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Thailand is an idyllic paradise, where jungle-covered karsts plunge into aquamarine waters and the sand is sugar white.

But no matter how clichéd the fantasy, Thailand delivers in spades. The water around Krabi and Ko Tao really is that deep, cool shade of blue. Phi Phi’s limestone karsts really do look like some alien world. And the food? Let’s just say your local Pad Thai has nothing on Chiang Mai’s street stalls or the floating markets of Amphawa, where little old ladies do things with fish sauce and chili you never thought possible. From the waterfalls of Erawan to a homestay with the hill tribes of the Golden Triangle, these adventures go beyond the tourist traps. Buckle up.

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Best time to visit thailand.

Thailand's climate is generally hot, humid, and at times (like other South East Asian countries) monsoonal. The seasons differ from coast to coast, so depending on which areas you're visiting, the weather can vary.

Thailand's mainland region is great to visit from November to February when the weather is cooler and dryer.

If you are planning on visiting the Gulf Coast (east), avoid the northeast monsoon that brings rain from October to January. For destinations like Phuket on the west side of the peninsula, the best time is November to April to avoid the other monsoon which causes Thailand's wet season from May to October.

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Culture and customs

Often considered the epicenter of Buddhism, religion permeates daily life in Thailand. Sprinkled throughout the country are thousands of golden temples, where you’ll find Buddhist monks in orange robes walking the streets. Young men are expected to spend some time as a monk as it bestows honor on their families. Visitors should be respectful of monks and dress modestly when visiting a temple (cover your knees and shoulders and remove your shoes).

Like other Asian nations, the concept of ‘saving face’ is important. This means avoiding conflict or embarrassment in order to preserve social standing, dignity, and honor. Thai people will go out of their way to avoid ‘losing face’. Losing your temper or raising your voice are surefire ways to lose face and can be perceived as volatile or rude.

Eating and drinking

Thai food has everything from spicy dishes packed with chilis to milder coconut-based curries. With street stalls and night markets all over the country, it's really easy to pick up a snack wherever you are in Thailand. On many Intrepid trips, you'll be given the opportunity to have dinner with a local family – this offers a great chance to see how meals are prepared and learn more about the local culture. Go a step further on our 8-day Thailand Read Food Adventure to watch, eat, prepare, and present tasty and traditional Thai cuisine.

Things to try in Thailand

1. Pad Thai (Phat Thai)

A well-known dish but for good reason. This delicious plate of stir-fried rice noodles garnished with peanuts is full of flavor and can be served with fresh prawns, chicken, tofu, or vegetables.

2. Tom Yum (Tom Yam)

Usually prepared with stock, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and chili, this soup is widely available in Thailand and has been popularised around the world. 

3. Green curry

One of many curries that Thais do so well. Green curry consists of chicken, Thai eggplant, and chilies bathed in a coconut milk-based sauce.

4. Som tam (green papaya salad)

This northern dish of shredded raw papaya, cherry tomatoes, and green beans is a tantalizing mix of sweet, spicy, and sour flavors.

5. Coconut water

For a super fresh thirst quencher, try coconut water straight from the husk.

6. Tropical fruit

Fruit shakes and fresh fruit juices are widely available from markets and restaurants – make the most of all the tropical fruits of Thailand.

Geography and environment

Sharing borders with South East Asian neighbors  Cambodia ,   Laos ,   Malaysia   , and   Myanmar   (Burma), Thailand's natural environment varies greatly from region to region. From the steamy jungles and misty highlands in the north to the white sand beaches and picturesque islands of the south, Thailand's everchanging landscape has been fascinating and entertaining travelers for centuries. 

The capital, Bangkok, is a heaving, urban jungle with skyscrapers, street vendors, markets, cars, tuk-tuks, bicycles, and masses of people all competing for space. Despite this, there are pockets of quiet beauty to be found with parks, temples, and traditional shop fronts scattered throughout the city. 

Rural areas in the north are typically quieter, with locals living a more traditional way of life; the frenetic pace of the city giving way to a more slow-paced, agricultural-based lifestyle. Houses are simple, there's more space and less of the modern conveniences. Jungles, rivers, bamboo huts, and teak houses are more commonly seen here, and birds and other animal life are more abundant.

History and government

Early history.

Communities based on agriculture (such as rice growing) inhabited Siam (Thailand) as early as the 6th century. In the following centuries, Siam came under the influence of the Khmer, Dvaravati, and Malay cultures, with some temples and monuments in modern-day Thailand showing evidence of this influence. In the 13th century, the city of Sukhothai in northern Thailand became an important capital. The ruins of the Sukhothai Historical Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) feature remnants of the royal palace, temples, and other buildings and highlight the artistic and architectural features of the era. 

Ayutthaya rose to prominence as the new capital in the 14th century and was considered a powerhouse of South East Asia as one of the most important centers of trade in the world. Enduring many battles, invasions, overthrows, and coups, Ayutthaya's far-reaching trade with other regions ensured a flourishing influence of art, weaponry, religion, and cuisine. Much wealth was generated by this enormous empire, with grand palaces, ornate buildings, and huge temples featured throughout the city. All this came to an end when the Burmese invaded in the 18th century, bringing the kingdom to ruin and resulting in the loss of many artistic and cultural treasures. Despite this, the ruins of the city are still standing, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and are a great day trip from Bangkok. See the sights of ancient and recent Thai history during a 3 day River Kwai and Ancient Thai Kingdoms tour.

Recent history

Thonburi was established as the capital of Siam by General Taksin in the late 18th century, yet this didn't last long with Taksim being deposed and executed not long after. Bangkok was then named capital by General Chakri, who became Rama I - the first king of the Rama Dynasty.

Over the years, Siam (Thailand) remained the only South East Asian country to remain free from European colonization. In 1932, the Siamese Revolution resulted in a constitutional monarchy being formed, and in 1941, Thailand invaded French Indochina, overpowered the French, and claimed Laos.

In the last thirty years, Thailand has seen political power change hands many times, often due to coups, revolutions, and protests. Despite this, Thailand’s economy continues to grow due to its strong tourist industry. Enduring all this, the much-loved King Rama IX has reigned as the Head of State since 1946 - claiming the title of the longest-reigning monarch in the world and providing Thai people with a stable figure to rely upon.

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Whether you're traveling by tuk-tuk through the crazy streets, cycling along backroads, or taking a longtail through the khlongs, the journey in Bangkok is definitely half the fun. Drop into the stunning Grand Palace, see the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, and wind your way through floating markets.

Start and finish an incredible 30 day South East Asia Loop in the exciting epicenter that is Bangkok.

2. Chiang Mai

This northern capital is overflowing with experiences. Temple-hop through some - or all - of its 300 temples, take a cooking class to learn the secrets of Thai cuisine, and explore the Night Bazaar for delicious food, designer goods, and a foot massage to die for.

Experience the magic of Chiang Mai on our 4 day Chiang Mai Adventure

If you ever wondered what was below Thailand's turquoise waters, this is the place to look. Learn to dive or pull on snorkeling gear to discover the fish and reefs that call this coastline home. Shark Island is close by for adrenaline seekers.

Choose your Ko Tao adventure on a 10 day Thailand Beaches: Bangkok to Ko Samui tour.

4. Hilltribe Country

Thailand's north is home to many of the country's minority groups. A hike along buffalo tracks will take you through colorful H'mong, Karen, and Lisu villages. Spend a night as their guest for a unique insight into their life.

Spend a night as their guest for a unique insight into their life on our 5 day Thailand Hilltribe Trek.

5. Ayuthaya

Modern meets ancient in Ayuthaya. The current city intertwines itself with the remnants of what was once one of Asia's great capitals. Walk the streets in search of clues to its imperial past and hire a bike to ride through the countryside, exploring the area's ruins.

Enjoy this historical park for yourself during a 10 day Highlights of Thailand tour.

6. Sukhothai

This former capital is a history buff's heaven. Nicknamed the 'Dawn of Happiness', Sukhothai still recalls Siam's golden age with its superb statues, marvelous monuments, and lotus flowers in full bloom. A trip to the night market is a real eye-opener; try everything from fried rice to fried bugs.

Stop by Sukhothai on our 8 day Explore Northern Thailand adventure.

The waters surrounding Krabi are dotted with hundreds of limestone karst islands. Kayakers and rock climbers will love exploring them, while others can travel to the nearby floating villages or just relax on one of the region's perfect beaches.

We've made sure to stop by Krabi on our incredible 28 day Bangkok to Bali adventure - you'll thank us later.

8. Golden Triangle

The area where the Thai, Laotian, and Burmese borders meet has long been associated with colorful cultures and illicit opium trade. The opium may have gone but the color hasn't and the markets offer all sorts of amazing local handicrafts.

Set your sights on this incredible part of the world on a 3 days Chiang Mai and Golden Triangle.

9. Khao Sok National Park

For a real jungle experience, spend a couple of days in Khao Sok National Park. Thick rainforests, limestone cliffs, waterfalls, and mountains make a wild playground.

Hike, swim, explore caves, and sleep to the sounds of exotic birds and animals during our 8 days Essential Southern Thailand trip.

10. Kanchanaburi

This tranquil town is the jumping-off point for visits to the infamous Hell Fire Pass and River Kwai. Be sure to take a ride along the tracks of the Death Railway and reflect on the atrocities of war at the Jeath War Museum.

Take a reflective walk through the history of Kanchanaburi on a 15 day Beautiful Northern Thailand tour.

Top places to visit in Thailand

1. chiang mai.

Visit a park that provides a sanctuary for elephants – many of which have been rescued from the cruel practices of the elephant riding industry.

Add our 3 day Chiang Mai & Elephant Experience to your Thailand trip to learn about these incredible animals.

Spot schools of colorful tropical fish as you snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Ao Nang.

Finish off a 9 day Cycle Southern Thailand tour on the stunning limestone cliff beaches of Krabi.

Dive into the warm waters of Phuket and experience a little bit of paradise.

Spend a couple of days exploring all that Phuket has to offer on a 9 day Thailand Beaches: Bangkok to Phuket adventure.

4. Erawan National Park

Cool off in the waters of Erawan National Park or simply stand back and watch the idyllic waterfalls.

Enjoy the beauty of Erawan National Park on our 12 day Premium Northern Thailand tour .

Follow the scent of chili and lemongrass to one of Bangkok’s many delicious food markets.

This city is the perfect place to start an incredible 22 day Epic Bangkok to Singapore tour.

Pedal around ancient temples and ruins built as early as the 13th century at the World Heritage-listed Sukhothai Historic Park.

Walk through one of Thailand's first capital cities on our 17 day Classic Thailand East Coast adventure.

7. Phang Nga Bay

Phang Nga Bay is perhaps one of Thailand's most recognizable gems. Kayak around the green waters, admiring the sheer limestone karsts that jut dramatically out of the sea.

Coast through the must-see sights of Phang Nga Bay on our 8 day Phuket Sailing Adventure.

Bustling street markets filled with colorful vendors selling an assortment of goods can be found in small villages and large towns throughout the country. Luxurious, multi-level shopping malls that rival those in European cities are increasingly popping up. 

The Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is perhaps the largest and most extensive market in the world. Here vendors sell everything you can think of, from ceramics to Thai silk to vintage clothing. Bartering is expected at markets and most small vendors. As a rule of thumb, if the price isn’t listed, it’s negotiable. But remember, Thais appreciate friendliness and a sense of humor. The more aggressive you are in trying to get a deal, the less likely you are to get one.

Things to buy in Thailand

  • Vibrant fabric cushions, tablecloths, and hammocks
  • Silver jewelry (look for reputable stores) 
  • Handcrafted umbrellas or parasols
  • Thai silk scarves, ties, wraps, and clothing
  • Colorful Celadon ceramics
  • Tailor-made clothing

Festival and events

Loy krathong (festival of lights).

During the 12th lunar month, people across the country gather around lakes, rivers, and canals to symbolically let their worries float away in the most magical way – by releasing colorful lotus-shaped rafts holding candles, incense, and flowers onto the water.

Yee Peng (or Yi Peng)

At the same time that Loy Krathong is taking place, Chiang Mai also celebrates Yee Peng. Religious events, cultural activities, and street parades all mark this Buddhist tradition. But what makes this festival truly spectacular is the release of thousands of sky lanterns that illuminate the sky.  

Songkran (Thai New Year)

What happens when New Year’s Day falls during the height of summer? It morphs into a giant water fight. Some towns celebrate just on the day (April 13), while others stretch it out for several days of concerts, ceremonies, and other wet festivities.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Flowers are used in ways you never thought imaginable at this colorful three-day event in February. Come for the parade of impressive floral floats, and stay for the tasty Thai street food, music, and performances.

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Thailand travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do I need a visa to visit Thailand?

Travelers with passports from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States are exempt from a tourist visa if they are traveling for 30 days or less. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from entry to Thailand.

If you plan on staying longer as a tourist, or if you are traveling for a reason, such as study or business, you may need a visa.

The page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 02/11/2023

Is tipping customary in Thailand?

Tipping isn’t customary in Thailand, but feel free to leave restaurants, drivers or service workers a small tip if the service has been particularly good. It’s always appreciated.

What is internet access like in Thailand?

The Internet can be accessed at hotels and internet cafes in large cities and tourist areas but is limited in rural and remote areas.

Can I use my cell phone while in Thailand?

Cell phone coverage is generally good in Thailand’s urban areas, but may not be available on some of the islands and in more remote areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

What are the toilets like in Thailand?

Squat toilets are most common in Thailand, although western-style flushable toilets can be found in larger hotels and some tourist areas. It’s a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as they are not always provided.

What will it cost for a…?

  • A market fruit shake = 25 THB 
  • Bottle of local beer = 100 THB
  • Market stall meal = 40 – 100 THB 
  • Sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant = 350 – 1000 THB 

Can I drink the tap water in Thailand?

Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Thailand. Avoid drinks with ice and make sure to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Thailand?

Credit cards are usually accepted by hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted by smaller vendors and family-run restaurants in rural areas. Market stalls and street vendors will not accept credit cards. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

What is ATM access like in Thailand?

ATMs are widely available in larger cities but are less common in small villages or rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.

What public holidays are celebrated in Thailand?

1 Jan: New Year’s Day

26 Feb Makha Bucha Day

8 Apr: Chakri Day

16 Apr: Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)

1 May: Labour Day

6 May: H.M. King's Coronation

22 May: Visakha Bucha Day

3 Jun: Queen Suthida's Birthday

29 July: King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday

22 July: Buddhist Lent Day

12 Aug: Queen’s Birthday

14 Oct: Anniversary of the Death of King Bhumibol

23 Oct: Chulalongkorn Day

5 Dec: King’s Birthday

10 Dec: Constitution Day

31 Dec: New Year’s Eve

Please note: Thai public holidays may vary

Do I need any vaccinations before visiting Thailand?

No vaccines are required in order to enter Thailand but some are recommended for protection against disease. Visit your doctor or travel clinic for advice and make sure to schedule vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your departure date, as some require time to become effective.

Is Thailand a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travelers?

As a whole, Thailand is a hassle-free destination for LGBTQI travelers. Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket all have fairly prominent gay scenes. Be aware that Thais typically do not engage in public displays of affection, regardless of sexual orientation.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.

What's the transport like in Thailand?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators, and are more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Thailand, you may find yourself traveling by Songthaew.

Get to know the locals as you share a ride in these converted pick-up trucks. Snagging a seat on the ‘two benches’ (the literal meaning of songthaew) is a popular way of getting around South East Asia.

See Thailand from the ground level on a Saamlaw, the three-wheeled wonder. Sometimes motorized but usually pedal-powered by a local, it’s a fun way to get from A to B or see a new city's sights.

What's the accommodation like in Thailand?

Traveling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavor to provide travelers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodations as unique and traditional as possible.

When traveling with us in Thailand you may find yourself staying in a Homestay.

Experience friendly Thai hospitality while staying with a local family living a traditional way of life. Make new friends, pick up some local lingo and leave smiling.

The ultimate room with a view - spend the night on a floating bamboo raft house. Enjoy the seclusion, soak up the serenity and leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Does my trip to Thailand support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to Thailand directly support our foundation partner, EcoThailand Foundation . 

EcoThailand Foundation is on a mission to educate and empower local communities, on the tourist Islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Paluay, about environmental issues like climate change, waste management, nature appreciation, conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Donations from our trips help EcoThailand's environmental guardianship education program for children in local state schools.

Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

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Practice your skills at a traditional Thai cooking class

Discover the secrets of traditional Thai cooking in a teak wooden house surrounded by beautiful gardens and an organic farm in Chiang Mai. You’ll visit a market to sample some local delicacies, pick fresh herbs from the garden, then learn how to cook your own Thai food, including Northern Thai cuisine and classic Thai favorites.

Stroll through Pak Klong Talad market in Bangkok

Pak Klong Talad is one of the world’s most incredible flower markets, with flower species of every shape and color from all over Thailand. It’s open 24 hours and the busiest time is just after midnight, when trucks full of fresh flowers arrive and the florists begin trading to find the best bouquets for their stalls.

Meet a local monk and learn about Buddhism

Our Local Specialists will take you to Wat Suan Dok, a royal temple in Chiang Mai, where we'll meet a local Buddhist monk. It’s an incredible opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism and you’ll learn about the monk’s sacred traditions against the backdrop of the temple's striking golden chedi.

Join the locals for a graceful T'ai Chi practice

Live like a local and rise early for a peaceful T’ai Chi session in Lumpini Park. The park is a green haven with shaded lawns to practice the ancient art of T’ai Chi, and it’s a great way to ease into your day and the bustle of Bangkok.

Relax at the beachfront in Phuket

With long stretches of powdery white sands and turquoise waters, the beaches of Phuket are one of the most beautiful sights in Thailand. Relax under palm trees, go swimming or kayaking on the ocean, or dive below the water to discover brilliant sea life in protected marine parks.

Our top 5 things to do in Thailand

Our Thailand vacation packages will reveal every side of Thailand, from the Buddhist temples of Chiang Mai to the glittering beaches of Phuket.

Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is one of the most iconic sights in Bangkok and we’ll take you on a journey through this dazzling complex. See the impressive Royal Reception Halls and the revered Emerald Buddha, a Buddha image carved from a single block of jade, dating back to the 14th century.

