Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
Thailand – the land of smiles – is one of the most iconic travel destinations awaiting you in Southeast Asia. This is the land of friendly people, of delicious street food, noisy markets and, of course, spectacular scenery.
Offshore islands include Ko Samui and Phuket, with palm-fringed beaches and scuba diving, while Ko Pha Ngan is famed for raucous full-moon parties. The Phang Nga Bay features craggy limestone karsts rising from its waters. In the mountainous north, the city of Chiang Mai is known for its historic Old Town and hill-tribe handicrafts. Archaeological sites at Ayutthaya and Sukhothai preserve the ruins of historical temples and palaces, while national parks Khao Yai and Khao Sok offer rainforest trekking and wildlife viewing. Aromatic regional cuisines offer a complex blend of flavors, often with fiery spice.
Few other destinations in the world boast such an enjoyable mix of natural beauty and cultural vibrancy as Thailand does. With a huge diversity of different attractions and experiences to be found from north to south, there is always something new to keep you returning time after time.
From cooking classes and cultural immersions in Chiang Mai to bustling night markets and tuk-tuk rides in Bangkok, there are a lot of great Thailand tours available. Whether it’s island hopping through the country’s pristine islands or trekking through the humid jungles, there’s something to fulfill every taste.
Here are our favorite Thailand tours to inspire your trip to the Land of Smiles.
1. Bangkok by Night Tuk Tuk Tour: Markets, Temples and Food
The streets of Thai capital come alive with noise, smells and sounds flooding paves and markets at night. Bangkok is a town that never truly sleeps.
Explorer Bangkok on this energetic tour in an iconic tuk, the best known mode of transport in the country.
This trip takes you through the busy historical streets, famous monuments and famous roads of the Old Town.
You will see glorious temples lit brightly in the darkness and enjoy the pleasures of the most delicious street food in Bangkok, which might be the most authentic city tour.
2. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Train Market Tour
Thailand is known for its busy and busy markets, and in every village, city, and town throughout the country you can find packed markets.
Thailand also houses one of the most unique markets worldwide, including the floating market of Damnoen Saduak and the train market of Maeklong.
In the early morning Bangkok departs for the famous train market, which is one of the country’s biggest seafood markets.
The market literally is set on the railway ; once a train passes through the suppliers, it packs up and goes sideways quickly.
The tour then takes you to the Floating Market where, for a local dinner on the river, you board a small boat to drive through the colorful collection of vendors.
3. White Orchid River Cruise Bangkok
Take a night cruise on Chao Phraya to enjoy the pleasures of the most famous River in Bangkok.
This evening cruise will take you 2 hours to comfortably cross the most emblematic attractions of the city, which are beautifully illuminated by the dark. Enjoy dinner, drinks, and fun as you glide into the city.
4. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus and Boat
The old town of Ayutthaya was once the capital city of the Siamese Kingdom centuries ago.
The capital was moved to Bangkok when the Burmese invaders destroyed the city in 18th century.
Today, Ayutthaya’s tumbling ruins are a wonderful sight and a fun journey to Thailand’s past.
From Bangkok, take a bus to Ayutthaya, but, following the ruins of this lost town, return by boat in style along a widespread river connecting the two towns.
5. Kanchanaburi: River Kwai and Death Railway Tour from Bangkok
The Kwai River came into the global stage decades ago as Japanese brutality in the World War II was brought to light in the infamous Hollywoodian film The Bridge Over the River Kwai.
You will visit the Kanchanaburi Bridge Over the river Kwai and the war cemeteries alongside the “Death Railway,” built by the unfortunate inmates and labour. It’s a moving tour, but you can not miss it.
6. Krabi: 4 Islands Day Trip by Speedboat
Visit Krabi, a beautiful, far-off and reclusive spot, which will bring all the images of tropical Thailand you have ever imagined.
This tour will drive you across the water and visit four of the best islands from Krabi town or from one of the many nearby resorts. Relax in pristine white sand, swim, snorkel.
7. Krabi: Full Day Rock Climbing Tours at Railay Beach
Thanks to calcaire karsts that tower over the sandy beaches, Krabi has become known as one of the world’s best climbing destination.
This tour will provide you with the fundamental skills you need to tackle the easier cliffs in Krabi, cliffs that still offer you an epic view of the beaches and the ocean.
8. Krabi Jungle Tour: Tiger Temple, Hot Springs, and Crystal Pool
While Krabi is most famous for its rock climbing and beaches, the destination has more to offer.
In search of secrets within the thick forest, this jungle tour leads you.
Take the thick, damp jungle to the Tiger Temple before you walk to natural thermal springs, cascades and crystalline swimming holes in this innovative adventure.
9. Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island by Longtail Boat
Khao Lak is one of the most peaceful destinations in Thailand on the west coast.This beach paradise is the ideal place to explore the robust landscape, beautiful calcareous climbs and traditional longtail boats in the nearby national parks.
Visit the spectacular Phang Nga Bay, where fishers are going around their daily life as they have been for centuries, in local floating villages.
Get into neighboring cellars and pass through James Bond Island, the hypnotic calcareous rock in the midst of the river which the villain used in The James Bond film as an hiding place for The Man With The Golden Gun.
10. Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip from Phuket or Khao Lak
The Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea are an untouched gem. This tour will take you through the ocean from either Phuket or Khao Lak to this lovely island collection.
The tour goes early to prevent the crowds and allow you to explore for a long time.
Before snorkeling among pristinous coral and seeking turtles and other marine life, enjoy the beaches and clear waters.
11. Phuket: Phi Phi, Maya, Bamboo, and Maiton Island Day Trip
From Phuket, head out across the ocean towards the beautiful islands of Phi Phi, Maya, Bamboo and Maiton.
These gorgeous destinations are simply stunning and you can discover just why so many travelers make the journey to the Thai islands each and every year.
Enjoy the sunshine, white sand beaches, and dramatic limestone cliffs that the region is famous for, before snorkeling in the ocean and relaxing on the islands.
12. Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Local Market Tour
Chiang Mai is the cultural heart of northern Thailand, and the city is well known as culinary heaven too.
On this tour, learn how to prepare and cook some of the best Thai dishes, with local chefs offering first-hand tutoring and demonstrations.
Before the cooking begins, you’ll also be guided around the local market, where you will find out more about the ingredients used in the dishes that you will be cooking.
13. Chiang Mai: 3 Hour Trek and 10 Kilometer White Water Rafting
Chiang Mai’s surrounding forests are a real adventure playground for adventurous travelers.
This full-on tour will take you into the jungle for a three-hour hike that leads you to a refreshing waterfall.
From here, you take to the rapids and white water raft for another 10 kilometers.
14. Full Day Hike and Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park
From Chiang Mai, this tour will take you far out into the Doi Suthep Mountain National Park, where not only will you be greeted with incredible vistas of mountains and jungle, but you will have the opportunity to visit local hill tribes who have lived in these parts for centuries.
15. From Chiang Mai: White Temple and Golden Triangle Day Trip
On this tour, venture into the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, and Burma all border one another.
Here, you will visit Chiang Rai to see the famous White Temple, as well as journeying along the Mekong River in a traditional boat.