There is so much more to Thailand than the beaches so why not add a few days experiencing more of this exciting country. International flights routing through Bangkok usually allow a stopover there. Flights or Private Transfers can easily be arranged to other parts of the country.
The vibrant and buzzing Thai capital is well worth a visit especially if you have a return flight from here. Go to the Grand Palace, get a Thai massage from the Wat Pho massage school (about £9/hour), cruise the Chao Phraya river and its klongs (canals), shop at the giant air conditioned malls using the sleek sky train to avoid the notorious traffic jams, take a high speed ride in a tuk tuk (after careful negotiation!) then calm your nerves with a drink at the Vertigo roof top bar above the city centre.
4 Star Rembrandt Bangkok, Sukhumvit; Superior from £78pp
5 Star Royal Orchid Sheraton, Silom; Deluxe River View from £126pp
5 Star Banyan Tree Bangkok, Silom; Deluxe from £234pp
Just an hour’s flight to the north, there is plenty going on in and around Thailand’s compact second city. Visit temples around the walled old city and shop for local handicrafts in the night market. Get involved with a hands on visit to an elephant sanctuary or a trek into the hill country to see local tribespeople. Round off a day in the Rose of the North with dinner and drinks on the banks of the River Ping
Our favourite deals in Chiang Mai Guide Prices for 3 nights with Breakfast:
4 Star Khum Phaya Resort & Spa; Lanna Deluxe from £111pp
5 Star Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai; Deluxe from £189pp
This large inland national park is home to 180 bird species, clouded leopards, tigers and many other forms of wildlife. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy this protected rain forest area with many activities available.
A 3 day/2 night Jungle Safari can be arranged staying at the 4.5 Star Elephant Hills tented camp.
Enjoy, canoeing, jungle trekking, boat excursions and feeding/bathing elephants.
From £221pp including meals and return transfers from Krabi or Phuket.