Jim Thompson House

Located in Bangkok, the Jim Thompson House is the former home of James Thompson, an American businessman and architect. He dedicated his life to the revival of Thai silk and designed the house in 1958, with six traditional Thai-styled houses to showcase his large art collection of Thai paintings and historical Buddhist statues.

Wat Doi Suthep

Perched at the top of Doi Suthep mountain at an elevation of 3,520 feet, Wat Doi Suthep is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Thailand. We’ll take you up the 309 steps to find glittering shrines and statues, the holy gold plated chedi, and a sweeping view over the city of Chiang Mai.

Best museums in Thailand

Our guided trips to Thailand take you the country’s most incredible museums, from the former house of a Thai silk trader, to a sacred golden temple at the top of a mountain.

A delicious stir-fried noodle dish, Pad Thai is one of the most classic foods found in Thai street stalls. It’s a combination of egg, fish sauce, tamarind, and your choice of chicken, tofu and prawns. Top with bean sprouts and peanuts for crunch and chilli and lime juice for a zesty kick.

The most famous salad in Thailand, Som Tam is a fiery dish of shredded green papaya, tomatoes and green beans. The vegetables are mixed with fish sauce, lime juice, palm sugar and a healthy dose of chilli, and you can tailor the dish to your taste for extra sweetness or spiciness.

Green Curry

You’ll find the beloved green curry all over Thailand and our Local Specialists will show you the best spots to try this spicy coconut milk curry. Green chillies give the curry its color, and it’s filled with beans, Thai aubergines, the meat of your choice and served with steamed rice.

Best food in Thailand

The Thai cuisine is one of the best parts of a trip to Thailand and our Thai vacation packages will show you all the best places to try these beloved dishes.

What to pack for Thailand

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Adaptor plug

In Thailand the standard voltage is 220 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, F and O. The standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Reef-safe sunscreen & insect repellent

Protect yourself from the harsh Thai sun with SPF 30 or higher and protect the coral reefs with reef-safe sunscreen. You’ll also need to pack plenty of DEET insect repellent.

In Thai culture, it’s required to remove your shoes before entering houses, temples and some shops and restaurants. Bring a comfortable pair of sandals so you can easily slip them off all day.

With plenty of islands ringed with golden shorelines and turquoise waters, you’ll definitely need a swimsuit for snorkelling, diving and blissful beach days in Thailand.

Thai phrasebook

The Thai language is unique to the country, and you’ll gain plenty of smiles and appreciation from the locals if you attempt to learn a few phrases.

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Thailand is the perfect destination for those who love to spend time outdoors. You can soak up the sunshine on the beautiful beaches of Phuket , or head to the North of the country to Chiang Mai for adventure and outdoor activities like water rafting and trekking. Of course, not to be missed is Bangkok , where you can tour its floating markets or lavish Grand Palace.

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Phuket Sailing Adventure Tour

  • Starts Phuket, Thailand
  • Ends Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Sailing Adventure

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Thailand Beaches: Bangkok to Phuket

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  • Transport Train, Boat, Bus, Minibus, Sleeper Train & Taxi
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,480
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Southern Thailand Sojourn: Nightlife & National Parks Tour

  • Ends Ko Tao, Thailand

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Thailand: Night Markets & Blue Waters

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Explore Northern Thailand

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Beautiful Northern Thailand

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  • Accommodation Sleeper Train, Guest House & Hotel
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Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek

  • Starts Chiang Mai, Thailand

Northern Thailand Hilltribes Trek

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  • Accommodation Hotel, Hut & Home-stay
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  • Brochure Price: US$ 399
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Thai Experience 13 Day Tour

Thai Experience 13 Day

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  • Transport Boat, Train, Ferry & Private Vehicle
  • Age Range 17-55 yrs
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Thai Intro 9 Day Tour

  • Ends Koh Phangan, Thailand

Thai Intro 9 Day

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  • Accommodation Bungalow, Hotel & Guest House
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  • Age Range 17-45 yrs
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South East Asia Loop

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  • Accommodation Hotel, Sleeper Train & Guest House
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  • Brochure Price: US$ 4,865
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Sailing Thailand - Phuket To Phuket Tour

Sailing Thailand - Phuket to Phuket

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The beaches make it worth visiting Thailand

Exotic, amazing, enchanting. Mere words cannot describe the joy of visiting one of the beautiful and exciting countries in Asia. The presence of numerous islands and two coastlines ensures a holiday in Thailand to be filled with various beaches. From crowded cosmopolitan beaches to secluded tropical getaways, you can really satiate your desires for the perfect beach holiday here.  Thailand is a country that has something for everyone. Whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or with your family, a trip to Thailand will have all the right options to customize your itinerary and add attractions that suit your tastes and preferences.

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary just outside Chiang Mai
  • Snorkel with the fish in Maya Bay
  • Take a boat ride from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands and Monkey Beach
  • Climb the 300 intricately carved steps to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple
  • Take in panoramic views from the seat of Big Buddha in Kron, Phuket
  • Float from vendor to vendor at Bangkok’ s floating markets
  • Swim beneath the waterfalls of Erawan National Park
  • Thailand’s glittery beaches are one of its biggest charms, but those golden temples are equally worthy of your time. 

Travel Tips

  • The most fun way to get around Thailand is by tuk-tuk, which offers fantastic views along the way. Most of these open-air ‘taxis’ are blue and have three wheels, except for the red tuk-tuks of Phuket (some of which have sound systems and neon lights).
  • When visiting holy sites, be sure to bring a shawl so you can cover up your shoulders and knees. Also be prepared to remove your shoes before entering a temple or person’s home.
  • The most common greeting in Thailand is to bring your hands together in a prayer-like fashion and bow, accompanied with a “Sawatdee-kah” for males or a “Sawatdee-krap” for females. Be sure to return this gesture as a show of respect.
  • Thai people are extremely friendly and generous. Don’t be surprised if a local starts to strike up a random conversation, particularly in the markets.
  • Make your visit to Thailand is an ethical one. Research whether a tour company’s practices are socially responsible, particularly if visiting elephants or hill tribes.

Thailand has seasonal weather so please do check up on best time to visit Thailand before planning your tour.

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With a laid-back way of life and extraordinary cultural heritages, the shortest amount of time you should plan for any trip to Thailand is one week . In seven days, you can admire the golden pagodas of Bangkok and Ayutthaya, and choose to either kick back on the tropical beaches of the country’s south or head out to discover its northern tribal villages. However, if you were to ask us how long to spend in Thailand , we would recommend staying in the country for two weeks , since this gives you the chance to tick off most of the country’s bucket-list destinations at a leisurely pace. If you cannot make your stay last that long, then ten days make for a good compromise. If you're looking for the best Thailand tours and trips, you can find them here .

The best time to visit Thailand is between the months of November and March, which also coincides with the country’s high season. The weather is comparatively colder during this time of year, making it ideal to explore the country. If you want to avoid crowds, then make sure that you head for the country  in October. Please bear in mind that although the official monsoon season peaks in August and September, parts of the country continue receiving rainfall all through October, which puts most people off from visiting the country during this month. You can find more information here .

A western European or North American visitor to Thailand will find it one of the best countries in the world to visit on a budget . With street food and budget accommodation both keenly priced, USD 40 per person per day should cover accommodation and meal costs for frugal travelers. However, book organized tours and stay in middle to higher-range hotels and you will be looking at a daily budget of around USD 60 to USD 120 per person, per day. ATMs are widespread and operate exactly as they would at home – with English-language options.

Most western visitors do not require a visa to visit Thailand for a short term as tourists. Stays cannot be more than 30 days in one go and a total of 90 days within a six-month period. You will require a passport with at least six months remaining from your date of entry, alongside a return air ticket and proof that you have the equivalent of just over USD 600 to fund your stay. These details can be requested by customs officials on entry into the country.

The most widely spoken language in the country is Thai (Siamese), which also has its own alphabet. This can make it difficult for western travelers to communicate with the locals in the beginning. However, many Thai people also speak or understand a good amount of English, especially those living in large cities such as Bangkok, because of the language’s international importance. Few in the country expect visitors to speak any Thai, although any attempt to do so will bring smiles on the faces of those you are talking to.

The heart and soul of Thailand, Bangkok is an unmissable destination and makes for a logical first stop as it is also home to the country’s main international airport. Among the top things to do in Bangkok are visiting the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and exploring the royal palace in the city. Beach lovers will not want to miss a trip to Ko Samui and the Phi Phi Islands, while a tour to Chiang Mai is a must for anyone interested in history and culture. For ancient wonders, look no further than the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya . Head for Krabi if you are looking for a great mix of beach vibes and snorkeling adventures.

The memories of drifting down the muddy waters of the Mekong is sure to stay with you for years to come, while island hopping from Phuket or Krabi is another must while in the country. The tropical islands that pepper the Gulf of Thailand have been used as a shooting spot for everything from James Bond movies to ‘The Beach’. For a completely different perspective of the country, head to the north, where traditional tribal villages are located amid deep jungle and towering hills that are worth exploring. For history lovers, there are Khmer ruins waiting to be explored at Phanom Rung Historical Park along with the famous bridge on the River Kwai.

Thailand’s road network is well developed and the country’s public transport will take you almost anywhere at an inexpensive price. This is another reason why budget travelers love this country. Thailand also has more than 2,500 miles of railway, running from the border with Malaysia in the south to destinations like Chiang Mai in the north. Both are a great value for money, although neither buses nor trains are the fastest or the most comfortable means of travel. For this, you are better off organizing a car and a driver to take you from one destination to another.

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1. Phi Phi Islands Adventure Day Trip with Seaview Lunch by V.Marine

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11. Best Seller! Doi Inthanon National Park, Waterfall, Royal Project

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12. Half-Day Thai Cooking Class at Organic Farm in Chiang Mai

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13. Angthong Marine Park VIP Guided Tour

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14. Phuket Jet Ski Tour to 7 Islands with Pickup and Transfer

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16. A Morning with the Elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

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17. Ayutthaya and Glittering Sunset Boat Afternoon Tour from Bangkok

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18. Jame Bond, Panyee Island, Hong Island and Naka Island by Speedboat From Phuket

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Cruising around 'Little Guilin' in Cheow Larn Lake

Thailand beach & rainforest escape

Take in the sights and sounds of the capital Bangkok.

Experience the jungle at firsthand.

Learn about elephants in the Khao Sok National Park.

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Khao Lak.

10 days from $3,050pp

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Elephant Hills

Thailand for families: elephants & island escape

Explore the bustling city of Bangkok.

Spend time with elephants in Khao Sok.

Canoe among stunning scenery.

Spend a night in a unique floating tent.

12 days from $3,245pp

Rural floating markets are a great way of observing river life, Amphawa

Fascinating Thailand tour

Get an introduction to Thai food.

Visit the unusual railway and floating markets.

Look for wild elephants in Kui Buri.

Relax on a tropical island.

Visit an elephant sanctuary.

12 days from $4,955pp

The White Temple, Chiang Rai

Active Thailand: beyond the beaches

Discover Bangkok's street food.

Mountain biking away from the crowds.

Trek to remote hill tribe villages.

Search for elephants in the wild.

14 days from $6,280pp

Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Heart of Thailand tour

Experience Wat Pho and the Grand Palace before the crowds.

Visit the traditional markets of Amphawa and stay in the Mae Klong delta.

Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai and explore the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi.

Take a Kermit tuk-tuk around the ancient temples of old Siam.

Relax on the island of Koh Samet.

11 days from $3,990pp

Kayaking in Khao Sok National Park

Thailand family adventure

Explore Bangkok by Skytrain and traditional tuk-tuk.

Encounter elephants and stay in a unique floating hotel on the River Kwai.

Meet a local Thai family and take part in a Pad Thai cooking contest.

Relax on one of Koh Samui's beautiful beaches.

14 days from $4,495pp

Si Satchanalai National Park

Thailand cultural discovery tour

Immerse yourself in the hill tribe culture of northern Thailand.

Explore the communities living around the beautiful Khao Sok National Park.

Experience the many forms of local transport that Thailand has to offer.

14 days from $5,985pp

Your station at A Lot of Thai

Culinary tour of Thailand

Experience Bangkok's street food with your guide and its high-end cuisine with a chef's table dining experience.

Try your hand at preparing traditional Thai cuisine during a cooking class.

Visit local markets and shop as local people do.

Indulge in fresh seafood on Thailand's beaches.

15 days from $5,995pp

Ayutthaya, Thailand

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Visit some of Thailand's greatest attractions within easy reach of Bangkok.

Relax on a converted rice barge whilst cruising the Chao Phraya River to the historic city of Ayutthaya.

Take in the beauty of the Kanchanaburi region made infamous by the events of World War II.

Trek through Khao Yai, the country's oldest national park.

12 days from $6,410pp

Exploring Xe Bang Fai Cave

Off the beaten track Laos & Cambodia

Soak up the culture in Vientiane; one of Southeast Asia's sleepiest capital cities.

Explore the stunning scenery of central Laos, including caves of Kong Lor and Xe Bang Fai.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience, camping under the stars in Nam Theun National Protected Area.

Follow the old 'Angkor Road', taking in the temples of Wat Phou, Preah Vihear, Banteay Srei and of course, Angkor Wat.

14 days from $6,765pp

Kampot

Highlights of Cambodia & Thailand's eastern islands

Explore the magnificent temples of Angkor.

Learn about Cambodia's growing food and art scene in Battambang.

Kayak, paddleboard and taste your way through Kampot.

Experience the serene atmosphere at 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Koh Kong.

Relax on Koh Chang, Thailand.

15 days from $6,795pp

Elephants adorning Wat Chedi Luang

Thailand's highlights & Siem Reap

Explore the many temples around Siem Reap including the iconic Angkor Wat.

Cruise out onto Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, the Tonle Sap.

Venture into the hills surrounding Chiang Mai for a rural Thailand adventure.

Navigate the huge bustling city of Bangkok where local street vendors and markets are contrasted by ultra modern shopping malls and spectacular sky bars.

Enjoy a three-day experience in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park.

11 days from $7,090pp

Phuket, Thailand

Luxury Thailand

Enjoy an atmospheric cruise on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River while enjoying a delicious Thai dinner.

Visit Chiang Mai, Thailand's northern capital with its intricate temples, bustling markets and encounters with the Asian elephant.

Relax on the beautiful beaches of Phuket.

Stay in some of Thailand's most renowned and luxurious properties.

11 days from $8,360pp

Buddhist monks outside the central sanctuary at Preah Vihear

Cambodia's forgotten temples tour

Visit the bustling capital city of Phnom Penh.

Explore the charming countryside around Battambang.

Wander around the stunning temples of Angkor.

Embark on a true adventure through the Cambodian jungle.

Visit the spectacular and previously off limits Preah Vihear temple.

13 days from $8,475pp

Moken Sea Gypsies, Mergui Archipelago, Burma (Myanmar)

Myanmar highlights & island cruise

Sail the beautiful clear waters of the Mergui archipelago by yacht.

Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Yangon's shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.

Explore the many beautiful and impressive temples of Bagan.

Enjoy an early morning balloon flight over Inle Lake for a unique vantage point of the stilted villages and floating gardens.

Imagine the former splendor of Inwa, a lost royal city.

Witness a little seen side of Mandalay.

15 days from $10,165pp

Mekong River views, Laos

Following the Mekong: Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Luang Prabang, Vat Phou and Angkor Wat.

Enjoy river cruising in Laos and Vietnam.

Explore the vibrant cities of Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City.

Experience the full flavor of life surrounding the Mekong in Indochina.

20 days from $10,615pp

Temple in Luang Prabang

Intrepid Laos tour

Trek in a remote national park.

Stay in Laos' very first ecolodge.

Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through northern Laos.

Soak up the atmosphere of spiritual Luang Prabang.

Explore the enigmatic and remote Plain of Jars.

21 days from $11,685pp

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Ultimate Cambodia

Discover the incredible Temples of Angkor.

Camp at a remote temple and explore by ‘jungle torch’ at night.

Feast on a tour of Cambodia’s best culinary gems.

Help protect Cambodia’s rainforest by staying in an ecolodge in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains.

Relax on a beautiful secluded beach.

16 days from $12,140pp

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Grand tour of Indochina: Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

Spend a night on a traditional junk cruising among the limestone scenery of Halong Bay.

Explore the fascinating towns of Hoi An and Hue.

Barter at the bustling markets in the Mekong Delta.

Explore the incredible Temples of Angkor.

Discover Buddhist culture in Luang Prabang.

22 days from $22,310pp

Long tail boat, Koh Lanta

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Grand Tour of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket

4.8 out of 5 stars

Phra Maha Prasat complex in The Royal Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

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Everything is an immersive moment in this vibrant country of contrasts.

If you’re wondering what it takes for a country to earn the nickname the Land of Smiles, you’ll find the answer on this small group Adventure Tour of Thailand. Go off the beaten path to discover that the locals are as nice as it gets, each regional dish hits a spicy-salty-sweet high note, and that everything from ancient sites to local fishing villages recall a history that goes back thousands of years.

Your tour package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking class

Included highlights

  • Grand Palace
  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Organic Thai farm visit
  • Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Oolong tea plantation

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Day-by-day itinerary

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Board your overnight flight to Bangkok today.

Welcome to Thailand! Settle in to your hotel tonight.

This morning, join your Tour Director on a sightseeing tour of Bangkok.

  • Explore the sprawling Grand Palace complex, built in 1782 for the king of Siam
  • Pass by the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
  • Step inside the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) to see the famous 150-foot-long statue of Buddha
  • Visit the nearby flower market before taking a walking tour of the Chinatown neighborhood
  • Enjoy an included welcome lunch with your fellow travelers
  • Tour the city’s canals, called klongs, on a speedboat and converted rice barge as you sample local fruits

Explore the region on a series of stops at local cultural sites.

  • Ride through canals and villages on a long-tail boat to arrive at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market where you’ll see the varied stalls, where locals sell goods
  • Explore the Maeklong Railway Market, built on an active train line, where vendors regularly pick up their stalls to allow trains to pass
  • Continue on to a local organic farm to learn about the eco-friendly practices
  • Sample freshly picked fruit and a refreshing coconut drink
  • Take part in a hands-on planting workshop with the local farmers

Journey to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s capital from 1350 to 1767, for a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya Historical Park.

