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Dream holiday in Thailand

Thailand is one of the most beloved travel destinations in the world and is especially known for its heavenly beaches and cultural & culinary highlights. In addition to the tropical climate, the fascinating temples, such as Wat Arun and Wat Pho in Bangkok and the vibrant nightlife with a variety of bars, clubs and live music attract millions of tourists every year.

The numerous smaller and larger islands located around the mainland are a popular travel destination. The idyllic sandy beaches and turquoise waters are phenomenal and the underwater world is a paradise for all diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.

Thailand is also famous for several national parks and reserves which are home to an abundance of exotic plants and animals. Visit one of the many elephant sanctuaries where you can learn more about how to interact with these majestic animals and explore the dense rainforests and the untouched jungle areas in Thailand's nature reserves.

The Thai Kitchen is also a highlight for many tourists. It is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and is known for its strong flavours and use of exotic ingredients such as lemongrass, coconut milk and jackfruit. The most famous Thai dishes are Pad Thai and green or red curry.

Plan now your next trip to the vacation paradise Thailand with Etihad Holidays and let yourself be enchanted.

Best time to travel to Thailand

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between November and March
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beautiful tropical weather
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average 18 to 38°C
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be aware of monsoon season and tides

Bangkok

The vibrant city of Bangkok, which serves as the capital of Thailand, is home to fantastic dining, shopping, and nightlife. Additionally, the welcoming locals and the pleasant weather make it a popular vacation spot.

Affordable lodging enables you to book a room in a luxurious hotel with a spa, pool, and room service. However, you will hear the city calling you with a buzz that will awaken all your senses. A great way to experience the City of the Gods is to take a tuk-tuk through the bustling streets of Bangkok. Stroll through the gold-covered temples where locals, tourists and monks gather to light candles and incense or take a riverboat tour before heading to a family-run Thai restaurant that serves a variety of your favorite dishes.

Best travel time to Bangkok

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Between November and March
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Beautiful tropical weather
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Average 22°C to 35°C
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Be aware of monsoon season

What to see and do in Bangkok

Bangkok Grand Palace
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Bangkok
The Grand Palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok. It's also generally considered to be the first location you should see in Bangkok. The Grand Palace, constructed in 1782, was formerly known by its original name, Phra Borom Maharatchawangit. It served as the royal residence and housed administrative structures for the government. It is now accessible to the public and a must-see of Bangkok.
Bangkok Wat Pho - Buddha
Bangkok
Wat Pho, which is situated directly behind the Grand Palace, is one of Bangkok's most well-known wats (the Thai word for temple). The fact that this wat is home to the well-known reclining Buddha should put it at the top of your list of places to visit in Bangkok. This magnificent, huge golden statue fills the entire temple.
Bangkok Wat Arum Temple
Bangkok
The Temple of the Dawn, Wat Arun, is just a short ferry ride from Wat Pho and the Grand Palace across the river. Even if you've never heard of Wat Arun, you've probably seen the temple's central spire in the Bangkok skyline along the river. To avoid the crowds, go to Wat Arun early in the day or just before sunset. The main pyramid's first flight of stairs is also accessible, but the ones that lead higher up were gated.
Bangkok China Town
Bangkok

China Town

Chinatown in Bangkok is a vibrant, exotic, and pleasantly chaotic neighborhood filled with streetfood restaurants and likely the greatest number of gold shops in the entire city. Don't miss the chance to see Chinatown Bangkok at its best if you're in the area during major celebrations like Chinese New Year and the Vegetarian Festival when the dynamism and spirit of celebration spread throughout the whole city.
Bangkok Floating markets
Bangkok

Floating markets

The floating markets of Bangkok are attracting thousands of tourists each year. Amphawa for example is one of the most well-known floating markets close to Bangkok. The main attraction is, of course, eating seafood that has been precariously grilled on wooden boats moored near the well-known central bridge and that offers a mouthwatering variety of enormous prawns, shellfish, and squid. From noon until late at night, customers throng to both sides of the river because of the simply irresistible smell.

Koh Samui

Anchored east of Thailand is the magical island of Koh Samui. The tropical idyll is a verdant rainforest hemmed by soft white sands and crystal clear water.

Upscale retreats and rustic villas have welcomed tourists since the 1970s, and the island is a year-round getaway of irresistible allure. There are mountains to trek, cooling waterfalls, awe-inspiring temples, and some of the prettiest beaches in South East Asia.

Koh Samui is a place to recharge your batteries in the sun. And when the sun sets, enjoy the colourful nightlife. In between, there are marine and jungle adventures to enjoy, backdropped by the ever-welcoming and fascinating Thai culture. Koh Samui packs it all in for a holiday of a lifetime.

Best travel time

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Between December and March
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Beautiful tropical weather
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Average 20°C to 30°C
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Be aware of monsoon season and tides

What to see and do in Koh Samui

Koh Samui Beaches
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Koh Samui
Chaweng has the longest and busiest beach, boosted by proximity to the island's most active town. Tucked between palms lining the 7 km arc of sand are seafood shacks and cocktail bars. It is the beach for all desires. Dotted around the island are secluded paradisial shorelines. The shallow waters of Lipa Noi are perfect for heavenly sunset walks. While Haad Thong Ta-khian (Silver Beach) is a tiny slice of sun-drenched nirvana. .
Khao Pom Koh Samui
Koh Samui
For jungle adventures, head inland to the mountainous rainforest. The views from the highest peak, Khao Pom, are extraordinary. Various hiking trails crisscross the verdant interior.
Na Muang waterfall
Koh Samui
Waterfalls feature on jungle treks, by foot or quad bike. The Na Muang waterfall is a scenic place to cool off after a ramble through the humid vegetation. The Hin Lad Waterfall is another dreamy location, with a pretty temple imbuing a lost-world ambience.
Wat Phra Yai
Koh Samui

Wat Phra Yai

The most magnificent temples in Koh Samui are near the coastline. The Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai) lives up to its name, with a 12-metre (39 ft) golden Buddha presiding over the complex. The striking 18-arm statue of Guanyin at Wat Plai Laem overlooks an ornate temple, one of the most photographed sights on the island. Numerous other temples and shines are hidden around the island, including Wat Khunaram displaying the mummified remains of a meditating monk
Ang Thong National Park
Koh Samui

Ang Thong National Marine Park

The Ang Thong National Marine Park is a marine park located near Koh Samui. The park is made up of 42 islands and is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life. It is home to a variety of different habitats, including mangrove forests, rocky cliffs, and coral reefs. Visitors to the park can explore these habitats by taking a boat tour, going snorkeling or diving. They can also see different marine species such as sharks, rays, sea turtles, and a wide variety of fish.

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