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Returning to exotic escapes

Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui, Thailand
Images source: © Adobe Stock | Noppakun Wiropart

10:47 AM EST, January 22, 2024, updated: 2:31 PM EST, January 22, 2024

Thailand is the dream location for those who fantasize about exotic holidays in warm countries when temperatures back home are not suitable for beach vacations.

"After a nearly two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions, Thailand has returned to the itineraries of travel agencies. Tourists can make their pick from trips to the province of Krabi, the Andaman Coast, Phuket Island, or Bangkok. Direct flights, operated from Warsaw and Katowice, are the most preferred," says Agata Biernat from

Paradise beaches: Thailand's prime allure

While Thailand offers more than just paradise beaches, these beaches are indeed a major draw for tourists. If you venture to Bangkok, you'll uncover a lovely little island named Koh Si Chang and a slightly more popular Koh Samet in the vicinity. On the other hand, those who wish to unwind in the prominent resort of Pattaya should steer their way to Phra Tam Nak beach and the neighboring Koh Larn Island.

Railay, also known as Rai Leh, marks another extraordinary location on Thailand's map. Recently visited by Robert Makłowicz, this small peninsula between Krabi City and Ao Nang is only reachable by boats. The absence of cars and isolation from the mainland give it an island-like feel. Many consider this peninsula a hidden gem and an authentic natural wonder, open for those who aren't scared of the challenges in getting there.

The must-visits in Thailand

While touring Thailand from tip to toe can take a substantial amount of time, there are some spots that are a must-visit during even a brief holiday. In its capital, Bangkok, the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Royal Palace are spellbinding. When in the city, exploring by tuk tuk or boat can be an enchanting experience. For the more adventurous souls, we recommend a trip to Koh Kret Island.

Tourists on Railay Beach in Thailand
Tourists on Railay Beach in Thailand© Getty Images | David Henley

Undoubtedly, a visit to the former capital Ayutthaya is also a must. A thriving urban center from the 14th to 18th century, it was one of the wealthiest and most powerful in Asia. Easily reachable from Bangkok, it's only about 62 miles away. Of course, nature lovers have an array of captivating spots to choose from in Thailand, including Khao Sok National Park—home to remnants of tropical forests, and Erawan National Park—known for its breathtaking waterfalls.

The best time to visit Thailand

While Thailand is a destination to visit all year round, the peak season is from November to March. The weather during this period is optimal, with no need to worry about rain or extreme heat.

"Especially during this time, it's worth choosing the east coast or the southern part, on the side of the Andaman Sea, to appreciate the beautiful sandy beaches and tropical vegetation. Travel packages of different durations and standards are available. Options include 7, 11, 12, or 14 days stay in three, four, or five-star hotels, with breakfast, two meals, or an all-inclusive plan," says Agata Biernat from

  • Bangkok
  • The vehicle called tuk tuk is one of the symbols of Thailand.
  • Ayutthaya
  • Erawan National Park
  • Phuket
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Thailand vacation cost? Starting at $1,179

Prices for a week-long stay with breakfast start at approximately $1,179 per person. For an all-inclusive package, the price will be at least $1,485 per person.

An individual week-long tour of Thailand (breakfast included) will cost roughly $1,281. If you settle on a two-week trip (a week of sightseeing and a week of relaxation), it will start at around $1,792.

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