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Thailand is an irresistible option for most travellers around the world and an understandable choice for a holiday; be it a honeymoon, 2-month discovery, a family holiday or a short escape to paradise.

The new scheme for the Thailand visa will enable British citizens to apply for a visa online prior to travelling to Thailand and will not require visiting an embassy or consulate. Applying for a Thailand visa will involve filling out a simple application form online and receiving your visa approval via the email address you provided in the application form. 

It is expected that by the end of this year, Brits will be able to apply for a Thailand visa online and avoid queuing for a visa on arrival at the Thai border. 

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, check out the following travel tips on Thailand and best things to do in the most beautiful places.

Island Paradise

Thailand is a renowned island paradise and boasts copious islets and islands perfect for all types of travellers. Find your party people on Koh Pha Ngan at a full moon party or retreat to a more tranquil island and bathe in crystal clear waters. Island hopping is a popular touristic activity and one of the best ways to explore all the places on your bucket list. Boat trips, snorkelling and diving are easy to organise upon arrival, as is scooter rental—another popular option for seeing all the sights. 

Some of Thailand’s most breathtaking islands include: Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket. 

Bangkok

Bangkok is most traveller’s first location and it is the main point of entry to Thailand. Unless you’re really not the metropolitan type, stick around for a couple of days to check out what all the fuss is about, as Bangkok has a lot to offer.  

Thai cuisine can be trialled in Bangkok before moving onto any other destinations. You will not be disappointed by the sensational spices and richness of the food here. Street food and market food is a must-try, but if you really want to test your taste buds, why not try a cooked scorpion in Khaosan Road.

Thailand is characterised by its many temples and spiritual scenes, so visiting a temple or two should be on everyone’s travel checklist. Bangkok’s oldest temple, Wat Pho, is a top choice amongst those who wish to witness the golden Buddha, giving the temple its secondary name as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Arun is a more intriguing temple with a steep climb up to the top. Plan to visit this temple in the evening and watch the sunset over this mutually majestic and metropolitan city. 

Experience a serene market environment and take a boat trip to some of Bangkok's best floating markets. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is particularly famous and worth the hour trip along the river where you can observe the river houses and native Thai lifestyle. 

If you’d rather visit a sturdier market, Chatuchak Market has over 15,000 stalls full of goodies in store for you. This market is only open on the weekends and is one of the busiest in Thailand. 

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a region of Thailand located in the north and boasts plenty of possibilities for eager travellers. 

Doi Suthep is the perfect place for a spiritual trek. Not only is the hike sublime for photography fans, but the view from the top is stunning. Doi Suthep mountain has a temple nearby which goes by the same name, so be sure to pay a visit. 

If you’re up for a day of mindless wandering and soaking up the ancient atmosphere, take a stroll around Chiang Mai Old City. 

This region of Thailand is also known for its animal sanctuaries and wildlife. You can find plenty of animal parks or sanctuaries to visit, such as the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, where you can bath a baby elephant! 

Slightly further out from Chiang Mai lies Doi Inthanon National Park. Bird watchers should prepare themselves, as there are over 300 species of bird in this park. Make sure you pack your walking boots, as this peak is the highest in the whole of Thailand!


For more information on preparing for a journey to Thailand, read about applying for a Thailand visa and the visa requirements.


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