Basking in the warm breezes of the South China Sea, Thailand has long been regarded as the perfect tourist destination. From the bustling streets and markets of Bangkok to the sun-drenched islands of Ko Samui and Phuket, wherever you choose to travel you are assured of a fantastic welcome in the land of smiles. Whether you wish to discover lost tribes on a trek through the northern mountains or take advantage of some of the world's best diving on Thailand's idyllic tropical islands, every traveller to this exotic country is guaranteed dramatic landscapes, a fascinating culture and of course, wonderful food.
Discover the best of Thailand on one of our small group tours and explore the vibrant capital Bangkok before heading north to trek through the beautiful mountains around Chiang Mai. Our jungle adventures here include short treks through the forest and fun bamboo rafting trips. Or, journey south with us to the prehistoric rainforest of Khao Sok, learn more about ancient Siam in the former capital Ayutthaya or more recent history at the Bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi. You always have the option to finish your Thailand tour with a few days at the beach on one of Thailand's many beautiful islands.
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Thailand is a relatively safe country to visit, but you should always be aware of your surroundings.
The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht, which is subdivided into 100 satangs.
You can visit Thailand all year round, but the best time to travel is during the cool and dry season between November and early April. From July to October is monsoon season, which is a less popular time for tourists due to flooding.
Given the tropical temperatures, loose-fitting clothing will be the most comfortable. When visiting a temple or religious site, you should dress conservatively and wear clothing that covers your knees and elbows.
The tap water is not safe to drink in Thailand, so you should stick to bottled water instead.
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Dial Code: +66
Area: 513,120 km
Elevation: The lowest point in Thailand is the Gulf of Thailand at 0m | The highest point in Thailand is Doi Inthanon, 2,565m (8,415 ft.)
Population: 69,183,173 (2018)
Governemnt: Parliamentary system, Military dictatorship, Military junta, Constitutional monarchy, Unitary state
Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is formerly known as Siam. This country is located at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese Peninsula and encompasses 76 provinces. Thailand is also the world's 50th largest country by total area and the 21st most populous country.
The capital of Thailand is Bangkok, which is the largest city and a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea
This country is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy under a military junta. Thailand is classified as a newly industrialised economy and has the second largest economy in Southeast Asia. The country is divided into four regions: Northern Thailand, Northeastern Thailand, Central Thailand and Southern Thailand. The regions each have a different language, culture and historical background. The climate of Thailand is largely affected by monsoon winds. Thailand experiences three official seasons: hot, cool and wet.
Tourism makes up 6% of the economy and Thailand is an extremely popular travel destination. Thailand's attractions include diving spots, museums, archaeological sites, Buddhist temples and palaces.
The official language of Thailand is Thai, which is the principal language of education and the government and is spoken throughout the country. English is a mandatory school subject, but many of the local people do not speak it fluently, especially outside of the bigger cities.
Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.
A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.
If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.
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