Thainess(ence) discovered in Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat

Aussies have always loved Thailand but with new destinations and attractions there is even more to enjoy and explore, as Traveltalk magazine’s Jenny Rowland recently discovered.

This year, Tourism Thailand is urging travellers to look beyond the standard beach and partying delights and to delve a little deeper into the true essence of Thailand. Namely, the rich history and culture, ancient traditions, wonderful hospitality and the ubiquitous smiling Thai welcome.

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A guide to diving in Thailand

Ever thought about diving in Thailand? Thailand has lots of wonderful dive sites on both sides of the Thai peninsula, many within reach of a day trip from Phuket and Koh Samui.

Coral reefs and wrecks lay a short boat ride away from the coast, but if you want to go further afield to the famed Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock then you will need to book a few days on a liveaboard dive boat. Read More


Celebrating a Month of Love

We’ve just about wrapped up a Month of Love here at the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and what a celebration it has been!

We’ve had underwater weddings, weddings on the back of an elephant, been named the sexiest country in Asia and even manned a kissing booth in Thai Town Sydney on the Valentines Day Weekend, and one lucky entrant won a very romantic holiday for two in our Month Of Love competition. Read More


Elephant Hills Safari experience in Khao Sok National Park

Elephant Hills Safari Tours, recently highly commended in the recent Thailand Green Excellence Awards, provide a unique Thai experience for visitors to Thailand looking for looking to get up close and personal with Thai wildlife.

The Thailand Green Excellence Award winners were announced at the World Travel Market in London in November 2014 by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Wanderlust Magazine and are based on how captive animals are treated, kept, cared for and interacted with. Read More


Welcome to Hug Thailand, the official blog of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Welcome to our new blog! We plan to use this blog to keep all our Australian friends up to date with everything that’s happening in Thailand and hopefully inspire you to visit.

Along the way we’ll share news of upcoming events and festivals, share insights, suggest places to go that you might not have heard of and give you some ideas on what to do while you’re here.

If you’re looking for wedding and honeymoon ideas, read on and find out what happened in our recent Month of Love. We’ll also give you some ideas if you’re holidaying with kids, share news of new resort openings and provide how-to guides for all sorts of active holidays, including cycling, diving, surfing and hiking.

If you’re looking for wellness retreats, we’ll get to that to, as well as cooking schools, yoga retreats and medi-spa holidays.

So if you’d like to find out more, and get up close and personal with Thailand, subscribe to out newsletter and we’ll aim to inspire you once a month.