Asia + The Middle East Thailand idyllic beaches, lush jungle, diverse landscapes, fascinating culture, traditional markets From the stunning beaches and magnificent karst islands of the south to the lush jungle and verdant rice paddies in the north, Thailand’s diverse landscapes, excellent infrastructure, sublime cuisine and extremely hospitable people justifiably make it one of the most visited countries in Asia. That said, if you know where to go and which properties to pick, it’s still very easy to get off the beaten track and experience what first enticed travelers to this intoxicating country. Many travellers come to Thailand for its idyllic beaches, which enjoy world-class accommodation, often at excellent value, but there is plenty more to attract the visitor. Bangkok is a thrusting Asian metropolis – where skyscrapers, shopping malls and boutique shops jostle with Buddhist wats and traditional markets. In the north, Thailand’s second city – Chiang Mai – is the undisputed cultural capital, the gateway to fascinating hill tribe cultures and the forests and waterways of the infamous Golden Triangle. Whether you want to relax on the world’s finest beaches or delve into one of Asia’s most interesting cultures, we make a difference is by knowing the style and character of each hotel and destination. Our handpicked guides and specialised tours are tailored to your interest and help you to make the most of your time in this fascinating country. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. A Day of Fun with the Elephants "Is there anything more glorious than waking up to elephants roaming around beneath you?" One of our clients, Diana Lacy believes there is not. She spent an extraordinary day riding and bathing elephants in Thailand. Find out more The many sides to Thailand Sabrina has travelled many times to Thailand to fulfil her passion to learn more about the Thai culture. On this particular trip she met with the ethnic elders of a small village to understand more about the Khmer ruins in Northern Thailand. Find out more Fascinating discoveries in Thailand Sara Cator had never travelled to Thailand before, and with only a short amount of time to spend, she and her daughter explored everything from a Thai boxing class to tasting exotic foods in market in China Town. Find out more An introduction to Thailand Isobel took her first trip to Thailand with cazenove+loyd, she had no idea what the country would be like and was blown away by the sights, sounds and smells. Her highlight of the trip was taking part in local cooking lesson, where she learnt the art of Thai cuisine. Find out more A LUXURY RETREAT IN THAILAND At cazenove+loyd we like to try out the hotels before we recommend them to our clients. This is exactly what Alex Townsend before Six Senses opened the doors to the Koh Yao Noi island retreat. She fell in love with the first class resort and how it was so utterly peaceful and relaxing. Find out more ‘you never forget how to ride a bike’ Alex Wix, head of the Asia department undertook a research trip to find interesting activities for our clients. One of her hidden gems she found was a privately guided tour of Bangkok by bicycle. She explored many areas where tourists very rarely visit. Find out more Elephant Heaven Chloe Fox enjoyed a very special experience while on holiday in the Golden Triangle - meeting the elephants of Thailand. She washed, fed and learnt to talk to the elephants and even shared a place at the breakfast table with her new found friends. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Amanpuri, Phuket Phuket’s Amanpuri was the very first Aman hotel in the world but despite this, it is still looking fresh faced and has undergone constant refurbishments. Located on a stunning headland on the west coast of Phuket, this exclusive boutique hotel blends in perfectly to its surroundings set amongst coconut palms, boasting one of the islands… Find out more Mandarin Oriental Bangkok The Mandarin Oriental has long been a favourite of c+l and we consistently receive excellent feedback for the impeccable service. As the capital’s ‘Grand Dame’, the hotel attracts discerning travellers, A-listers and even royalty, with the opulence of the rooms and suites reflecting this. HIGHLIGHTS Some of the best service we have experienced in all… Find out more Soneva Kiri, Koh Kut Set on the tropical island of Koh Kut, we feel that Soneva Kiri unequivocally lives up to its reputation as being the ultimate in low-key, barefoot luxury. Renowned for its superb service and food, Soneva Kiri is incredibly stylish and has a commitment to being environmentally conscious in every detail. We love the understated design… Find out more Four Seasons Tented Camp, Golden Triangle In the heart of the Golden Triangle, amid a spectacular backdrop where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet, the Four Seasons camp is the ultimate in tented luxury. We feel the camp is the perfect place for adventurous adults, as there is a vast amount to do including elephant trekking, cooking classes, bird watching and excursions… Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Exploring Bangkok by bicycle Easy to overlook when the historical area and vibrant, bustling cosmopolitan centre are just metres away is Bangkok’s “other face”. Some of the most interesting and fun parts about the city are in the back streets where the locals get on with their day-to-day routine. As long as you are with one of our expert guides who won’t get you into any hairy situations, the best way to explore this side of the city is by bicycle. Find out more Kick Boxing Lesson If you enjoy sports we highly recommend that you have a Thai kick-boxing class whilst in Thailand. Not only is it an extremely good way to get the heart pumping, but it is also very interesting as it offers an insight into a sport which has been a huge part of Thai culture for hundreds of years. Find out more Explore Bangkok Bangkok is the pulse of modern Asia, incorporating the old with the new. The city is bustling and vibrant with so much to explore; great night markets, delicious cuisine and of course the famous red light district. Find out more The Golden Triangle Connecting Thailand, Laos and Burma, exploring the Golden Triangle on the Mekong river gives a fascinating insight into Asian culture and also provides an incredible adventure. Find out more Location We know Thailand better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Thailand Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go There are two distinct seasons for those wanting the best beach destinations in Thailand. November to March is best for the West coast beaches and Bangkok, February to July for the East coast. Bangkok is an important regional hub which means that Thailand combines well with Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Indonesia. Meet the Team Asia + The Middle East Venetia Chris Penny Florence Auriole We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.