  • Learn about Ayutthaya’s role as the second capital of the Siam Kingdom
  • Tour the ruins of palaces and monasteries, which are decorated with beautiful statues of the Buddha draped in saffron robes
  • See the giant reclining Buddha at Wat Lokayasutharam

Then, transfer to the Bangkok airport and fly to the mountainous provincial town of Chiang Rai, where buddhist shrines and the ruins of ancient civilizations, dot the hills. Once you arrive, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Spend today exploring the waterways, villages, and markets outside of Chiang Rai.

  • Board a long-tail boat and venture past hill tribe villages along the Mekong River
  • Visit the Golden Triangle, where the three countries of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos meet on the Mekong River
  • Enjoy an included lunch overlooking the Mekong River
  • Head to an oolong tea plantation in Mae Salong for a guided tour with an expert
  • Sample three different kinds of local tea at the Choui Fong Tea shop while admiring views of the terraced tea plantation

Enjoy the stunning scenery as you stop at some of the region’s most impressive temples and historic sites on your way to Chiang Mai.

  • Stop at Wat Rong Khun, the otherwordly “White Temple” which blends modern art with traditional Buddhist symbolism
  • Visit Doi Suthep, the regal mountain overlooking the city and home to some of the most deeply loved symbols in the kingdom
  • Take a cable car to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a major temple and pilgrimage destination during the important Buddhist holidays of Makha Bucha and Visak
  • Opt to take a one-hour hike down a well-marked trail with many stairs or ride the cable car back to the base of the mountain

Continue on to Chiang Mai and take part in a Thai cooking class this evening.

  • Prepare four Thai dishes with culinary chefs in a secluded village known for its stunning rice fields
  • Enjoy the meal you cooked for dinner alongside your fellow group members

Spend a free day in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.

Tonight, join your Tour Director to explore the Chiang Mai Night Market, just outside the ancient walls of the old city. You’re in for the best night market experience in Thailand.

  • Sample various regional cuisine specialties made by local vendors
  • Enjoy free time to shop and taste more street food at your leisure

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Mae Kampong Hill Tribe: Village Visit & Hike

From $65 per person

Drive through the countryside and visit ChangChill, an organization at the forefront of elephant welfare and responsible tourism in Chiang Mai.

  • Hear how the organization works with World Animal Protection to create a safe living environment for the elephants and an educational experience for visitors
  • Learn about Asian elephants as you watch them roam freely during a hands-off elephant exploration walk along the hillsides and through rice paddies
  • Chat with the mahouts, or elephant caretakers while you enjoy an included vegetarian meal overlooking the elephants’ natural bathing spot
  • Place prepared medicine and food for the elephants in special feeding tubes which allow for up-close viewing

Enjoy a free evening in Chiang Mai or add an excursion.

Please note: Travelers should wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk along uneven paths with some hills.

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Lanna Family Home-Hosted Dinner

From $89 per person

This morning, visit the Wat Suan Dok Buddhist temple where you’ll meet a resident monk to discuss Buddhism, ask questions, and learn how the monks of the temple live.

This afternoon, fly to Phuket, where crystal blue water and powder white sand await you. Sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Depart Phuket Island and spend today boating the deep turquoise waters surrounding jungle-crowned tropical islands on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Board a speedboat and cruise around Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park, known for its towering limestone rock formations, known as karsts, thick mangrove forests, and almost 200 bird species
  • Enjoy an included lunch aboard your boat while surrounded by the bay’s clear water bejeweled with karsts
  • Head to Talu Island and canoe through dramatically arched sea caves with experienced local paddlers as your guides
  • Visit the iconic steep shores of Khao Phing Kan, or James Bond Island, made into a popular tourist destination when it was chosen as one of the locations for  The Man with the Golden Gun  starring Roger Moore

Enjoy a free day on Phuket Island or add an excursion.

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Phi Phi Islands Cruise, Snorkeling & Lunch

From $105 per person

Fly to Bangkok this afternoon and spend free time exploring the city at your leisure.

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home, or continue your tour in Cambodia.

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and uncover the best of this area alongside your Tour Director.

  • Enjoy an included lunch of local Cambodian specialties
  • Set off at sunset to tour the temples of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and an outstanding example of Khmer architecture
  • Learn how this monument honors both Hinduism and Buddhism

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Spend the day exploring temple ruins with your Tour Director.

  • Visit Angkor Thom, the ruined capital complex of the Khmer Empire that dates to the late 12th and early 13th centuries
  • View the Terrace of the Elephants, the striking, ornamental wall from which King Jayavarman VII—King of the Khmer Empire—looked out over his victorious returning army
  • Depart Angkor Thom and enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Explore the 12th-century Ta Prohm temple,  temple that has largely been reclaimed by the jungle and served as a filming location for the 2001 movie  Lara Craft: Tomb Raider , starring Angelina Jolie

Enter the Cambodian Landmine Museum, an organization dedicated to the removal of landmines and unexploded ordnance, or UXO, from Cambodia.

  • Watch a short film about Aki Ra, a former Khmer Rouge child soldier who founded the museum
  • Take a guided audio tour of the museum to learn about the organization’s de-mining projects and community development initiatives
  • Learn how the revenue from your visit supports relief projects for those harmed by landmines and UXO

Later, fly back to Bangkok for a farewell dinner with your group.

Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight home.

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5 out of 5 stars

This 14-day trip to Thailand is a great overview of Bangkok and its surrounding area, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. The activities were wonderful, and the optional excursions are a must. My favorite was cooking with a Lanna family and learning about their home life. I also loved the boat ride ...

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I had a fabulous time on the Thailand/Cambodia. Having a great tour guide made it 10/10 shout out to Chi & Bunny. They were professional, knowledgeable, fun and made everyone feel included. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, the days are packed with sightseeing and participating in cultural experi...

Recently visited Thailand and Cambodia. Thanks to my Tour Director Chai (Thailand) and Bunny (Cambodia), I throughly enjoy learning about the cultural and Buddhism.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Doubletree by Hilton Bangkok Ploenchit

This contemporary hotel is located in the Sukhumvit district of downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Guests enjoy an outdoor saltwater pool, sun terrace, and f...

Phowadol Resort & Spa

This countryside resort is located in the peaceful city of Chiang Rai. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, the Bodhi Tree Spa, relaxing atmosphere. Nearby ...

 Mövenpick Suriwongse Chiang Mai

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Chiang Mai. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool, restaurant, and convenient location. Nearby you’ll find the ...

Centara Karon Resort Phuket

This modern hotel is located steps from the Karon Beach in Phuket. Guests enjoy several pools and dining options, tennis courts, and spa. Nearby you’l...

Angkor Paradise Hotel

This classic hotel is located in Siem Reap’s city center. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, sun terrace, and on-site restaurant. Nearby you’ll find Angko...

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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  • In order to enter Thailand (and Cambodia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens traveling to Thailand.
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa to enter Cambodia on the tour extension. You may choose to obtain your Cambodia visa at the port of entry (you will need $30USD and two passport-sized photos), by purchasing an electronic visa on the  Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs , by applying directly to the Cambodian consulate, or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral .
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code TAT.
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Bangkok.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost if they are arriving or departing on the standard day.
  • When you arrive in Bangkok, a Go Ahead representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a Go Ahead sign or a sign with your name(s). If you don’t see a representative immediately, please be patient and stay in the arrivals area. They may be assisting another traveler who has also just arrived and will be back shortly.

Physical Activity Level

This is a high physical activity-level tour. You can expect to be on the move on a regular basis throughout the course of the tour.

Tour Pacing

This is a very fast-paced tour. The pace of a tour itinerary considers how often you’ll switch hotels, the amount of planned daily activities, and how you’ll get from place to place. You can expect:

  • One 1-night stay
  • Most days full of included activities (more if you add excursions)
  • Most transportation by private motor coach
  • Some transportation by boat and commercial flight
  • Daily bus time varies and can be lengthy

Walking, Terrain & Physical Requirements

  • Travelers should be prepared to walk 2-3 miles per day- this includes city streets, cobblestones, and uneven stone and dirt paths.
  • Stone pathways and archaeological sights can become slick when wet.
  • To get in and out of the canal boats in Bangkok, travelers should be prepared to crouch down and slide through tight quarters.
  • Travelers can expect a minimum 2 mile hike over dirt paths, including steep inclines and declines, when visiting the elephant sanctuary.
  • Travelers can expect to walk 2 miles over uneven paths, cobblestones, and steep stairs when visiting Angkor Wat on the extension to Cambodia.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
  • Please Note: Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

Climate Considerations

  • Temperatures are consistent year round, often in the high 90sF.
  • In the wet season (July-October), travelers can expect high levels of humidity and short, intense bursts of rainfall.

Physical Activity & Tour Pace Questions

  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special mobility or luggage handling assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group enjoys a smooth and informative journey, and they can’t be relied on to provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • This tour moves at a reasonable pace to avoid missing scheduled stops. The rest of the group cannot miss any scheduled activities because of the needs of an individual.
  • Due to the pace and physical activity level of this tour, mobility aids such as wheelchairs or walkers will be difficult to use and are not recommended. Please notify Go Ahead Tours before your departure if you plan to bring these on tour with you.
  • If you have mobility concerns or tour pace questions, please visit our Help Center or send a message to our Customer Experience Team. We’re here to help!
  • This tour includes various modes of transportation including private motor coach, plane, long-boat, covered pick-up truck, cable car, speed boat, and canoe. Some modes of transportation will have raised platforms or steps and often not provide access to ramps or lifts. Boats may also require travelers to stoop to get in and out of their seats.
  • Small boat rides and a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai to Phuket and Phuket to Bangkok are included in the price of your tour (the tour extension also includes one round-trip flight between Bangkok and Siem Reap).
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and included flights.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • Travelers must manage their own luggage throughout tour as porters are not guaranteed. This includes at hotel and airports.
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. Please note that you will be required to remove your shoes at all Buddhist religious sites.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit temples or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
  • Waterproof shoes or sandals, a swimsuit, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended for outdoor activities.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • We recommend packing your Insurance Card (from your primary insurance provider) in your carry on luggage.
  • Go Ahead handpicks every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm.
  • Accommodations are typically three and four star hotels.
  • All accommodations include a private bathroom.
  • Most rooms will include a safe for valuables.
  • Your hotels will have Wifi, but it may be limited to common areas.
  • Elevators in hotels are not guaranteed.
  • Some hotels on this tour require travelers to walk with their luggage a few blocks as buses cannot drop travelers off right out front.
  • We cannot guarantee that your hotel accommodations will have laundry services or facilities. We recommend checking directly with the hotel once they are confirmed about 30 days prior to departure.
  • Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date.
  • Excursions are available for purchase prior to departure, and most excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour directly through your mobile app for an additional $10 USD.
  • We recommend purchasing excursions at least 3 days prior to your tour departure. Please note some excursions have advance booking deadlines. Check your tour itinerary for more information to ensure you don’t miss the deadline to add them.
  • Optional excursions may be canceled on tour due to reasons like low enrollment, weather or unexpected closures. If an excursion you signed up for is canceled by Go Ahead Tours, you will be refunded the full cost of the excursion. Please note it may take up to 60 days for your refund to be processed.
  • Your Tour Director may offer their own optional excursions which can only be purchased on tour via cash (in local currency).
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov .
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure as the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry-on bag.
  • This tour includes 4 lunches and 4 dinners. Included meals may be plated set menus, buffet or family style depending on the location. Dinners include one glass of beer, wine, or soft drink and water, coffee and tea.
  • Breakfast each morning is also included at the hotel and is typically buffet style with hot and cold options.
  • The lunch at the elephant sanctuary is typically a vegetarian buffet, including water, coffee, and tea.
  • At the Thai Cooking Class & Dinner, some dishes may include sour and spicy prawn soup, Thai green curry with chicken, mango sweet sticky rice and stri fried chicken with cashew (seasonal and subject to change).
  • Traditional Thai cooking uses market-fresh ingredients seasoned with a mix of herbs, spices, and condiments such as chili peppers and fish sauce. The main staple is rice. Most meals include a soup, a curry, a steamed or fried dish, and a salad.
  • On the tour extension, international influence is evident in the Khmer cuisine of Cambodia, where full flavor is created through the mix of herbs and spices such as sweet basil, Asian coriander, mint, lemongrass, and pepper. The base of almost all Cambodian dishes is rice or noodles, served with a curry, soup, or vegetable stir-fry. Grilled freshwater fish is popular, and the fermented fish paste known as prahok is a traditional seasoning.
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $10USD to $12USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
  • The cost of porterage is included in your tour price, and it is not necessary to tip baggage handlers.
  • You will use the Thai baht in Thailand (plus the Cambodian riel on the tour extension).
  • On the tour extension in Cambodia, U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, though change may be given in riel. Most hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, buses, and airlines list their prices in U.S. dollars, but small transactions (less than a dollar) are usually conducted in riel. Always carry small amounts of riel for motorcycle taxis, snacks, and other small purchases.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • Plan ahead and bring cash to tip your tour director, local guides, and bus drivers.
  • To ensure you feel prepared before traveling on tour, we strongly recommend you download the EF Go Ahead Tours mobile app. The app is free and provides important deadlines, entry requirements, your detailed itinerary, packing tips and more. You can also connect with fellow travelers through the chat feature in the app.
  • Wifi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wifi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
  • Your Tour Director will be leading your group throughout your journey in Thailand.
  • You will have a different Tour Director for your tour extension in Cambodia than on your main tour.
  • The role of the Tour Director is not only to provide information and context on the destinations you visit, but also to confirm services, coordinate inclusions, prepare each days’ activities and support travelers while on tour. As such, they must focus on the success of the group, and cannot provide individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • One of the benefits of traveling with EF Go Ahead Tours is our on tour emergency support team.
  • Our extensive network of offices around the world, and our integration of ISO 31000: Risk Management Guidelines, help our dedicated 24/7 Emergency Service teams anticipate and address on-tour challenges in a flexible and iterative way.
  • This team supports travelers and Tour Directors using a combination of extensive training, simulations, incident response planning, and decades of experience to help manage emergencies if they arise, ranging from personal health concerns or injuries to major world events.
  • As needed, On Tour Support can facilitate additional support for travelers on tour, arrange assistance from outside specialists, and liaise with local and international authorities to help solve on-the-ground issues. In addition, the team is dedicated to supporting and facilitating communication between travelers and families in the event of an emergency while on the road or at home.
  • Thailand (and Cambodia on the tour extension) is 11 hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 11pm on tour.
  • When you travel with EF Go Ahead Tours, you’ll make a positive impact on the places you visit, and the people and animals you meet along the way. That’s because our three core Responsible Travel commitments—protecting the environment, supporting local communities, and promoting animal welfare—are at the heart of every tour we offer.
  • Travel, when done responsibly, can make an enormous socio-economic impact to communities. To maximize your impact, eat at locally owned restaurants and shop at local businesses. Ask your Tour Director to point out restaurants they recommend.
  • Prepare for your trip: be aware of the monetary norms such as tipping and negotiating in a market, learn about the destination’s forms of etiquette, and take some time to learn a few words in the local language.
  • When interacting with locals, make sure to ask people for permission before you take their picture, and approach cultural differences with empathy and an open mind.
  • EF Go Ahead Tours encourages our travelers to limit their waste while on the road, especially single use plastics. You can avoid single use plastics by packing your own toiletries, using electronic documents, and bringing a reusable water bottle and shopping bag. If you need to use plastics or paper, please recycle.
  • Environment: When visiting national parks, reserves, or other protected areas, please do not remove anything from the natural environment or leave any litter. Carry out what you carried in.
  • Animal Welfare: Take the philosophies of World Animal Protection to heart during included tour activities and your free time. Do not touch, do not feed, and maintain a respectful distance from wild animals. Wild animals encountered on tour should be able to exhibit natural forms of behavior. If you feel we are not meeting these commitments, please share your feedback with us.
  • Animal Welfare: Avoid buying any exploitative wildlife products such as tortoise shell or shark fin soup.

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BANGKOK, CHIANG RAI & CHIANG MAI

The Kingdom of Thailand is a veritable feast for the senses, and you’ll savor its fascinating culture, extraordinary art and architecture, and flavorful cuisine with gusto. Our escorted Thailand tour package takes you to places both remote and well-known, starting with bustling Bangkok, the capital and the most visited city in the world. After the visual splendor and vibrant energy of Bangkok, you’ll be ready to breathe in Northern Thailand’s zen beauty and cultural delights. Intersect with Thailand, Myanmar and Laos at the Golden Triangle before visiting laid-back Chiang Rai and temple-rich Chiang Mai, where an elephant experience and a Thai cooking class add spice to this amazing destination! In 2024, travelers will also enjoy a special stay at the Hmong Village Lodge near Chiang Mai where we’ll learn more about their traditions and way of life. 5/5 stars on Tripadvisor!

Shorten Your Trip!  Enjoy our 9-day Spirit of Thailand tour  visiting Thailand’s highlights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Extend Your Trip!  Enjoy our  Amazing Thailand & Angkor Wat tour  visiting Cambodia or our  Amazing Thailand & Phuket Island tour  which includes leisure time in one of Thailand’s most beautiful beach destinations.

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 3 nights in Bangkok
  • 1 night in Phitsanulok
  • 1 night in Lampang
  • 3 nights in Chiang Mai
  • 1 night at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge
  • 2 nights in Chiang Rai

Tour Highlights

  • Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
  • Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Railway Market
  • Wat Mongkol Borpith Statue (Ayutthaya)
  • Tha Lo Saa Paper Community Project (Lampang)
  • Elephant Nature Park (Chiang Mai)
  • Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai)
  • Thai Cooking Class
  • Karen Hill Tribe Village Visit
  • White Marble Temple (Chiang Rai)

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-tour flights and transfers
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 19 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director

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2024 Tour Itinerary

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Passengers who purchase flights will depart 2 days before the tour starts and return the day the tour ends.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to Thailand, the “Land of Smiles”. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will be met and transferred to our upscale hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. This evening our tour director hosts a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Bangkok

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After breakfast our tour director hosts an orientation meeting and then we'll embark on a tour to some of Bangkok's most outstanding Buddhist temples. Buddhism is practiced by more than 94% of the country and is central to understanding Thai culture. We'll see the White Marble Temple, one of the finest example of Thai architecture; and Wat Po with its colossal 150-foot long "Reclining Buddha." Next, we'll visit the former residence of the Kings, the Grand Palace. The mile-square palace grounds feature some of the most beautiful examples of ancient Siamese architecture including the Temple of the "Emerald Buddha". The rest of our day is free to rest and relax, or consider joining an optional tour!

