Thailand

Blessed with picturesque peaks in the north, idyllic islands in the south, and Bangkok, the kinetic capital in between, Thailand continues to astonish. Into the bargain, Thailand remains affordable. For visitors the crime rate is low and the fun factor is high.

GREAT FOR

Beaches, Temples, Food, Shopping, Spas, Eco-tourism

WHEN TO GO

Thailand’s tropical climate is divided into three seasons that could be called hot, very hot, and pretty hot with a chance of rain. How they boil down is like this. From November to early February is the cooler and most hospitable season. The sweltering season, with temperatures rising to 35-Celsius plus, runs from February to April, while the soggy season goes from around June to October (September tends to the rainiest month). Even the low season attracts many visitors, drawn by the cheaper prices for accommodations, the less crowded beaches and museums, and the moody beauty of the surroundings when even the rainclouds have silver linings of sunshine.

Travel Back in Time at these Adorable Old-School Eateries

Across Southeast Asia time-capsule cafés and bars provide a glimpse of—and a reassuring anchor to—neighborhood diners in simpler times.

This Art Exhibit is a Celebration of Breasts and Stupas

Pinaree Sanpitak, one of Thailand’s most internationally acclaimed artists, celebrates the sacred and the sensual with two interactive—even edible—exhibits in Bangkok.

Toast to International Gin & Tonic Day with These 3 Recipes From A Few of Our Fave Bartenders

Everyone knows gin-and-tonic is good for you. But have you ever considered what a truly global invention it is?

Enjoy the Ultimate Staycation in Thailand

Centara’s “Even Stronger Together” promotion makes it easy to upgrade your next holiday.

Back to Basics Tourism, Or How to Survive the Zombiepocalypse

If knowledge is power, then self-reliance is the new luxury. As the routines of our lives are upended, more of us are seeking to travel in ways that prepare us for whatever the world throws at us next. Here’s how to prep for the survivalist-tourism trend.

Stay in Style from Thailand to the Maldives with Centara

The stylish brand is better than ever and ready to welcome guests to destinations around the region.

On Your Next Thai Island Trip, Set Sail on the High Seas or Just in Your Imagination

Thailand is world-renowned for its service with a smile, but there are plenty of places to learn a little self-reliance, too. Set sail on the high-seas, or just in your own imagination.

These Are the Coolest Hotel X Artist Collabs Out This Year

Colorful things happen when artists and hotels work together.

Thailand is Officially Reopening to Long-Stay Foreign Tourists

The Land of Smiles is officially reopen to foreign tourists. Thailand will welcome its first international leisure flight next week, with about 120 long-term vacationers from Guangzhou, China.

Sleep Among Elephants in this Bubble Tent in Northern Thailand

A bubble in the jungle ups the ante for “rooms with a view.” But who’s watching whom?

This New Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Phuket Takes Locavore to the Next Level

Grow your own veggies, cuddle ducklings and eat fresh from the earth at a new farm-to-table restaurant by five-star resort Trisara in Phuket.

Plan a Staycation in Hong Kong or Phuket with These Exclusive T+L Reader Deals

This is the year of the staycation, so make the most of it with a special readers’ deal in your own backyard.

137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai

This historic Chiang Mai hotel combines effortless luxury with romantic callbacks.

Bangkok’s Tallest Building is Offering Roof-Top Exercise Classes

If a HIIT class 78-floors above ground won’t make you sweat, we’re not sure what will.

How to Pair Natural Wine with Vegan Pasta

A more Earth- and body-friendly version of the heaven-sent combo you love.

When Your Island Vacation Gets Poured On

When you’ve been stuck in a studio apartment for the greater portion of the year, horror-movie-thick cloud coverage and ocean horizons murky with sheets of rain can only do so much to ruin a trip.

Why Thai Travelers Are Rediscovering the Magic of Koh Samui

With long-haul flights off the table for now, locals are flocking to Silavadee Pool Spa Resort, an eco-luxe haven on Thailand’s beloved island.

Pair your Bangkok Staycation with a Glam Burlesque Dinner

Park Hyatt Bangkok’s birthday celebration will be next-level glam.

The Meatchop Butcher & Spirits

This stylish steak mecca brings laid-back Brooklyn vibes to Bangkok’s CBD.

How Lockdown in Bangkok Gave Me a Renewed Appreciation for Local Restaurants

With malls and bars closed during lockdown, we deepened our love for local eating in Bangkok.

These Hotels Are Offering T+L Readers Exclusive Discounts

With lockdowns easing, the tantalizing call of distant shores is made even more alluring by these exclusive T+L reader deals.

