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THAILAND TOURS

Basking in the warm breezes of the South China Sea, our Thailand tours are the perfect way to explore this country that's constantly buzzing with energy.

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.

From discovering lost tribes on a trek through the northern mountains or taking full advantage of some of the world's best diving on Thailand's tropical islands, every traveller who ventures out on a Thailand tour is guaranteed dramatic landscapes, fascinating culture and mouth-watering 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.

At Encounters Travel, our Thailand tours include short treks through jungles and forests that include fun bamboo rafting trips, and more.

You can expect to journey south to the prehistoric rainforest of Khao Sok where you'll learn more about ancient Siam in the former capital Ayutthaya or more recent history at the Bridge over the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi.

The best part of our Thailand tours is that you'll always have the option to finish your trip with a few days at the beach on one of the countries many beautiful islands.

Book a Thailand tour that guarantees you adventure

If you're looking for once in a lifetime Thailand tours, explore our range of Thailand holidays below, or simply contact us for details on tailor-made tour options.

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Contact the Thailand tourism board for more information.

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8 Tours | From $1940 p/p

Duration:

13 Days

Country(ies):

Thailand

Tour Type:

Family

Group size:

Min: 3 | Max: 16

Meals:

B- 10, L - 7, D - 3

Highlights:

Bangkok sightseeing, Khao Sok National Park, lake canoeing, jungle walks, Krabi's beaches, mangrove & canyon kayaking


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$2490(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Laos , Thailand

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 14, L - 3, D - 1

Highlights:

Mekong river cruise, explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang, enigmatic Plain of Jars, Laos' capital Vientiane, Pre-Angko...


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$4010(p/p)

Duration:

12 Days

Country(ies):

Thailand

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 9, L - 3, D - 3

Highlights:

Floating markets in Bangkok, famous Death railway, Erawan Falls National Park, ancient Ayutthaya, trekking, bamboo rafting and hill tribe...


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$3015(p/p)

Duration:

7 Days

Country(ies):

Thailand

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 6, L - 0, D - 1

Highlights:

Floating markets in Bangkok, famous Bridge Over the River Kwai, Erawan Falls National Park, UNESCO world heritage Ayutthaya


   From

$1940(p/p)

Duration:

13 Days

Country(ies):

Thailand

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 1 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 11, L - 5, D - 3

Highlights:

Temples & palaces of Bangkok, bridge on the River Kwai, wildlife of Erawan National Park, Chiang Mai gateway to the north, Chiang Rai...


   From

$3595(p/p)

Duration:

11 Days

Country(ies):

Thailand

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 9, L - 3, D - 3

Highlights:

Spending the night in Khao Sok National Park's unique tree and raft houses, experience river canoeing & jungle walks, Ko Samui's idyl...


   From

$2325(p/p)

Duration:

18 Days

Country(ies):

Thailand

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 12, L - 6, D - 5

Highlights:

Jungle trekking, elephant ride, bamboo rafting in Chiang Mai; river canoeing, jungle wand tree houses in Khao Sok National Park; idyllic ...


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$3735(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Laos , Thailand

Tour Type:

Private

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: Any

Meals:

B- 11, L - 5, D - 1

Highlights:

Trek through the Luang Namtha National Park, take a private boat cruise down the Nam Ou River, uncover the beautiful caves of Pak Ou, exp...


   From

$3320(p/p)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Thailand?

Thailand is a relatively safe country to visit, but you should always be aware of your surroundings.

What is the official currency of Thailand?

The currency used in Thailand is the Thai baht, which is subdivided into 100 satangs.

When is the best time of the year to visit Thailand?

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.

What should you wear in Thailand?

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.

Is the tap water safe to drink in Thailand?

The tap water is not safe to drink in Thailand, so you should stick to bottled water instead.

How do I plan a trip to Thailand?

Planning a trip to Thailand usually depends on several factors, such as your budget, how long you plan on staying and what your goal is to achieve while you in the country.

Luckily at Encounters Travel, you won't have to do any planning with our well throughout itineraries - all you have to do is book the tour.

Do people in Thailand speak English?

Yes, people in Thailand do speak English. The main language spoken in Thailand is Thai however, English is the most common second language - many locals have studied some level of English either at school or through practice with foreign friends.

Do you need vaccinations to go to Thailand?

The CDC and WHO recommends hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

How much would a trip to Thailand cost?

The overall cost of a trip to Thailand depends on a number of factors, however, if you book a tour with us at Encounters Travel, we offer tours ranging from 1299 USD - accommodation, meals, and travel within the country included.

Where should we go to in Thailand?

There are three sets of popular islands in Thailand and always attracts travellers.

To the east of Bangkok there are Ko Samet and Ko Chang, in the Gulf Ko Samui lie Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, and in the Andaman Phuket and Ko Phi Phi - Phuket is the country's largest and most developed island, connected to the mainland by two bridges.

How many days in Thailand is enough?

For travellers visiting Thailand for the first time its recommended to stay for at least 10-14 days - this is enough time to experience all the major attractions without having to rush your vacation.

Is Thailand expensive?

Thailand is considered affordable and is quite popular with first-time travellers because its not that expensive compared to many other countries. Thailand is still a great budget destination.

TOUR REVIEWS

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience

Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know. I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

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Thailand Country Guide

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Time: GMT+7
Dial Code: +66
Area: 513,120 km2
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)
Capital: Bangkok
Government: Parliamentary system, Military dictatorship, Military junta, Constitutional monarchy, Unitary state
Language: Thai

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.

Highlights

  • Ko Pha Ngan - an island in southeast Thailand, known for its monthly all-night Full Moon Party.
  • Bottle Island - one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Thailand with a few resorts.
  • Bangkok khlongs - the narrow river canals of Bangkok that are best explored by long-tail boats.
  • Erawan Falls National Park - located in northwest Bangkok, this park is renowned for the seven-tiered Erawan Falls.
  • Bridge over the River Kwai - the start of the infamous World War II Death Railway to Burma in Kanchanaburi.
  • Chiang Mai - a city that was the capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558.
  • Railay - a large peninsula between Krabi and Ao Nang, accessible only by boat due to the high limestone cliffs.
  • Pai - a town in the valley of the banks of Pai River, with hot springs, waterfalls and gorges.

Tips

  • To taste authentic Thai food, you should eat from the local markets or street stalls.
  • If you want to interact with the locals, try and learn some simple Thai phrases.
  • Master the art of bargaining when shopping in the local markets.
  • Look after your valuables and keep an eye out for pickpockets in busy areas.
  • Don't touch Thai people on their heads and be careful where you point your feet.
  • It is a criminal offence to disrespect the royal family in any way.
  • At the beach, public nudity or topless sunbathing is frowned upon.
  • Only eat food that is served piping hot, and avoid salads and peeled fruit.

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