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Escorted Tour - Thailand Overview

Thailand Overview


One of Southeast Asia’s most visited countries, Thailand offers far more than the standard Bangkok and beach package combination. We prefer to match an individual's interests with the areas in Thailand that would suit them most, whether that’s exploring national parks, meeting hill tribes or relaxing on quieter beaches where you can observe local fishermen bringing in their day’s catch.

Renowned Thailand Tourist Attractions
BANGKOK


Experience the Old Thailand hiding within this modern megalopolis by beginning your tour of Bangkok's Old City, with visits to the stunning Grand Palace and Wat Po's Reclining Buddha. On the river you'll catch a glimpse of how countless city people lived until not long ago, in wooden stilt houses along the water's edge. At casual evening, heading to the backpacker hangout of Khao San Road for a cheap dinner, fun shopping, and bar-hopping. For something fancy, take a ferry to the Oriental Hotel for riverside cocktails and dinner at Le Normandie.

Sacred Spaces


The celestial world is a close confidant in this Buddhist nation, and religious devotion is colourful and ubiquitous. Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas frame both the rural and modern landscape. Ancient banyan trees are ceremoniously wrapped in sacred cloth to ho nour the resident spirits, fortune-bringing shrines decorate humble homes as well as monumental malls, while garland-festooned dashboards ward off traffic accidents. Visitors can join the conversation through meditation retreats in Chiang Mai, religious festivals in northeastern Thailand, underground cave shrines in Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi and hilltop temples in northern Thailand.

A Bountiful Table


Adored around the world, Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai culture: it is generous, warm, refreshing and relaxed. Each Thai dish relies on fresh, local ingredients – pungent lemongrass, searing chilliesand plump seafood. A varied national menu is built around the four fundamental flavours: spicy, sweet, salty and sour. Roving appetites go on eating tours of Bangkok noodle shacks, seafood pavilions in Phuket and Burmese market stalls in Mae Sot. Cooking classes reveal the simplicity behind the seemingly complicated dishes and mastering the market is an important survival skill.

THE BEACHES


Get an early start and head down to the beach regions. Your choices are too numerous to list here, but KohSamui, Phuket, and Krabi are all good bets if time is short because of the direct daily flights that connect them with Bangkok.

Samui, Phuket, and Krabi are also good choices because of the variety of activities each offers. Though Samui has traditionally been backpacker terrain, there are now a number of spa retreats on the island. You can also hike to a waterfall, careen down a treetop zip line, or take a side trip to Angthong National Marine Park. Phuket is the country's main diving center, offering trips to many nearby reefs. On Krabi you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon and cheap beachside massage at gorgeous Phra Nang Beach; go rock-climbing on limestone cliffs; kayak from bay to bay; and watch the glorious sunset from nearby Railay Beach.

CHIANG MAI


Spend the day exploring the city and visiting the dazzling hilltop wat of DoiSuthep. Ring the dozens of bells surrounding the main building for good luck. You could drop in at the seven-spired temple called WatChediYot or check out the pandas at the zoo. Chiang Mai is famous for its massage and cooking schools, so if you're interested in trying a class in either—or just getting a massage—this is the place to do it.

LAMPANG


Lampang has some beautiful wooden-house architecture and a sedate way of getting around, in pony-drawn carriages. Nearby the town is northern Thailand's most revered temple, WatPhra That LampangLuang, which contains the country's oldest wooden building. At the Elephant Conservation Center, between Chiang Mai and Lampang, you can take elephant rides, watch the pachyderms bathing in the river, and hear them playing in an orchestra. Proceeds go to promoting elephant welfare.

Chiang Rai


Today you can visit the silent, brooding ruins of Chiang Saen , once home to King Mengrai who united northern Thailand into the Kingdom of Lanna. Follow the opium trail as it winds down the spine of the Triangle to the West. Visit an anthropologist’s paradise in the thriving villages of the Karen, Hmong, Yao Lahu, Akha, Lisu, Shan and Lawatribes people. Many of these villages can be reached only on elephant or mule back, affording spectacular panoramas of the Golden Triangle.

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