A Country-By-Country Guide to Coronavirus Recovery in Asia

Here’s when and where you might be able to travel again in Asia.

This Koh Samui Resort Is a Stylish Safe Haven

For those looking to escape back to nature, Silavadee Pool Spa Resort is the perfect place.

This Hotel is Making Pattaya Great Again

A minimalist all-villa retreat brings a sprinkling of class to the outskirts of Pattaya.

Your First Fine-Dining Meal Post-Pandemic Should Be at This Neo-Indian Restaurant

Each dish on their transportive tasting menu is not only stick-to-your-bones good, but also uses ingredients from their urban garden and upcountry farm.

The Ultimate Guide To Where To Stay On Samui

Break your travel drought with a Samui trip—check official hotel websites for resident and stay-later deals as properties reopen with special rates.

A T+L Guide to Koh Samui’s Growing Fleet of Beach Clubs

Put your hands up in the air for a summery resurgence of beach-club culture on glitzier-by-the-minute Koh Samui.

Melia Koh Samui

Sidling up alongside powdery Choeng Mon Beach, the new Melia Samui is the first resort from Spanish mega-brand Melia to land on Thai soil/sand.

The Best Hotels To Book For An Extended Stay

No need to live out of a suitcase: extended stays these days mean city-center locations, spacious modern abodes and top-notch 24-hour dining.

Four Stylish Stays That Won’t Break Your Budget

High-contrast mid-city stays that deliver stylish comfort without breaking the budget.

You’ll Want To Book These Places For Your Next Business Trip

All work and no play is no way to do business travel. Mix up your next corporate trip with rooftop cocktails, sightseeing or soaking up the sun.

Five Best Family Getaways Across Southeast Asia

Family trips are rarely as relaxing as you hope they’ll be. Luckily for parents, some kid-savvy properties in the region are making all-ages getaways child’s play.

How Thailand is Becoming a Hub for LGBT+ Travel

As Thailand targets the LGBT+ market, local hoteliers are adopting cool new services and amenities that give deeper meaning to the term “all-inclusive.”

This Hotel Group is Offering Up To 50% Off on Premium Getaways Across Thailand

With some of the lowest coronavirus cases in the region, Thailand might be the destination you should consider for your post-pandemic vacation.

This Recipe for Pad Thai Will Cure All of Your Quarantine Woes

Classic Thai comfort food from one of the country’s most beloved Michelin-starred chefs, Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn

This T+L Photographer Spent Two Weeks in Government Quarantine

When Thai national Charles Dharapak left Jakarta to return to Bangkok, he had no idea he wouldn’t get home until 14 days later.

8 Off-The-Wall Family Trip Experiences

Mix things up on your next family trip with activities that get the imagination—and the adrenaline— flowing.

Hotels for Cool Kids

Family stays can be stylish too—these new and refurbished hotels, resorts and villas let you go glam with the fam.

Thai Elephants Are COVID-19’s Unlikely Victims

Northern Thailand’s elephant rescue sanctuaries are taking a big hit from the demise of the tourism industry.

These Are the Places that We Can’t Wait to Travel Back To

As soon as we can fly, these are the trips we’ll be (re)taking.

Bangkok Hotels Are Turning Rooms Into Office Spaces

This might be your solution to getting work done without distractions from your children…or the fridge.


8 Photos That Make Us Miss the Bustle of Bangkok

Fine, we’ll admit it: we miss the chaos.

When Your Travel Companion to a New Luxury Hotel in Phuket is A Preschooler

A new all-suite resort on Phuket’s Kamala Beach proves penthouses aren’t just for lovers.

The Newest and Most Luxurious Ways to Cruise the Chao Phraya River

A fleet of luxury boats is plying Bangkok with some of the classiest cocktail hours in town and meals that’ll sate the most selective sailors.

This Fine Diner is Making Sure Nobody in Bangkok Goes Hungry

Chef DK of Haoma is serving thousands of meals a days to jobless people and families in Bangkok.

These are the Most Absurdly Delicious Dishes We’ve Eaten Recently

Quarantining has the T+L staff daydreaming of many things (social interaction?) but especially these dishes.

Experience Next-Level Comfort with Oakwood

An alternative to mainstream hotels, serviced apartments offer more space, in-room facilities and privacy.

Boost the body and mind at these Bangkok Eateries

At the new Mövenpick BDSM Wellness Resort, healing starts with nutritious, delicious meals at Khum Hom and Tamarind.

