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.Read More
Top Thailand Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours
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|Bangkok Beach & Beyond - 13 days||Bangkok||29 Apr 2017||USD $1,248||was $2,495 2-for-1|||
|Bangkok to Angkor Wat - 23 Days||Bangkok, Thailand||07 Apr 2017||USD $6,155|||
|Bangkok to Laos - 9 days||Bangkok, Thailand||07 Apr 2017||USD $3,195|||
|Bangkok to Saigon - 18 days||Bangkok, Thailand||07 Apr 2017||USD $5,275|||
|Thailand & Angkor Temples - 13 days||Bangkok, Thailand||15 Apr 2017||USD $2,985|||
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Thailand tour reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.8 out of 5 based on 20 recent reviews — See All Thailand Reviews
Tuan was a fantastic guide as he was super organised and helped as soon as any of the group had a problem. He gave us good commentary on our bus and at sites and judged the group well and made he trip fun as well as interesting.”
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.”
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. ”
Recent Travel Articles on Thailand
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.