Day 3: Thai Markets & Sugar Palm Farm Excursion

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Early this morning we'll leave for the Mae Klong Railway Market. As the name suggests, this market sits on a railway and whenever a train approaches, we can expect to see a flurry of activity as baskets of wares are moved and awnings come down so the train can travel right through the heart of the market. Next, we'll drive to the colorful floating market of Damneon Saduak where we'll watch merchants sell food, produce, baskets and more from their boats. Before we return to Bangkok, we'll stop at a sugar palm farm where we can sample the local area's delights. We'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant as we make our way back to Bangkok. This evening, consider a optional Pearl Dinner Cruise.

Day 4: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Phitsanulok

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Today we'll explore the ancient temple ruins and crumbling pagodas of Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand. We'll see some of the city's former glory in the giant bronze statue of Wat Mongkol Borpith and the three ancient pagodas of Wat Phra Sri. Next, is Wat Mahathat, "the Temple of the Great Relic" which was once one of the kingdom's most important temples. Here we'll see the sandstone Buddha that has become entwined in the roots of a Bodhi tree. After our visit, our journey continues past beautiful rice paddies as we drive to Phitsanulok, the gateway to northern Thailand. After check in, we are free to relax for the rest of the day or might consider joining an optional tour to a local market.

Day 5: Phitsanulok – Sukhothai – Lampang

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Before leaving Phitsanulok this morning, we'll stop at the famous Buddha Foundry where bronze Buddha images are cast in the increasingly rare traditional way with wax molds and molten bronze. The highlight of our day awaits us in Sukhothai. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the capital of the first Kingdom of Siam in the 13th and 14th centuries. Next, we'll visit its sister city, Sri Satchanalai where we'll stop at a privately-owned textile Museum. The private collection featured here includes antique and handwoven textiles including a gold sarong (or pha-sin) from the royal court of Keng Tung. Afterward, we'll continue to our Lampang hotel.

Day 6: Lampang – Chiang Mai

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This morning, we'll visit the Saa Paper Community Project. We'll have the chance to create our own souvenirs and our visit supports this local project dedicated to preserving traditional methods used make mulberry bark paper that have been passed down from generation to generation. Our next visit takes us to Dhanabaadee Ceramic Museum, where we'll discover the evolution of ceramic-making and watch local artisans craft the traditional "chicken bowl." We'll continue to Chiang Mai where the rest of the day is free to relax or explore. We might consider joining an optional Khantoke dinner this evening.

Day 7: Chiang Mai

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Today we'll meet Thailand's beloved national animal, the elephant, with a full-day visit to the Elephant Nature Park. This sanctuary isn't just for elephants—it's home to buffalo, dogs, cats, birds, and many other rescued animals. We'll hear the personal stories of the rescued elephants, learn how they've come together to create a new herd free from abuse, often for the first time in their lives, and enjoy the sight of the free roaming elephants and other rescued animals in the natural surroundings of this sanctuary. Our visit supports elephant conservation in the region and allows us to slow down and learn from these majestic creatures.

Day 8: Chiang Mai

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Today takes us to the revered mountainside temple of Doi Suthep. Each year, Buddhist pilgrims journey to the temple on foot which can take six to eight hours! We'll skip the challenging trek and drive up the winding road instead. From our drop off point, we can choose to scale the 300 steps of the beautifully carved Naga Serpent Staircase, or ride the cable car to the summit. We'll explore the temple's beautiful architecture, statues, murals, and shrines—all of which are nothing short of breathtaking. Tonight, we'll enjoy a cooking class and delicious dinner experience together. After our cooking experience, we'll enjoy an authentic meal together followed by a traditional herb drink!

Day 9: Chiang Mai – Hmong Hill Tribe

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After breakfast at our hotel, we'll drive north to the Mae Rim area. On the way, we'll stop to explore the lush Araksa Tea Garden where we'll learn about the age-old traditions and tea growing processes. We'll enjoy a home-style lunch made from locally sourced and organic produce before we continue to the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge. This resort offers us a unique opportunity to experience Hmong culture in the scenic valley of the Suthep-Pui mountain range. This afternoon, we might consider an optional hike to visit villages further afield with experienced guides.

Day 10: Hmong Hill Tribe – Mae Kok – Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun

This morning we'll drive north to Chiang Rai via the Wiang Pa Pao. En route, we'll stop at Mae Krachan Hotspring where we can relax and soak our feet in one of the steamy pools and boil an egg in the natural springs! Our drive continues to Wat Rongkun, or the White Temple, one of Thailand's most recognizable temples, and then to Wat Huay Plakang. We'll have an unforgettable visit with the Karen Hilltribe at Baan Ruam Mid. Here, this minority group maintains their distinct culture, religion, and language by passing them down from generation to generation. After out visit, we'll board a longtail boat for a ride up the Mae Kok River to Chiang Rai where we'll check into our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Note: If temperatures are too warm to visit the hotspring, the group will visit a café at Wiang Pa Pao.

Day 11: Chiang Rai

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Today we'll drive through the narrow and scenic roads to Doi Tung Mountain, home to many local hilltribe communities. We'll visit the Doi Tung Royal Project which continues to transform this area which was once used to cultivate opium. Today, the communities here cultivate a number of products including coffee! In fact, Doi Tung coffee is one of Thailand's most famous coffee brands. Next, we'll visit the Doi Tung Palace, Mae Fah Luang Garden, and then the Hall of Opium which is dedicated to portraying every angle of the opium story from its origin, the wars, the drug smugglers, the battle against growing, and the rehabilitation of the people in this former worldwide drug trading zone. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Chiang Rai.

Day 12: Depart Chiang Rai

Our tour comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive package will transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S.

Guided Tour Pricing

Book early and save up to $600 per person.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773 .

Reservations and Payments Reservations can be made online or by phone ( 1.800.337.7773 ) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Featured Accommodations

Ramada plaza by wyndham bangkok menam riverside.

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Set on the Chao Phraya River, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside features luxury rooms, free shuttle boat, spa and pool.

2074 Charoenkrung Road, Bangkorlaem, Bangkok, 10120, Thailand

Topland Plaza Hotel

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Conveniently located with spa and outdoor pool.

68/33 Akathodsarod Road, A. Muang, Phitsanulok, 65000, Thailand

Tree Tara Hotel

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Chomphu, Mueang Lampang District, Lampang 52100, Thailand

The Empress Premier Chiang Mai Hotel

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Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, the Empress Premier Chiang Mai Hotel features a spa, pool, and fitness center.

199/42 Chang Klan Rd., Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand

Hmong Hilltribe Lodge

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Experience Hmong culture at this eco lodge in the Chiang Mai Valley. In addition to the unique opportunities to meet with and learn from the local hilltribes, this lodge features an outdoor swimming pool overlooking an organic rice paddy.

111 Moo 4, Tambon Mae Raem, Amphur Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, 50180

Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa

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This serene hotel is located just a few minutes drive from Chiang Rai's center and features an herbal spa, fitness center, and infinity pool overlooking the Mae Kok River.

124/15 Moo21 Kohloy Road, Amphur Muang, Chiang Rai 57000

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Klongs (Canals) Tour

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  • $50–60 per person

Day 2 Afternoon Tour

Discover why Bangkok has been nicknamed the “Venice of the East!” We'll travel from our hotel to Thornburi, situated on the right bank of the river, where we'll board a private motorboat and ride along the canals to get a firsthand impression of the scenic life along the city’s waterways. A stop will also be made at the Royal Barge Museum.

AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!

Wonderful Pearl Cruise

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  • $90 , transfers included

Day 3 Evening Tour

Experience a different side of Bangkok with our dinner cruise down the Chao Phraya River. From the River City Pier, we'll embark on the luxurious Grand Pearl. We'll set sail, sipping on a welcome cocktail as we take in the spectacular views of Bangkok's skyline including the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. Once the sun has set, we can indulge in a delicious Thai and international cuisine buffet, dining under the moonlight with live music. Our incredible entertainment this evening also includes a classical Thai dance with the bright lights of the city making the perfect backdrop.

Local Market Visit with Tuk-Tuk

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  • $40 per person

Day 4 Afternoon Tour

Hop on a local tuk-tuk to explore a vibrant market, and enjoy the bustling atmosphere on foot, gaining insights into local delicacies. Our guide will introduce us to local foods or snacks, providing us a chance to sample some treats. After our tour of the local market, we'll return to our hotel by tuk-tuk.

Khantoke Dinner & Entertainment

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  • $32–39 , transfers included

Day 6 Evening Tour

Enjoy a dinner featuring local specialties, followed by a breathtaking performance of songs and dance by members of local hilltribes dressed in traditional garb.

What to Expect

Max group size: 30 travelers, activity level: level 2.

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

There are a few early mornings on the days of the visit to the Floating Markets and the travel days.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

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The 10 Best Thailand Tours For Unforgettable Adventures That Are Achievable & Affordable!

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The 10 Best Thailand Tours For Unforgettable Adventures That Are Achievable & Affordable!

Expert travel storyteller Jordan Adkins, founder of InspiredByMaps.com, brings a decade of adventures across 101 countries and 450+ UNESCO sites into rich, off-the-beaten-path narratives, melding ecological expertise with genuine, seasoned travel insights. His full bio can be found here.

Are you planning a trip to Thailand? Do you want to know where to go in Thailand? One of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide is now Thailand. Thailand is regarded as “The land of a thousand smiles” and is renowned for its beautiful scenery, delectable cuisine, captivating culture, and friendly inhabitants. Even if you are traveling alone, Thailand is considered one of the greatest Southeast Asian destinations to visit.

Thailand is a stunning nation situated in the heart of South East Asia’s Indochina peninsula. To Laos & Cambodia in the east, Myanmar in the north, the Andaman Sea in the west, as well as the Gulf of Thailand in the south, the nation has shared borders. It is a captivating location and extends over 513,120 sq km. This lovely nation is a melting pot of various civilizations.

Thailand consists of a variety of things, from the ascetic lifestyle of the monks to the vibrant nightlife & rave events on the beaches. Every year, hordes of tourists flock to Thailand’s gorgeous beaches. 

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There was a time when visiting Thailand was regarded as risky. Now that times have changed, it is a popular travel destination worldwide. Additionally, it keeps itself busy. Thailand offers vacations for every price range, whether you choose the opulent, contemporary Bangkok or the basic living on Koh Samui.

Enjoy the Golden Triangle’s endless plains and hills by traveling inland. Alternately, head to the coast to relax on Phuket’s and Krabi’s white-sand beaches. If you look anywhere, all you will see is beautiful nature. You will only need one trip to this lovely country, but you’ll want to come back again and again. 

The tourism sector is well-honed and runs like a well-oiled machine. Travel experts advise beginning your exploration of Asia with a vacation to Thailand. This nation will demonstrate to you all the advantages and comforts of Asian culture, wow you with the variety of regional food, and caress you with the warm Gulf of Siam waters.

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Every traveler who goes there will hold a particular place in their hearts for it. Whatever your budget or hobbies, Thailand has a lot to provide visitors. You can travel lavishly in opulent resorts on the beach, or you can backpack on a tight budget. Or you might simply visit on a tight budget and see a lot for your money; the nation offers something for everyone.

Since the nation is a well-traveled stop on the trekking trail, everything is practical and simple. There are still a lot of off-the-beaten-path locations available, though, outside of the crowds and the increased costs they bring.

Making the ideal tour excursion requires making a number of considerations. For many who are taking their first trip, this may seem a little intimidating. It could be a little difficult to decide where to go, how to get there, where else to stay, & how much money to bring.

Feel relaxed and calm! If you take a trip to Thailand, you can make your decision more easily. In this article, we’ll talk about the top tours in Thailand and their operators. I hope you will find out the best one for your next tour.

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TOP 10 THAILAND TOURS & TRIPS

Charming thailand, northern thailand adventure, thai island hopper west (8 days), southern thailand sojourn nightlife & national parks, experience thailand 6 days, ultimate thailand, amazing thailand in 9 days- bangkok/ chiang mai/ phuket, thailand island hopper-feel free travel, fantastic circle of thailand tour- 10 days, independent highlights of thailand.

Here, we’ll discuss the top tours in Thailand with its well-known tour operators. Continue reading to select the best option for you.

Travel Talk

You can expect an action-packed eight days on this inaugural trip to delightful Thailand, which begins in Bangkok and ends in Chiang Mai in the north. Discover a few of Central & North Thailand’s top attractions.

Explore the vibrant night markets of Bangkok, enjoy elephants in Chiang Mai, discover the wonder of Ayutthaya’s ancient ruins, and have your cameras ready to capture the breathtaking White Temple in Chiang Rai. You will undoubtedly be left wanting more after doing this tour because it provides you with the perfect sample of Thailand’s charm.

The Ministry of Tourism-licensed services of knowledgeable local Travel Talk tour guides is available. A minimum of 14 days before the beginning of the trip, travelers must present proof of vaccination demonstrating that they have had their second dosage.

The whole name of the traveler as it appears on their travel document must be visible on such proof, whether it is printed or digital. Charming Thailand includes hotel accommodations, a knowledgeable guide, food, and transportation.

Essentially, the goal of Travel Talk is to ensure your trip is an unforgettable one without breaking the wallet. Being frequent travelers themselves, they know what makes for the ideal vacation and incorporate each of these components into each of our tours.

They work to check off all the elements to create the most distinctive and genuine travel experiences, with exciting destinations, knowledgeable guides, like-minded travelers, superior accommodations, and travel — not to mention affordable costs.

For those seeking the world’s most unusual travel tales who are culture-hungry and daring, Travel Talk group excursions are perfect. Visitors to Travel Talk are ardent travelers rather than mere tourists. Visit them on one of the trips to discover the distinction.

Your tour guide & driver will work hard to keep everyone in the group clean and ensure that the necessary procedures are followed throughout the trip. Additionally, their visitors have a responsibility to care for the host community, the other group members, and themselves.

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a fantastic 14-day journey that begins in Bangkok and ends in Chiang Mai, a stunning city in the north. Discover the coolest locations and activities available in central and northern Thailand. The Ayutthaya temple ruins can be explored by bicycle.

Visit the hippy/backpacker mountain town of Pai, swim with elephants, trek & zipline through the forest, learn to cook Thai food, & stay with a hill-tribe hamlet in Chiang Mai. The best adventure in northern Thailand.

English-speaking operators and tour guides with experience are available. On request, vegan and vegetarian food options are available on this tour. Simply inform TruTravels about your preferred dining choice. Halal, Kosher, & Jain are not offered for this tour. An adventure in Northern Thailand includes lodging, a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more.

As a small business run by seasoned travelers and backpackers, TruTravels is able to use local knowledge to keep the cost of their tours low. They can deliver excellent value for money travel experiences because they enjoy what they do and want to give their customers the finest possible experience of Latin America and Asia by forgoing the large profit, in contrast to other major tour operators.

In 2012, TruTravels has founded on the premise that life wasn’t about getting caught up in the grind and doing uninteresting work. After having “lived the dream” in the past by working and traveling extensively around Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, & Europe for several years, Joe Fallon and Mark Pope felt they needed a change.

They launched TruTravels. Following their initial meeting in a London pub, they decided to switch things up a bit and left to begin living in paradise, which was their true desire. This served as the model for their strategy since they wanted to show individuals having the time of their lives in heaven.

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Since before you were even born, you have lusted after Thai food, visited The Beach, and dreamed of limestone islands. You’re now prepared for the real deal: seeing this paradise for yourself.

We’ll take you by boat from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi to Krabi, exposing you to an island nightlife and atmosphere unmatched anywhere on the planet. Begin and end in Phuket! You can travel for eight days across Phuket, Thailand, and two other locations in Thailand with the Explorer travel Thai Island Hopper West (8 Days).

Hotels of three and four stars are the norm. They prefer to keep things adventurous, but comfort is never sacrificed. And including Local Guides who eliminate tourist traps, a highly qualified Trip Manager is ready to make your journey come to life. On request, vegetarian, vegan, halal, & kosher food choices are available throughout this tour. Simply inform Contiki of your preferred dining choice.

All transportation is included for the duration of your vacation, which is half the enjoyment of traveling in Asia. Private, air-conditioned mini-coaches let you take in the landscape in comfort, but it’s their distinctive, regional modes of transportation that turn the trip into an adventure.

They offer unforgettable journeys that give you more flexibility to enjoy yourself, less fuss, and more enjoyment. Contiki frees you up to concentrate on creating lasting moments by handling all the logistics for you. Additionally, Contiki has demonstrated through its unmatched value that traveling the world responsibly and with like-minded individuals is the best way to do it.

They are there to take you on your experience with their outstanding, qualified guides and trip team. They are youthful, amiable, and have already completed all of your assignments.

That enables you to unwind on the beach, on a mountain, on a terrace, or wherever else is in your dreams. Contiki has been offering 18-35-year-olds the option to travel together and see the world sustainably for more than 50 years.

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G Adventures

With this tour that is cheap for young travelers, it’s time to discover southern Thailand on your terms. Eat your way through the street food scene in Bangkok, take a nap in between beachside beverages on Ko Tao Island, and climb through the gorgeous lowland rainforest of Khao Sok National Park before relaxing in a hammock by a river.

You can experience the finest of southern Thailand during these eight fantastic days, which combine seaside sun with backpacker nightlife.

Beginning in Bangkok and finishing in Koh Tao! You can take an 8-day travel package via Bangkok, Thailand, as well as four other Thai cities with the Adventurer tour Southern Thailand Sojourn: Nightlife & National Parks.

Accommodation in a hotel or hostel, a professional guide, meals, transportation, and more are all included in the Southern Thailand Sojourn: Nightlife & National Parks itinerary. On request, this trip provides Jain, vegetarian, vegan, halal, and kosher menu options. Simply inform G Adventures of your preferred dining selection.

With G Adventures, you can travel to exciting and exotic locations at a low cost. You may be sure that you’ll be in good hands because the G Adventures evaluations indicate excellent ratings from pleased clients for every area of the trip. There are many different adventure trip types available to suit different interests, along with a large selection of locations and departure dates.