Nahmyaa

Elegant Thai food with serious flavor at COMO Yamu Point.

COMO Point Yamu

Located on the tip of Yamu Point, COMO Yamu Point gives way to 180-degree views of the Andaman Sea.

It isn’t All Bad if You’re Stuck in Southeast Asia Because of COVID-19

It’s a surprisingly splendid time to travel domestically.

Reasons to Travel in March

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

5 Luxe Thai Getaways Where You Can Start the Year Off the Right Way

We can’t imagine a better beginning to 2020 than a holiday at one of these gems in the Cape Hotel Collection.

A Family-Friendly Favorite in Pattaya Gets an Upgrade

An easy drive from Bangkok, Amari Pattaya is a laid-back retreat by the sea.

These Bartender-Recommended Regional Spirits are the Souvenirs You Should Actually Be Taking Home

Rojak gin? Fancy Thai rum? Bring these bottles home instead of the elephant print pants.

Crowning Jewels at Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Whether you need a full evening’s fantastic agenda or a just few special hours, Bull & Bear steakhouse, The Loft and The Champagne Bar shine bright like three diamonds above Bangkok.

Chef Ian Kittichai Is Giving Regional Thai Dishes a Well-Being Boost

At Khum Hom, the restaurant at the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort, the chef is radically rethinking the cuisine.

Our Favorite New(ish) Bar Openings

From a funky wine spot in Hong Kong to a bar inspired by Indian heritage in Singapore, these are the new spots where you’ll probably find us drinking these days.

Reasons To Travel in February

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport, this luxury, family-friendly resort is a gateway to the pristine beach of Mai Khao.

This Might Be Bangkok’s Wildest Hotel Suite

A new suite in a beloved boutique hotel lets you feel the call of the wild in the middle of Bangkok.

Bangkok’s Multi-Stellar Michelin Masters

The long waiting lists at these restaurants are worth the wait.

The Inside House, Chiang Mai

With plenty of pretty stays on offer in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s hub for boutique hotels, few stand out like this Lanna colonial-style house.

Where to go 2020

Twenty places to visit this year, including the majestic Hunza Valley, Bangkok for those with an appetite, and a new-look Kyoto.

6 Amazing Beach Bars for a Sundowner in Asia

These stylish watering holes at InterContinental resorts serve up drinks with a view.

Live Like Royalty In This Bangkok Hotel

Steps from the city’s top embassies and luxury shopping centers, The Athenee Hotel is an ideal urban haven.

1919

If you’re craving Italian aperitivo with Sunday-session sharing plates, the new eatery from prolific Bangkok restaurant group Foodie Collection is the place to settle in.

Samrub for Thai

The maestro who’d been running the line at Nahm for years, chef Prin Polsuk, has been teasing our palates with pop-ups of his deeply researched, forgotten Thai-cookbook recipes. Now he’s settled into his own space, a tiny chef’s-table, open-kitchen restaurant hidden within like-minded locavore 100 Mahaseth.

Crimson Room

With a mini amphitheater in the middle of the city, the team behind award-winning Rabbit Hole has turned the speakeasy trend on its head— or just taken it back a century, to the Jazz Age.

Mia

Don’t let the awesome wallpaper fool you. On the wide-ranging menu at the city’s new Instagram darling, the tastes more than match up to the aesthetics.

Siri House

Finally, a place that transitions seamlessly from day to eve. The clubby Siri House invites you in from breakfast right through midnight.

Lunch with a View at Mahanakorn Bangkok SkyBar

Bangkok’s newest sky-high venue has just opened for lunch on the 76th floor of the Kingpower MahaNakhon building.

3 Ethical Tours for Wildlife Lovers

Sail into Komodo territory, visit retired elephants in Phuket, or try horse whispering in Gurgaon—this assortment of new experiences across Asia provides animal-friendly answers to the call of the wild.

A Visit to Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary Phuket

Whether you’re looking for full detox or just a break from it all, Banyan Tree Spa Sanctuary is a chill recharging station where the only requirement is a daily massage.

This Phuket Resort Might Be One Of The Most Magical Places On Earth

Cape Panwa Hotel makes for a truly incredible setting for the big day.

Experience Good Living With Belmond

The acclaimed hotel group is redefining luxury through authentic local experiences.

Taking Thailand’s South By Motorcycle

Touring the south of Thailand on a vintage motorcycle is a chance for Duncan Forgan to get a true taste of the region and its limestone karsts, abandoned beaches and more than a plate or two of spicy food.

