Thailand Holidays

Yonder’s Thailand is like an unpredictable old friend. Ever reliable, full of surprises and fascinating to catch up with. A luxury Thailand holiday with Yonder is about so much more than a tropical paradise. Thailand a country with spectacular culture, a long and distinguished history of independence and monarchy.

It’s also home to one of the world’s oldest rainforests, the legendary golden triangle where the mighty Mekong River runs wild, and some of the most beautiful beaches imaginable.

Of course, it would be a mistake to suggest that some parts of Thailand have not suffered from the explosion of mass tourism there.

But for Yonder, it is still a country that richly rewards those prepared to venture along the road less travelled. The country is home to a dazzling array of hotels. The secret is knowing which Thailand luxury hotels to choose.

At heart, we at Yonder still have an affinity with those 1970s hippies who pioneered many of Thailand’s most idyllic destinations. Secretly, there’s a part of us that would still like to wear a beard and some beads and dwell in a beach shack beside an untrodden crescent of exquisite palm-fringed sand.

But of course as we have matured and become more sophisticated (that’s what you love about us, after all!), so have our tastes. And because we know this country better than most, having travelled its diverse regions for decades, we will transport you to a Thailand that still retains the fresh, unspoiled wonder of those early backpacker days – but with lashings of sophisticated refinements on the side.

With Yonder, you won’t risk falling foul of the awful mediocrity that is rife in so many mass tourism destinations. Instead, on your luxury Thailand travels, you will discover the dazzling tropical tranquility that first drew those happy hippies back in the 1970s, coupled with an elegant and dedicated approach to life’s refined pleasures that still makes Thailand special.

And of course we are not only taking about beaches, glorious though some of them undoubtedly are. Bangkok is a frenetic capital that has a distinctive vibe and is home to some of Thailand’s greatest cultural treasures. As part of your Thailand luxury holiday with Yondr, perhaps jump on a plane and go north to reach the stunning hill country that characterises the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers. The little city of Chiang Rai, with its relaxed atmosphere, good-value accommodation and great local food, is pure Yonder territory.

And turning south again we head to Surat Thani province, where a number of Yonders’ greatest gems can be found. The jaw-dropping Khao Sok rainforest, the oldest parts dating back 160 million years, has only recently made it onto the tourist trail but remains largely untrammelled. Listen to the song of the gibbons as your relax afloat upon a vast lake within the national park.

A couple of hours drive further south, and you’ll reach the all but unknown beaches of Khanom with their A-list residents, the endangered pink dolphins.

To the east, is the Yonder string of Thailand luxury travel pearls: The islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Whilst parts of Samui have now been sullied by commercialisation, it is also the setting for some of the most superlative luxury designer hotels we have ever enjoyed, while Koh Phangan and Koh Tao still retain the castaway credentials that make them paradise Thailand holiday islands.

If you only do three things in Thailand…

Lower yourself onto a longtail boat on the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok and go exploring in the klongs (canals) that run off the sides of the river. It’s a different world.

Venture out onto the lake at Khao Sok to be awed by the sheer limestone cliffs that plunge into the water and the haunting song of the gibbons.

Collapse into a beanbag on a legendary beach in Koh Phangan and soak up the laid-back tropical island atmosphere. It’s like a scene from The Beach.

So much to explore in Thailand

In each of Yonder’s main destinations, we have selected a range of highlights you might like to include in your personalised Yonder trip.

Whether they are fabled regions, resorts or cities, single destinations or entire itineraries, these are the Yonder ingredients we know will help you begin to piece together the ideal trip…

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Khao Sok

Sometimes we’re in such a hurry to get to where we think we want to go, we miss out on new and memorable experiences. So it was for us with Khao Sok. Because this stunning national park is within easy striking distance of the likes of Koh Samui and Phuket, you can easily pass it by. Oh what a mistake! Until we took the road less travelled.

  • Go exploring in the rainforest with an expert guide. Believe us, hiking through this ancient forest is no mere walk in the woods.
  • A thrilling way to experience the magic of Khao Sok is tubing down the Sok River. 
  • Canoeing on Cheow Lan lake is an easy way of exploring the national park

 

Koh Tao

It’s a tiny island but Koh Tao sure is big on experience. And that starts with the journey there, as this far-flung gem is quite a ride across the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Siam, taking around two hours by ferry from Koh Samui. But let’s face it, when you’re journeying down the road less travelled, that’s a short hop in the grand scheme of things!