Bruce Poon Tip founded G Adventures in 1990. He firmly believed that other travelers would want to responsibly and sustainably share the experiences & real adventures of travel. It was a one-man show back then, but it has now expanded to a global enterprise with over 1250 employees.

Hundreds of journeys are now available worldwide, up from just a handful of travels across Latin America initially. Over 100,000 people have now used it since its inception in the 1990s, experiencing new sights, learning new things, and making new friends.

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Destination Services Thailand

With this six-day journey, which travels from Bangkok in the middle to Chiang Mai in the north, you may learn about Thailand’s historical and natural beauties. Explore the famed Golden Triangle, among the world’s top opium-producing regions, as well as the nation’s foremost historical sites like Ayutthaya and Phitsanulok. Bangkok is the beginning, and Chiang Mai is the conclusion! You can take a 6-day travel package to Bangkok and eight other Thai cities with the comprehensive Culture tour Experience Thailand 6 Days.

Experience Thailand for 6 Days, including hotel lodging, a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more. Managed on the basis of equality by licensed local guides who speak English, Italian, French, German, as well as Spanish. Transportation with air conditioning and transfers as specified in the plan Transfers from the airport to the Chiang Mai airport is available.

Destination Services is a multinational company made up of local professionals who create experiences around the world while establishing industry-leading standards in all they do. They provide imaginative and original destination experiences that surpass all expectations in collaboration with their local partners.

With their combined excitement, dedication, and entrepreneurial thinking, their crew, who collectively have decades of expertise, are able to consistently provide extraordinary experiences and outstanding customer service. Their success is fueled by its locals, who give you an unforgettable experience.

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Ultimate Travel

Come along on their Ultimate Thailand trip with this tour in paradise. Spend 11 days experiencing all that Thailand has to offer, including its breathtaking beaches, mouthwatering cuisine, wild parties, fascinating culture, and much more. From Bangkok, go to Ko Pha Ngan and back again! You can take an 11-day tour package to Bangkok and three more Thai cities with the Explorer tour Ultimate Thailand.

The Ultimate Thailand package includes a hotel room, a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more. You will have a knowledgeable English-speaking driver and tour guide with you the entire time. On request, vegetarian and vegan food options are available on this tour. Simply inform Ultimate Travel of your preferred dining choice.

The focus of Ultimate Travel trips is on an affordable adventure that’s jam-packed with activities but still leaves time for downtime. Their staff of tour directors, neighborhood experts, and support personnel is committed to making sure you enjoy the trip of a lifetime!

They are committed to assisting the local community, economy, and inhabitants of the places we travel to. They are avid environmentalists and only partner with businesses that uphold their basic principles.

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Realistic Asia

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, offering a vast range of things to see and do, including activities related to culture, religion, food, nature, water, adventures, activities, and relaxation.

Thailand’s beaches and islands are a must-see due to their spectacular beauty and uniqueness. In Thailand, there are a variety of water sports available, including parasailing, jet skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. This fantastic tour, Amazing Thailand In 9 Days, was specially created to satisfy the demands of the clientele.

Phuket is the destination after Bangkok! You can take a 9-day travel package via Bangkok, Thailand, as well as two other Thai cities with the Adventurer tour Amazing Thailand In 9 Days – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. Amazing Thailand In 9 Days – Bangkok / Chiang Mai / Phuket package includes hotel accommodations, flights, a knowledgeable guide, meals, and other amenities.

Seasoned English-speaking tour guide On demand, guides who speak French, German, Spanish, Russian, or Chinese are also available. On request, vegan and vegetarian food options are available on this tour. Simply inform Realistic Asia of your preferred dining choice. Private pick-up and drop-off services from door to door are also available.

Since they have been providing the greatest travel in Vietnam for many years, their purpose and philosophy in building Realistic Asia are to deliver the best of any services that their clients inquire about. Realistic Asia is committed to giving the general people the finest value.

From the time they receive a call regarding a tour request until the time you depart for your vacation, they will be with you, emphasizing the greatest care and attention. At Realistic Asia, they concentrate on details, and they feel that great communication with their tourists results in a better understanding.

Realistic Asia also provides complete transparency regarding the price values they are offered. No additional costs or fees are included in their packages. Their pledge at Realistic Asia is that you get exactly what you want. They usually ensure what is included and what isn’t because they do not want to provide different pricing for ONE bundle.

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Feel Free Travel

They spend nine days doing precisely that on their Bangkok & the South adventure! From the bustling of Bangkok to the peaceful, tranquil Khao Sok jungle and the immaculate, crystal-clear waters of Koh Phi Phi. It’s a quick yet very lovely excursion!

Between boat tours, snorkeling, and fire performances, unwind on Railay and Koh Phi Phi’s stunning beaches. This Thailand island hopper will undoubtedly quell your wanderlust if you don’t have time for one of the longer Thailand vacations.

Bangkok is the beginning, and Ko Phi Phi is the end! You can take a 9-day travel package through Bangkok, Thailand & three other Thai cities with the Island Hopping tour Thailand Island Hopper – Feel Free Travel. The Thailand Island Hopper package includes lodging, a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more.

Traveling with them is more similar to traveling with friends than it is like doing a group tour. They will pick you up at the airport, introduce you to the other members of the group, and eliminate all the concerns and hassles associated with traveling alone! On request, vegetarian and vegan food options are available on this tour. Simply inform Feel Free Travel of your preferred dining choice.

Located in the UK, Feel Free Travel is a tour operator. They like to think that they offer amazing group experiences ideal for young travelers between the ages of 18 and 35. Rather than a Group Tour, Somewhat Like Traveling with Friends is their motto, and they hold the view that travel is about discovering new places, engaging with diverse cultures, and creating lifelong friends.

Their itineraries have been designed to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, to learn about a new culture, to find off-the-beaten-track locations, to unwind in the most breathtaking locations on earth, and to enjoy some of Asia’s best nightlife. The greatest of everything, hands down! With a staff of legends who have more than ten years of combined expertise, it is obvious that their work is their passion.

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Bangkok serves as both the beginning and the finale! You can travel for ten days via Bangkok, Thailand & 6 other Thai cities with the In-depth Cultural trip Fantastic Circle of Thailand Tour – 10 Days. The Fantastic Circle of Thailand Tour – 10 Days includes hotel accommodations, airfare, a knowledgeable guide, meals, and other amenities. Professional local guide traveling with you who speaks English.

Vaccination certificate demonstrating complete COVID-19 immunization with only two doses needed, with no time restrictions. On request, this trip provides vegetarian, vegan, and halal cuisine alternatives. Simply inform Legend Travel Group about your preferred dining choice. Air-conditioned transportation on the way, as well as by plane, is also available.

Legend Travel Group has been a local symbol of adventure and travels for the past ten years. They consider it a great honor to express their gratitude to our esteemed clients and business associates, whose excitement for Legend Travel Group has always made us successful.

Historically, in 1994, the creator traveled with his lovely native country of Vietnam as part of a high school vacation. After a 45-day amazing voyage from the North to the South, he came to the conclusion that everyone, not just those from Vietnam but from all other nations, should have access to this opportunity.

He began his five-year journey toward realizing his aim of being an authority on tourism by enrolling at one of the top universities. With the sincere wish that every traveler might have life-changing experiences and that your vacations will be both time and money well spent, Legend Travel Group was founded in 2008.

Around 15,000 tourists are welcomed by Legend Travel Group each year in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. Their primary objective is to make sure that your memorable experiences become our greatest pride and become part of our legend.

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On an Independence by Globus holiday, you desire time. You’ll quickly understand why many refer to Bangkok as the “Venice of the East” after taking a boat trip through the city’s waterways. Visit the Grand Palace, which contains the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Arun, popularly known as the Temple of the Dawn.

Last but not least, visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, which is Bangkok’s oldest and largest Buddhist temple and is home to one of Thailand’s largest Buddha statues. Additionally, you’ll have time to visit additional sights in Bangkok and the surrounding area.

A number of fascinating hill tribes will be visited, and their cultures will be explained to you. Visit an incredible elephant sanctuary to understand the conserving of orphaned & rescued elephants while exploring the most well-known temples in Chiang Mai. Bangkok is the beginning, and Chiang Mai is the conclusion!

The In-depth Cultural Tour Independent Highlights of Thailand is a 10-day itinerary that visits Bangkok as well as two other locations in Thailand. The Independent Highlights of Thailand package includes hotel accommodations, a knowledgeable guide, meals, and transportation.

Globus designs top-notch escorted itineraries with the ideal ratio of included attractions and free time. They are all about hidden treasures rather than hidden fees. They incorporate extra sightseeing, experiences, and visits as part of the overall holiday cost.

Over 90 years ago, a young man bought a boat to ferry tourists across Switzerland’s Lake Lugano. Who would have imagined that this one boat would become the foundation for one of the top travel organizations in the world?

When Antonio Mantegazza started out across Lake Lugano in 1928, he had the beliefs that still guide the Globus family of brands today. Antonio Mantegazza wanted to educate travelers by showcasing the absolute best of the places they already know so well.

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Thailand is a picture-perfect paradise where sugar-white beaches are found and karsts clothed in vegetation drop into azure waters. Before tourists from all over the world swarm to the nation and costs soar, now may be the best time to visit Thailand if you intend to go. For your next trip, we have already discussed the top tours and their operators.

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Day 1: Touch down at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok and grab a cab to your accommodations. Eat a delicious Thai meal from a street vendor before hitting the capital’s best sights, such as Wat Phra Chetuphon, Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

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A 4-installment payment plan is available, often with 0 percent interest to those with at least decent credit. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Southern Thailand in 12 Days” tour is available for $2,210 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. If you would like lodging included for all nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2,980 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. Note that there is a $30 USD fee if paying by bank transfer or a 4.0 percent surcharge for payments made by credit card. We accept both forms of payment. We do not accept checks. Moving forward, to better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us: 1. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour? Solo travelers are welcomed, in case you were wondering. 2. What is your age and the age of your travel companion(s), if applicable? Travel insurance is required for this tour and we cannot quote you without knowing your age. 3. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you? 4. Where would you be flying from (and back to)? 5. On what date would you like to leave home? 6. Would you like to extend the duration of this tour so you have some free days just to relax? If you have 1 extra day, then we recommend the coastal village of Ao Nang. If you have 2, then we recommend 1 in Ao Nang and 1 in the resort town of Phuket. 7. Do you have a preference between male and female tour guides? 8. Specifically for Day 2, an alternative to doing a boat tour of the greater Ao Nang/Krabi area is to make a daytrip solely to a beach called Railay. There you can go rock climbing. Do you prefer rock climbing at Railay over doing a boat tour of the greater Ao Nang/Krabi area? There is no difference in cost. 9. Also, when making daytrips from Phuket, you are picked up in shared vans, with other travelers inside. This, in turn, usually means you will be making hotel stops before ultimately heading to your destination for the day. Would you like to upgrade to private pickups in order to avoid going from one traveler’s hotel to the next traveler’s hotel? 10. Lastly, would you like to do our South Thailand tour but simply in reverse? This is allowed and there are no additional fees. You would start on Koh Phangan or Koh Samui Island and end in Ao Nang. Alternatively, would you like to keep our itinerary but simply go to Koh Phangan Island once our tour is over? Koh Phangan Island is only a 30-minute boat ride away from Koh Samui Island. Koh Phangan Island is best known for its monthly half moon and full moon parties.

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Day 1: you know you just arrived somewhere special.

Our tour starts in the town of Krabi. More specifically, from the airport, we are taken to the coastal village of Ao Nang. Along with serving as a good introduction to Southern Thailand as well as offering some fun nightlife, Ao Nang acts as a base from which to explore the surrounding exotic islands.

Day 2: Limestone Peaks & Caves Approached by Water or via Rock Climbing

As an excursion, we explore the tropical surroundings by boat. Specifically, we visit Tub Island, Chicken Island, Poda Island and Pranang Cave. This region of Thailand is famous for its limestone peaks, both on land and in the sea. The limestone hills contain many caves, most having stalactites and stalagmites. Lunch and snorkeling are included on today’s tour.

An alternative to doing a boat tour of the greater Ao Nang area is to make a daytrip solely to a beach called Railay. There you can go rock climbing. Ask us for details. Note that children under 5 years old are not allowed to go rock climbing.

Day 3: Time to Go Phi Phi

We relocate by boat from Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi Island. There we take a private long-tailed boat tour. Specifically, we explore Pileh Bay, Maya Bay, Loh Sama Bay, Monkey Beach and Viking Cave. The area features beaches and clear water that have had their natural beauty protected by national park status. Tourism here exploded since the filming of the movie “The Beach.” Today, the Phi Phi Islands are one of Thailand's most famous destinations. Snorkeling gear (mask and tube) is included on today’s tour. In the evening, we enjoy the buzzing nightlife on this car-free island.

Day 4: Watching the Sunset, a Cooking Class, Dinner & the Buzzing Nightlife of Bangla Road

We relocate by boat from Koh Phi Phi Island to the resort town of Phuket. There we check out the famous Patong Beach, then watch the sunset from Cape Phrom Thep and then head to a Thai restaurant. At this restaurant, we are taught how traditional food is prepared as well as have dinner. The combination of tasty cuisine, rich culture and good company creates an unforgettable experience.

The later evening is all about partying. Some of the most buzzing nightlife on Earth can be found in Phuket, specifically on Bangla Road. There we are provided with a guided tour. Expect music, bars, clubs, promoters, dancers, food carts and even massage chairs all packed into one long pedestrian street.

Day 5: James Bond’s Home, a World-Renowned Film & Sailing the Seas

We make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to Phang Nga Bay. Limestone cliffs with caves, collapsed cave systems and archaeological sites are found in the bay. The most famous of the many islands is the so-called James Bond Island. It was featured in the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.” Lunch and canoeing through caves and lagoons are included on today’s tour.

Day 6: An Archipelago Featuring Bizarre Rock Formations

When relocating by land from Phuket town to Khao Sok National Park, we make a long stop in a coastal area called Khao Lak. It is from here we make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to the Similan Islands. This is a national park/archipelago consisting of 11 islands. The archipelago is famous for its rock formations. Lunch and snorkeling are included on today’s tour.

Note that the Similan Islands boat tour operates only November through April. Outside of this season, they are replaced with a tour of Phuket Island, specifically Phuket Viewpoint, a temple called Wat Chaithararam and Phuket’s old town.

Day 7: Scrubbing Wildlife in the River and Going on a Canoe Safari

As an excursion from Khao Sok National Park, we head to Phang Nga Elephant Park. There we bathe an elephant in the river. We also go on a canoe safari along the Sok River, with majestic mountains surrounding us. Lunch is included on today’s tour.

Day 8: The Country's Postcard Perfect Lake, Best Explored by Boat

We make a daytrip by land from Khao Sok National Park to Cheow Lan Lake (a.k.a. Rajjaprabha Dam Reservoir). There we are provided with a full-day tour. Cheow Lan is inhabited by a range of mammals such as tigers, elephants, tapirs and many monkey species. It is also arguably Thailand's prettiest lake. Included on today’s tour are lunch, a boat ride around the lake and a visit to a water cave.

Day 9: Southern Thailand’s Other Major Destination, Koh Samui

Today we relocate from Khao Sok National Park first by land and then by boat to Koh Samui Island. There we see the viewpoint in Lad Koh, Lamai Beach and its famous rocks, Wat Khunaram Temple, the Mummified Monk, the Secret Waterfall and the Big Buddha. Nightlife-rich Koh Samui Island also serves as a base from which to make boat daytrips.

Day 10: A Breathtaking Panorama of 42 Islands

We make a daytrip via an organized boat tour to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, which covers 42 islands. Most of the islands are close to each other, making a breathtaking panorama when sailing around the park. All the islands are of different sizes and shapes. Most of them are covered with tropical forests. Lunch, snorkeling and kayaking inside caves are included on today’s tour.

Day 11: A Viewpoint to a Natural Attraction Too Perfect to Look Real

We make a daytrip first to Ko Tao Island and then to Ko Nang Yuan Island. Popular at Ko Tao is hiking to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view, which is quite stunning. The highlight around Ko Nang Yuan Island is snorkeling. Snorkeling gear, the mountain hike and lunch are included on today’s tour.

Day 12: Our Tour Ends This Morning

Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport on Koh Samui Island. Alternatively, we can take you to the pier so you can take the 30-minute boat ride to Koh Phangan Island. This island is best known for its monthly half moon and full moon parties.

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All participants are required to book travel insurance within 72 hours of booking this tour. At a minimum, such insurance must cover cancellations, medical expenses, evacuations, flight loss or delays and 24/7 assistance.

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Are Domestic Flights Needed for This Tour?

Below is the only domestic flight needed for this tour: Day 12: Koh Samui Island to Ao Nang, Phuket or Bangkok (depending from where you leave the country)

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Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.

Nights 1-2: Ao Nang, Preferred Accommodation: Holiday Ao Nang Beach Resort

Night 3: Koh Phi Phi Island, Preferred Accommodation: Phi Phi Harbour View Hotel *Note that while there are nicer hotels on the island, they are not walking distance from all the action. Phi Phi Harbour View Hotel is.

Nights 4-5: Phuket Town, Preferred Accommodation: The Senses Resort & Pool Villas

Nights 6-8: Khao Sok National Park, Preferred Accommodation: Montania Livestyle Hotel

Nights 9-11: Koh Samui Island, Preferred Accommodation: Muangsamui

For those who wish to add Koh Phangan Island, our preferred hotels there are Chantaramas Resort and Summer Resort.

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Although virtually all activities on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request, at an additional cost. Typically, the only private tours are of Phuket Town, the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Samui Island and the Sok River (canoe safari). *Note that you are not with the same travelers and tour guides throughout your trip. Instead, you usually meet and engage with new people.

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Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.

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Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?

We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.

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We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.

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Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.

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20 Best Places to Visit in Thailand — From the Country's Oldest National Park With Secret Waterfalls to Stunning Islands With Excellent Diving

There's no shortage of beautiful places to visit in Thailand.

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Thailand is so much more than a travel destination — visiting is a bona fide rite of passage. From hostel-hopping backpackers to well-heeled five-star hotel aficionados, there’s something for everyone in “The Land of Smiles.” 

My most recent trip to Thailand was in early 2022, when the country implemented strict entry requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, I was one of a few hundred thousand tourists who were allowed into the country, and it felt like I had many of the typically crowded attractions all to myself.

