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Top Trip Memories

  • Experiencing Bangkok’s infamous nightlife
  • Relaxing on a Krabi beach complete with endless waves and shells
  • Getting off the beaten path in Isaan (eastern Thailand) and going where few tourists have gone before
  • Crossing the river border from northern Thailand into Laos
  • Seeing monkeys up close and personal – and having one of them try to steal my camera
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Tour Tips

  • Credit cards are accepted in larger stores, but smaller vendors may not accept them because of the fees. The largest bill is 1,000 baht (about $30), which is difficult to break in most smaller stores. The 20 baht and 100 baht bills are the most common.
  • Remember to haggle! Anytime a price isn’t displayed there’s a very good chance it’s negotiable.
  • Where possible, try to work with operators that employ locals. This helps to keep money in the local communities you visit.
  • Be aware of how animals are treated during your trip – avoid posing with wild animals and you’ll help to keep them wild.
  • While tap water is not safe to drink, tours will all have plenty of bottled water.
  • At 8am and 6pm, the Thai national anthem and another patriotic song are played over every speaker, and everyone will come to a halt. Stand respectfully for the couple minutes it’s played.
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Thailand Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

100%

recommend

1,716 Reviews

  • Excellent 1,297
  • Great 404
  • Average 10
  • Disappointing 3
  • Terrible 2

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

Excellent guide

Amazing Thailand

5.0
December 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
Ketsara was an outstanding guide for our trip Nov 17-29. She worked to make sure that each individual had the experience heshe was looking for. When we expressed an interest in going to Jim Thompson House in Bangkok, she asked if anyone else was interested and took us on the ferry and skytrain on her time off. In Chiang Mai, she arranged for a minivan to take us and several others to a hilltribe village nearby. She went above and beyond in her attention to all members of the tour.
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Great tour!

Amazing Thailand

5.0
December 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
We were nervous due to the low cost, but the tour was a fun, safe, and organized experience. The tour guide was amazing and very helpful.

I was very pleased with the sailing I experienced. The CEO, cook and captain were all very friendly and caring.

Sailing Thailand - Phuket to Koh Phi Phi

5.0
December 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: No
I was very pleased with the experience of the crew and the overall sailing. I would like to suggest a picture of the entire group at the end of our sail, would have been a very nice souvenir.

Made us feel very welcome and relaxed like touring with old friends.

Southeast Asia at A Glance

5.0
November 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
We had 22 wonderful days in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Every time we arrived in a new place, there was always someone waiting for us. This really comforted us a lot. Reduce our nervous feeling in a totally strange place with no language understanding. We were picked up from the airport with our luggage stored in a van every time then assisted on hotel check-in and toured with our private chauffeur and tour guide. Our tour guides are very professional and knowledgeable about their country and history and made us feel very welcome and relaxed like touring with old friends.
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I recommend them with the highest honors

Classic Indochina Vacation

5.0
October 2016
SmarTours
Recommend: Yes
I recently booked a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos through your agency. Our main contact person is Andy Chen. Andy and his team of agents have coordinated an excellent trip that includes all of the places that we are interested in seeing. Additionally, they made wonderful suggestions, and arranged lovely places for us to stay. Andy responded immediately to all of our queries. I am a university English professor, and I must say that Andy's English is exceptional. I would like to thank Andy and the team for their excellent service. I recommend them with the highest honors, and we are looking forward to our trip in February. I plan to use your agency for a trip to China next year. Best wishes, and thank you.
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Classic Itineraries

Highlights of Thailand in 1 Week

If you have one week in Thailand, be sure to hit Bangkok (in the south), Sukhothai (central), and Chiang Mai (in the north).

Day 1-3, Chiang Mai: See Mae sa waterfall, shop at a night market, stroll or bike through rice paddies, and explore the Temples of Wiang Kum Kum.

Day 4-5, Sukhothai: Visit the ruins of Old Sukhothai (ancient capital of Siam), tour Sukhothai Historical Park, home to 21 different historical sites.

Day 6-7, Bangkok: Join a night tour of the glitzy and glamourous city, visit the Emerald Buddha and the temples of Wat Arun and Wat Pho.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Northern Thailand Explorer by G Adventures - 9 Days, Value Trip

Explore Northern Thailand by Intrepid - 8 Days, Value Trip

Highlights of Thailand by Peregrine Adventures - 10 Days, Premium Trip

Or see All One Week Thailand Itineraries

Highlights of Thailand: Bangkok & Beaches

If the idea of quiet palm fringed beaches and natural surroundings sounds inviting to you, then consider the following:

Day 1-2, Bangkok: Start off in the bustling city, travel by Tuk Tuk, see the Grand Palace, and the temples of Wat Arun or Wat Pho.

