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A traditional long tail boat in Krabi province, Thailand

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From the colourful and chaotic capital of Bangkok to Thailand's stunning islands, holidays here are an exotic blend of culture, cuisine and scenery. Whether it's riding through the jungle on an elephant or wandering around Bangkok's floating markets, you're sure to have an unforgettable stay.

Why go?

Buzzing cities and white powder beaches, emerald water and island vibes, jungle trekking and temple exploration... where will you start your Thai adventure?

Flights to Thailand take you to a destination full of holiday opportunities; the streets of Bangkok intoxicate you with their exotic sights, smells and sounds, while the islands of southern Thailand have some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. All complemented with reasonable prices, delicious cuisine and unbeatable hospitality.

Central Bangkok's colourful and congested streets are easily navigated with plenty to see and do without venturing into the outer suburbs. Popular attractions include The Grand Palace, the Floating Markets or the shopping and entertainment hubs of Koh San Road and Pattaya.

Travelling north of Bangkok will bring you to Chiang Mai and Chaing Rei, and it is northern Thailand that will give you a taste of the traditional Thai way of life. The cultural capital of Chiang Mai has numerous ancient temples for you to explore and is within easy reach of the northern jungles where you can enjoy elephant rides and hill tribe tours.

Tropical Phuket with its stunning scenery and world class diving is the most popular of all the islands and will be your gateway to exploring the nearby Phi Phi islands of Ko Yao, Ko Yao Yai and Ko Phi Phi.

Krabi is favoured by visitors looking for a slower paced beach break. The limestone cliffs that line the white sand beaches are popular with rock climbing enthusiasts, while divers are attracted to the clear waters below.

Pattaya is a great spot if you're looking for full on nightlife in a beachfront setting, while from the popular resort of Koh Samui you are well placed to visit the nearby islands of Koh Pha-ngan with its full moon parties and Koh Phaluai.

How to get there?

A huge part of planning your holiday to Thailand will be working out how to get there. And with such a variety of places to visit, getting organised is crucial.

Thailand flights to Bangkok take around 11 to 13 hours from the UK but can extend to 20 hours if a change of plane is required in one of the many connecting airports of Europe and the Middle and Far East. International flights to Bangkok arrive via Suvarnabhumi International (BKK).

Flights from Suvarnabhumi International (BKK) or Don Muang (DMK) offer a gateway to the rest of the country's hotspots. Travelling north of Bangkok will bring you to Chiang Mai International (CNX) or Chiang Rai (CEI).

South of Bangkok is the beachside city of Pattaya - bus or taxi services to Pattaya take around an hour and a half. There are also flights into the Airport of Pattaya (PYX) available from all over Thailand.

Those wanting to skip Bangkok altogether might want to fly straight to Phuket International (HKT).

Flights from the mainland resort of Krabi (KBV) to the popular resort island of Koh Samui (USM) are a good choice for those who want to avoid the ferry ride from the mainland. From Koh Samui you are well placed to visit the nearby islands of Koh Pha-ngan and Koh Phaluai.

Flights to Thailand are always popular and often heavily booked at peak times, but a comparison of available prices will make sure you get the best deal possible.

Getting to and from the airport

Whether you're landing in Thailand's capital or another location, you'll want a hassle-free trip to your accommodation so your holiday can truly begin.

If you are flying into Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, there is a selection of options for your onward journey.

A 24-hour bus service operates from the bus terminal at the transport centre. A shuttle bus from the airport will take you to the transport centre and here you can find buses to a number of locations around Bangkok.

The airport rail express line and airport rail link city line are other options. The express service is a 15-minute non-stop journey between the airport and city terminal and costs Bt150 per trip. The city line, on the other hand, takes 30 minutes as it stops at more destinations along the way and costs between Bt15 and Bt45. Other options include metered taxis, mini buses and car rental if you are looking for the freedom and flexibility of exploring.

If you are arriving into Chiang Mai, the airport is very close to the city centre and there will be song teaws (taxi trucks) and tuk tuks available outside the terminal to take you to your destination. Expect to pay around Bt120 to most locations. Again, car hire is an option.

Travellers arriving into Phuket can take the airport bus to Phuket town (the last departure is 8pm), metered taxis, shared mini-vans or a pre-arranged transfer. Onward travel from Krabi includes bus, song teaws, minibus or metered taxis, while travelling from Koh Samui airport will be via private transfers, taxis or a minibus service.

Where to stay?

Bursting with culture-filled cities and stunning tropical idylls, Thailand's abundance of accommodation options will leave you spoilt for choice.

Thailand has an abundance of options when it comes to where to stay, and whether you want to relax in one place on the beach or make the most of your trip by travelling around, you'll have plenty of options to choose from.

Popular areas to stay in bustling Bangkok include Sukhumvit. Near to the skytrain, you'll be able to get to the river and then take a water taxi to some of the main attractions such as the Grand Palace.

Close to the glittering temples and historical sites, Riverside is another option, or vibrant China Town will treat you to a colourful whirlwind of market stalls and street food. If shopping is top of your list, head to Siam, while backpackers and travellers on a budget could consider staying on the popular Khao San Road.

Away from the madness of Bangkok, Phuket with its beautiful palm-lined beaches and towering cliffs is a great base for visiting some of the surrounding areas such as the idyllic Phi Phi islands. Koh Samui is a relatively busy island, with the east coast boasting lots of resorts and beach front hotels.

If you're looking for a laid-back beach break in stunning surroundings, then Krabi boasts breath-taking beaches, while the city of Chiang Mai is the perfect option for those looking for a historical and culture-packed break. Pattaya is a hugely popular option, with great beaches, a vibrant nightlife, water sports and numerous golf courses.