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

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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.

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My Top 5 Luxury Multi-Centre Holidays to Thailand, From €1769 Incl Flights!

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Want to see bustling Bangkok, charming Chiang Mai, or catch sight of James Bond Island dramatically emerging from the Andaman Sea? Book one of these multi-centre holidays to Thailand and perhaps you will see all three!

 

Thailand is so diverse, you simply can’t come to Thailand and experience just one place. Its hilltop temples, cosmopolitan capital, tropical rainforests and lush rice paddies are all worth exploring in their own right. Add 1400 tropical islands and tantalising Thai food, and you have a country that appeals to everyone. With this in mind I have teamed up with luxury long-haul tour operator Hayes and Jarvis, who offer many multi-centre holidays to Thailand and beyond. These are just a sample of what they offer, and these, like all of their holidays, can be tailored to suit your requirements. Hayes and Jarvis offer a staggering 36 different holiday styles in 60 destinations around the world. Read my blog post about Hayes and Jarvis luxury long haul holidays from Ireland if you want to know more.

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In the meantime, let me show you my top five multi-centre holidays to Thailand, all priced with flights, accommodation and transfers included.

 

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13 Nights: Bangkok and Koh Yao Yai, €1769

When you are planning multi-centre holidays to Thailand, Bangkok is probably going to be your first port of call. Bangkok is a city of contrasts. It manages seamlessly to preserve its magnificent Buddhist temples and cultural heritage among modern skyscrapers and vibrant nightlife. You will have four nights in Bangkok, which should give you enough time to get a true feel for this remarkable city. A tuk tuk is a great way to get around – and you can even hire your own driver for the afternoon. Don’t miss a trip to the floating markets. This is a unique way to purchase local food, as it is prepared on a market boat.

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You will be staying at the luxurious Amari Watergate which is conveniently situated close to the heart of the city. This feels more like a resort than a hotel. Take time to relax in its 1,600-square-foot of landscaped gardens complete with a 100-foot swimming pool, overlooking the city. There are six different dining options too, so if you just want to relax after a day’s sightseeing, this is the perfect choice. 

After four action-packed days in Bangkok, it is time to experience the polar opposite – with a nine-night stay at the Santhiya Resort & Spa in Koh Yao Yai. The fact that you need to get a 20-minute speedboat transfer to get there (included in cost), says it all. This is a piece of paradise – a Robinson Crusoe-type island in the middle of Phang Nga Bay. Although within easy access of lively Phuket, this will feel worlds’ apart. Explore the island by bicycle, its shores by canoe, and take an excursion to nearby James Bond Island. The Santhiya Resort has a luxury spa on site, two restaurants, and a host of watersports to choose from. The words ‘hidden gem’ spring to mind. 

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Price of €1769 includes all flights, hotels, and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52085512 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights: Bangkok, Krabi and Koh Lanta, €1899 

Why visit just one of Thailand’s glorious beaches when you can visit two? After a three-night stay in Bangkok you will take a short flight to Krabi, home to dramatic limestone cliffs, stunning beaches and crystal clear waters. Many visitors choose Krabi as a base for island hopping, so you can expect a lively vibe with activities a-plenty. Visit Koh Phi Phi, Koh Yao Nai or James Bond Island, or simply stay put and appreciate all that Krabi has to offer, including lively entertainment and superb street food.

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You will be staying in the 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Krabi – it doesn’t get much better than this! The view of the limestone formations alone is enough to tempt me, but the pristine white sandy beach and Thai-style buildings complete the perfect tropical resort. Swim in its multi-level swimming pool, dine in any of its four restaurants, take advantage of the superb watersports available, and relax in its award-winning Spa Cevaree. 

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After five fabulous nights in Krabi, take a short boat transfer to Koh Lanta for your last four nights. Fall in love with the long stretches of beach and authentic Thai way of life for which Koh Lanta is renowned. Koh Lanta is now a Mecca for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of some of Thailand’s lively resorts. Don’t miss a visit to Saladen Market – its seafood is supposed to be delicious.