Charcoal Bangkok

Kebabs take center stage, with melt-in-your-mouth meats, veggies and paneer served in a bright, modern setting. Eat all you can at their smart Sunday brunch, or come at night to try their India-inspired cocktails, crafted to complement the flavors of the tandoor.

The Eastern Side of Koh Lanta Is the Perfect Quiet Island Getaway

The eastern shore of Koh Lanta offers a more subdued take on the popular Thai island, writes Joe Cummings, who is already daydreaming of his next visit.

4 Floating Breakfasts That Are Worth Skipping The Buffet For

You know that phrase, “do it for the gram”? We’re pretty sure floating breakfasts were born from it, and, well, as long as we get the shot, we’ll welcome the trend from every angle.

Butter and Bubbles Are Aplenty at This Restaurant That Boasts Bangkok’s First Michelin Three-Starred Chef

An ambitious new restaurant boasts Bangkok’s first Michelin three-starred chef on the floor—and up in the clouds.

6 Southern Thai Foods You Need to Try

It’s famous for coconut curries and burning spice, but southern Thai food goes beyond the massaman and khanom jeen classics. From Chumphon down to Songkhla, we try six other specialties with influences from Chinese migrants to neighboring Malaysia.

5 Private-Jet Tours Worth Saving Up For

First class isn’t the only way to fly. How about flatbeds, chefs and your own crew on one-of-a-kind trips that let you skip the customs line? Private-jet tours are taking well-heeled travelers for the most luxurious cultural exchanges.

7 Reasons You Should Explore Bangkok’s Thonburi Side

A flashy new mall has lured more visitors over to the Thonburi side of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river than ever before, but its Khlong San neighborhood has long been a local hub for Sino-Siamese eats and a lively social scene.

Marriot Marquis Bangkok

Located in the heaving center of Bangkok, this 1,388-room hotel provides easy access to the city (and a luxury retreat from its mayhem) just a short walk from multiple public transport stations.

Avani+Samui

Basking in the sun-soaked shores of Phang Ka beach, on Koh Samui’s quieter Taling Ngan side, the new rooms and villas by Avani’s premium brand Avani+ feel just like your own private beach house.

These Are Our Favorite Business Hotels Around Asia

Traveling on the job doesn’t have to be boxy and boring. These upscale hotels do the hard work for you, leaving more time to enjoy your surroundings.

8 Bangkok Restaurants Redefining a Genre

We’re just going to come right out and say it: Bangkok’s dining scene has never been more delicious or compelling than it is right now.

Front Room

For this fresh Thai fare with a Danish accent, little is lost in translation.

100 Mahaseth

This über-sustainable nose-to-tail proves just how many tasty ways you can skin a cow.

Funky Lam Kitchen

Two princes fulfill their culinary destiny with a hipper-than-thou, hotter-than-many, hill-country restaurant that gives old Laotian and Northern Thai recipes a decidedly modern update.

Saawaan

Take a hearty trip through Thailand via a tasting menu brimming with delicious dishes we’d like to see a la carte. (The duo of female chefs at the helm is a fab added bonus.)

Le Du

Delicately engineered plates starring local, seasonal produce are dreamed up by a celebrity chef who traffics less in “twists” than whiffs—call it, the edge of Thai.

Sorn

Following the trail of history to old village recipes from soldiers and subsistence farmers made these southern boys an instant hit.

Spinning Straw into Gold at 80/20

With a fresh revamp and a reorientation to tasting menus, one of the city’s secret faves is stepping out of the shadows.

A new heritage hotel in Northern Thailand pays tribute to the former Lanna Kingdom

The latest place to stay here is Raya Heritage, a 33-room boutique whose interiors present traditional Lanna craftsmanship with a pared-back, design-led slant—think minimalist rattan furniture with natural, indigo linens; locally made mulberry-paper screens; and handmade ceramics in the dining spaces.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

With its coveted location overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is an impressive debut for the esteemed hotel brand in Southeast Asia.

8 Creative Hotels For Digital Nomads

With designer digs and creative spaces, a new crop of hotels is making it easier than ever to ditch the nine-to-five and embrace the digital nomad lifestyle.

5 Michelin-Recommended Dishes in Bangkok You Can Actually Afford

Michelin Guide inspectors trawled the city for its best fine dining, but they also recognized 35 Bib Gourmands—good value, consistently quality meals. Several holes-in-the-wall made the list, teeing up a great primer on Bangkok street food. Here are five of our favorites.