  • Go on a night dive – you’ll be awed as the underwater world goes about its night time business.
  • The picture postcard islands of Koh Nang Yuan are just 10 minutes by longtail boat. 
  • Fall into a beanbag at a beach bar as the sun sets and cradle a Singha beer.

Koh Phangan

Ah, Koh Phangan! It is an emerald casually cast into the Bay of Siam, exquisite but rough-hewn. And it will always have a special place in our hearts as the setting for one of the most exquisite beaches we have ever had the delight of discovering.

  • Take a hiking trip through the jungle to visit Koh Phangan’s beautiful waterfalls.
  • Explore the many idyllic bays and beaches on an all-day boat trip.
  • Visit Ko Maa off the northwest coast. It offers some of the best snorkeling on the island.

Koh Samui

Once a remote tropical island, with a couple of thatched pavilions as its airport terminal, Koh Samui is now a colossus on the Thai beach scene. The backpackers who first put the island on the map, have long since been replaced by wheelie pullers. And the bamboo beach shacks have given way to some phenomenal Koh Samui luxury hotels.

  • Choeng Mon beach is amongst the finest on the island, with perfect white powdery sand. 
  • No trip is complete without a visit to Big Buddha. The golden statue seated on a 12m plinth is the island’s most revered site.
  • You’ll have a giggle at Hin Ta and Yin Ya. It’s a rock formation that is decidedly phallic.

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is a name, that can make the hairs on the back of the neck stand on end. It is the frontier to the Golden Triangle, the legendary intersection between Thailand, Laos and Burma where the mighty Mekong river flows. It's super remote, intensely mysterious and achingly beautiful.

  • Experience the Ruak and Mekong in a longtail boat to get a different perspective of the Golden Triangle.
  • The Hall of Opium museum is an absolute must visit. 
  • Go into the spectacular countryside to mingle with local tribes, encounter the wildlife and experience the rugged terrain.

Bangkok

Bangkok is bursting with energy and bubbling with diverse culture. It’s one of those extraordinary and evocative global cities that surprises you at every turn. Within the frenetic comings and goings and amongst the towering infrastructure you’ll find charming night markets, tiny Buddhist shrines and an authentic daily life.

  • Get up early, brave the crowds and visit the Grand Palace. 
  • Go to Chatuchak market. It’s a never ending maze of booths, stalls and shops.
  • Take a private longtail on the klongs (canals) that run off the sides of the Chao Phraya river. 
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An itinerary designed just for you!

Here at Yonder we have devised some exciting itineraries that will illustrate just what amazing journeys you could enjoy through Yonder’s exciting far-away destinations.

Of course every one of Yonder’s clients is a unique individual and we only create personalised itineraries that reflect those personal desires and wishes. So your Yonder journey will be as individual as you are. But to help you envisage just what amazing adventures might be possible, we have devised sample itineraries that we are confident will inspire you. You only have to pick up the phone to explore how any one of these ideas might be adapted to create your own perfect journey Yonder.

So many great options over Yonder!

Whether you are looking for the perfect hotel stay or to create an exciting itinerary tailored just for you, every last detail of your trip with Yonder is carefully crafted, including hand-picked hotels that we adore ourselves

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We love to chat. Give us a call to chat through your ideas and wishes. We will make a few suggestions based on our first-hand experience and together we will build your perfect holiday.

Call an Escapologist 0203 880 8585

Thoughts on a postcard

The people always smile, the food is sublime and the diversity is astounding. We’ve stayed cocooned within an envelope of perfection, our blissful days of Thailand luxury travel a continuum of exploration, relaxation and unashamed hedonism.

A NOTE ON PRICE

Yonder holidays to Thailand typically cost from £1,600 per person excluding international flights. All of our experiences include the services of a private chauffeurs and guides along with exquisite accommodation hand-picked by us.

The costs can vary based on hotel selected, season, room type and board basis. All our holidays are tailor-made and can be created around your budget.

INCLUDED
All of our holidays include private transfers and guides, hand-picked hotels and the peace of mind that Yonder is available 24/7 whilst you are abroad.
LANGUAGE
The official language is Thai. In all but the most remote areas people speak enough English to get by
CURRENCY
The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht. Banks and ATMs are available throughout the country. Credit Cards can be used in all hotels featured by Yonder.
FLIGHT FROM
London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow
FOOD & DRINK
Thai cuisine has infinite variety; it’s very inexpensive; and whether you dine in a five-star luxury Thailand hotel restaurant, a neighborhood family café or a flimsy street stall, it’s next to impossible to have a bad meal.

