With excellent cuisine, a tropical climate, fascinating culture, ancient ruins and stunning beaches, Thailand is a magnet for travelers from all over the world. With so much to see and do, there is also a wide range of packages available and choosing the right one can be a bit daunting. In this list, we give an overview of the different types of Thailand tours available and some of the things that can be experienced on these tours.
1. Visit the River Kwai
On this historical tour, visitors will learn about Thailand’s fascinating past, from dilapidated ancient temples to monuments to the Thai-Burmese Death Railway of WWII. Leaving Bangkok, tour members will head to Kanchanaburi in western Thailand. Famous for being the site of the Bridge over the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi is a beautiful city surrounded by lush green jungle, waterfalls and rivers. This excursion is usually included as part of the longer trip to northern Thailand (see below).
2. From Bangkok to Singapore
Colorful capitals, traditional culture and tropical natural wonders, this adventure trip is packed with all the spices travelers expect from these exotic regions. In addition to the capitals of Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, trip participants will also learn about Melaka’s colonial past, cool off at a tea plantation in the Cameron Highlands, or hike through the peaceful rainforest.
3. Family visit to Thailand
Fancy a slightly different family getaway? The combination of culture, friendly people, exciting activities, great food and breathtaking scenery makes Thailand a perfect family destination. Families can visit the legendary Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, explore the ancient ruins of Ayuthaya, shop in Bangkok’s colorful markets, and visit an elephant nature park in Chiang Mai. A family trip is a great way to introduce children to a new world and have a great vacation at the same time.
4. Northern Thailand combined with Laos
Laos is a small country renowned for its relaxed atmosphere. A good way to extend a visit to northern Thailand is to combine it with Laos. Most visitors to Laos head to the capital Vientiane from Bangkok, then head north to charming Luang Prabang. It is a truly unique city, with well-preserved golden temples, monks in orange robes, traditional Laotian wooden houses, and large estates from the French colonial era. From the energy of Bangkok to the calm of Laos, this journey is a study of contrasts.
5. Culinary trip to Chiang Mai
Thai cuisine alone is reason enough to travel to this country, and a culinary journey is a great way to experience the fresh aromas and heavenly spices that make Thai cuisine a global phenomenon. Foodies will explore the bustling land and water markets in Bangkok, sampling exotic fruits and aromatic dishes. They will also learn to cook a Northern Thai dinner in Chiang Mai on their own. A tour like this will show you the secrets of where to eat and how to cook this world famous cuisine, combining it with all of Thailand’s must-see sites.
6. Island hopping in Thailand
Thailand is famous for its beaches and islands, and a great way to get from island to island is aboard a sailing catamaran. With an experienced captain sailing the southern islands, the catamaran will drop anchor at places like Ko Phi Phi, Railay and Koh Khai Nai and secret spots perfect for swimming. Travelers can also snorkel, dine with Thai cuisine, and sleep moored under the stars.
7. Grand Tour of Thailand
This trip is similar to that of northern Thailand (see below), but after returning to Bangkok, the trip continues to the beaches of southern Thailand, where travelers can swim, snorkel. or just relax. Beach destinations are usually Krabi or the island of Phuket, although the dramatic cliffs of Phang Nga Bay can also be included. This is the most complete tour of all tours in Thailand.
8. Thailand combined with Cambodia
Thanks to the impressive temples of Angkor, Cambodia is firmly established on the Southeast Asian tourist route, and a trip to Thailand can easily be extended to its eastern neighbor. Departing from Bangkok, this trip will take travelers to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor. Rediscovered at the end of the 19th century by French explorers, this vast ruined city is one of the most popular places in Southeast Asia. Among the highlights of the ancient capital are the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat, the enigmatic Bayon in the walled city of Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm, also known as the “Tomb Raider” temple. There are around 7 major hill tribe groups that migrated from neighboring China, Tibet and Myanmar to the rural highlands of northern Thailand. Their traditional farming lifestyle in the mountains fascinates many travelers to the region. There are 3-5 day hill tribe trekking packages, starting in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai. This involves walking in the woods, visiting hill tribe villages, and may include elephant rides and rafting.
9. Family visit to Thailand
Northern Thailand’s vibrant cultural and historical tapestry makes it one of the most authentic places to visit in Thailand. Departing from Bangkok, a typical tour of northern Thailand will include the ruins of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, a visit to a hill tribe village near Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai, and an elephant ride through the jungle. In Bangkok, tourists will see the bustling streets of Chinatown, the impressive Grand Palace and its Emerald Buddha, watch a Thai kickboxing match, or simply treat themselves to a Thai massage in preparation for the trip ahead.