The beauty of Thailand is that it will show you different sides of itself no matter how many times you visit. From the idyllic white-sand beaches and palm-fringed islands in the south to the misty hillsides and temple-peppered mountains of the north, the rattle and hum under neon lights of nonstop Bangkok, and the ruins of ancient cities surrounded by jungle, Thailand never disappoints.

So, what are the best places to visit in Thailand? I reached out to a Thailand travel expert and threw in a bit of my own first-person experience to help you narrow down this ever-growing list.

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For most travelers, an adventure in Thailand will likely kick off in the nonstop, energetic capital city, Bangkok. A dizzying destination and one of my favorite international cities, Bangkok is full-on sensory overload — but in the best way. Dig into sizzling street food; meander back alleys and bustling thoroughfares in search of small markets, shops, and hidden temples; cruise along the Chao Phraya River, and grab a cocktail at the dozens of sky-high rooftop bars. 

Tip: Book a room at the Capella Bangkok or Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok — two iconic luxury hotels with stunning locations perched on the Chao Phraya River.

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Second to Bangkok on most visitors’ lists is the northern city of Chiang Mai. Many travelers even prefer Chiang Mai to Bangkok for its relatively slower pace of life. The spectacular city is bursting with temples (Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a must) and humming with restaurants and bars. 

"I would say for anybody, whether it's their first time or a repeat trip to Thailand, if you have been there or you haven't, [you have to visit] Chiang Mai," said Grant Ekelund , Travel + Leisure A-List advisor and senior travel consultant and Asia specialist at InsideAsia. "It's such a neat city. It’s one of those destinations that has something for everyone … Are you a foodie? Do you want to hike? See cool temples? Have amazing trekking opportunities? It can all be done [here], and it slots into any itinerary perfectly."

Koh Phi Phi

Thailand has more than 1,400 islands scattered around its coastline, but few are as famous or iconic as the Phi Phi Islands in the Andaman Sea. Comprising two islands — Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh — Koh Phi Phi is known for its natural beauty, excellent diving, and raucous party scene. For the latter, Phi Phi Don is the most famous. Phi Phi Leh, meanwhile, is uninhabited and beloved by those looking to disappear into nature. It was blasted into the public eye about two decades ago, when Leonardo DiCaprio's character went in search of an island paradise in the film "The Beach," which is set in real-life Maya Bay.

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While we’re on the topic of Koh Phi Phi, we’d be remiss not to mention Krabi province as a whole. Located in southern Thailand, bordering the Andaman Sea, Krabi is home to many of the beautiful beaches and islands that make Thailand famous. 

"I've been booking many [trips to] Krabi lately," said Ekelund. "It ticks a lot of boxes for people. You've got the beauty, cool cliffs, and interesting geology. It has a beach, but it's for people who don't want to simply park it on the sand for 10 days. Krabi offers activities and more." Some highlights include the beach town of Ao Nang, as well as islands like Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Yao Yai, Koh Lipe, Railay Beach, and several national parks.

Koh Yao Noi

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My first trip to Thailand was to the small island of Koh Yao Noi back in 2013. One of the most beautiful islands in Phang Nga Bay, Koh Yao Noi is flecked off the coast of its sibling island, Koh Yao Yai. Sandy beaches and small fishing villages comprise most of the land here, along with the luxe Six Senses Yao Noi resort tucked along the eastern coast. The property’s infinity pool is legendary for its explosive sunrise views that blur the distinction between the sky and sea.

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Many Thai cities have the ability to make visitors feel like they’re stepping back in time. But few create the illusion as vividly as Ayutthaya. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, the ruins of Ayutthaya are breathtaking and hauntingly beautiful. It’s only an hour from Bangkok, making it an easy day trip or a great overnight excursion.

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Sukhothai is another beautiful ancient city. "Sukhothai is for people who like history. I was taken by how beautiful the area is and how extensive the ruins are," said Ekelund. "We cycled around the ruins with a guide and got a great sense of the history. Sukhothai is much more rural and harder to reach, meaning it has fewer tourists. You also don't have a city built up around it."

Mae Hong Son Loop

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Of all the places I've visited in Thailand, none stick with me as much as the Mae Hong Son Loop. This 300-mile route is most often tackled by travelers on the back of motorbikes looking to brave the mountain switchbacks that descend into the thick jungle and pass from small village to small village. It's not a journey to be taken lightly — motorbike experience is strongly recommended — but those who make the trip are rewarded with spectacular scenery and access to remote communities.

Khao Yai National Park

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Thailand has more than 100 national parks. The oldest is Khao Yai National Park, which also happens to be the country's third-largest. Within the park lies a web of hiking trails, secret waterfalls, and herds of elephants.

"Khao Yai has a lot of bat caves, too, which is one of the coolest things I've ever experienced," said Ekelund. "I stood there for 30 minutes while an unending stream of bats flew over my head. It was all so beautiful. It's a beautiful park with waterfalls, trekking, and hiking. Plus, it's just a couple of hours [by car] from Bangkok."

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Approximately two hours southeast of Chiang Mai is the city of Lampang. Much like many large cities in Thailand, Lampang has its fair share of temples, street food, and markets. But unlike the others, it feels like a place where time has stood still. Just listen for the sound of clip-clopping horse carts, still used for transportation, and you'll understand what I mean. Because of Lampang's integral role in the teak trade, many migrants from Myanmar made this northern city home, and you'll find teak mansions and Burmese-style temples everywhere.

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Chiang Rai, a northern Thai city, is often glossed over as most visitors opt to stop in Chiang Mai instead. "I am always struck by how chill Chiang Rai is," said Ekelund. "It's a relaxing place to be and has cool stuff to do. It's a great city to walk through the neighborhoods and see people living their daily lives. I enjoyed the mountains, nearby villages, and opportunities for cultural exchange."

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No list of best places to visit in Thailand would be complete without Phuket. While Phuket has a reputation for being crowded with resort after resort, the truth is it’s for a reason — the island is a beautiful place to be. Thailand's largest and most easily accessible island brings visitors in by the millions each year for its wide array of hotels, white-sand beaches, parties in Patong, colorful snorkeling, and eclectic culinary scene.

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Thailand’s second most popular island sits off the country’s eastern coast in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is wreathed in bone-white sandy beaches, peppered with temples, veined with hiking trails, and splashed with fabulous resorts and energetic beach towns and villages.

"It's hard to beat Koh Samui. It's just beautiful," said Ekelund. "If you want easy access without a full resort stay, I recommend Anantara Bophut . You can walk to Fisherman's Village, and you won’t feel like you're 'stuck' at a resort. If you want a full resort experience, I like Banyan Tree Samui for its private beach and spectacular rooms."

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The tiny island of Koh Tao, located in the Gulf of Thailand and not too far from Koh Samui, is one of the country’s best locations for diving and snorkeling. In fact, most avid divers will tell you that Koh Tao is their destination of choice in Thailand. The palm-fringed island is best known for its abundance of sea turtles.

Kanchanaburi

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Shrouded in thick jungle and sliced by miles of track belonging to what was once known as the “Death Railway,” Kanchanaburi has a dark and tragic history. The infamous train route, which crosses the River Kwai, was built from 1940 to 1943 by prisoners of war taken by the Japanese in World War II. Today, only a small section of the rail route is open and takes travelers on a journey through the mountain cliffs and bamboo forests of Kanchanaburi. "If you're into history, beautiful vistas, trains, and wildlife, you can get all of that in Kanchanaburi. It's a place not many tourists go, either, so it has a lot to offer," said Ekelund.

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Trang is the province directly south of Krabi, which means it has the same beautiful stretch of Andaman Sea coastline, except with a fraction of the crowds. There’s no shortage of islands to explore around Trang, like Koh Kradan and Koh Muk. Koh Muk's crown jewel is the secret Emerald Cave, which can be entered via a dark tunnel that leads to a protected beach surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.

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Located in the province of Phang Nga, Khao Lak can be thought of as Phuket’s much quieter cousin. Less than two hours from Phuket International Airport, Khao Lak is home to miles of sprawling, empty beaches, plus it offers easy access to beautiful national parks.

"I've been hyping Khao Lak quite a bit for people who want something quieter," said Ekelund. "You have easy access to the Phuket International Airport, but it's much more chill than the other Andaman Islands. It has beautiful beaches, good infrastructure, a great spot for dining, and it’s not hard to get to."

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Whether or not you drive the Mae Hong Son Loop, you’ll want to stop in Pai when visiting northern Thailand. Once a sleepy community of expats, Pai has morphed into a must-visit backpacker destination. Visitors will find funky cafes and coffee shops, endless bars, guest houses, hostels, and a dispensary or two, particularly now that cannabis is no longer considered a narcotic in the country.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

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South of Bangkok, the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan is best known for the glamorous, frenetic beach town of Hua Hin. The province runs down the skinny arm of the country, bordering the Gulf of Thailand on one side and Myanmar on the other. Here’s where you'll find Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand's first marine national park. The park's top attractions include a series of spectacular caves and a sprawling freshwater marsh. Visitors can enjoy the park’s beaches, islands, walking trails, and thick mangrove forests. It’s just an hour from Hua Hin and about 3.5 hours from Bangkok.

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This long, skinny island, also in the province of Krabi, flies under the radar, but it’s one of my favorite places in the country. Koh Lanta is home to beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and the Mu Ko Lanta National Park, an amazing spot for diving and seeing undeveloped beaches.

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<p><strong>Thailand, with its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and renowned hospitality, offers a plethora of experiences for every traveler. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the serene beaches of the south and the lush mountains of the north, this guide will take you through the diverse facets of Thailand, ensuring a journey filled with discovery and wonder.</strong></p>

Thailand, with its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and renowned hospitality, offers a plethora of experiences for every traveler. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the serene beaches of the south and the lush mountains of the north, this guide will take you through the diverse facets of Thailand, ensuring a journey filled with discovery and wonder.

<p><span>Bangkok, a city where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with modernity, offers an experience like no other. As you navigate its bustling streets, you’ll encounter magnificent temples such as Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun, standing as serene sanctuaries amidst the urban chaos. The Grand Palace, a former royal residence, highlights the city’s rich history and architectural grandeur.</span></p> <p><span>For shopping enthusiasts, the sprawling Chatuchak Weekend Market presents a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to local handicrafts. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in Bangkok’s renowned street food, where dishes like Pad Thai and Som Tam are served with authentic flavors.</span></p> <p><span>The city’s vibrant nightlife, from rooftop bars to lively street markets, pulsates with energy, offering a glimpse into the contemporary lifestyle of Bangkok’s residents. Navigating Bangkok explores contrasts, where each turn presents a new facet of this dynamic city.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit the lesser-known but equally impressive Wat Benchamabophit for a more tranquil temple experience.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Bangkok is accessible by its two main airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang. The city has an extensive public transport system, including the BTS Skytrain and MRT.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The cool season from November to February is ideal, with pleasant weather and numerous festivals.</span></p>

Bangkok, a city where ancient traditions seamlessly blend with modernity, offers an experience like no other. As you navigate its bustling streets, you’ll encounter magnificent temples such as Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun, standing as serene sanctuaries amidst the urban chaos. The Grand Palace, a former royal residence, highlights the city’s rich history and architectural grandeur.

For shopping enthusiasts, the sprawling Chatuchak Weekend Market presents a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to local handicrafts. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in Bangkok’s renowned street food, where dishes like Pad Thai and Som Tam are served with authentic flavors.

The city’s vibrant nightlife, from rooftop bars to lively street markets, pulsates with energy, offering a glimpse into the contemporary lifestyle of Bangkok’s residents. Navigating Bangkok explores contrasts, where each turn presents a new facet of this dynamic city.

Insider’s Tip: Visit the lesser-known but equally impressive Wat Benchamabophit for a more tranquil temple experience.

How To Get There: Bangkok is accessible by its two main airports, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang. The city has an extensive public transport system, including the BTS Skytrain and MRT.

Best Time To Travel: The cool season from November to February is ideal, with pleasant weather and numerous festivals.

<p>Known for its low cost of living and a vibrant expat community, Chiang Mai is a hub for digital nomads. The city combines modern amenities with rich cultural heritage and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty.</p>

2. Chiang Mai

In Chiang Mai, the cultural heart of Northern Thailand, you’ll find a more laid-back atmosphere than Bangkok’s frenetic energy. The city is replete with historic temples, the most famous being Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang, each offering a peaceful retreat and a look into the spiritual practices of the locals. The Night Bazaar and Sunday Walking Street Market are hubs for artisanal crafts and street food, reflecting the city’s artistic flair and culinary richness.

Just outside the city, the lush landscapes of Doi Inthanon National Park await, with trekking trails leading to waterfalls and hill tribe villages. Chiang Mai’s charm lies in its blend of history, culture, and nature, providing a holistic experience of Thailand’s northern region.

Whether you’re exploring its ancient temples, engaging in a traditional Thai cooking class, or wandering through its vibrant markets, Chiang Mai captivates with its serene beauty and rich cultural tapestry.

Insider’s Tip: Take a Thai cooking class to delve deeper into the region’s unique flavors.

How To Get There: Chiang Mai has an international airport and is also accessible by train or bus from Bangkok.

Best Time To Travel: Visit during the cool season, particularly in November, for the Yi Peng Lantern Festival.

<p><span>Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is a blend of experiences catering to those seeking relaxation and adventure. The island’s beaches, like Patong, Kata, and Karon, offer a range of atmospheres, from bustling shores with water sports activities to more tranquil retreats. Beyond its stunning beaches, Phuket’s Old Town reveals a different side of the island, with Sino-Portuguese architecture and a burgeoning arts scene.</span></p> <p><span>A visit to the Big Buddha is a must for a panoramic view of the island. The surrounding waters of Phuket, particularly the Phi Phi Islands and Similan Islands, are a paradise for divers and snorkelers, boasting vibrant marine life and crystal-clear waters.</span></p> <p><span>Phuket’s nightlife, especially in Patong, pulsates with energy, offering many entertainment options. The island’s diversity, from its natural beauty to cultural richness, makes Phuket a microcosm of Thailand’s allure.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Take a day trip to the Phi Phi Islands for some of the best snorkeling and diving.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Phuket is accessible by its international airport or by bus and ferry from the mainland.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The best weather is from November to February, with calm seas and sunny skies.</span></p>

Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is a blend of experiences catering to those seeking relaxation and adventure. The island’s beaches, like Patong, Kata, and Karon, offer a range of atmospheres, from bustling shores with water sports activities to more tranquil retreats. Beyond its stunning beaches, Phuket’s Old Town reveals a different side of the island, with Sino-Portuguese architecture and a burgeoning arts scene.

A visit to the Big Buddha is a must for a panoramic view of the island. The surrounding waters of Phuket, particularly the Phi Phi Islands and Similan Islands, are a paradise for divers and snorkelers, boasting vibrant marine life and crystal-clear waters.

Phuket’s nightlife, especially in Patong, pulsates with energy, offering many entertainment options. The island’s diversity, from its natural beauty to cultural richness, makes Phuket a microcosm of Thailand’s allure.

Insider’s Tip: Take a day trip to the Phi Phi Islands for some of the best snorkeling and diving.

How To Get There: Phuket is accessible by its international airport or by bus and ferry from the mainland.

Best Time To Travel: The best weather is from November to February, with calm seas and sunny skies.

<p><span>The ancient city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, stands today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a journey through Thailand’s storied past. As you wander through the historical park, you’ll encounter the ruins of temples and palaces, each telling a tale of the city’s former glory and subsequent destruction.</span></p> <p><span>The site’s most iconic structures, such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, showcase the sophisticated art and architecture of the Ayutthaya period. Exploring Ayutthaya is not just a historical excursion; it’s an immersive experience that transports you back to when the city was a major trading hub of Asia.</span></p> <p><span>The juxtaposition of ancient ruins against a backdrop of modern life underscores the enduring legacy of Ayutthaya’s historical and cultural significance in Thailand.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit during the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat and crowds.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Ayutthaya is a short train or bus ride from Bangkok.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The cool season, from November to February, offers comfortable exploring conditions.</span></p>

4. Ayutthaya

The ancient city of Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam, stands today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a journey through Thailand’s storied past. As you wander through the historical park, you’ll encounter the ruins of temples and palaces, each telling a tale of the city’s former glory and subsequent destruction.

The site’s most iconic structures, such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Si Sanphet, showcase the sophisticated art and architecture of the Ayutthaya period. Exploring Ayutthaya is not just a historical excursion; it’s an immersive experience that transports you back to when the city was a major trading hub of Asia.

The juxtaposition of ancient ruins against a backdrop of modern life underscores the enduring legacy of Ayutthaya’s historical and cultural significance in Thailand.

Insider’s Tip: Visit during the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat and crowds.

How To Get There: Ayutthaya is a short train or bus ride from Bangkok.

Best Time To Travel: The cool season, from November to February, offers comfortable exploring conditions.

<p><span>In Krabi Province, you’ll find yourself amidst some of Thailand’s most picturesque landscapes, marked by dramatic limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, and clear blue waters. The province is renowned for destinations like Railay Beach, which is accessible only by boat. It offers world-class rock climbing and stunning beachscapes.</span></p> <p><span>The Phi Phi Islands, with their iconic beaches and vibrant marine life, are perfect for day trips, offering opportunities for snorkeling and diving. For a more tranquil experience, the lesser-known Koh Lanta provides a laid-back atmosphere with its long, sandy beaches. </span><span>Krabi’s natural beauty extends beyond its coastline, with inland attractions like the Emerald Pool and the Tiger Cave Temple, each offering unique experiences.</span></p> <p><span>Whether you’re seeking adventure on the cliffs of Railay or tranquility on the beaches of Koh Lanta, Krabi presents a diverse array of natural wonders waiting to be explored.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Explore the mangroves and limestone caves by kayak for a unique perspective.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Krabi has an airport, and it’s also accessible by bus and boat from other parts of Thailand.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>Visit from November to March for the best beach weather.</span></p>

In Krabi Province, you’ll find yourself amidst some of Thailand’s most picturesque landscapes, marked by dramatic limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, and clear blue waters. The province is renowned for destinations like Railay Beach, which is accessible only by boat. It offers world-class rock climbing and stunning beachscapes.

