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8 best Thailand holidays 2023

8 best Thailand holidays 2023

With culture-stacked cities, world-famous beaches and jungle interiors, Thailand’s unique landscape begs to be explored. Home to some of the best yoga retreats, beach bars and Buddhist temples in the continent, it’s no wonder that history-rich Thai towns have become such tourist hot spots.

Whether passing through on a budget world tour or relaxing on a family holiday, there’s something for everyone on the traditional shores of Thailand. Take a cooking class to get familiar with the local cuisine, go on a boat trip to scuba dive in lively reefs or take a tuk -tuk to share in the street food of the bustling night markets with good-natured locals.

With so much to discover in the tropical climate, where you stay depends on what you want to take from your trip to southeast Asia. Think glamorous sky bars in Bangkok’s destination hotels, a beach paradise in Koh Samui and under-the-radar eco resorts on the River Kwai.

Here’s The Independent’s selection of holiday stays to inspire your next holiday to Thailand.

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Six Senses Yao Noi, Ko Yao Noi

Relax in a villa pool with panoramic views of Phang Nga Bay

(Six Senses Yao Noi )

Best for: Luxury escapes

The idyllic island of Ko Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay is just a 30-minute speedboat from the busy shores of Phuket. Secluded fishing villages, rubber plantations and long-tail boats make the vibrant greens and blues of this setting a peaceful retreat in the depths of Thailand’s diverse nature.

For a luxury escape, Six Senses Yao Noi is the perfect hideaway holiday for couples, boasting romantic hilltop views, creature comforts and privacy. Lavish villas feature infinity pools, restaurants offer authentic home-grown Thai cuisine, and a wellness spa provides a relaxing break from the kayaking, scuba diving and Muay Thai lessons on offer. Fans of the silver screen can take a sightseeing tour to James Bond Island and even catch a viewing of The Man with the Golden Gun on the resort’s beach. Visit during the peak season from October to April to avoid Thailand’s monsoon season.