Luxury Thailand Travel
Luxury Thailand Travel
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They don’t call it the Land of Smiles for nothing. Thailand is one of the world’s top travel destinations, and with good reason: millions are drawn each year to its breath-taking beaches, delicious cuisine, and renowned hospitality.
This sultry southeast Asian destination hits all the big notes. Tours of Thailand will typically take in electrifying cities, heritage sightseeing, incredible street food, jungle adventures…and that’s before you get down the islands, with their azure blue, bath-like waters and powdery white sand. Take it from us…Thailand is never a tough sell!
Despite Thailand’s popularity, we here at UTC – like millions around the world – keep coming back year-after-year and never fail to be surprised on each new visit. There is always another island to visit, a gorgeous new resort to shout about, or the next hip district of Bangkok to explore. Our specialists have always got their fingers on the pulse and will be thrilled to talk to you about whatever enthralled them most on their last visit to Thailand.
Although the country is always changing and always developing, the biggest draw of Thailand – the warmth and vibrancy of the Thai people – never, ever changes. Wherever you travel in the country, whatever adventure you’re pursuing, you’ll be made to feel right at home. Read on for our guide to luxury travel in Thailand, and how we can shape your perfect itinerary.
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Luxury Thailand Tours & Vacations
Our specialists have put together a range of sample tours, illustrating the best routes for exploring Thailand in comfort and style. Please check these out below, and remember that all can be tailored to your specific requirements.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket9 NightsFrom £2,785 PPThis action-packed 10-day tour showcases all the quintessential Thai experiences, with adventures both on and off the beaten track ensuring you get a full overview of the Land of Smiles.
Bangkok, Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Krabi11 NightsFrom £4,380 PPExperience the very best of the Land of Smiles on this enthralling 11-day itinerary, taking in Bangkok, the Golden Triangle, Chiang Mai, and magical Krabi.
Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Khao Sok, Khao Lak11 NightsFrom £3,280 PPAn action-packed itinerary that enjoys the best of Thailand’s great outdoors, without compromising on comfort. Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Khao Sok, Khao Lak.
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Phuket13 NightsFrom £3,475 PPA classic Thai tour with a twist, this 13-night itinerary showcases the best of Thailand with an extension to the incredible temples of Angkor, located just across the border in Cambodia.
Singapore, Siem Reap, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket13 NightsFrom £3,990 PPGlittering skyscrapers, ancient temples, mouthwatering cuisine, white sandy beaches and dazzling turquoise waters all await on this tour through Southeast Asia
Your Private Luxury Tour in Thailand
Thailand’s beaches may grab the headlines, but we will passionately put forward the case for the Land of Smiles as a touring destination.
Get lost for days in buzzing Bangkok; trek through the northern mountains for epic views and hill tribe culture; wander the markets of atmospheric second city Chiang Mai; head up the legendary River Kwai to the lakefront resorts of Kanchanaburi; or dive into the jungles of Khao Sok and Khao Yai national parks. Whatever you’re looking for in a luxury trip to Thailand, we know that the Land of Smiles just cannot disappoint.
The classic city-jungle-beach combo is hard to beat. Taking in three distinct locations – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket for instance can be covered in 9-10 days and will pack in a varied and memorable tour. If you can stay longer – two, three weeks, or more – there’s plenty more to explore: from the dense jungles of Khao Sok and Kanchanburi, to the cool isolated hills of Chiang Saen and Mae Hong Son, and with endless island-hopping down south to follow. If you’re making a third or fourth visit then we’ll encourage adventures way off-the-beaten-path: provinces far from Bangkok such as Isan or Surat Thani are rapidly opening up with new lodges and activities to discover.
In the pages below we have put together a selection of sample itineraries designed to showcase the depth and breadth of what is on offer in Thailand. This is just the tip of the iceberg though; when taking your enquiry our passionate specialists will guide you through all that is on offer in this exhilarating destination, creating a perfect made-to-measure Thailand itinerary just for you.