The Phi Phi Islands, with their iconic beaches and vibrant marine life, are perfect for day trips, offering opportunities for snorkeling and diving. For a more tranquil experience, the lesser-known Koh Lanta provides a laid-back atmosphere with its long, sandy beaches. Krabi’s natural beauty extends beyond its coastline, with inland attractions like the Emerald Pool and the Tiger Cave Temple, each offering unique experiences.

Whether you’re seeking adventure on the cliffs of Railay or tranquility on the beaches of Koh Lanta, Krabi presents a diverse array of natural wonders waiting to be explored.

Insider’s Tip: Explore the mangroves and limestone caves by kayak for a unique perspective.

How To Get There: Krabi has an airport, and it’s also accessible by bus and boat from other parts of Thailand.

Best Time To Travel: Visit from November to March for the best beach weather.

<p><span>Pai, nestled in the mountains of Northern Thailand, is a haven for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. With its relaxed atmosphere, this small town attracts travelers looking to escape the hustle of city life. Surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery, Pai is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, visiting waterfalls, and exploring hot springs.</span></p> <p><span>The Pai Canyon offers stunning views, especially at sunset, and is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. The town’s charming cafes, night markets, and art galleries reflect a unique blend of local Thai culture and bohemian influences.</span></p> <p><span>Renting a scooter to explore the surrounding countryside is a popular way to discover the area’s hidden gems, but be cautious on the winding roads. Pai’s natural beauty, laid-back vibe, and cultural richness make it a refreshing stop in your Thailand journey.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Rent a scooter to explore the surrounding countryside, but be cautious on the winding roads.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Pai is accessible by bus from Chiang Mai.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The cool season, particularly from October to February, is ideal for comfortable temperatures.</span></p>

Pai, nestled in the mountains of Northern Thailand, is a haven for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty. With its relaxed atmosphere, this small town attracts travelers looking to escape the hustle of city life. Surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery, Pai is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, visiting waterfalls, and exploring hot springs.

The Pai Canyon offers stunning views, especially at sunset, and is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. The town’s charming cafes, night markets, and art galleries reflect a unique blend of local Thai culture and bohemian influences.

Renting a scooter to explore the surrounding countryside is a popular way to discover the area’s hidden gems, but be cautious on the winding roads. Pai’s natural beauty, laid-back vibe, and cultural richness make it a refreshing stop in your Thailand journey.

Insider’s Tip: Rent a scooter to explore the surrounding countryside, but be cautious on the winding roads.

How To Get There: Pai is accessible by bus from Chiang Mai.

Best Time To Travel: The cool season, particularly from October to February, is ideal for comfortable temperatures.

<p><span>Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand, is where Thai art, architecture, and language began to develop and flourish. The Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an archaeological delight with well-preserved ruins and majestic Buddha statues set amidst scenic lakes and gardens.</span></p> <p><span>Exploring this ancient city on a bicycle offers a leisurely and intimate experience of the park’s vast grounds. Highlights include Wat Mahathat, with its impressive central stupa, and Wat Si Chum, known for its gigantic seated Buddha.</span></p> <p><span>The historical significance of Sukhothai, coupled with its serene and picturesque setting, provides a profound insight into the origins of Thai culture and the nation’s early history.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit during the Loy Krathong festival in November, when the park is beautifully lit with lanterns.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Sukhothai is accessible by bus or plane from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The cool season is the best time to visit, especially around the Loy Krathong festival.</span></p>

7. Sukhothai

Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand, is where Thai art, architecture, and language began to develop and flourish. The Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an archaeological delight with well-preserved ruins and majestic Buddha statues set amidst scenic lakes and gardens.

Exploring this ancient city on a bicycle offers a leisurely and intimate experience of the park’s vast grounds. Highlights include Wat Mahathat, with its impressive central stupa, and Wat Si Chum, known for its gigantic seated Buddha.

The historical significance of Sukhothai, coupled with its serene and picturesque setting, provides a profound insight into the origins of Thai culture and the nation’s early history.

Insider’s Tip: Visit during the Loy Krathong festival in November, when the park is beautifully lit with lanterns.

How To Get There: Sukhothai is accessible by bus or plane from Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Best Time To Travel: The cool season is the best time to visit, especially around the Loy Krathong festival.

<p><span>Hua Hin, once a quiet fishing village and now a popular beach resort town, offers a perfect blend of relaxation and cultural experiences. Known for its beautiful beaches, golf courses, and the summer palace of the Thai royal family, Hua Hin exudes an air of sophistication and tranquility.</span></p> <p><span>The night markets in Hua Hin, particularly the Cicada Market, are great for experiencing local crafts and cuisine. Nearby natural attractions like Sam Roi Yot National Park, with its limestone mountains and mangrove forests, provide opportunities for nature exploration.</span></p> <p><span>Hua Hin’s combination of beachside leisure, royal heritage, and natural beauty makes it an ideal destination for those seeking a more laid-back experience in Thailand.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Try the local seafood at the night market, known for its freshness and variety.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Hua Hin is about a three-hour drive from Bangkok and is also accessible by train.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>Visit from November to February for the best beach weather and fewer rain showers.</span></p>

Hua Hin, once a quiet fishing village and now a popular beach resort town, offers a perfect blend of relaxation and cultural experiences. Known for its beautiful beaches, golf courses, and the summer palace of the Thai royal family, Hua Hin exudes an air of sophistication and tranquility.

The night markets in Hua Hin, particularly the Cicada Market, are great for experiencing local crafts and cuisine. Nearby natural attractions like Sam Roi Yot National Park, with its limestone mountains and mangrove forests, provide opportunities for nature exploration.

Hua Hin’s combination of beachside leisure, royal heritage, and natural beauty makes it an ideal destination for those seeking a more laid-back experience in Thailand.

Insider’s Tip: Try the local seafood at the night market, known for its freshness and variety.

How To Get There: Hua Hin is about a three-hour drive from Bangkok and is also accessible by train.

Best Time To Travel: Visit from November to February for the best beach weather and fewer rain showers.

<p><span>As you ascend to Wat Tham Sua and Wat Tham Khao Noi, prepare for a spiritual and visual journey. These twin temples, perched atop hills, offer architectural beauty and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Wat Tham Sua is renowned for its imposing Buddha statue, while Wat Tham Khao Noi stands out with its striking Chinese-style pagoda.</span></p> <p><span>The climb to these temples is as rewarding as it is enlightening, offering a moment of tranquility and reflection. The serene atmosphere, combined with the breathtaking vistas, makes this a soul-stirring experience. These temples are sanctuaries where the spiritual and the earthly merge.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Climb the stairs early in the morning to enjoy cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. </span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>Visit any time of year, but mornings are best for the climb. </span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Located about 15 km from Kanchanaburi, these temples are accessible by car or taxi.</span></p>

9. Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi, known for the Bridge over the River Kwai and its World War II history, offers a poignant reminder of the past, set against a backdrop of stunning natural scenery. The Death Railway, war cemeteries, and museums provide a deep understanding of the region’s wartime history.

Beyond its historical significance, Kanchanaburi is also home to beautiful national parks like Erawan and Sai Yok, offering trekking, waterfalls, and river rafting. The province’s blend of history and natural beauty provides a multifaceted experience, making it a destination that appeals to history buffs and nature lovers.

Insider’s Tip: Take a train ride on the Death Railway for a scenic and historical journey.

How To Get There: Kanchanaburi is accessible by bus or train from Bangkok.

Best Time To Travel: The cool and dry season from November to February is ideal for exploring and outdoor activities.

<p><span>The Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge, offers a unique cultural and geographical experience. This area, once notorious for its opium production, now provides insights into the region’s history with attractions like the Hall of Opium Museum.</span></p> <p><span>A boat ride on the Mekong River is a serene way to experience the beauty of this area and the confluence of the three countries. The ancient city of Chiang Saen nearby, with its ruins and temples, adds a historical dimension to your visit. The Golden Triangle’s cultural influences and stunning landscapes make it a fascinating destination in Northern Thailand.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>For a panoramic view of the three countries, visit the viewpoint at Wat Phra That Pu Khao.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>The Golden Triangle is accessible by bus or car from Chiang Rai.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The cool season, from November to February, offers comfortable weather for exploring.</span></p>

10. The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge, offers a unique cultural and geographical experience. This area, once notorious for its opium production, now provides insights into the region’s history with attractions like the Hall of Opium Museum.

A boat ride on the Mekong River is a serene way to experience the beauty of this area and the confluence of the three countries. The ancient city of Chiang Saen nearby, with its ruins and temples, adds a historical dimension to your visit. The Golden Triangle’s cultural influences and stunning landscapes make it a fascinating destination in Northern Thailand.

Insider’s Tip: For a panoramic view of the three countries, visit the viewpoint at Wat Phra That Pu Khao.

How To Get There: The Golden Triangle is accessible by bus or car from Chiang Rai.

Best Time To Travel: The cool season, from November to February, offers comfortable weather for exploring.

<p><span>The Similan Islands in Thailand are known for their stunning underwater visibility and diverse marine life. The islands’ granite boulders create fascinating underwater landscapes teeming with life. Elephant Head Rock and Richelieu Rock are particularly notable for sightings of manta rays and whale sharks. The reefs here are vibrant and healthy, providing a home to a wide array of fish, from tiny clownfish to majestic leopard sharks. </span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Book a liveaboard trip for access to the more remote northern dive sites. </span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>November to April for the best diving conditions. </span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Phuket or Khao Lak and join a liveaboard or day trip to the islands.</span></p>

11. Similan Islands

The Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea are a pristine archipelago renowned for their exceptional diving and snorkeling opportunities. These islands, part of a protected national park, boast some of the clearest waters in Thailand, with visibility often extending up to 30 meters.

The underwater landscape of coral reefs teeming with diverse marine life, including manta rays, whale sharks, and a myriad of colorful fish species. Above water, the islands are equally stunning, with powdery white sand beaches and lush tropical forests. The Similan Islands are perfect for a retreat for anyone seeking unspoiled natural beauty.

Whether you’re exploring the depths of the ocean or simply relaxing on a secluded beach, the Similans offer a tranquil escape from the world, where nature’s wonders are on full display.

Insider’s Tip: Book a liveaboard diving trip for an immersive experience in the islands’ underwater world.

How To Get There: The Similan Islands are accessible by boat from Khao Lak or Phuket.

Best Time To Travel: The diving season runs from November to April, with the best conditions from February to April.

<p><span>The Isaan region, located in northeastern Thailand, is a land steeped in tradition and history, offering a stark contrast to the country’s more tourist-centric areas. This region is the heartland of Thai culture, where ancient customs and lifestyles are preserved. Isaan’s rural landscapes, dotted with rice paddies and traditional villages, provide a glimpse into a simpler way of life.</span></p> <p><span>The region is also home to some of Thailand’s most significant archaeological sites, including the prehistoric Ban Chiang and the Khmer ruins of Phanom Rung. Isaan’s cuisine, known for its bold flavors and spiciness, is a highlight, with dishes like som tam (spicy papaya salad) and larb (minced meat salad) being local staples</span></p> <p><span> A journey through Isaan is a journey through the soul of Thailand, where the richness of the country’s heritage and the warmth of its people are palpable in every experience.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Try the local dishes like som tam (spicy papaya salad) and larb (minced meat salad) for an authentic taste of Isaan.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Isaan is accessible by bus or train from Bangkok, or by plane to regional airports like Udon Thani.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>Visit during the cool season, from November to February, for comfortable travel conditions.</span></p>

12. The Isaan Region

The Isaan region, located in northeastern Thailand, is a land steeped in tradition and history, offering a stark contrast to the country’s more tourist-centric areas. This region is the heartland of Thai culture, where ancient customs and lifestyles are preserved. Isaan’s rural landscapes, dotted with rice paddies and traditional villages, provide a glimpse into a simpler way of life.

The region is also home to some of Thailand’s most significant archaeological sites, including the prehistoric Ban Chiang and the Khmer ruins of Phanom Rung. Isaan’s cuisine, known for its bold flavors and spiciness, is a highlight, with dishes like som tam (spicy papaya salad) and larb (minced meat salad) being local staples

A journey through Isaan is a journey through the soul of Thailand, where the richness of the country’s heritage and the warmth of its people are palpable in every experience.

Insider’s Tip: Try the local dishes like som tam (spicy papaya salad) and larb (minced meat salad) for an authentic taste of Isaan.

How To Get There: Isaan is accessible by bus or train from Bangkok, or by plane to regional airports like Udon Thani.

Best Time To Travel: Visit during the cool season, from November to February, for comfortable travel conditions.

<p><span>Koh Samui, nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, is a tropical paradise combining natural beauty, luxury, and relaxation. The island is renowned for its idyllic beaches, such as Chaweng and Lamai, which offer crystal-clear waters and powdery white sands. Beyond its stunning coastline, Koh Samui has various attractions, from the majestic Big Buddha statue to the enchanting Na Muang Waterfalls.</span></p> <p><span>The island’s interior is a lush landscape of coconut groves and rainforests, offering opportunities for hiking and exploring. Koh Samui’s culinary scene is a blend of traditional Thai flavors and international cuisine, with a plethora of dining options ranging from beachside shacks to upscale restaurants.</span></p> <p><span>The island’s vibrant nightlife, centered around Chaweng Beach, provides entertainment well into the early hours. Koh Samui caters to all types of travelers seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a luxurious retreat.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Explore the Ang Thong National Marine Park for stunning landscapes and snorkeling opportunities.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Koh Samui has an airport with flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and international destinations.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The best time to visit is from December to February, with dry weather and calm seas.</span></p>

13. Koh Samui

Koh Samui, nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, is a tropical paradise combining natural beauty, luxury, and relaxation. The island is renowned for its idyllic beaches, such as Chaweng and Lamai, which offer crystal-clear waters and powdery white sands. Beyond its stunning coastline, Koh Samui has various attractions, from the majestic Big Buddha statue to the enchanting Na Muang Waterfalls.

The island’s interior is a lush landscape of coconut groves and rainforests, offering opportunities for hiking and exploring. Koh Samui’s culinary scene is a blend of traditional Thai flavors and international cuisine, with a plethora of dining options ranging from beachside shacks to upscale restaurants.

The island’s vibrant nightlife, centered around Chaweng Beach, provides entertainment well into the early hours. Koh Samui caters to all types of travelers seeking a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a luxurious retreat.

Insider’s Tip: Explore the Ang Thong National Marine Park for stunning landscapes and snorkeling opportunities.

How To Get There: Koh Samui has an airport with flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and international destinations.

Best Time To Travel: The best time to visit is from December to February, with dry weather and calm seas.

<p><span>Soneva Kiri in Thailand offers eco-friendly luxury on one of the country’s best beaches. The resort’s pool villas, sustainable practices, and The Den for kids ensure a memorable family vacation. Discover local culture, enjoy gourmet dining, and relax in nature.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit Ao Salat fishing village for a glimpse into local life.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time to Visit: </b><span>November to April for the best beach weather.</span></p>

14. Railay Beach

Railay Beach, accessible only by boat, is a hidden gem offering a serene escape from the more crowded tourist spots. This peninsula, known for its stunning limestone cliffs and pristine beaches, is a haven for rock climbers and beachgoers.

The turquoise waters are perfect for swimming and kayaking, while the viewpoints and caves provide opportunities for exploration. Railay maintains a laid-back atmosphere, with a small selection of bars and restaurants, making it an ideal spot for adventure and relaxation in a tranquil setting.

Insider’s Tip: Take a rock climbing course if you’re a beginner to safely enjoy the sport under expert guidance.

How To Get There: Railay Beach is accessible by boat from Ao Nang or Krabi Town.

Best Time To Travel: Visit from November to April when the weather is dry, and the seas are calm.

<p><span>Udon Thani, a vibrant city in Thailand’s northeastern region, is the gateway to the mesmerizing Red Lotus Sea (Lake Nong Han). It’s best visited in the cool season, as it transforms into a breathtaking expanse of pink and red lotuses stretching as far as the eye can see. </span><span>A boat ride through the serene waters, dotted with these vibrant blooms, offers a truly unique and tranquil experience.</span></p> <p><span>Beyond the lake, Udon Thani boasts a rich cultural heritage, with various temples, museums, and markets reflecting the local Isan culture. </span><span>The Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Udon Thani, provides fascinating insights into the region’s ancient history.</span></p> <p><span>This area’s blend of natural beauty and cultural depth makes it a compelling destination for those exploring beyond Thailand’s typical tourist paths.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Visit early in the morning when the lotuses are fully bloomed and the lake is less crowded.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Udon Thani is accessible by plane from Bangkok, and the Red Lotus Sea is a short drive from the city.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The lotuses bloom from December to February, making it the ideal time to visit.</span></p>

15. Udon Thani and the Red Lotus Sea

Udon Thani, a vibrant city in Thailand’s northeastern region, is the gateway to the mesmerizing Red Lotus Sea (Lake Nong Han). It’s best visited in the cool season, as it transforms into a breathtaking expanse of pink and red lotuses stretching as far as the eye can see. A boat ride through the serene waters, dotted with these vibrant blooms, offers a truly unique and tranquil experience.

Beyond the lake, Udon Thani boasts a rich cultural heritage, with various temples, museums, and markets reflecting the local Isan culture. The Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Udon Thani, provides fascinating insights into the region’s ancient history.

This area’s blend of natural beauty and cultural depth makes it a compelling destination for those exploring beyond Thailand’s typical tourist paths.

Insider’s Tip: Visit early in the morning when the lotuses are fully bloomed and the lake is less crowded.

How To Get There: Udon Thani is accessible by plane from Bangkok, and the Red Lotus Sea is a short drive from the city.

Best Time To Travel: The lotuses bloom from December to February, making it the ideal time to visit.

<p><span>The ancient city of Sukhothai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a journey back in time to the roots of Thai civilization. As the first capital of Thailand, it holds a special place in the nation’s history. The Sukhothai Historical Park, with its well-preserved ruins set amidst lush greenery and tranquil ponds, offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the 13th-century Sukhothai Kingdom.</span></p> <p><span>Exploring the park, you’ll encounter majestic Buddha figures, towering stupas, and intricate carvings, all evocative of the city’s past splendor. Cycling through the park’s vast grounds allows for an intimate exploration of its numerous sites, including Wat Mahathat, the park’s largest temple, and Wat Si Chum, famous for its gigantic seated Buddha. </span><span>A visit to Sukhothai immerses ancient Thailand’s artistic and spiritual legacy.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Rent a bicycle to explore the extensive grounds of the historical park at your own pace.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Sukhothai is accessible by bus or plane from Bangkok, and the historical park is a short ride from the city center.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The cool season from November to February offers pleasant weather for exploring the outdoor ruins.</span></p>

16. The Ancient City of Sukhothai

The ancient city of Sukhothai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a journey back in time to the roots of Thai civilization. As the first capital of Thailand, it holds a special place in the nation’s history. The Sukhothai Historical Park, with its well-preserved ruins set amidst lush greenery and tranquil ponds, offers a glimpse into the grandeur of the 13th-century Sukhothai Kingdom.

