The tang of mango and pineapple, the pep of chilli and basil, the smoothness of coconut, the sweet scents of jasmine garlands and temple incense and the luxury finishes of teak and silk. Thailand is an unforgettable sensory experience that has visitors returning again and again.

Packed with value for any budget, and with adventures to suit any speed of enjoyment, Thailand remains one of our hottest destinations. Whether it’s opulent temples and palaces, romantic beachside cocktails at sunset with warm sand between your toes, or blissful spa indulgences, Thailand has it all. Paradise for foodies, Thai cuisine never disappoints, whether it’s a street stall or a top restaurant. With an unsurpassed choice of international entry points and some of the world’s great hotel and resort properties, the ease of travel and unerring hospitality are hard to beat.

Vibrant Bangkok can be a decadent stopover or reward the traveller who takes time to explore its golden Buddhas and glittering palaces. Venture a short distance north to the historic World Heritage ruins of the old Siamese capital, Ayuthaya.

Fly or take an overnight train further north to Chiang Mai for overland adventures, white water rafting, jungle and hill tribe trekking, or mountain bike and motorcycle tours. Master aromatic Thai cuisine in a cooking class or discover temples and monasteries and learn meditation. Relax and cool off in the verdant highlands.

The south boasts the glistening beach paradises of Koh Samui and Phuket, with their coconut groves and warm, tranquil seas. Tuck into spicy seafood delicacies and sweet tropical fruits. Tour the emerald waters and dramatic limestone cliffs of the Western coast, plunge into water sports and the huge variety of outdoor activities, from horse riding to yoga. Or just recline on the sands with a good book.

Best time travel to Thailand

Warm year round, high season is the cooler, dry months between November and March, but temperatures can still reach the low thirties. Christmas and New Year are the busiest times with the highest rates.

Monsoon season from July to October can be very wet. Some smaller islands are not accessible.

Most nationalities don’t need a visa for stays of less than 15 days if entering overland, or 30 days if entering by air with an onward ticket. A tourist visa for up to 60 days is available by applying to the Thai consulate.

Flights from Australia are available to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui ,Chiang Mai, and other airports.

Thailand’s Must do’s

Enliven your tired body with an expert Thai massage.

Take an elephant ride through a jungle paradise.

Paddle the calm waters around the cliffs of Ao Phang-Nga.

Photograph the jewel colours of Thailand – the pinks and purples of orchids and lotus flowers, gold capped temples, smiling monks in saffron robes, turquoise seas and white sands.

Shop for luxurious silks.

Lunch on charcoal grilled free range chicken at a street stall with fresh green papaya, chilli and lime salad.

Find a shady spot to enjoy the quietude of an historic temple.

Splash out at a six star resort for world class service and cuisine.

Dance on the beach under the full moon.