, this is a great option for visitors who want to know more about the history of this fascinating area.

  • Floating Market

    This is an exciting and fun way to see the local life and to go bargain hunting.

  • Wat Doi Suthep

    Chiang Mai's temples

    Chiang Mai is home to around 300 Buddhist temples, some of which are older than the 700-year-old city itself.

  • Snorkelling in Koh Talu

    Fabulous opportunity to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at Yai bay

  • Local life experience - Khao Lak

    Take half a day to see how local Thai people live.

Best time to visit Thailand

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Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
40mm
Khao Lak
31ºC
30mm
Krabi
32ºC
15mm
Bangkok
32ºC
10mm
Koh Samui
28ºC
90mm
Chiang Mai
28ºC
8mm
Pattaya
30ºC
19mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
33ºC
30mm
Khao Lak
33ºC
33mm
Krabi
34ºC
19mm
Bangkok
33ºC
10mm
Koh Samui
29ºC
30mm
Chiang Mai
31ºC
7mm
Pattaya
31ºC
14mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
34ºC
40mm
Khao Lak
33ºC
79mm
Krabi
34ºC
48mm
Bangkok
34ºC
50mm
Koh Samui
31ºC
30mm
Chiang Mai
34ºC
14mm
Pattaya
32ºC
52mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
33ºC
150mm
Khao Lak
33ºC
115mm
Krabi
34ºC
106mm
Bangkok
35ºC
110mm
Koh Samui
32ºC
80mm
Chiang Mai
35ºC
47mm
Pattaya
33ºC
67mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
200mm
Khao Lak
32ºC
253mm
Krabi
33ºC
216mm
Bangkok
34ºC
180mm
Koh Samui
33ºC
160mm
Chiang Mai
33ºC
150mm
Pattaya
32ºC
177mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
32ºC
240mm
Khao Lak
31ºC
238mm
Krabi
32ºC
215mm
Bangkok
33ºC
180mm
Koh Samui
32ºC
100mm
Chiang Mai
31ºC
100mm
Pattaya
31ºC
79mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
300mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
256mm
Krabi
32ºC
217mm
Bangkok
33ºC
180mm
Koh Samui
32ºC
120mm
Chiang Mai
30ºC
141mm
Pattaya
31ºC
77mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
260mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
314mm
Krabi
32ºC
230mm
Bangkok
33ºC
170mm
Koh Samui
32ºC
100mm
Chiang Mai
30ºC
167mm
Pattaya
31ºC
91mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
30ºC
400mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
347mm
Krabi
32ºC
281mm
Bangkok
32ºC
220mm
Koh Samui
31ºC
130mm
Chiang Mai
30ºC
197mm
Pattaya
31ºC
202mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
280mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
352mm
Krabi
31ºC
298mm
Bangkok
32ºC
190mm
Koh Samui
30ºC
290mm
Chiang Mai
29ºC
148mm
Pattaya
31ºC
249mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
200mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
189mm
Krabi
31ºC
153mm
Bangkok
31ºC
40mm
Koh Samui
29ºC
430mm
Chiang Mai
29ºC
36mm
Pattaya
30ºC
134mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Phuket
31ºC
60mm
Khao Lak
30ºC
67mm
Krabi
31ºC
60mm
Bangkok
31ºC
10mm
Koh Samui
29ºC
150mm
Chiang Mai
28ºC
15mm
Pattaya
30ºC
4mm
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    In Bangkok, make time to visit the Jim Thompson House Museum and Art Centre where you can discover the fascinating story of this eminent silk trader and explore the beautifully-crafted home he created

  • Apart from the most upmarket restaurants and shops, Thailand is very much a cash-based economy so your credit card won’t be much use on a day-to-day basis. Make sure you carry enough Thai baht in small denominations to cover your everyday purchases, especially if you are travelling to places where ATMs are few and far between, such as the more remote islands in Thailand.

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    If you ever find yourself on the vibrant isle of Koh Phangan be sure to taste the island's specialities called No Names. These spicy little fritters are served with a delicate dipping sauce and are perfect with a cold Chang beer or a coconut and pineapple milkshake – bliss.”

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful including during your Thailand holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

  • Songkran

    Thailand’s most famous festival is Songkran, celebrating the beginning of the Thai New Year. Over a number of days in April people visit temples and engage in exuberant water fights as they wash away the past and look forward to new beginnings during this important Buddhist festival.

Local Cuisine

Thai cuisine is known the world over, and it doesn’t get more delicious than enjoying an authentic dish. You can enjoy everything from fine dining to street food that costs pennies but bursts with freshness and flavour during your  Thailand holiday. Here are a few of our favourite Thai dishes.

  • Pad Thai

    Pad Thai is probably the world’s best known street food - with its spicy rice noodle stir-fry with shrimp, bean sprouts and egg. We recommend you start with this classic.

  • Som Tam Pu Ma

    Make sure you try Som tam pu ma, the fermented blue crab papaya salad that is popular in specialist seafood restaurants.

  • Tom Yum Goong

    Tom yum goong is a hot and sour Thai soup that’s usually cooked with shrimp and flavoured with lemongrass, lime juice and fish sauce.

  • Pad Kra Pao

    A hugely popular dish in Thailand, pad kra pao features pork and fresh Thai basil in a stir fry, and is usually plated up with a healthy serving of jasmine rice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Island Hopping

Why stick to one island when you can hop around to see even more of Thailand? Jump from hideaway paradise beaches to buzzing city breaks; whatever takes your fancy.

Go Scuba Diving & Snorkelling

Marvel at coral and swim with stunning fish in Thailand, perfect for PADI divers and first-time snorkellers alike. We recommend Koh Tao for the best underwater experience.

Thailand Festivals

From New Year festivities to springtime’s Songkran; Thailand is known for its festivals. Get ready to party and celebrate Thai culture during your stay.

Flights to Thailand take around 11 hours and 25 minutes. There are currently indirect flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok from Ireland with British Airways, Eva Air., and Thai Airways, as well as indirect options to Phuket and Chiang Mai. There are also indirect routes to Thailand from other airports via destinations such as Doha, Amsterdam, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.

There are actually two islands known as James Bond island – they make up the Khao Phing Kan and they feature in the film The Man with the Golden Gun. They’re located in Phang Nga Bay in the Andaman Sea.

 

The typical Thai greeting that involves putting your hands together in bow is known as the ‘Wai’. The way in which you carry out the Wai depends on the social status of the person you are greeting. Men will accompany the Wai by saying Sawatdee-krap, and women must say Sawatdee-kah. 

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