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.
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.
Do you want to know more about Thailand and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?
Contact the Thailand tourism board for more information.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.
Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.
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.
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.
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)
Government: 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.
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