Thailand has become one of the most sought after holiday destinations for travellers of all ages over the last few years. With warm weather, a welcoming culture, fantastic food, beautiful beaches, and unique architecture and culture this should come as no surprise. Bangkok, Koh Samui, and Phuket are among the most popular destinations, as are the smaller beach towns and islands off the coast. HomeAway has a large number of villas in Thailand. Whether it's a large Thailand holiday villa for a group of 10 located on the beach or perhaps a cosy Thailand accomodations for two in Bangkok near the nightlife and restaurants, HomeAway has got it.
A holiday rental in Koh Samui is a great option for those looking to get away from busy Bangkok, including HomeAway accommodations in Bang Rak Beach. HomeAway's accommodations in Phuket are also worth taking a look at as they put guests in a prime location to explore the smaller islands off the coast.
Grand Palace in Bangkok:
The spectacular Grand Palace is, without a doubt, Bangkok's most famous landmark. It was constructed in 1782 and served as the home for the king and royal court for almost 150 years. Today it lures visitors to its doors with its beautiful architecture and interesting exhibits.
Phang Nga Bay:
The limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay provide a magnificent backdrop to the deep green water. Fans of James Bond will recognise this area as it was used in filming the action movies. The bay is easily reached via boat from Phuket.
The colourful floating markets near Bangkok have become synonymous with Thailand. Market boats are piled high with tropical fruits and local food cooked on board. Guided tours of the markets are available and are advisable for those who would rather not haggle over price.
This is one of Thailand's most sought-after beaches, located south of Ao Nang Beach. It is only reachable via boat, but is well worth the journey. White sand beaches, emerald green waters, limestone cliffs, caves, and lagoons await those who make the trip.
Wat Arun Temple:
Also called "Wat Chaeng", or "Temple of the Dawn", this temple is found on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River. It served as the main temple during King Taksin's reign, and once enshrined the famous Emerald Buddha.
Phi Phi Islands:
These lovely islands near Phuket are characterised by pristine beaches and vibrant turquoise waters filled with colourful fish and other marine life. There are two separate islands: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. Phi Phi Don is the larger of the two and is a popular party spot.
The best time to visit Thailand is between November and February; rain is scarce, sunshine is plentiful, and the temperatures are not too hot, though it is humid. Temperatures at this time tend to stay around 30°C. The "off" season sees temperatures well into the 40s with heavy rain. October tends to be the wettest month.
Most international flights fly in and out of Bangkok (BKK), so this is the most likely locale for those arriving from the UK or continental Europe. Bangkok airport serves as a good starting point for exploring the country as it happens to be one of the cheapest cities to fly out of worldwide, thanks to loose government restrictions on airfares and heavy competition. Chiang Mai (CNX) also has an international airport, as does Phuket (HKT).