For Days 3-10 you have a few options depending on what you’d like to see and do:

Koh Sok National Park: This is the oldest and most bio-diverse national park in Southeast Asia. Canoe down one of the tributaries, and keep an eye out for monkeys, kingfishers, colourful hornbills, and a plethora of exotic plants.

An Thong National Marine Park: Explore an archipelago once renowned for being a haven for pirates, and today is famous for its pristine beaches and rainforest.

Kwai Noi River: Travel by car to Kanchanaburi Province in Western Thailand to float on a long tail boat down Kwai Noi River, surrounded by tropical forests and scenic mountain ranges.

Koh Samui/ Koh Phi Phi/ Koh Hai/ Koh Pha Ngan: These are all beautiful islands where you can relax on the beach, hike and explore the local surroundings, or snorkel.

Day 11-12: Return to Bangkok

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Family River Kwai and Jungle Adventure - 14 Days, Value Trip

Family Tropical Islands and Jungle by Explore! - 13 Days, Value Trip

Thailand Island Hopping by G Adventures - 9 Days, Value Trip

Or see All Thailand trips focused on nature, wildlife, and beaches

Thailand Exploration in 2 Weeks

For the full Thailand experience, make your way through the famous Koh Samui in the Gulf, bustling Bangkok in the central region, and serene Chiang Mai in the north.

Day 1-3, Bangkok: Visit the Grand Palace, temples of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Po, and Phra Pathom Chedi, the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.

Day 4-7, Chiang Mai: From Bangkok, fly over to Chiang Mai. See Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred temples in Thailand. Visit Meo Pu, one of the oldest surviving tribes in Northern Thailand, and take a stroll through the many food markets.

Day 8-9, Khao Sok (optional): Visit one of the oldest evergreen rainforests on earth surrounded by limestone Karst cliffs.

Daly 10-12, Koh Samui: Enjoy the white sand, palm-fringed beaches of Koh Samui. Relax on the beach, snorkel, or seek out the Namuang Waterfall on a hike.

Day 13-14: Return to Bangkok and have a free day to wander and explore at your leisure. Ride in a Tuk Tuk and experience the nightlife and cultural shows that come to life at sunset.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Thailand on a Shoestring by G Adventures - 16 Days, Value Trip

Iconic Thailand by G Adventures - 15 Days, Premium Trip

12 Day Hidden Treasures of Thailand Escapade Experience by Pacific Delight Tours - 12 Days, Premium Trip

Or see All Two Week Thailand Itineraries

Thailand Trips & Tour Advice

Bangkok: The City Famous For It's Long Name

The Thai name for Bangkok is a mouthful to say the least. But it’s something every local learns in elementary school: "Krung Thep Mahanakhon amon Rattanakosin mahintara ayuthaya mahadilok phoP noppharat Ratchathani Burirom udomratchaniwet mahasathan amon piman awatan Sathit sakkathattiya witsanukam Prast." Thankfully there is a short version: Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (or Krungthep on some maps), which means means "City of Angels" in English. 

In every part of the city, something different is happening, whether it’s a street full of Middle Eastern restaurants or upscale shopping. Not as party or alcohol-centric as nearby Sukhumvit soi 11, soi 3/1 (between soi 3 and soi 5) offers the best collection of Middle Eastern food in Bangkok. One of my favorites is Al Ferdoss, a great choice with plenty of Turkish and Lebanese food. Down the main street, you'll find phone cases, clothes, bags, watches, cloth, laser pointers, shuriken, and plenty of other oddball things for sale. The walking street gets crowded, and motorcycles will whizz right by you, so take care while walking.

Chiang Mai: Thailand’s Second City

An hour north of Bangkok by airplane, Chiang Mai’s slower pace and centuries-old sights will feature prominently in your memories. Enjoy a Thai massage by locally-trained masseuses, or go biking along the Old Town’s square moat that still exists today. Dozens of Buddhist temples are here too, the perfect sightseeing opportunity. And when you’re exhausted from all that sightseeing, visit one of the bars along Nimmanhaemin, northwest of the Old Town.

Phuket and Krabi: The Sights of the South

Phuket (pronounced ‘poo-ket’) is Thailand’s largest island, and offers plenty of mainstream beaches, bars, and restaurants. Take a closer look, however, and you'll discover a delightful Old Town where few tourists go. Whether you head to the Phuket Rum Distillery or just meander around the island's dozen-plus beaches, your only boundaries are how far you're willing to go! It is worth noting that a scooter / motorcycle would be considered a great way to get around, but be aware that driving on the island is just as dangerous as the rest of Thailand.

Krabi is an excellent option for a less visited location along the coast. With a half-dozen beaches in the area, there’s plenty going on, though it’s easy to get away and find some peace and quiet.

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