4 Bangkok Rooftop Bars With Killer Views

The Southeast Asian City of Angels definitely looks its best from high up in the sky. Soak in the stellar panoramas from these stylish watering holes.

Is Hua Hin Bangkok’s worst-kept secret?

Hua Hin is becoming one of Thailand’s most versatile destinations, with something for everyone. Minimalist urban boutique? Check. Sprawling family-friendly resort? Got it. A holistic spa escape? You bet.

3 Bangkok Spas You Have To Try

You can’t walk a block in the capital with out passing two things: a 7-Eleven and a massage place. In truth, we’d entrust our sore muscles to plenty of the latter, but the following spas truly surpass your standard street-side foot rubs .

A Conversation With 3 Of Asia’s Green Gamechangers

It’s not easy being green, but these three eco-innovators across Asia are reshaping their industries one upcycled garment or zero-waste restaurant at a time. Dianna Hubbell talks to the visionaries about building a brighter, more sustainable future.

5 Unforgettable Dishes You Have to Try

Whether they’re served in a bar, a humble street restaurant or a Michelin-worthy gastronomic temple, some specialties are worth seeking out no matter where in the world they may be.

Avani Riverside

Set overlooking Chao Phraya, the Avani Riverside affords sweeping views of the urban skyline but still manages to feel removed from all of the bustle of Bangkok.

3 Places for Kids to Play in Chiang Rai

Three destinations in Chiang Rai are helping city kids get their hands dirty with a bounty of outdoor activities.

Angsana Laguna Phuket

Long a family-friendly classic, Angsana Laguna Phuket is part of a mammoth hospitality complex on the shores of Bang Tao Bay. The sprawling, manicured grounds include a 323-meter lagoon-style pool, seven dining facilities and spa.

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

Located in the grand, graceful space that was once the Four Seasons Bangkok, this hotel enjoys a prime location in the very heart of the city, offering easy access to the luxe shopping malls of Chitlom and the nearby embassies.

Trisara

On an island where each resort strives to be more opulent than the last, Trisara has managed to stay among the most lavish since it opened in 2004.

Amari Phuket

For those looking for a slightly more uptempo vacation, Amari Phuket is in a prime location to dive into the island’s thriving and famously flashy nightlife.

Andara Resort & Villas

The vision of Hong Kong businessman Allan Zeman, who built the resort after completing his own holiday home Chandara on the next headland, Andara cascades down the hillside above Kamala beach on Phuket’s west coast.

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach Hotel

Despite all the development, there are still patches of lush, unspoiled scenery left on Phuket. That’s what makes the pristine headland on which the Pullman is so special.

The Okura Prestige Bangkok

Occupying the top floors of an energy-efficient building near Bangkok’s embassy row, the Okura Prestige offers a clean, modern design that incorporates Thai artistic influences with Japanese functionality.

SO Sofitel Bangkok

Abutting Rama IV and Sathorn Road in the capital’s frenetic financial district, this much-hyped property is geared toward artsy, style-minded types as much as business travelers—check-ins are done via iPads and in-room tech amenities are powered by Apple Mac mini.

The St. Regis Bangkok

In keeping with the St. Regis ethos, the property melds unabashed opulence with tasteful restraint.

The Peninsula Bangkok

This legend, with a loyal fan base, has been voted one of the world’s best hotels by T+L readers more than once. A paragon of understated elegance, the hotel is famous for its impeccable service and riverside restaurant.

The Siam Kempinski

Despite its proximity to the city’s buzzing shopping district, this city-resort feels like an oasis with its 401 guest rooms and suites set amid lush landscaped gardens and cascading water features.

Banyan Tree Bangkok

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts excel when it comes to spas and the Bangkok outpost is no exception. Partaking in one of their holistic treatments with a sweeping panorama of the skyline is truly an indulgent experience.

Banyan Tree Phuket

Bordered by the golden sands and gentle waves of the Andaman Sea lies Banyan Tree Phuket, a luxury resort in the Phuket tropics exuding rest and tranquility.

The Sukhothai Bangkok

The Sukhothai hotel takes its name from the capital of Thailand’s first kingdom, which means the “Dawn of Happiness” in English. The city inspired a golden age of Siamese architecture.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok

For more than 130 years distinguished travelers have followed the legendary Chao Phraya River, through the heart of Bangkok, to the doors of one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.

SALA Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort

Located at Hat Mai Khao, a stunning 17-kilometer stretch of white sand at the far north of the island, which is also home to a national park and a turtle hatchery. The property is a stunning rendition of Phuket Town’s Sino-Portuguese architecture.