It's no secret that Thailand boasts an envious number of tropical beaches and jungle-clad islands surrounded by welcoming waters but travellers on our trips will soon discover there's a whole lot more to this old favourite.

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.

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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. Discover Thailand's most popular places on an escorted group tour with the chance to visit during the Yi Peng Festival or design your perfect culture and beach holiday with our tailor-made service.

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Thailand Group Tours

All the best highlights - Bangkok, the River Kwai, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai - top accommodation and English speaking local guides.

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Thailand Private Tours

Classic itineraries of Thailand. local guides and accommodation tailored to suit you.

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Tailor-made Holidays

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. For the ultimate flexibility, design your own bespoke holiday with our tailor-made team. 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.

Thailand tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on 20 recent reviews — See All Thailand Reviews

Let me begin with....My first Thailand experience was one that i came away with sense of fulfilment and memories to last a life time. These two things you cannot put a price on.

Annie our guide is an exceptionally kind person and in every sense a leader. She would call “On the go, lets go “ and kept us on our travelling toes the whole way through. Highlights of the tour to name a few were … The River Kwai long tail boat trip to the breathtaking River Kwai Floating Hotel, here we had no electricity and the opportunity to feed stacks of fresh fruit to Wandi the elephant from the Mon village. Hell Fire Pass was a moving and emotional experience.

Free time in Chiang Mai. On this day we all went our separate ways, some of our tour family went to the Silk and Umbrella factories, my partner went to the Eagle Track Zip line experience. Me being the foodie that I am took myself off to a Thai Cooking Class which Annie helped arrange at late notice. I have since made endless Thai dishes back here in Sydney. Calypso Caberet ( an optional on the 2nd night ) is well worth going to, this is at the beautiful “Asiatique”, a colourful and energetic show that starts with a Traditional Thai set menu. There is also the opportunity to get some cheeky photos at the end with the stunning lady boys. I loved that the accommodation varies from the floating hotel, Classic Cameo in Ayuttaya, the charming guest house in Chiang Rai and i cannot forget the sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Rai - what a ride! Annie knows her country inside out, and educated us along the way in Monks, Kings, temples, food, shopping and where we might find a “Happy room” also known as a toilet! I would love to see Annie to be considered for the tour leader awards, we would love to see her here in Sydney. Annie is a huge animal lover, perhaps she could get acquainted with her very 1st real life Kangaroo! What an outstanding woman and p passionate tour guide. Kop khun kha Annie.”  

Olivia Donnelly • Submitted 9 Feb 2017

We absolutely loved the tour and Annie. The tour certainly packed a lot into those few days. I really enjoyed the last few days in Phuket. It was very relaxing and restful after such a busy tour. It would be nice to have at least a few suggestions available as to what to do when arriving in Phuket. Nothing has to be included, but just some ideas on what there is to see and do. We did fine, but felt kind of abandoned once we were there. Annie was delightful. She has a wonderful personality and is very good at what she does. I would also suggest to make it more obvious how things are to be paid. I know the information said so many US dollars, but I thought it meant the equivalent to US dollars. We barely were able to scrape up the US currency needed. We had purchased Baht for the tipping expenses. Otherwise, a wonderful trip. Would recommend it to others. ”  

David Gray • Submitted 31 Jan 2017

It was a wonderful journey, we were really "On The Go " with an excellent tour guide, who have organized and kept the group together. The river hotel was beautiful it was a real experience along with the overnight boat trip. Loved it all. The hotels were well positioned, close to transport, markets, shopping.The beds were clean and aircons. were working. There was some minor things, that did not work at some place, and only one hotel did not have a water boiler. Small price to pay for an affordable holiday. Great trip, well organised.”  

Kornelia Maraczy • Submitted 5 Jan 2017

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From the pulsating capital of Bangkok to the colourful markets of Chiang Mai in the north and the tropical islands of the south, Thailand has plenty to draw visitors but while you're in the area why not combine with neighbouring Burma and its beautiful temples or the captivating French-influenced cities of Laos and much more beside with our range of tours.

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Recommended Places to Visit in Thailand

With a bustling capital, endless options of pristine beaches and temples galore, there's plenty to see in Thailand but some destinations have the edge and here's some of the top sites in Thailand we recommend seeking out.

Ayuthaya

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Sunset across the atmospheric temple ruins of Ayutthaya

Just over an hour from Bangkok, the ancient city of Ayuthaya is brimming with Siamese history. Ruins of magnificent temples which were destroyed in the 1700s are expertly preserved and can be discovered easily just by walking through the city. Headless Buddhas sit among the fallen rocks of former palaces and temples with modern shops and restaurants lining the streets.

Bangkok - Venice of the East

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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 and Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) are a must.

Chiang Rai - Where Three Countries Meet

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Wat Rong Khun | Chiang Rai | Thailand

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.

Hua Hin - Royal Retreat

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Hua Hin | Thailand | Southeast Asia

Historically the home of the summer residencies of Thai kings, Hua Hin is a popular beach retreat only a few hours from Bangkok. It is a favourite with 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 with plenty of entertainment to enjoy.

Kanchanaburi - Bridge Over the River Kwai

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Bridge over the River Kwai | Kanchanaburi | Thailand

Site of the famous Thailand-Burma Death railway and the Bridge on the River Kwai, 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, including the JEATH War Museum and the War Museum & Art Gallery, and beautiful waterfalls.

Khao Sok National Park - Jungle Paradise

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Khao Sok National Park | Thailand | Southeast Asia

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.

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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.

Online Travel Resources for Thailand:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Thailand Tourist Organisation site and the latest Thailand Weather Updates from the BBC.

THAILAND TRAVEL BLOGS: For inside info on all things Thai here are some of our top blogs - Thaizer, Eating Thai Food and Krungthep 101.

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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