Destinations

Thailand Destination Guide: Paradise Realized

It isn’t easy to scoop Thailand up and package it in a neat little box. From the pumping disco scene on the beaches of Phuket to full moon parties on far-flung islands, little pieces of paradise south of Phi Phi and high-end resorts strung along the east – Thailand has a different taste of paradise for all. Those setting sail and seeking warm waters of the Indian Ocean, shady bamboo groves and scenes straight out of Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach, can cast a glance across our guide for navigating the coconut sugar waters of Thailand.

Six Senses Yao Noi

Where to Stay

If you’re feeling the need to be pampered surrounded by heavenly frangipani spas, then Koh Yao Noi is an island brimming with high-end resorts. More specifically, head to the Six Senses Yao Noi and let nature’s luxury become your personal playground with its plentiful butterfly gardens, honey-colored beaches, preserved wildlife and Zen Garden Spa. One of the world’s most spectacular seascapes, the magical Phang Nga Bay, beautifully sets the stage for this island resort, while the secluded villas are engulfed by lush greenery and complete with a private swimming pool for the ultimate romantic hideaway. The thatched-roof suites offer a sensual indoor-outdoor experience, where an abundance of natural light and panoramic island views add a special ambiance to your stay.

Our Thailand Destination Guide also includes a Luxury Hotel Guide with a detailed list of options across the country. 

Blue Elephant

Where to Dine

Everyone will rave about Blue Elephant in Phuket – and for good reason. Now with a dozen restaurants across the globe, the menu invites diners on a journey through the history of Thai cuisine, melding ancient Phuketian techniques with bright fresh flavors, such as sea bass soaked in lime. The well-known restaurant brand specializes in Royal Thai cuisine, a rich and exotic combination of flavor created exclusively for the Royal Palace, and each dish has a unique story behind it or a family that’s developed and refined it over generations. Housed within one of the island’s most striking palaces, a stunning Sino-Portuguese mansion that once housed the Governor, Blue Elephant offers the rare opportunity to dive into authentic local cuisine while immersed in an opulent old-world setting in the heart of Phuket Old Town.

In addition to our Thailand Destination Guide, take a look at our Restaurant Guide for the most memorable fine dining experiences across the country.

Koh Yao Noi Islands

Yacht Charter

As one of Asia’s most popular travel destinations, there’s no shortage of upscale tourism in Thailand. Between the jungle-topped islands, rocky peninsulas, limestone cliffs, azure waters, white-sand beaches and tranquil bays, Thailand is a dream yacht charter destination. The natural paradise allows for memorable experiences in the form of world-famous dive spots, national parks, exotic underwater, as well as surfing and kiteboarding. At the same time, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the very best cultural activities and varied cuisine that this Southeast Asian country has to offer – from some of the world’s hottest travel destinations to the tranquil fishing settlements that are well off the beaten path.

Take a look at our Thailand Yacht Charter Itinerary for a comprehensive 7-day trip where you can experience the very best that the country has to offer.

Baba Nest

What to Do

Starting in Phuket to get a taste of Thailand’s craziness, there may be throngs of tourists here to soak up the 30-degree heat, but with the calm sanctuary of your own yacht and the freedom to touch down at neighboring islands you can find your own string of green and gold gems. Kayaking the sea caves of Phang Nga Bay is a must for anyone craving limestone cliffs and lagoons. Head south to Phi Phi Leh, whose shimmering closed off lagoon was the featured star in The Beach. This National Park is utterly uninhabited, except for the guards who patrol to protect the verdant bloom of flora and fauna. The iced white beach, dense jungle and bright coral coordinate to be exactly the reason people choose Thailand as a place to see paradise.

Bond lovers will fall hard for the chance to plunge into the emerald waters of Khao Phing Kan. The island here is featured in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’. The famous rock pinnacle with its mysterious caves is fascinating to see. While in the area, take the tender to Koh Panyee, a traditional fishing village on stilts. Back in Phuket and those wanting to sip something cold and strong with rooftop views can find their pleasure at Baba Nest at Sri Panwa. The Baba Pool Club offers elegant views across the Andaman Sea, where the piña coladas are tall and pretty and the sunken seats around the pool are perfect for drying off after a dip.

Lao Lading Island

What to Pack

Any trip to Thailand encompasses everything from buzzing bars and soft golden beaches to magnificent Buddhist temples dating back many centuries. To start, a quality pair of sunglasses is perhaps the ultimate essential for any visit to Thailand. Glamorous yet versatile, these Givenchy Tortoiseshell Acetate Square-Frame Sunglasses are a superb choice to protect your vision for the duration of your stay. Meanwhile, you’ll certainly want a pair of slip-on slides for all the walking you’ll be doing, such as these A.Emery Benni Leather Sandals. With a modern, minimalistic look to them, the pair offers slender straps with square-shaped toe for maximum comfort. In Thailand, it’s customary that you remove your shoes before entering sacred spaces, so slip-ons can be your best friend.

Jodie Oakes

Jodie Oakes is a seasoned writer with continuously itchy feet and a love of the finer things in life. With a passion for penning perfect content, she explores the globe, forever seeking out the next story.

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