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 practise of Theravada Buddhism, saffron-clad monks and gleaming temples are a familiar sight throughout the country and impressive to behold. 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.
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Lots of local experiences
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.
Styles of travel to Thailand
Our guided group tours to Thailand offer a unique insight into Thailand’s historical and cultural heritage and you'll get a true feel as to what life in Thailand is like today. All of our Thailand group tours start in Bangkok, where you'll visit the city’s crowning glory, the striking Grand Palace with its famous Emerald Buddha. Beyond the bustle of Bangkok, highlights include the River Kwai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and some of Thailand's best beaches.
Thailand is a fascinating place to explore, from the capital city of Bangkok to the colourful hill tribes of Chiang Rai in the north and the beaches of Krabi and Hua Hin in the south. We’ll handpick unique things to do in the places you want to visit and suggest some less visited gems off the beaten track to ensure your tailor made holiday to Thailand is truly memorable.
If the idea of group travel does not appeal, our private tours to Thailand might fit the bill. 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 on the Bridge over the River Kwai and visit the fascinating hill tribes of Chiang Rai.
The Yi Peng Lantern Festival Tour
Thailand’s Yi Peng Festival celebrates of the end of the rainy season, and sees locals floating Krathongs on the river for luck in love and life, or launching ‘Kom Loi’ or paper lanterns to send their troubles away. Join us for the celebrations in Chiang Mai on our 10 day Yi Peng Lantern Festival tour.
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Explore the best of Thailand with On The Go Tours
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!
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