The secret to Thailand's success is service - the discreet attention to detail, the delicate efficiency. Its legendary hospitality charms wherever you go in this richly diverse kingdom in the heart of south east Asia - a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. The Thai people themselves are as exquisitely engaging as their country.
From the dominating orchid-covered mountains and ancient jungles of the north to the secluded, coral-ringed tropical islands of the south, the terrain is consistently spectacular, as are the 31,000 ornate wats, Buddhist temples that have played a pivotal role in the development of Thai society, art, and morality since they first began to appear in the 10th century. One of the main attractions of a visit to Chiang Rai - the most northerly province in Thailand - for example, is the possibility of spending time with one of the resident hill tribes, whose skilled hands can quickly create a bespoke tailored silk suit or dress.
Today, the constitutional monarchy embraces a wealth of cultures and traditions and a stay here leaves you in no doubt as to why it’s known as ‘the land of smiles.’
Approximately 12 hours
Stopovers: Dubai, Doha, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur
|CLIMATE:||High temperatures and humidity levels are common throughout the year. The country is hottest between March and May, while monsoon season runs from June to October. The cool season, most favoured by visitors, runs from November to February.|
DESIGNER DETAILS BY CHARLOTTE HUDDERS
The culture in Thailand is so different, so positive – it’s known as ‘the land of smiles’, and it’s easy to see why. From the hustle and bustle in Bangkok with tuk tuks galore, the bright lights and noise is so energising. Counter this with the tranquil beaches and the incredible architecture of the grand palaces and temples… absolutely breathtaking, with such detail and precision, and you’ve got a fantastic destination that’s made to be experienced and explored.
CULINARY CUES BY NIGEL HAWORTH
With its Chinese influences, sweet and sour, salty and umami, fragrant yet punchy, Thai flavour’s hit all the right notes, garlic, galangal, coriander, coconut milk, lemongrass, shrimp paste, fish sauce and of course chillies it’s the land of sticky rice. Hot and spicy street food from Bangkok – Pad Thai (fried Noodles) crispy sweet caramelised pork, satays abound, spicy beef salads (Yam Nua) red and green curries.