Whether you’re planning a fun-filled family holiday or a loved-up couples’ getaway, there are many more reasons why a Thailand holiday should be at the top of your wish list. Along with enjoying the stunning beaches and learning more about local traditions, you’ll also have the chance to immerse yourself in nature, all while sampling delicious cuisine and uncovering the country’s colourful history and unspoiled culture.

Why Thailand in September?

Thailand is a year-round destination. However, most will agree that the ‘best’ weather makes its presence known between November and April each year. You can expect relatively consistent temperatures of 30 – 34 degrees Celsius during this time.

For South African holidaymakers keen to travel during the school holidays, before the peak season hits from November, September is still a good month to visit, especially if you’re eager to explore other attractions apart from the sun-strewn beaches.

Note that the Andaman Coast, including Phuket and other west coast islands, can experience heavy rainfall during September – although the rain certainly won’t stop you from hitting the beach! Guests can enjoy visiting these popular destinations with fewer crowds and benefit from reduced rates.

What to do?

The options are practically endless, and it all depends on what type of holidaymaker you are.

  • Enjoy swimming and sunset views.
  • Try out a new water sport.
  • Embark on a street food tour.
  • Go island hopping.
  • Explore the rainforests and waterfalls.

Recommended Thailand in September packages

Package: 7 Nights at 4* deluxe Diamond Cliff

Why we love it:

Diamond Cliff Resort is an authentic Thai luxury resort on the hillside of north Patong, Phuket. The resort offers breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea and Kalim Beach and is set within 20 acres of tropical gardens.

Guests can enjoy the romantic and private atmosphere while relaxing in the spacious accommodations and resort grounds. Rooms and suites offer stunning sea views.

You’re also ideally situated close to the action. Patong is just 5 minutes away, courtesy of the resort’s complimentary shuttle bus.

The resort is perfect for romantic getaways or fun family holidays with experiences to appeal to all ages.

What makes it extra special: The panoramic views of the Andaman Sea.

Package: 7 Nights at 5* Sarojin Khao Lak Resort

Why we love it:

Sarojin Khao Lak Resort is an ideal choice for couples’ getaways, honeymoons and family trips with older kids. The resort is easily accessible, located just one hour from Phuket International Airport and welcoming children from 10 years old and up.

The resort has direct private access to an 11km white sand beach and the Andaman Sea and is a paradise for nature lovers. The beach is sheltered and known to offer year-round swimming and water sports.

The resort is so stunning you may never want to leave. However, if you can tear yourself away from the Instagram-perfect swimming pool, with its sunken jacuzzi area and floating pavilions with day beds, you’ll be within easy reach of the Similan Islands, Phang Nga Bay and five stunning national parks.

What makes it extra special: It’s a wonderful secluded, luxury boutique beach hideaway. The on-site lotus ponds are stunning and make for the perfect Instagram snap!

Package: 7 Nights at 4*Khao Lak Merlin

Why we love it:

If you can’t decide if you want sea or forest views, check in at Khao Lak Merlin. The eco-resort is nestled in a tropical landscape of ancient trees and waterfalls, sloping down to Khao Lak beach.

The resort takes sustainability seriously, making every effort to provide the “most genuine tropical rainforest experience.” The grounds are home to birdlife, primates and insects, and the resort staff take great care in preserving this fragile ecosystem.

Guests can swim in any of the four stunning hotel pools or enjoy an eco-adventure such as elephant bathing, river rafting and trekking in the Lam Ru National Park.

As for offsite attractions, the village centre is within walking distance, where guests can feast on local food, and Khao Lak centre is just a short taxi ride away.

What makes it extra special: The nearby rainforest extends towards the sea, giving you the best of both worlds.

Package: 8 Nights at 4*Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

Why we love it:

Phuket attracts thousands of South African holidaymakers with its Instagrammable beaches, delicious food and choice of stunning resorts.

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort is located on secluded Kata Noi Bay, resting along an incredible 850 metres of unspoilt white sandy beach, embraced by lush green hills and the sparkling blue ocean.

Kata Noi Beach is adjacent to Kata Beach to the south and is said to be one of the most beautiful bays along the west coast of Phuket, yet it’s much quieter and more idyllic than the better-known neighbouring beaches. It’s as close to a hidden gem as you could find in trendy Phuket!

The beach water is clear and calm, with waves only rolling in on some days during the high season. It’s perfect for swimming, snorkelling, parasailing and tubing, and there are charming little beach bars and local restaurants right behind the beach.

What makes it extra special: The gorgeous landscapes. Drive along Kata Sai Yuan Road and up the steep hill from the beach, and in less than 5 minutes, you’ll be at the top admiring the panoramic views over the gorgeous island of Phuket.

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