You will be staying at the adult-only Layana Resort & Spa. This won the ‘Top Hotel in Thailand’ and ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Thailand’ awards from TripAdvisor in 2017. They offer cooking classes, so you can try to replicate authentic Thai food when you go home. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the resort, explore the island by kayak and snorkel or dive offshore. 

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Price of €1899 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52088520 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights Thailand Adventure: Bangkok, Elephant Hills Safari & Khao Lak, €2159 

This is the itinerary that I long to try myself! I love when a holiday combines a beach stay with a little adventure. If I can manage to add a city to the mix too, that is even better. This Thailand itinerary does all three, with the added bonus of staying in top-class hotels. 

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Your first stop is the 5-star Avani Riverside Bangkok, which overlooks the city’s Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s dramatic skyline. After a three-night stay in Bangkok, it is time for a jungle adventure in Elephant Hills Jungle Safari Camp. This is an ethical tented camp for rescued elephants, where tents are equipped with double beds and bathrooms. Your two-night stay will grant you the opportunity of a lifetime, as you interact with Asian elephants. All meals are included in the Elephant Hills Jungle Safari, including lunch in a tree house, during a guided trek through the rainforest. 

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Don’t worry, your adventure doesn’t end there. After a short one-hour drive, you will arrive at the idyllic beach resort of Khao Lak, for a seven-night relaxing stay. In true Hayes and Jarvis style, you will be staying in luxurious villas, in the Beyond Resort Khao Lak. With a superb setting on the white sandy beach of Pakweep, this adult-only resort will surely feel like a piece of paradise. 

See more about this superb Thailand holiday in this post: The Best Thailand Itinerary.

Price of €2159 includes all flights, hotels, meals and activities in Elephant Hills camp and all land and boat transfers. Quote Ref: 52085385 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Krabi, €2159 

It’s 5-star all the way on this terrific multi-centre holiday to Thailand. Combine city, culture and beach on one memorable trip. Your first stop is Bangkok, where you can enjoy a three-night stay in the 5-star Avani Riverside Bangkok, which overlooks the city’s Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s dramatic skyline.  

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This will be followed by a three-night stay in the more laid-back, ancient city of Chiang Mai. Explore the historic centre, its lush green countryside, tropical rainforests and elephant sanctuaries. You will be staying in the 5-star Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, which is a five-minute walk from the Night Bazaar and a 10-minute walk to Chiang Mai’s many attractions. 

The best multi-centre holidays to Thailand would not be complete without some well-deserved beach time! After combining city with culture, it’s time to fly south to the paradise island of Krabi, for a six-night stay in the luxurious 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas. 

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The view of the limestone formations alone is enough to tempt me, but the pristine white sandy beach and Thai-style buildings complete the perfect tropical resort. Swim in its multi-level swimming pool, dine in any of its four restaurants, take advantage of the superb watersports available, and relax in its award-winning Spa Cevaree. 

Price of €2159 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote Ref: 52087830 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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13 Nights Island-Hopping Adventure: Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao, €2489

Multi-centre holidays to Thailand don’t have to included Bangkok… Discover the best of Thailand’s beaches, rainforests and nightlife on this island-hopping adventure. Spend two weeks exploring Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao. Go scuba diving, snorkelling, enjoy full-moon parties or just chill out on the beach. 

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Koh Samui is your first stop, where you will stay at the luxurious Silavadee Pool Spa Resort. Located on Koh Samui’s most exclusive beach, this feels like a hideaway, but is only a short drive to the lively centre. A boutique hotel, built to blend in perfectly with its surroundings, with a cliff-top infinity pool, unique dining options and luxury spa – your stay here will ensure an unforgettable experience. 

After a five-night stay in Koh Samui, you will take a boat transfer to nearby Koh Phangnan, for a four-night stay at the 5-star Anantara Rasandra Phangan Resort & Spa. Relax on the beach, or in your spacious villa or suite, which come with a private swimming pool and outdoor terrace. Expect fine dining, a world-class spa and superb snorkelling and scuba diving possibilities. 

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Your final stop is the Beach Club & Haad Tien Beach Resort in Koh Tao. This eco-friendly resort offers barefoot luxury in an idyllic setting. All rooms come with one king-sized bed, (twin beds are not catered for) so you can expect the perfect romantic getaway. 

