Isaan

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Isaan is situated in the north east of the country bordering Laos and Cambodia is one area which rewards travellers with a slice of authentic Thai life, harder to find in the more popular tourist spots.

It is possible to fly to Bangkok and take a circular route of the region. Although you won't find five star international hotels, in our opinion this makes the region more appealing and here at A&K we have sourced some wonderful boutique characterful properties more befitting to their surroundings.

From Bangkok it is a short flight to Ubon Ratchathani: the gateway to Isaan. Travelling west it is a good idea to make a stop at Surin where you can visit a silk weaving village to learn about this craft which Isaan has become famous for. With Angkor Wat in Cambodia now attracting a vast amount of visitors many people make this journey to visit the Angkorian temples: Phnom Rung and Phimai.  These temples built between the 10th and 13th centuries are some of the most impressive example of Khmer temples in existence. Phnom Rung stands on the summit of an inactive volcano with views on a clear day to Cambodia while Phimai evokes echoes of a once mighty civilisation as you wander through the atmospheric ruins. At certain times of the year you are likely to be the only visitors to these religious monuments which makes the experience that much more poignant.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Thailand

Nights: 12 | from £3,820pp

City buzz, luxuriant jungle, cultural history and an idyllic island in a turquoise sea – this Classic Thailand trip is a concentration of the country’s... Find out more

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Luxury Thailand

Nights: 13 | from £7,995pp

Staying in top-notch accommodation throughout, this 13- night itinerary embraces the bustle of Bangkok, the exotic jungles of the north, the culture and... Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Cruising the Mekong: Siam, Saigon & Angkor Wat 2017

Nights: 11 | from £6,845pp

Cruise for seven nights on an exclusive charter of the 24-guest ‘Mekong Princess’ and gain deeper insight into Southeast Asia’s varied, intertwined river... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat 2017

Nights: 12 | from £5,765pp

Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat, visiting Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hoi An, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat And Bangkok. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Undiscovered Thailand

Nights: 13 | from £3,150pp

Discover the legacies of diverse kingdoms and cultures that have risen and fallen across Thailand over the centuries. Explore ancient temples, riverside... Find out more

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Dusit Princess Korat

Dusit Princess Korat is a good value option hotel located in a residential area a short drive from downtown Korat. The hotel's decor and furnishings reflect... Find out more

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Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort

Muthi Maya is a tranquil retreat far away from the hustle and bustle of vibrant Bangkok. This all villa resort has magnificent views of the surrounding... Find out more

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Surin Majestic Hotel

The Surin Majestic Hotel is a great choice of hotel in Surin to use as a base to discover the enchanting town of Surin. The accommodation is simple yet... Find out more

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Tohsang Khongjiam Resort & Spa

Tohsang Khongjiam Resort is located on the banks of Mekong River with spectacular natural sites, a wealth of cultures, colourful festivals and enchanting... Find out more

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Beijing to Bangkok

Nights: 18 | from £6,250pp

Uncover Asia’s rich tapestry of varying cultures and dynasties. From the ancient and modern wonders of China’s frenetic cities to the scenic beauty of... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Seabourn Cruise - Thailand & Vietnam

Nights: 19 | from £6,950pp

Discover the rich cultural contrasts that make Asia such an intoxicating melting pot. From the sophistication of Singapore to the ancient temples and... Find out more

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Amanpuri 2017/18

Thailand

DISCOVER 'AMANPURI' OFFER 2017/18 
Four nights B&B from £1183pp.
Enjoy a complimentary return airport transfer when you stay at Amanpuri.
Complimentary 60 minute Thai or Oriental spa treatment for two.
Complimentary three course meal for two at the Thai or Italian restaurant.
Sip a sunset drink for two at the Bar or Lounge from an enticing cocktail list.
Minimum stay of four nights.
Valid for travel 23rd Apr - 15th Dec 2017 and 8th Apr - 15th Dec 2018.
Black out dates apply.
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand

Thailand

Prices from £2,499pp saving from £600pp for 10 nights
Book a 10 night stay at Banyan Tree Phuket and receive savings up to £600pp. Based on two people sharing a Banyan Tree Pool Villa on BB basis, including international flights and transfers. Valid for travel 19th April - 30th September 2017.  
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply

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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.

Fly to

Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva Airways/Thai Airways)

flying time

11 hours 30 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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