Exploring the park, you’ll encounter majestic Buddha figures, towering stupas, and intricate carvings, all evocative of the city’s past splendor. Cycling through the park’s vast grounds allows for an intimate exploration of its numerous sites, including Wat Mahathat, the park’s largest temple, and Wat Si Chum, famous for its gigantic seated Buddha. A visit to Sukhothai immerses ancient Thailand’s artistic and spiritual legacy.

Insider’s Tip: Rent a bicycle to explore the extensive grounds of the historical park at your own pace.

How To Get There: Sukhothai is accessible by bus or plane from Bangkok, and the historical park is a short ride from the city center.

Best Time To Travel: The cool season from November to February offers pleasant weather for exploring the outdoor ruins.

<p><span>The floating markets near Bangkok, such as Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa, offer a vibrant and colorful glimpse into traditional Thai life. These bustling waterways, lined with boats laden with fresh produce, local delicacies, and handicrafts, present a lively and picturesque scene.</span></p> <p><span>A visit to these markets is a sensory experience, with the sights, sounds, and smells of authentic Thai commerce and cuisine. Damnoen Saduak, the most famous of these markets, provides a more tourist-focused experience, while Amphawa offers a more local atmosphere and is primarily known for its evening seafood vendors.</span></p> <p><span>Exploring these floating markets by boat or along the canalside walkways is a unique way to experience the local culture and indulge in some of Thailand’s most delicious foods and charming souvenirs.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Take a boat tour to fully experience the market and try local snacks from the floating vendors.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>The floating markets are accessible by bus or organized tours from Bangkok.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat.</span></p>

17. The Floating Markets Near Bangkok

The floating markets near Bangkok, such as Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa, offer a vibrant and colorful glimpse into traditional Thai life. These bustling waterways, lined with boats laden with fresh produce, local delicacies, and handicrafts, present a lively and picturesque scene.

A visit to these markets is a sensory experience, with the sights, sounds, and smells of authentic Thai commerce and cuisine. Damnoen Saduak, the most famous of these markets, provides a more tourist-focused experience, while Amphawa offers a more local atmosphere and is primarily known for its evening seafood vendors.

Exploring these floating markets by boat or along the canalside walkways is a unique way to experience the local culture and indulge in some of Thailand’s most delicious foods and charming souvenirs.

Insider’s Tip: Take a boat tour to fully experience the market and try local snacks from the floating vendors.

How To Get There: The floating markets are accessible by bus or organized tours from Bangkok.

Best Time To Travel: Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat.

<p><span>Discover the natural splendor of Erawan National Park, a jewel in Kanchanaburi’s crown. Famous for its seven-tiered waterfall, the park is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike. The hike through dense jungle foliage leads you to each level of the waterfall, with each tier offering a unique and picturesque natural pool.</span></p> <p><span>The turquoise waters invite you for a refreshing swim, a welcome respite after the trek. The park’s diverse flora and fauna add to the magic, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and exploration. Whether you’re a photographer, a hiker, or simply needing tranquility, Erawan National Park delivers an unforgettable experience.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Wear sturdy shoes for the hike and bring swimwear for the pools. </span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>The best time is during the rainy season (May to October) when the waterfalls are at their fullest. </span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>The park is about an hour’s drive from Kanchanaburi town, with public buses and tours available.</span></p>

18. Erawan National Park and Waterfalls

Erawan National Park, located in the Kanchanaburi Province, is a natural oasis known for its stunning seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall, named after the three-headed elephant of Hindu mythology. Each tier of the waterfall offers a different shape and character, with natural pools perfect for swimming and relaxation.

The park’s lush forests are home to plentiful wildlife and provide numerous hiking trails for nature enthusiasts. Beyond the waterfalls, the park’s caves, such as Tham Phra That and Tham Ta Duang, offer further exploration opportunities.

Visiting Erawan National Park is a chance to witness one of Thailand’s most beautiful waterfalls and connect with the country’s rich natural landscapes.

Insider’s Tip: Bring swimwear and trek to the upper tiers of the waterfall for a more secluded and serene experience.

How To Get There: The park is located in Kanchanaburi Province and is accessible by bus or car from Bangkok.

Best Time To Travel: Visit from November to April when the water levels are ideal for swimming and the trails are dry.

<p><span>Pattaya, once a quiet fishing village and now a bustling coastal city, is known for its vibrant nightlife, sandy beaches, and many tourist attractions. While Pattaya’s reputation is often tied to its entertainment and nightlife, the city offers much more. The Sanctuary of Truth, a stunning all-wood structure filled with intricate carvings, highlights traditional Thai craftsmanship.</span></p> <p><span>For nature lovers, Pattaya offers the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, a beautifully landscaped park with themed gardens and cultural shows. The nearby Coral Island (Koh Larn) provides a quick escape to quieter beaches and clear waters, ideal for snorkeling and water sports. </span><span>Pattaya’s diverse offerings make it a destination that caters to various interests, from cultural exploration to beachside relaxation.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Explore the Pattaya Floating Market for a cultural experience and to sample local Thai dishes.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Pattaya is a two-hour drive from Bangkok and is also accessible by bus or taxi.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>Visit from November to February for pleasant weather and to avoid the rainy season.</span></p>

19. Pattaya

Pattaya, once a quiet fishing village and now a bustling coastal city, is known for its vibrant nightlife, sandy beaches, and many tourist attractions. While Pattaya’s reputation is often tied to its entertainment and nightlife, the city offers much more. The Sanctuary of Truth, a stunning all-wood structure filled with intricate carvings, highlights traditional Thai craftsmanship.

For nature lovers, Pattaya offers the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, a beautifully landscaped park with themed gardens and cultural shows. The nearby Coral Island (Koh Larn) provides a quick escape to quieter beaches and clear waters, ideal for snorkeling and water sports. Pattaya’s diverse offerings make it a destination that caters to various interests, from cultural exploration to beachside relaxation.

Insider’s Tip: Explore the Pattaya Floating Market for a cultural experience and to sample local Thai dishes.

How To Get There: Pattaya is a two-hour drive from Bangkok and is also accessible by bus or taxi.

Best Time To Travel: Visit from November to February for pleasant weather and to avoid the rainy season.

<p><span>Northern Thailand’s hill tribes offer a unique cultural experience, distinct from the rest of the country. These ethnic groups, including the Karen, Hmong, Akha, and Lisu, each have their own customs, languages, and traditional dress. Visiting these hill tribe villages, often nestled in the picturesque mountains and valleys of the region, provides insight into their traditional ways of life, which remain largely untouched by modernization.</span></p> <p><span>Responsible and respectful tourism is key when visiting these communities. Many villages welcome visitors to learn about their culture, participate in traditional crafts, and even stay overnight for a more immersive experience. Engaging with the hill tribes of Northern Thailand offers a deeper understanding of the country’s ethnic diversity and rich cultural tapestry.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Choose a community-based tourism program that benefits the tribes directly and respects their culture.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Hill tribe villages are accessible from Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, often as part of guided tours.</span></p> <p><b>Best Time To Travel: </b><span>The cool season, from November to February, is comfortable for visiting the highland areas.</span></p>

20. The Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand’s hill tribes offer a unique cultural experience, distinct from the rest of the country. These ethnic groups, including the Karen, Hmong, Akha, and Lisu, each have their own customs, languages, and traditional dress. Visiting these hill tribe villages, often nestled in the picturesque mountains and valleys of the region, provides insight into their traditional ways of life, which remain largely untouched by modernization.

Responsible and respectful tourism is key when visiting these communities. Many villages welcome visitors to learn about their culture, participate in traditional crafts, and even stay overnight for a more immersive experience. Engaging with the hill tribes of Northern Thailand offers a deeper understanding of the country’s ethnic diversity and rich cultural tapestry.

Insider’s Tip: Choose a community-based tourism program that benefits the tribes directly and respects their culture.

How To Get There: Hill tribe villages are accessible from Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai, often as part of guided tours.

Best Time To Travel: The cool season, from November to February, is comfortable for visiting the highland areas.

<p><span>You encounter a world distinctly different from Thailand’s urban landscapes in Khao Yai. Here, the tranquil rhythm of nature sets the pace, offering a respite from the hustle of city life. Each experience in Khao Yai is a revelation, from its national parks’ dense, green expanses to the orderly vineyards that dot its terrain. This region is an immersive journey into a diverse range of experiences. The air, fresh with natural scents, and the sights, a blend of verdant forests and colorful wildlife, offer a unique sensory experience.</span></p> <p><span>Khao Yai combines adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration in a way that appeals to a variety of interests. Your time in Khao Yai leaves lasting memories of the places you’ve seen and the feelings they evoked. It’s a reminder of the peace and beauty found in Thailand’s countryside, a contrast to the dynamic energy of its cities. As you leave Khao Yai, you have a sense of serenity and a renewed appreciation for the quieter yet equally captivating parts of the world.</span></p> <p><span>More Articles Like This…</span></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/barcelona-discover-the-top-10-beach-clubs/"><span>Barcelona: Discover the Top 10 Beach Clubs</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/top-destination-cities-to-visit/"><span>2024 Global City Travel Guide – Your Passport to the World’s Top Destination Cities</span></a></p> <p><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/exploring-khao-yai-a-hidden-gem-of-thailand/"><span>Exploring Khao Yai 2024 – A Hidden Gem of Thailand</span></a></p> <p><span>The post <a href="https://passingthru.com/exploring-khao-yai/">Exploring Khao Yai – A Hidden Gem of Thailand</a> republished on </span><a href="https://passingthru.com/"><span>Passing Thru</span></a><span> with permission from </span><a href="https://thegreenvoyage.com/"><span>The Green Voyage</span></a><span>.</span></p> <p><span>Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Songsak Pandet.</span></p> <p><span>For transparency, this content was partly developed with AI assistance and carefully curated by an experienced editor to be informative and ensure accuracy.</span></p>

The Bottom Line

Thailand’s magic lies in its diversity – from bustling cities and ancient ruins to serene beaches and lush jungles. As you explore this enchanting country, embrace its history, indulge in its culinary delights, and immerse yourself in its natural beauty. Remember, Thailand offers an experience beyond the ordinary, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

While exploring Thailand, take the time to learn a few phrases in Thai. A simple “hello” (sawasdee) or “thank you” (khob khun) can go a long way in showing respect for the local culture and enhancing your travel experience.

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Water guns are in full blast to mark Thai New Year festivities despite worries about heat wave

It’s water festival time in Thailand where many are marking the country’s traditional New Year, splashing each other with colourful water guns and buckets in an often raucous celebration that draws thousands of people, even as this year the Southeast Asian nation marks record-high temperatures causing concern. The festival, known as Songkran in Thailand, is a three-day shindig that starts on Saturday.

A man reacts as a bucket of water is splashed on him during the Songkran water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year in Prachinburi Province, Thailand, Saturday April 13, 2024. It's the time of year when many Southeast Asian countries hold nationwide water festivals to beat the seasonal heat, as celebrants splash friends, family and strangers alike in often raucous celebration to mark the traditional Theravada Buddhist New Year. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

A man reacts as a bucket of water is splashed on him during the Songkran water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year in Prachinburi Province, Thailand, Saturday April 13, 2024. It’s the time of year when many Southeast Asian countries hold nationwide water festivals to beat the seasonal heat, as celebrants splash friends, family and strangers alike in often raucous celebration to mark the traditional Theravada Buddhist New Year. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

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A man reacts as water is splashed on him during the Songkran water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year in Prachinburi Province, Saturday April 13, 2024. It’s the time of year when many Southeast Asian countries hold nationwide water festivals to beat the seasonal heat, as celebrants splash friends, family and strangers alike in often raucous celebration to mark the traditional Theravada Buddhist New Year. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

A woman reacts as a bucket of water is splashed on her during the Songkran water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year in Prachinburi Province, Thailand, Saturday April 13, 2024. It’s the time of year when many Southeast Asian countries hold nationwide water festivals to beat the seasonal heat, as celebrants splash friends, family and strangers alike in often raucous celebration to mark the traditional Theravada Buddhist New Year. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

A couple react as a bucket of water is splashed on them during the Songkran water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year in Prachinburi Province, Thailand, Saturday April 13, 2024. It’s the time of year when many Southeast Asian countries hold nationwide water festivals to beat the seasonal heat, as celebrants splash friends, family and strangers alike in often raucous celebration to mark the traditional Theravada Buddhist New Year. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

People holding umbrellas walk in front of Mahakan Fort in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 5, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A visitor with an umbrella walks downstairs of the Golden Mount inside the Buddhist Wat Saket temple complex in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A woman walks through spay water for cooling down from hot temperatures in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

People holding umbrellas walk by the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 5, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Women enjoy ice cream in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A motorcyclist drives over the shadow of train tracks in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Yem Sam-eng, 43, pours water over his cow for bathing at his home in Run Ta Ek village in Siem Reap province, northwestern Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

It’s water festival time in Thailand where many are marking the country’s traditional New Year, splashing each other with colorful water guns and buckets in an often raucous celebration that draws thousands of people, even as this year the Southeast Asian nation marks record-high temperatures causing concern.

The festival, known as Songkran in Thailand, is a three-day shindig that starts Saturday and informally extends for a whole week, allowing people to travel for family celebrations. The holiday is also celebrated under different names in neighboring Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, which like Thailand have populations that are predominantly Theravada Buddhist.

A man reacts as a bucket of water is splashed on him during the Songkran water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year in Prachinburi Province, Thailand, Saturday April 13, 2024. It's the time of year when many Southeast Asian countries hold nationwide water festivals to beat the seasonal heat, as celebrants splash friends, family and strangers alike in often raucous celebration to mark the traditional Theravada Buddhist New Year. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Songkran is immensely popular — predicted this year to attract more than 500,000 foreign tourists and generate more than 24 billion baht ($655 million) in revenue, according to the state tourism agency. Past Thai governments have been reluctant to call for dialing down the fun even during crises such as droughts and the pandemic

Though the festival originated as a way to pray for a rainy season that helped crops and included activities such as cleansing images of the Buddha and washing the hands and feet of elders, Songkran these days is now often associated with public drunkenness, sexual assault in the guise of merrymaking, and a spike in traffic fatalities, noticeable to the point that the extended holiday has been dubbed the “seven dangerous days.”

The festival usually falls at the hottest time of the year when temperatures can creep above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

A woman walks through spay water for cooling down from hot temperatures in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A woman walks through spay water for cooling down from hot temperatures in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

But this year, the unusual heat wave, with expected record temperatures for the next few months, has triggered apprehension. The United Nations Children’s Fund warned Thursday the sweltering weather could put millions of children’s lives at risk, asking caregivers to take extra precautions.

The UNICEF statement said in the Asia-Pacific region, “around 243 million children are exposed to hotter and longer heatwaves, putting them at risk of a multitude of heat-related illnesses, and even death.”

Heat waves can be lethal as they affect the ability to breathe, making the old and young particularly vulnerable.

Benjamin Horton, director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore where natural phenomena such as climate change are studied, said three factors determine heat waves; El Nino, a natural, temporary and occasional warming of part of the Pacific, an increase in global temperatures and human-induced climate change .

The poor are particularly vulnerable to heat waves, exacerbated in many Southeast Asian cities where concrete buildings make the weather more stifling and few trees provide shade, he said.

People holding umbrellas walk in front of Mahakan Fort in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 5, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Horton added that the past year saw record-high global average temperatures and the heat waves in Southeast Asia were mirroring that trend, adding that “it is only going to get worse.”

The entirety of the Mekong Delta, which includes Vietnam as well as Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, saw extreme heat, with parts of Laos and Thailand seeing temperatures that were 5-7 degrees Celsius (41-44.6 degrees Fahrenheit) more than the average between April 3-9, according to the Mekong Dam Monitor program of the Stimson Center in Washington D.C.

This extreme heat also means less water for hydropower dams to produce energy.

“Heat waves put a significant strain on power systems, from surging energy demand to compromising grid capacity. Hydropower generation is particularly impacted” when heat results in drought over multiple years, according to Dimitri Pescia, director for Southeast Asia at the German-based thinktank Agora Energiewende

“The cumulative effects, amplified by climate change, cause great distress to society and ecosystems,” he said.

A man reacts as water is splashed on him during the Songkran water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year in Prachinburi Province, Saturday April 13, 2024. It's the time of year when many Southeast Asian countries hold nationwide water festivals to beat the seasonal heat, as celebrants splash friends, family and strangers alike in often raucous celebration to mark the traditional Theravada Buddhist New Year. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

A man reacts as water is splashed on him during the Songkran water festival to celebrate the Thai New Year in Prachinburi Province, Saturday April 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

Singapore’s Horton said earth-warming carbon emissions needed a drastic cutting down as people learned to adapt to the new climate which included learning the dangers of overly hot weather and for authorities to create an emergency response to warn people about high temperatures beforehand and provide them with areas to cool down when needed.

Last week, the Philippines suspended classes in more than 5,800 public schools and shifted to home-based and online learning to protect millions of students from the scorching heat.

Women enjoy ice cream in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in this region are celebrating with their annual water festivals as they also suffer through the global heat wave. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Schools in several cities, including the congested capital Manila, shifted classes to early morning to avoid sweltering noontime and afternoon temperatures. Also, tens of thousands of students in grade and high schools were allowed to alternate between going to school and online classes every other day, officials said.

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, a medical doctor, said they have limited outdoor activities especially if the heat index rises to an extreme level. “If people don’t have urgent tasks outside, the best precaution really is to stay indoors.”

Associated Press writers Sopheng Cheang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Jim Gomez in Manila, Philippines contributed to this report. Asia Business Climate correspondent Aniruddha Ghosal reported from Hanoi, Vietnam.

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