Clear, blue waters, white sand, swaying palm trees and a bungalow on the beach... this is an ideal recipe for a holiday in paradise. Come and explore Thailand's beautiful southern islands, relax in the sun and try some of the special Thai food this region is famous for. These are just some of the pleasures that await you on this exploration of the Thailand's beautiful beaches.
Days 1-2 Bangkok
Fast-paced and fascinating, Bangkok's chaotic streets are a traveller's delight. Head out to Wat Arun, the 'Temple of the Dawn', to see its ornate Khmer-style tower. Take the overnight train to Surat Thani.
For trips May-Oct (East Coast)... Days 3-4 Ko Pha-Ngan
Chilled out and picturesque, this island getaway is the perfect place to escape for an idyllic beach break. Wander through fishing villages, discover temples or swim under refreshing waterfalls.
Days 5-6 Ko Tao
Soak up the best of beach life on the white, sandy shores of Ko Tao. Snorkel or scuba along reefs teeming with colourful fish, or relax on the beach under swaying coconut palms.
Days 7-9 Ko Samui
Get ready for more long, white beaches, ancient temples and cooling waterfalls - but this time with the addition of a lively nightlife. Take a day trip to Thailand's largest national marine park, home to the beautiful Emerald Lake. There's the option to head out on a sea-canoeing trip or, if that seems like too much hard work, simply relax with a cocktail on the beach.
For trips Nov-Apr (West Coast)... Days 3-4 Ao Nang/Krabi
Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Krabi before taking a snorkelling day trip to Phi Phi Island.
Days 5-6 Ko Yao Noi
Sail around the bay's spectacular limestone cliffs and islands before pulling on a mask for more fantastic snorkelling.
Days 7-9 Phuket
Take a refreshing dip in a waterfall en route to Phuket's Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. There is so much to see and do on Thailand's largest island. Bungee jump, go deep-sea fishing, take in a cabaret show or kick back with a cocktail for a seaside sunset.