Top 10 Luxury Thailand Experiences

From its street food to its fascinating sites – and its amazing affordability, it’s no wonder why Thailand is so popular!

Thailand may be incredibly affordable, especially for the South African traveller, but it’s not short on luxury. In fact, there are some incredible 5-star luxury holidays to be enjoyed throughout Thailand, a destination filled with truly special resorts and getaways for every traveller. 

Here are our top 10 luxury holiday experiences to enjoy when booking your Thailand package for 2023 and beyond:

1. Phi Phi Islands Adventure Day Trip

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Thailand is to take a day trip to the Phi Phi Islands. The islands are located in the Andaman Sea and are known for their stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and lush jungle foliage. There are a variety of tour operators that offer day trips to the islands, which typically include round-trip transportation, lunch, and snorkelling gear – making it a truly all-inclusive luxury experience. 

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2. Luxury Boat Trip to James Bond Islands

If luxury is what you’re after, consider taking a private boat trip to the James Bond Islands. The islands, which were featured in the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun”, are located in Phang Nga Bay and are known for their limestone cliffs and dramatic scenery. Make sure you snap a few ‘Instaworthy’ photos! 

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3. Phang Nga Bay Sea Cave Canoeing

Another way to experience the beauty of Phang Nga Bay is to go sea cave canoeing. This activity involves paddling through a series of caves and tunnels that have been carved into the limestone cliffs by the waves. There are a number of tour operators that offer sea cave canoeing tours, which Thompsons can recommend and arrange for you. 

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4. Floating Market Tour of Thailand

A floating market is a type of market that is held on a river or canal where vendors sell goods from boats. The floating markets of Thailand are a popular tourist attraction and offer a unique way to experience Thai culture. We highly recommend doing this incredible experience in Bangkok. 

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5. Guided Phuket City Tour

Phuket City is the capital of Phuket Province and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. The city is home to a number of temples, museums, shops, and restaurants. A guided tour means you’ll get the inside view of one of Thailand’s most unique and best-loved cities. 

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6. Elephant Sanctuary Tour - Sustainable and Responsible

An elephant sanctuary is a facility where elephants live in a natural environment without being subjected to overbearing tourism or other forms of exploitation. There are a number of elephant sanctuaries in Thailand that offer sustainable and responsible elephant tours, and are aligned to our ethical animal interaction standards as set out by The Treadright Foundation.  

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7. Angthong Marine Park Sunset Tour

 Angthong Marine Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. The park is home to a stunning array of coral reefs, mangroves, and tropical fish. Visitors can enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, and kayaking in the clear waters of the park. The best time to visit is during sunset, when the colours of the sky and water are simply breathtaking. 

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8. Phuket Jet Ski Tour

The Phuket Jet Ski Tour is a must-do for thrill seekers visiting Thailand. Visitors will enjoy an exhilarating ride on a jet ski as they zip around the island of Phuket. The tour also includes stops at some of the most popular beaches on the island, where you can enjoy a swim in crystal-clear waters or a lazy afternoon on the white-sand beaches.  

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9. Koh Samui Quad Bike Tour

The Koh Samui Quad Bike Tour is a great way to explore the island of Koh Samui and gives adventurous travellers a bit of an adrenalin rush! Visitors will enjoy an exciting ride on a quad bike, as they wind their way through the jungle and beaches of the island. The tour also includes stops at some of the most popular attractions on Koh Samui, such as Wat Plai Laem temple and Big Buddha statue. 

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10. Bangkok City Tour

 The Bangkok City Tour is a great way to see some of the city's most popular sights. The tour includes stops at iconic landmarks such as Wat Arun temple and Grand Palace. Other highlights include riding a traditional tuk tuk and bargaining at a local market. TH Blog image 93

Thailand is certainly a destination where luxury equals rich experiences. And while there are plenty of incredible 5-star resorts to enjoy – complete with full board dining – the fullness of your luxury Thailand holiday is all about discovering the places and activities that will enhance your total experience. Browse our Thailand packages now and start planning your trip.  

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