Beyond the soaring skyscrapers of Thailand's capital Bangkok, there's traditional scenes of rural life aplenty, from the farming communities of central Thailand to the hill tribes of Chiang Rai.
With a rich cultural heritage heavily influenced by the wide-spread practice of Theravada Buddhism, saffron-clad monks and gleaming temples are a familiar sight throughout the country. In the southern reaches of Thailand are the palm-fringed beaches and crystal clear waters of Hua Hin and Krabi, for travellers who want some of the country’s famed sun, sea and sand thrown in with their travels.
For something quite special, join us for Thailand’s Yi Peng Festival. Celebrated at the end of the rainy season, you'll see locals floating Krathongs on the river for luck in love and life, or launching ‘Kom Loi’ or paper lanterns to send their troubles away.
Cruise the khlongs, sample Thailand's famed street food in the night markets of Chiang Mai, browse through the Asiatic market of Bangkok, spend a night at a homestay in the village of Mae Kampong and meet the hill tribes and stay in the Hmong community lodge. There's these and plenty more interesting local experiences on our group tours to Thailand.
Thailand Group Tours
Our group tours to Thailand tours take in the highlights of the country, offering a real insight into Thailand’s historical and cultural heritage with plenty of local interaction along the way. All of our Thailand tours start in Bangkok, where you'll visit the city’s crowning glory, the striking Grand Palace with its famous Emerald Buddha. Cruise the city's canals lined with stilted houses, shimmering temples and fascinating scenes of everyday life before venturing out to explore Bangkok's many bars, restaurants and teeming street stalls. read more
Beyond Thailand's beautiful beaches plenty more adventure awaits - explore the bustling capital city of Bangkok and marvel at its striking Grand Palace, meet the residents at the Elephant Conservation Centre near Chiang Mai, take a train ride over the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai, visit the fascinating hill tribes of Chiang Rai, and unwind on the beach in Hua Hin.
Highlights of our tours of Thailand
Outside of the capital Bangkok, our Thailand tours visit Ayuthaya’s famous ruins, including its giant bronze statue of Buddha and the iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. We also stop off at Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai a section of the infamous Thai-Burma railway; and meet the residents of a nearby Elephant Conservation Centre.
Travelling north our tours in Thailand, visit the young and vibrant city of Chiang Mai, boasting an enviable location beneath the foothills of Northern Thailand and some fabulous seafood restaurants. We meet the friendly hill tribes of Chiang Rai, each of which possess their own unique culture, religion and language, from the long-neck tribe of Karen to the traditional clan based tribe of Hmong, and the culturally Lahu.
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Needing little introduction, Bangkok, the Venice of the East, the city of Angels and the Asian city of sin (the nicknames are endless ) is usually everyone’s first stop in Thailand. Gleaming temples, busy streets full of tuk-tuks and motorbikes; and hectic markets are just some of the many charms this sprawling city has. A visit to the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and the Khoa San Road are a must!
Location of the famous Thailand-Burma (Death) railway and Bridge on the River Kwai in WWII, Kanchanaburi is fast becoming one of Thailand’s most visited sites. Just a couple of hours outside of Bangkok this verdant town offers relatively easy trekking, a number of fascinating war-related museums (Death Railway Museum, JEATH War Museum and the War Museum & Art Gallery) and some beautiful waterfalls.
Sometimes overlooked as people head to the more popular Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is definitely worth spending a few days in. Not only is it home to the glistening white ‘White Temple’ and many of the famous hill tribes of Thailand – it is also home to the famed ‘Golden Triangle’ – where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet and is the former heart of the world’s opium trade.
Sitting in the south of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is definitely one of Thailand’s premier island destinations and has been welcoming tourists since the 1960s. With pristine white beaches, superb SCUBA diving, lush hiking trails and majestic Big Buddha – Koh Samui has something for everybody and being just a short flight from Bangkok - its perfect for the ultimate Thai getaway!
Khao Sok NP
With craggy limestone karsts towering above the water, Khao Sok National Park is home to some of the world’s oldest rainforest. Situated in the south of the country, visitors flock here to take advantage of the beautiful jungle trekking, to relax on scenic canoe rides and above all marvel at the breathtakingly beautiful scenery that this gem of a place has to offer.
Cruising the Khlongs
Khlongs is the Thai version of canals and Bangkok is full of them! Back in the day the waterways were the most common way of travelling around the city but nowadays many of these have been filled in to create roads. However a cruise along these historic waterways can give you a fascinating insight into a certain type of Bangkok resident as you pass old bridges, crooked houses and even orchards and farms in the middle of the city.
Historically the home of the summer residencies of Rama VI and Rama VII, Hua Hin is a popular beach retreat only a few hours from Bangkok. It is a favourite with the Bangkok city dwellers at the weekends and is also the main home of the current King of Thailand Rama IX. Unlike some of its island counterparts Hua Hin does not pride itself on being a tranquil beach paradise – however it is great if you’re short on time and fancy a few days by the beach!
Thailand Travel Guide
Don't leave home without checking our useful guide to travelling to Thailand with everything from visa advice to what to expect.
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Information on climatic and weather conditions in Thailand
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Thailand
Visa requirements for Thailand and info on getting your visa
Trip reviews from our travellers to Thailand
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Facts about Thailand
- Thailand is the only country in South East Asia to have resisted colonilisation by Europeans.
- The country consists of 1,430 different islands, with Koh Phi Phi its most famous thanks to Danny Boyle's film The Beach
- Bangkok is the world's most visited city and one of the least pronounceable - its full Thai name contains 169 characters!
Thailand Travel Advice:
We keep informed of the latest travel guidance to Thailand and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel advice from the relevant advisory body in your country.