Whilst we cannot physically transport you to our destinations themselves at present, we would like to offer you a little virtual escapism. We do hope that they will be a welcome distraction as we sit out these extraordinary times, and act as an inspiration for your next adventure.
In our fifteenth Isolation Escape we invite you to take a journey through Thailand, otherwise known as The Land of Smiles. Think beyond its infamous dreamy beaches, bursting with ancient monuments, notoriously good cuisine and bustling cities, there’s more to Thailand than meets the eye.
We begin our journey in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, gateway to its treasures of elaborate palaces, lively markets, ornate shrines and the boat-filled Chao Phraya River nourishing its network of canals – there’s a reason Bangkok has been termed ‘The Venice of The East’. From the sprawling Rattanakosin royal district, which boasts the lavish Grand Palace and the sacrosanct Wat Phra Kaew Temple to the frenetic street markets serving up the best, if not most elegant, noodles you’ve ever had, Bangkok is fascinating and fun in equal measure.
Comprising vast mountain ranges which feed the lowland’s mighty, Northern Thailand, poses opportunities at the other end of the spectrum from the country’s infamous full moon parties. With breath-taking trekking and climbing prospects, a wealth of wildlife, a colourful tribal culture and vibrant festivals, Northern Thailand is a place of peaceful tradition.
Celebrated for its natural beauty, idealistic white sand beaches and crystal waters, Thailand’s West Coast is a mecca for snorkelling and diving. Dotted with luxury resorts and destination spas, the region is also home to three national parks sitting amongst rolling hills which give way to its spectacular coastline. Offshore over 100 delightful, jungle draped islands peep out of the emerald water, surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs.
Half mountain, half ocean, Eastern Thailand is probably best known for its secluded bays and archetypal beach resorts. However, beyond the picture perfect beaches and luxury hotels, traditional fishing villages, national parks hiding shimmering waterfalls and noisy night markets await exploration. Its quiet beaches make East Thailand a favourite for families, it’s clear seas, for divers.
If you’d like to start planning a holiday to Thailand while waiting for this storm to pass, please drop us a line and we’ll be delighted to send you further information on Thailand’s infamous attractions and hidden gems.