All of the hotels that Yonder features serve excellent international food.
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEPT
OCT
NOV
DEC
Average Temperature
27°c / 80°f
Rainfall
10mm
Water Temperature
28°c
Events
New Year is enthusiastically celebrated and is peak season in Thailand
Average Temperature
28°c
Rainfall
10mm
Water Temperature
28°c
Events
Chinese New Year falls in early February
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
50mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
March is the best month to see whale sharks when diving or snorkeling in the waters off Koh Tao and Koh Phangan
Average Temperature
31°c
Rainfall
110mm
Water Temperature
30°c
Events
Songkran, or Water Festival, is the most celebrated holiday in Thailand and is usually in the second week of April
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
180mm
Water Temperature
30°c
Events
Visakha Bucha day celebrates Buddha's life, enlightenment and death
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
180mm
Water Temperature
30°c
Events
The popular Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan falls around the middle of the month
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
180mm
Water Temperature
30°c
Events
King Vajiralongkorn is revered in Thailand and his birthday on 28 July is a public holiday
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
170mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
The Queen others birthday, which also doubles and Thai Mothers Day, falls on 12 August
Average Temperature
29°c
Rainfall
220mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
The end of September see the start of the rainy season in the Gulf of Thailand
Average Temperature
29°c
Rainfall
190mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
There is a public holiday to mark the passing of the late King who was loved by the nation
Average Temperature
28°c
Rainfall
40mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
November is typically the end of the rainy season on the west coast of Thailand
Average Temperature
26°c
Rainfall
10mm
Water Temperature
28°c
Events
Christmas and New Year are the super peak periods in Thailand
Thoughts on a postcard

The people always smile, the food is sublime and the diversity is astounding. We’ve stayed cocooned within an envelope of perfection, our blissful days of Thailand luxury travel a continuum of exploration, relaxation and unashamed hedonism.

A NOTE ON PRICE

Yonder holidays to Thailand typically cost from £1,600 per person excluding international flights. All of our experiences include the services of a private chauffeurs and guides along with exquisite accommodation hand-picked by us.

The costs can vary based on hotel selected, season, room type and board basis. All our holidays are tailor-made and can be created around your budget.

INCLUDED
All of our holidays include private transfers and guides, hand-picked hotels and the peace of mind that Yonder is available 24/7 whilst you are abroad.
LANGUAGE
The official language is Thai. In all but the most remote areas people speak enough English to get by
CURRENCY
The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht. Banks and ATMs are available throughout the country. Credit Cards can be used in all hotels featured by Yonder.
FLIGHT FROM
London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow
FOOD & DRINK
Thai cuisine has infinite variety; it’s very inexpensive; and whether you dine in a five-star luxury Thailand hotel restaurant, a neighborhood family café or a flimsy street stall, it’s next to impossible to have a bad meal.

All of the hotels that Yonder features serve excellent international food.
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEPT
OCT
NOV
DEC
Average Temperature
27°c / 80°f
Rainfall
10mm
Water Temperature
28°c
Events
New Year is enthusiastically celebrated and is peak season in Thailand
Average Temperature
28°c
Rainfall
10mm
Water Temperature
28°c
Events
Chinese New Year falls in early February
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
50mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
March is the best month to see whale sharks when diving or snorkeling in the waters off Koh Tao and Koh Phangan
Average Temperature
31°c
Rainfall
110mm
Water Temperature
30°c
Events
Songkran, or Water Festival, is the most celebrated holiday in Thailand and is usually in the second week of April
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
180mm
Water Temperature
30°c
Events
Visakha Bucha day celebrates Buddha's life, enlightenment and death
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
180mm
Water Temperature
30°c
Events
The popular Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan falls around the middle of the month
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
180mm
Water Temperature
30°c
Events
King Vajiralongkorn is revered in Thailand and his birthday on 28 July is a public holiday
Average Temperature
30°c
Rainfall
170mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
The Queen others birthday, which also doubles and Thai Mothers Day, falls on 12 August
Average Temperature
29°c
Rainfall
220mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
The end of September see the start of the rainy season in the Gulf of Thailand
Average Temperature
29°c
Rainfall
190mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
There is a public holiday to mark the passing of the late King who was loved by the nation
Average Temperature
28°c
Rainfall
40mm
Water Temperature
29°c
Events
November is typically the end of the rainy season on the west coast of Thailand
Average Temperature
26°c
Rainfall
10mm
Water Temperature
28°c
Events
Christmas and New Year are the super peak periods in Thailand

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