Where to Stay in Thailand – Best For Couples, Families, Wildlife & Culture

With vibrant cities, cultural centres and over 1400 islands to choose from, trying to decide where to stay in Thailand is not easy. But don’t worry, I’ve done all the hard work for you – check out my top picks below.


Thailand is one of the world’s most visited countries. Its diversity ensures that no matter what type holiday you seek – you can find it in Thailand. Culture vultures will love the gleaming temples, rice paddies and floating markets, couples will love the endless choice of beachfront hotels and vibrant nightlife, thrill seekers can swim with whale sharks, camp in rainforests and enjoy white water rafting, while families can combine beach time with a magical stay in an ethical elephant camp. Regardless of the type or traveller you are, or what experiences you seek, Thailand’s friendly people will ensure you receive a warm welcome. I have teamed up with Tropical Sky to help you choose where to stay in Thailand. From secluded island resorts to tented camps, I’ve got suggestions for couples, luxury, families, culture and wildlife. 

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Tropical Sky offers a wide selection of holidays to Thailand and can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you want to add on a few nights in bustling Bangkok, or choose to stay for shorter, or longer periods in a particular hotel, talk to the dedicated sales team and they will advise where to stay in Thailand to best suit your requirements.


Best for Couples: Koh Yao and Phuket, 10 Nights From €2129 Including Flights, Hotels & Transfers

This wonderful two-centre holiday combines one of Thailand’s lesser-known islands, Koh Yao, with its most famous, Phuket. You will enjoy five nights in each, staying in completely different, but equally luxurious, 5-star hotels. In Koh Yao you will be staying in one of world’s most unique hotels – TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao. The entrance to your own private tree house is by suspension bridge – can you imagine anything more romantic?

The TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao is surrounded by tropical rainforests, turquoise waters and dramatic limestone cliffs, as well as its own 400-metre secluded beach. You can hire bicycles and explore the island, enjoy water activities including sea kayaking and fishing, relax by your own private pool, or enjoy a wide selection of spa treatments, twice daily yoga classes or Thai cookery classes. 

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Staying in the TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao might seem hard to follow but five nights in a private villa in the 5-star boutique Pavilions Phuket Hotel might just do the trick! Enjoy swimming in privacy in your own private pool, and a choice of dining options from its three award-winning restaurants. Although situated on a quiet side of the island, you can also choose to explore Phuket and some of its vibrant nightlife. However, if rest and relaxation is all you seek, the spa and wellness centre on site will complete this memorable stay.   


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Best for Luxury: Khao Lak and Koh Lanta, 10 Nights From €1769 Including Flights, Hotels  & Transfers  

Situated on a seven-mile stretch of white sand in Khao Lak, with fine dining restaurants and an award-winning spa, the 5-star Sarojin Hotel is the ultimate in luxury – and your home for the first five nights of this magnificent holiday. 

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Although you may not want to leave, a five-night stay at the adult-only 5-star Layana Resort & Spa will certainly ease your pain. Another superb hotel, in an unspoilt location, it actually won the coveted Top Hotel in Thailand and Best Luxury Hotel in Thailand in 2017. As well as enjoying authentic Thai food, why not try to cook some too? The cooking classes on site are very popular with guests, as is the spa. However make sure you get out and explore the stunning beaches and authentic way of life for which Koh Lanta is renowned.  

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Best for Wildlife & Adventure: Elephant Hills, Khao Lak & Krabi, 12 Nights From €3119 Including Flights, Hotels & Transfers

This super itinerary sums up Thailand’s diversity in a nutshell. You will start your adventure in the idyllic Sarojin Hotel in the beach resort of Khao Lak – the perfect place to unwind. When you feel fully refreshed you will transfer to Khao Sok National Park for the ultimate wildlife experience. You will be staying in the Elephant Hills ethical tented camp for rescued elephants, where en-suite tents are equipped with double beds. You will enjoy a canoe safari, and have the opportunity to interact with the Asian elephants.
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The following day you will take a long-tail boat ride on Cheow Lake, where you will stay in one of 10 luxury tents floating on the lake. A guided jungle trek and some swimming opportunities complete this experience of a life time.
After all that adventure, what better than a five-night stay in the beautiful resort of Krabi. Home to dramatic limestone cliffs, stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, Krabi is the picture perfect Thai beach resort. There are many hotel options to choose from including the 4-star Holiday Inn Resort or the superbly situated 5-star Rayavadee Krabi. Many choose Krabi as a base for island hopping, so why not choose to visit Koh Phi Phi or James Bond Island too?
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Best for Families: Santiburi Hotel Koh Samui, 7 Nights from €4999 based on 2 adults & 2 children sharing 

One of the Thailand’s largest islands Koh Samui is a great choice for a family holiday. For families wondering where to stay in Thailand, the Santiburi Resort is the prefect choice.

Located on a stunning beach, this luxury 5-star hotel has low-rise villas set in tropical gardens. The massive outdoor pool (the largest in Koh Samui), and kids and sports clubs will keep the kids amused all day. There are arts and crafts workshops, cookery lessons, football games and a games room with consoles. The championship 18-hole golf course, the Santiburi Spa, tennis and yoga classes will surely keep the adults happy too. 

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There are five dining venues and a choice of accommodation options to choose from, including two-bedroom duplex suites, garden villas and beachfront villas with private pools. The Santiburi Hotel is one of the Leading Hotels of the World – need I say more?

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Best for Culture: Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khao Lak, 11 Nights from €1879 Including Flights, Hotels & Transfers

Combining the bustling city of Bangkok with the charming city of Chang Mai really shows the diversity of Thailand’s two largest cities. After six action-packed days exploring both cities, what better than a five-night stay in the beautiful beach resort of Khao Lak. While offering plenty of time to explore on your own, this enchanting trip also includes half-day tours of Bangkok’s Grand Palace, floating markets and a River Cruise & Temples tour.

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You will also enjoy top hotels throughout your stay. The Rembrandt Hotel & Suites is one of Bangkok’s most popular hotels, and is superbly located in trendy Sukhumvit.  

The Tamarind Village Hotel in Chiang Mai is an oasis located in the heart of Old Chiang Mai City, close to all the historic temples, night bazaar and riverside restaurants – this hotel is located inside the ancient city walls and is one of the best places to stay in Chiang Mai. 

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Your final stay in the Khao Lak Merlin Resort is the perfect place to unwind. With a choice of dining options and facilities on site, as well as offering stunning views of the Andaman Sea, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your last few days in Thailand at your leisure. 

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These are just a sample of the Thailand holidays that Tropical Sky offer. They can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you want to stay for shorter, or longer periods in a particular hotel or visit more Thai islands,  talk to the dedicated sales team and they will advise where to stay in Thailand to best suit your requirements.


This post, Where to Stay in Thailand, was sponsored by Tropical Sky. All views, as always, are my own.

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery


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