One of the best times to visit the Maldives is between November and April, when the skies are nearly always clear and blue, making it a great combination with Thailand. Ed recommends starting in Chiang Mai, moving down to Bangkok and then flying on to the Maldives.
Chiang Mai, in the cooler region of northern Thailand, is the country’s second largest city. You can expect a calmer pace than the frenetic excitement of Bangkok, and perhaps more space to ‘look up’ and take in the cultural richness of your surroundings. Wonder at the diverse temples, ranging from the opulent gold of Wat Doi Suthep to the intricate detail of Wat Phra Singh, immerse yourself in the heady spices of the street food stalls and pick up a few bargains at the night bazaar.
Transfer to Bangkok to experience a bit of big-city luxury with a stay at the world-famous Mandarin Oriental or the classically glamorous Siam. See inside the Grand Palace, travel on the Skytrain, take your taste-buds on a street-food tour and enjoy a skybar sundowner as you explore the capital’s enduring appeal.
After squeezing so much in, a little chilled-out time in the Maldives will be just right. Fly in early, direct from Bangkok, and transfer straight to your resort for maximum blissful beach basking. Try the Constance Moofushi Resort for all-inclusive indulgence with a bespoke edge.