With its exquisite cuisine, vibrant markets, rich cultural traditions and breathtaking scenery, Thailand has been providing travellers with countless unique experiences for decades. With borders set to open later in the year it’s time to start planning a new bucket-list for your next visit starting from the mountains in the north right down to the beaches in the south.
01. Ele-Bubbles in the Golden Triangle
Spend an unforgettable night observing Thailand’s majestic elephants in their natural habitat from the comfort of your very own, kitted out, transparent Jungle Bubble in the Golden Triangle. Perched on a wooden deck above the forest, your luxurious bubble offers uninterrupted views of Thailand’s gentle giants, as well as the stunning starlit sky above.
02. Luxe cruise on the River of Kings
Loy River Song is Thailand’s latest ultra-private luxury river cruise on the Chao Phraya River, charting a route from modern day Bangkok to Siam’s ancient capital of Ayutthaya. The luxury cruiser has four spacious staterooms along with large deck areas for wellness and cultural activities such as sunrise yoga, traditional dance performances or Muay Thai lessons. 24-hour butler services, chefs and resident tour guide are on hand to keep things running smoothly.
03. License to thrill in Phuket
Your mission if you choose to accept it is to enjoy the ‘Golden Gun’ experience at Anantara Layan Residences. Catch a private jet from Bangkok to Phuket, be whisked by chauffeur-driven limo to Villa Similan, the largest and most luxurious of the residences. Enjoy martinis (shaken not stirred) by your own private butler before being presented with THE actual golden gun from the 1974 movie. A glamorous yacht cruise around Phang Nga Bay, where The Man with the Golden Gun was filmed, free-flowing Krug champagne tops off the Bond experience.
04. Supercharge yourself
A visit to VIVID by Verita Health, a vibrant new IV drip bar is the perfect pit-stop for busy holiday makers. An anti-ageing and aesthetics hub, VIVID provides therapies and treatments designed to give guests a host of powerful health benefits such as to enhance mental clarity, supercharge the immune system, turn back signs of ageing, beat fatigue, boost the metabolism, and provide more energy to enhance overall wellbeing and a longer life.
05. Get Inked
Preserve your connection to the Kingdom with a bamboo tattoo and ceremony, performed by one of Bangkok’s most revered Sak Yant masters. With more than 10 years spent as a teacher and scholar in the sacred art of Sak Yant, Ajarn Neng offers a consultation to decide on a fitting design and, performs a blessing ceremony for a deeply significant reminder of the unique experience before and after inking, all in the privacy of your room.
06. Party with the locals
The spirit and energy of dragon boat racing returns to Bangkok with the third annual Bangkok River Festival, taking place on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River From 1st – 3rd October, visitors including music lovers, foodies, festival goers, families and socialites, flock to the fun filled three-day charitable event, and soak up the adrenaline filled atmosphere.
07. Sin and be SEEN in Samui
Located on Koh Samui’s popular Chaweng Beach, SEEN is the island’s coolest insta-friendly beachfront club. A throwback to 1950s glamour and chic, chill by the pool, graze on international cuisine, swim up for tropical cocktails, and sway to DJ beats. Highlights include Saturday Sin@SEEN pool parties and Sunday family-style brunches.
08. Everyone’s a winner in Chiang Mai
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort topped every important reader choice awards list for 2020 including winning the top resort in South East Asia in the annual Travel + Leisure 2020 World’s Best Awards. The resort also claimed Thailand’s #1 resort in the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler US and UK Readers’ Choice Awards. Conde Nast readers also recognized Anantara Chiang Mai as the fourth best resort in the world placing it the highest resort to be voted in throughout all of Asia. The resort boasts a 100-year-old spy themed colonial centerpiece and Chiang Mai’s most Instagramable swimming pool.