The ‘Land of Smiles’ is aptly named. With friendly people and a diverse range of destinations, it’s no surprise to find Thailand as one of the world’s most popular destinations. The beaches of the south, the hills of the north and the bustle of Bangkok all have their charms. What’s more, you can make a difference here: conserve elephants in the north to make your Thai adventure meaningful and fulfilling.
Ways you can help
- Make your trip meaningful by helping care for elephants, or teaching English to children
- Gorgeous beaches and islands to visit
- Spectacular diving and snorkeling
- Thai cooking class with an expert chef
- Guided tours of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, tailored for you
- Luxury train journeys
- Boat river cruise to the ancient capital Ayuthaya
- Water festival fun
- Soft trekking and biking
Six Senses Yao Noi - Private islands/beaches
Six Senses Yao Noi
A typically spectacular Six Senses location, you can enjoy the A-list glamour of a speedboat transfer to check in. The sophisticated villas on Yao Noi Island near Krabi and Phuket look out to the ocean and the incredible limestone cliffs....
Soneva Kiri - Private islands/beaches
Near the Cambodian border, this eco-luxe property on Koh Kood noses out of the tropical jungle; slated roofs on the large wooden buildings are framed by an infinity pool that stretches around the property. Soneva Kiri feels like a private...
Zeavola - Phuket/Phang Nga/Koh Phi Phi
This unique boutique villa resort on Koh PhiPhi has an idyllic beachfront location with ocean views. On a ten-acre tropical resort, Zeavola is reached in just over an hour by high speed catamaran from Phuket , and offers impeccable service,...
Amanpuri - Phuket/Phang Nga/Koh Phi Phi
A touch of elegance in the high-octane resort town of Phuket. The teak interiors of the room complement the Thai style perfectly, with antiques to cement the elegance. Try a spacious villa, all of which have private pools, perfect for...
Aleenta Phuket - Phuket/Phang Nga/Koh Phi Phi
The Phang Nga Bay stretches out before this luxury resort on the Andaman coast. You can enjoy the views along Natai Beach, one of the best in the area, from this upscale all-suite property. Clean white design gives it a...
Anantara Resort, Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai
Anantara Resort, Golden Triangle
A regal resort in the jungle foothills of Chiang Rai; the teak and silks of the lobby make for a palatial impression. The 77 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished, and the public areas are just made for lounging. Eco-touches...
Hotel de la Paix - Hua Hin
Hotel de la Paix
One of the most daringly designed resorts in Thailand, the architecture is the star in this corner of Cha Am near Hua Hin. Each area is jaw-dropping, from the stark stone of the entrance to the ingenious infinity pool, which...
Pimalai Koh Lanta - Krabi
Pimalai Koh Lanta
Situated on the beach, in 100 acres of lush green hillside on the lesser-visited southern tip of Koh Lanta Island, Pimalai lies just offshore from Krabi on the southwest coast of Thailand. Far away from the hustle and bustle of...
Did you know
- Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free.” It is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a European nation.
- Thailand is home to the world’s largest gold Buddha, the largest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single-span suspension bridge, and the world’s tallest hotel.
- In 1999, 30 vets worked to heal a 38-year-old cow elephants’ foot, which had been destroyed when she stepped on a landmine in Thailand. It set the record for the largest number of vets in one procedure
- The longest place name in the world is the full name of Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. It means “City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest.
- A century ago, northern Thailand was covered with dense hardwood forests. Today only about ¼ of the country remains wooded. Thailand has the second-highest rate of forest loss in Southeast Asia. Only Singapore has lost more. Today, logging is banned in Thailand
- The 2004 tsunami hurtled a wall of water 30 feet high over Thailand’s coast, killing over 8,000 people. An estimated 1,500 Thai children lost their parents and more than 150,000 Thais working in the fishing or tourist industries lost their livelihoods.
- One-tenth of all animal species on Earth live in Thailand
- Swiftlet nests are made from strands of saliva from the male swiftlet bird. Swiftlet nests collected from Thai caves can fetch more than $900 per pound. It is one of the world’s most coveted and expensive food items
- Approximately 10% of the world’s bird species live in Thailand, a greater proportion than in all of Europe or North America
- A century ago, more than 100,000 elephants lived in Thailand, with about 20,000 of them untamed. Now, there are about 5,000, with less than half of them wild
- Both the Hollywood movie and Broadway play of The King and I are banned in Thailand. Based on the Siamese ruler King Mongkut and a teacher named Anna Leonowens, the movie is seen as insulting to the king.
"I absolutely loved teaching the kids. I had the time of my life and that was one of the highlights of my trip :) I wish I could have stayed longer and was very sad to leave them. The coordinators are great women and the kids are magical. Everyone was so genuine and warm hearted.I was given a warm welcome from the second I got there. I can't wait to go back to SE Asia...it holds a special place in my heart."
Kristina, traveled to Thailand , from the USA