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With peachy beaches, exotic landscapes, and rich Buddhist culture, Thailand has been our seductive South East Asian hub for over two decades. A&K's large Bangkok office sits that the heart of a region-wide network of experienced, highly connected staff on call 24 hours a day - a presence that can make a vital difference to your holiday.
Just ask our guests who were there in 2008. For a very short time, the 'Land of a Thousand Smiles' wore a slightly different expression. Political demonstrations closed the busy airport. Travellers couldn't enter or leave, plans were in chaos, people were desperate. Of the hundreds of A&K guests we helped, one was particularly grateful. With a high profile book signing in Japan just two days away, we organised an urgent overland exit into Cambodia, crossing the border just minutes before it closed, having booked an onward flight to Seoul, then Tokyo. It was the stuff of Hollywood movies.
Abercrombie & Kent holidays to Thailand, it goes without saying, are usually a little less tense, a little more luxurious. You can dive into Bangkok's enthralling blend of frenetic street life, stately palaces and photogenic canal markets, while staying in some of the planet's most sumptuous hotels. It's the launch point into an intoxicating country, from the jungle covered mountains of Chiang Mai in the north, where you can hike to hill villages or train as an elephant mahout, to the age-weathered 13th century stones of Sukhothai and the coastal honey pot of Krabi.
We'll take you off the mainland too. Thailand's islands are justifiably popular with powder sand and vertiginous forest. It might be fast-developing Phuket or Koh Samui, with its recent explosion of luxury hotels, or the back-to-back curling beaches of Koh Phi Phi, or dramatic limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay. Whichever you chose, we know you won't be disappointed.
Best time to be there
November to March. April is often the hottest month of the year, and also the month of the celebratory 'Songkran' festivals. May to October is the rainy season, with short bursts of rainstorms refreshing the green paddy fields once more.
Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva Airways/Thai Airways)
11 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Suggested itineraries in Thailand
Nights: 13 | from £2,760
Take a private Thai cooking class, spoil yourself with a complimentary meal at Anantara’s Sala Layan restaurant in Phuket and enjoy Bangkok like a local.
Nights: 11 | from £2,995
Highlights - See Elephants and hilltribes, Visit the Beautiful beaches of Samui...
Highlights of Thailand
Nights: 11 | from £2,190
Explore bustling Bangkok, visit the Emerald Buddha, admire the Wat Doi Suthep and relax on the turquoise beaches of Phuket on this 11 night adventure.
Nights: 14 | from £3,150
A two week adventure exploring undiscovered Thailand, including markets of Samut Songkhram province, Pha Taem National Park and the country's largest sandstone Khmer temple complex.
Eastern & Oriental Epic Thailand
Nights: 6 |
A truly luxurious journey through Thailand travelling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai aboard the fabulous Eastern & Oriental train.
Family Elephants & Emeralds
Nights: 10 | from £2,995
A 10 night family journey into the heart of Thailand where you will meet elephants, go bamboo rafting, relax on the beaches and learn to cook.
Eastern & Oriental Bangkok to Singapore
Nights: 3 | from £1,800
A railway adventure aboard the unforgettable Eastern & Oriental travelling between Bangkok and Singapore, past the legendary River Kwai and over the Straits of Johor.
Indochina in - Depth
Nights: 23 | from £4,980
A spellbinding 23 night tour into Indochina taking in the highlights of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, including Angkor Wat and a cruise on the Mekong.
Hill-tribes of Thailand
Nights: 8 | from £1,590
This fascinating 8 night trip into Thailand's beguiling hill tribe region focuses on the Hmong and Lahu tribes in the beautiful forested Golden Triangle area.
Overland Thailand and Laos
Nights: 13 | from £2,995
A 13 night overland adventure through Thailand and Laos discovering Bangkok, Khao Yai National Park, Khmer ruins and the Mekong River.
Save from £285pp
Book a 7 night stay or more at Banyan Tree Phuket before 30th April 2015 and receive discounted rates. Prices from £1,419pp when staying a Deluxe Villa on a B&B basis, including international flights and airport transfers. Valid for travel from 1st March - 23rd December 2015. Blackout dates apply. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Save from £640pp
Book a 7 night stay or more at Banyan Tree DoublePool Villas before 30th April 2015 and receive discounted rates. Prices from £2,509pp when staying a Deluxe Villa on a B&B basis, including international flights and airport transfers. Valid for travel from 1st March - 23rd December 2015. Blackout dates apply. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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