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Price of €2489 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52087951 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.  

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This is just a sample of the multi-centre holidays to Thailand that Hayes and Jarvis feature. They can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. Talk to the expert staff and tell them whether you like fine dining or barefoot luxury, a family safari or an adult-only escape. No matter what your holiday style, Hayes and Jarvis will source the right holiday for you.

Contact Hayes and Jarvis on  (01) 697 1590, call into their office at 16 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, or visit HayesandJarvis.ie  for more details.

 

This post was sponsored by Hayes and Jarvis but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Thailand Holiday for Three Weeks: Bangkok & The Islands, Well Rated Hotels & All Flights – €1184pp

It is never too late to have a “coming-of-age” styled holiday. Take a Thailand holiday for three weeks, with prices like this, why not make it happen?

 

Thailand is a country that is worth a visit all year round. There are endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, chilling on tropical beaches and sipping from buckets in trendy bars. I have constructed a package for November that will see you explore the best of Thailand across twenty-two fun filled nights.

 

 

DIY Thailand Holiday for Three Weeks – Itinerary

It should be stressed that this is a package that I found myself. If the dates don’t suit, play around with them to find something that works for you!

  • Bangkok –  04/11/2019 – 06/11/2019
  • Phuket – 06/11/2019 – 09/11/2019
  • Phi Phi Island– 09/11/2019 – 13/11/2019
  • Koh Tao – 13/11/2019 – 17/11/2019
  • Koh Phangan – 17/11/2019 – 20/11/2019
  • Koh Samui – 20/11/2019 – 24/11/2019
  • Bangkok – 24/11/2019 – 26/11/2019
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Accommodation

The hotels I have selected for this  Three Weeks in Thailand holiday are a selection of highly rated 3 and 4-star hotels from Expedia. There are some gems among them and put you in the perfect positions to explore the best of what the surrounding area has to offer.

  • Villa de Khaosan – Bangkok – 2 Nights – €79pp – Book Here
  • Lub D Phuket – Phuket – 3 Nights – €55pp – Book Here
  • Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort – Koh Phi Phi – 4 Nights – €236pp – Book Here
  • Sai Daeng Resort – Koh Tao – 4 Nights – €142pp – Book Here
  • Sea Breeze Resort – Koh Phangan – 3 Nights – €43pp – Book Here
  • Banburee Resort & Spa – Koh Samui – 4 Nights – €101pp – Book Here
  • At Ease Saladaeng – Bangkok – 2 Nights – €54pp – Book Here

Thailand Holiday Package

 

 

Flights & Transfers Information

Transport in Thailand is fantastic if you do your research and prepare a good bit in advance. There are a lot of private taxis and catamarans but I would always recommend using Lomprayah for getting from island to island. They are high end for what is available but the pricing is extremely reasonable. Usually you are able to ask your hotel receptionist to help you book your connecting transport which is a lifesaver.

 

The flights I have found for you are all flights that I took myself for my own trip and it all went off without a hitch. Koh Samui Airport is really stunning and has to be seen to be believed.

  • Dublin – Bangkok (BKK)
    Return Flights – 03/11/2019 – 26/11/2019  – €496pp Book Here
  • Bangkok (DMK) to Phuket
    One Way – 06/11/2019  – €16pp Book Here
  • Koh Samui to Bangkok (BKK)
    One Way – 24/10/2019 –  €102 Book Here
Thailand Holiday Package
Khaosan Road Hotel – Photo taken from Expedia
 

There are of course, other things to consider ahead of your trip. It is important before any trip to Thailand to make sure you have all necessary vaccinations up to date. When taking any trip, it is also highly recommended that you get yourself travel insurance to cover you in the eventuality of the worst case scenario.

 

Aside from all that serious business, what you have above is the perfect platform for a once in a lifetime experience. If its taking in the buzz of the Khaosan Road or snorkelling and sunsets in Koh Tao this DIY Three Weeks in Thailand Package has something for everybody. Prioritise travel in 2019 and you will never look back…..

 

 

 

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 The Travel Expert Team

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