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Luxury Destination When it comes to picking a destination

 Luxury Destination

Luxury Destination

When it comes to picking a destination, almost anywhere in Thailand can offer incredible levels of luxury. Whether you head north to Chiang Mai, south to Phuket or remain in Bangkok, each has its own special character and appeal.

Every major city has a resort like you have never seen before. Whether it’s the traditional design of Chiang Mai hotels, the modern chic of Bangkok or the beachside beauty of Phuket, each location has quality accommodation, and plenty of things to do.

One of Thailand’s real advantages is that no two destinations are the same. Each location has its unique food, its own culture and sometimes even its own language, which ensures that each new place brings its own surprises and delights. Even the more out-of-the-way places often have several top-end resorts to choose from, meaning that almost everywhere can be explored without having to compromise on comfort.

Wherever you choose to explore, Thailand can guarantee each location will have its special flavor. It’s also an extremely safe and simple country to travel in, so getting from one resort to the next can be done safely and easily.

BangkokBangkok : Thailand’s capital city is also home to its most stunning hotels, spas, shopping malls and attractions. Among the must-sees are the Grand Palace, home to the Emerald Buddha, Siam Paragon – the country’s premiere shopping mall, and the Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula are regarded as two of the finest hotels in the world.

Take a sunset cruise on the dinner along the Chao Phraya River, sip a cocktail atop one of the city’s vertigo-inducing sky bars and then round the night off to the ultra-cool Bed Supperclub. To truly mix with Bangkok’s elite, experience the horse-racing at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club or take Sunday tea at the Oriental Hotel.

Guided tours make it easy to ensure you see all of Bangkok’s finest places during your stay. Trips to a floating market and a tour of its historic temples are high on most people’s lists, while a few hours relaxing in a spa is also essential.

Chiang MaiChiang Mai : As the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai is home to many historic attractions. Widely regarded as the north’s most pleasant city, Chiang Mai is also home to some fantastic resorts that mirror the Lanna style and offer the chance to live like royalty for a while.

For a genuinely clean and welcoming city that is dripping in culture, Chiang Mai is hard to top. Stroll through the ancient temples and admire the timeless style, cycle around the old town or drop by one of the coffee cafes.

Often voted one of the world’s finest cities to visit, Chiang Mai makes the most of its 700-year-old heritage. As well as the temples and museums, there is a thriving arts scene, bustling night bazaar and eye-poppingly beautiful resorts. The city’s relaxed vibe means many visitors stay here far longer than planned, occasionally making day trips out to the bohemian, arty town of Pai or the border town of Mae Hong Son.

PhuketPhuket : Thailand’s largest island is also its most glamorous. Located in the south of the country, Phuket is home to the jet-set crowd and multi-million dollar yachts. Its beaches draw visitors from around the world, making it one of Thailand’s top locations.Check in at a luxury resort such as the gorgeous Banyan Tree and then check out the island life. Hire a private speedboat and roar off to some of the smaller islands that envelope Phuket, then spend a day lounging on your very own beach. For a more sedate tour you even hire your own Chinese junk. Diving off Phuket is particularly good, and it’s possible to find your own personal instructor to explore the deep.

Once back on dry land, experience the opulence of Phuket’s spas, where natural surroundings are the perfect setting for a soothing massage. Phuket is a place for those who enjoy a touch of quality and beauty that is hard to find elsewhere.

Ko SamuiKo Samui : Coconut trees, afternoon cocktails and superb snorkelling – Ko Samui ticks all the boxes for a perfect island location. Set 700kms south of Bangkok, Thailand’s third-largest island is also one of its most lively. Its most popular beaches are Chaweng, Lamai, Choeng Mon and Maenam. With direct flights from Bangkok, Samui is a simple reach and an even simpler place to explore. The island’s interior remains untouched jungle but a ringroad runs around the coastline and gives easy access to all beaches. Activities include diving, shopping and fishing. Dining is especially good on Samui thanks to the abundance of quality restaurants, which offer versions of southern cuisine. These include rich Muslim curries, rice noodles and delicious desserts. Samui is popular with Thais and tourists alike due to its stunning beaches and island vibe. Options include relaxing on its famous beaches, trekking on elephants into the dense interior or kayaking around the 60-odd nearby islands.
Khao YaiKhao Yai : Waterfalls, dense jungle and wild elephants are just some of the attractions that await in Khao Yai National Park. Set in the north-east of Thailand and covering more than 2,000 sq kms, the park is home to tigers, Asiatic black bears, gibbons and crab-eating macaque. With the help of experienced guides, it’s possible to trek into the heart of the park and feel at one with nature. Some of Thailand’s highest waterfalls are in Khao Yai and are staggered over several tiers, making for superb photo opportunities. Various lodges and cabins are located within the park, meaning your stay can be comfortable and include nearly all the normal facilities you’d expect in a top hotel. Trek through the forest on the 50kms of hiking trails, which range from gentle to genuinely challenging. It’s also possible to go kayaking, experience a night safari or climb an observation tower for breathtaking dawn views of the grasslands and wildlife. For those who want a break from the islands and temples, Khao Yai is a must.
Chiang RaiChiang Rai : Up in the northern tip of Thailand is Chiang Rai, a small but interesting city that is home to the famous Golden Triangle. Once a major trading route, Chiang Rai today welcomes tourists who are keen to soak in its relaxed atmosphere. From here it’s possible to stand in Thailand and see Laos and Myanmar at the same time, as the mighty Mekong River joins all three countries together. Head out of the city to visit ethnic groups who make their homes in the surrounding hills and maintain their beliefs and agricultural lifestyle. Or jump on an elephant and take a ride through the forests. Some of Thailand’s best-known mountains are near Chiang Rai, and some come with well-maintained gardens and former Royal homes. Hire a driver for the day and let them show you the sights and explain the history. The city itself has many fine temples and good museums and these are easily explored on foot. Sleeping options include a handful of five-star options, some of which are set up in the mountains while others are closer to town.