The adrenaline junkie: Chiang Mai province
The lush jungle-covered mountains of Chiang Mai province are an adrenaline seeker’s dream come true. From white water rafting, cycling, hiking and jungle survival camps, you’ll be sure to get your adrenaline kick in northern Thailand. If you’re looking for something a little different you can also zip-line through the tree canopy like a monkey. This thrilling adventure is available at a couple of places throughout Thailand, but Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai are considered the most respected zip-line operators.
The beach bum: Koh Lanta
If the thought of a holiday in Thailand makes you think of whiling away the days sipping a coconut on a white crescent beach then you’ve come to the right place. Koh Lanta is one of the easiest islands to get to and is only a couple of hours away from Krabi. There are a number of beaches to choose from or to skip between for maximum sun-worshipping. Klong Nin is famous for its white sand beaches and turquoise waters while Klong Kong has an excellent selection of restaurants and bars to keep your sun-kissed-self fuelled.
The foodie: Chiang Mai city
Chiang Mai has long been seen as Thailand’s culinary hub. Foodies are in for a real treat as you eat your way around ‘the rose of the north.’ Chiang Mai has everything from delicious local street food to high-end fine dining establishments and everything in between. Be sure to try some of the northern specialities like khao soi (a creamy and delicious coconut noodle soup) and sai oua (also known as Chiang Mai sausage – a marvellous creation) while you are in town. If you want to learn the art of Thai cooking, Chiang Mai also has plenty of great cooking classes to choose from.
The backpacker: Koh Phangan
If you’re looking to find yourself at a holistic wellness retreat or planning to party hard all night and day, the idyllic Gulf of Thailand island of Koh Phangan is right for you. This split-personality island is a backpacker haven and has lured people for decades to its world famous Full Moon Parties and yoga retreats. If you’re in for the action be sure to base yourself around Had Rin beach, but if it’s peace and quiet you are after then head to the other side of the island where places like The Sanctuary offer both short and long health retreats. If you like a bit of both, why not immerse yourself in the madness of the Full Moon Party and follow it up with a detox at the retreat – your body will thank you!
The history buff: Ayutthaya
Travel back in time to discover the ancient capital of Ayutthaya! This archaeological gem is likely to be any historian’s favourite place in Thailand. Explore the ancient city of temples, monasteries and statues as you piece together a bygone era. Navigate your way around the Ayutthaya Historical Park by foot, tuk-tuk and boat for maximum enjoyment. If you still can’t get enough, why not continue your journey to Sukhothai.
The shopper: Bangkok
Shop till you drop in Bangkok! Bangkok is a shoppers’ mecca with huge mega malls with designer brands and local markets galore. Chatuchak Weekend Market is the most famous market in Bangkok with a whopping 15,000-plus stalls selling everything from pets and clothing to furniture and art. There are plenty of bargains to be had here and if you get carried away there are shipping companies on-site that will help you get your wares back home. If rubbing shoulders while you navigate the crowds is not your thing then heading to one of the malls around Siam might be more to your taste. Bangkok‘s malls are huge and require a fair amount of shopping dedication. If you are looking for that special bespoke item, Bangkok has plenty of excellent tailors that will custom make shirts, suits, wedding dresses and more!
The nature lover: Khao Yai National Park
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and head into the wilderness of Khao Yai National Park. This expansive national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is covered in lush rain and evergreen forests, mountains and grasslands. Khao Yai is an ideal place for hiking, to spot exotic wildlife and to discover unique flora and fauna. Located just three hours from Bangkok, Khao Yai is easy to get to and also has plenty of accommodation options available.