We are already two thirds of the way through 2023 and if you have yet to take your annual leave, you still have time to enjoy a few weeks somewhere exotic and if you are unsure where to go, here are some compelling reasons to choose Thailand.

  1. Tropical paradise – Most of us dream of walking barefoot on white sandy beaches, with clear blue waters and coconut trees; the kind of setting you find at a top-rated Phuket resort, where you can enjoy 5-star luxury. There are direct flights to Phuket, which is super-convenient, as you don’t have to change flights in Bangkok. Search online for top-rated Phuket resorts and make an advanced booking for your 2023 holiday.  
  2. Low cost of living – Thailand is much cheaper than any developed nation, with delicious street food that costs a couple of dollars; the only thing that isn’t cheap is usually imported. Travel is cheap, as are textiles and you are probably wise to bring a minimum of casual wear, as you can buy T-shirts and shorts much cheaper at your destination. We recommend bartering in markets and with street vendors, as most are happy to give a small discount.
  3. Great weather – If you are a sun-lover, there are more sunshine hours in the south of Thailand than almost anywhere else! Of course, there is a rainy season (June to October) and the high season in the Thai winter is the most popular time, from November to February. Even when it rains, the sun comes out shortly after and everything is dry. No need to pack warm clothing when holidaying in Thailand.
  4. Colourful Thai culture – Wherever you decide to holiday in Thailand, the locals are always friendly and accommodating; Thailand is one of the safest countries to visit and everyone remarks on the friendliness and great hospitality they receive. You can enjoy local markets where everything is for sale at ridiculous prices, you might end up buying a lot more than souvenirs! Here are a few tips if you are in Bangkok with kids.
  5. Ultimate rest & relaxation – Staying at a top-rated Phuket resort means you can recharge your batteries while enjoying a luxury beachfront setting. Thai resorts have everything a guest could possibly need, with a resident spa and massage service, a sauna and a couple of swimming pools. If you are an avid golfer, you can play in the early mornings; there are world-class courses all within driving distance of Phuket town. When you don’t fancy doing anything, you can lounge poolside and enjoy your favourite cocktail.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is the place to go for up-to-date information on every region of the country and with some planning, your Thai holiday will be memorable for all the right reasons. If you can travel at short notice, there are some great last-minute deals to be had; do check online whether or not your nationality receives a visa on arrival or visa exception.