Thailand holidays have long been a favourite for well-heeled nomads and the first port of call for curious hedonists. But there's more to Thailand than full moon beach parties, ladyboys and Bangkok cabarets. A tropical patchwork of pearly beaches, tangled jungles, peaceful temples and sincere locals, a trip to Thailand from South Africa is a rite of passage for all travellers.
Positioned along the Indochinese Peninsula and dotted with castaway islands, Thailand is where where minds unfold and bodies unwind. Honeymooners, bargain hunters and adventurers love Thailand for its postcard-perfect beaches, labyrinthine markets, exotic nightlife and aromatic cuisine.
Savour street food in Bangkok, explore the ruins of Ayutthaya, and soak up the idyll of cerulean waters hopping from one island to another. Known as the "Land of Smiles", trips to Thailand from South Africa will leave you smiling.
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The best time to book a Thailand holiday is between May and August
For cooler and drier weather, book a trip to Thailand from South Africa between November and April
Thailand holidays are best suited to couples, families with teenagers and groups of friends
Phuket is a must-see, must-experience Thai destination
Travellers looking for a less crowded island experience on holiday in Thailand will appreciate the beachfront cafes and unspoiled shoreline of Koh Samui
Big Buddha - Marvel at the artistry and magnitude of this mammoth statue.
Bangla Road Nightlife - Dance until the sun comes up along famous Bangla Road.
Old Phuket Town - Ornate shops, temples and colonial mansions take you back in time.
Koh Phi Phi - Explore a small archipelago of six tropical islands in Thailand.
Koh Nang Yuan - Go diving and snorkeling at Koh Nang Yuan.
Railay - Explore overhanging caves and crevices, home to curious monkeys.
Phuket - Discover Thailand's most popular island.
Koh Samui - Take an underwater scooter and cruise the coral at your leisure.
Amphawa - Explore the floating markets of the "Venice of the East".
Koh Phangan - Dance beneath the full moon on famous Hadarin Beach.
Chiang Mai - Explore elaborate temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand's cultural heart.
Phra Nakhol Khiri National Park - Discover the "Holy City Hill" in a historical park in Thailand.
Pre-book your main activities and excursions if you plan to go on holiday in Thailand during the peak season
Day tours and weather-dependent activities can be booked once you're there
All inclusive Thailand holiday packages are cost effective and convenient for groups of friends or travelling families
Give yourself options to eat out and enjoy the local cuisine of Pad Thai, colourful curries, and rice dishes
Getting around is easy with Thailand's taxis and tuk-tuks, but use the Skytrain in Bangkok to avoid traffic
Grab a map, hire a scooter and explore Phuket's secret beaches: Ao Sane Beach, Banana Beach and Nui Beach are three lesser-known gems
Patong will feed your need for retail therapy and late night parties in Phuket
Take cash to Thailand's local markets and don't be shy to haggle for a better price
Taking photos of Buddha is frowned upon
Wearing bikinis in the street is considered disrespectful
Pack light clothing and comfortable shoes, and don't forget hats, sunblock and bug spray