Best Hotels in Thailand
Thailand is blessed with outstanding accommodation: to suit all budgets, in every corner of the country. We’ve picked out some our personal favourites in each of the key locations.
FAQ Thailand Vacations
Luke our Asia Specialist
When is the best time to visit Thailand?
Thailand’s high season is from October through to March. At this time travellers can expect warm weather, low humidity, and clear skies wherever they are in the country. These months are the busiest for international arrivals, with visitor numbers (and hotel rates) reaching a peak over late December, when thousands escape the cool winters elsewhere in the northern hemisphere and descend on Thailand for guaranteed winter sun. Read more on our guide When to Visit Thailand.
Is it possible to travel in the off-season?
Temperatures then build through late spring, marked by the ‘songkran’ water festival in April, before rains sweep across the country from June through to September. Thailand is a large country however and there are outliers: the eastern Gulf islands are gorgeous in May when the rest of the country is baking; Koh Samui has great weather during July & August while other islands are drenched; and if you’re focused more on interior exploration then September and October can be lovely. With careful planning, and well-managed expectations, it is definitely possible to travel in Thailand year-round.
Do you promote elephant interaction tours?
Elephant tours are a controversial subject. Although elephants (‘chang’ in Thai) are the country’s much revered national animal, Thai elephant tourism has a poor track record, with exploitative training, overwork, and appalling living conditions unfortunately common finds. Recent years have seen a backlash against such practices – from both tourists and Thai tourism providers alike – and we are pleased to find a shift from ‘park’ to ‘conservation centre’, where you’ll find animals treated with respect and care, and physical interaction (particularly riding which as a company do not support) kept to a minimum. This is a big deal for our consultants so please be assured that any elephant interaction included in your itinerary will have been personally vetted.
How long should my tour of Thailand be?
All our tours are 100% bespoke and we’ll put together an action-packed tour regardless of how much time you have. Typically we’d recommend at least 9-10 days, as this will allow you to experience three distinct locations: Bangkok, followed by time up in the north or in the rainforest, closing out with time on a beach. Longer tours of 14 days or more can combine multiple destinations in the north – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai, and/or the Golden Triangle – take in some of Thailand’s rich history – in Ayutthaya and perhaps Sukhothai – or visit two or more islands.
How long should I spend in Bangkok?
Thailand’s pulsating capital is one of the world’s great cities. Cosmopolitan travellers will be in heaven here, especially those who love the sultry chaos of a tropical Asian city. Bangkok offers non-stop nightlife and shopping, the world’s best food scene, and heritage sightseeing for days. The convenient metro system and an endless swarm of taxis will also make it quick and easy to get around independently. We’d typically recommend no less than two full days to explore the Thai capital, but you could spend a week and not run out of things to do.
What are the must-visit places for a first-time tour?
A classic Thailand itinerary covers capital Bangkok, northern capital and second city Chiang Mai, and a beach (or two!). Chiang Mai offers both urban and rural attractions, with beautiful surrounding countryside to explore, and classic Thai experiences such as elephant interaction, cooking classes, bamboo rafting, and jungle hikes. For maximum efficiency a similar city-nature-beach combo can be put together overland, with Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, and Hua Hin offering a similar variety of experience without involving any domestic flights or boat transfers.
How about off-the-beaten-path areas?
Thailand may see millions of visitors each year but this doesn’t mean the whole country is busy – far from it! Step away from the most popular tourist sites and you’ll quickly find a whole new world of adventure opening up: just north of Chiang Mai are hills, villages, forests aplenty, with numerous isolated lodges to cater for you. Further north still – Pai, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Khong, Chiang Saen – the mountains open up and although the accommodation standard drops off the adventures just keep on coming. Out to the east, the flatter and drier Isan provinces have long been a treasured destination for domestic tourists, offering backwater escapes and distinctively fiery cuisine. And down in the south you’ll never run out of new islands to explore!
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