A country steeped in rich, ancient history and opulent tropical beaches; Thailand offers one of the most varied holidays in the world.
With sixteen million foreigners flying into the country each year, Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination and offers a host of places to visit. Friendly and food-obsessed, cultured and curious, the unique spirit of the Thai people has named this location the “land of smiles” which will add warmth to any visit. The hospitality of the warm people is only a small part of the allure that draws people to Thailand. Any trip here will surpass expectations. Expect an overload to the senses with an eclectic mix of glistening temples; chaotic cities and delicious fresh Thai food.
Not forgetting their legendary white sandy beaches, Thailand hosts thousands of islands which line the gulf coast on the east side and Andaman Sea on the west. Landscaped by lush green cliff sides and clear turquoise waters, they transcend the limits of beauty in anyone’s imagination.
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Jungle Safari Tour Koh Samui
Tarzan, Indiana Jones and Lara Croft eat your heart out – nothing they’ve experienced can compare to the ultimate Koh Samui jungle safari tour. Spend a full day in the wild travelling by foot and jeep. This unbeatable tour offers the perfect introduction to Koh Samui’s natural scenery while enjoying an exhilarating adventure. Begin on a high at the stunning 18-metre-high Namuang 1 Waterfall, which is considered one of the most beautiful on Koh Samui. Then steel yourself for a spiritual experience that will test your faith. The Kunaram Temple is pretty enough to merit a detour but the presence of a mummified monk who died while meditating has made it one of the more unusual attractions in the island. Climb into a 4WD-vehicle and head off into the jungle for an unforgettable mountain safari. Admire the view from a 473m high lookout over the coastline of Koh Samui, Koh Tan, Koh Mussum and Koh Maini, and discover Tar Nim Waterfall, known as both the Secret Buddha Garden and the Magic Garden.
Royal Grand Palace Bangkok
Any traveller visiting Bangkok should know that the Grand Palace is one of the most precious jewels in the capital. This impressive architectural complex attracts millions of visitors every year and will leave you speechless. Take advantage of your stay in Bangkok to visit the Royal Grand Palace, one of the city’s and country´s greatest tourist attractions. In this grand complex, you will find one of the most important temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Part of the Royal Chapel, it is the most sacred Buddhist temple, and said to hold supernatural powers. Stroll through what was the Royal Residence for over 140 years and admire the beauty of its golden buildings, In addition to the Wat Phra Kaew temple, you will also be in awe with the Golden Chedi, the Pavilion of Regalia, Royal Decorations and Coins, the famous Thotkhirithon statues and the Chakri Mahaprasad Hall to name a few.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Depart to Ratchaburi province for the village of Damnoen Saduak, about 110km from Bangkok. Damnoen Saduakis surrounded by a network of khlongs (canals) that radiate out into the orchards and gardens in the surrounding countryside. Daily, local farmers gather fruits, vegetables and prepared foods and trade them along the canals near the drop off point at the market wharf. Seasonal fruits offered include mango, jackfruit, rambutan, the notoriously pungent durian and many more. Optional boat hire to explore the narrow canals is available at the market wharf. Further optional visits include a Snake Farm, an Elephant ride, and the Royal Thai Handicrafts workshop.
Bridge over the River Kwai
A visit to the scenic province of Kanchanaburi, revealing its role in the history of the Pacific War. Kanchanaburi Province, one of the largest and hottest of all Thai provinces, lying to the west of Bangkok and adjacent to Myanmar separated mostly by a mountainous border broken by the Three Pagodas Pass. Kanchanaburi sits on the banks of the Kwae Yai and Kwae Noi rivers, surrounded by limestone outcrops and fields of sugar cane. One less pleasant aspect of its history was the prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, when this area was the site of a railway line intended to stretch throughout British Burma to India. Visit the Jeath war museum, which is housed in the same sort of huts the POW's used and is filled with exhibits telling their story. Visit the War Cemetery as well as the Bridge on the River Kwai, restored after the war and still carries the railway today.
Evening at Sirocco
What is an evening at Sirocco like? It’s an experience best taken in with all five senses, difficult to describe, but we’ll try. Its sights are iconic. lebua’s imposing golden dome above you, the twinkling lights of Bangkok around and below. Take a Mediterranean voyage without moving from your seat, and experience flavors from Mykonos, Nice, Rome, Barcelona, Tunis and Beirut, all imaginatively interpreted by Chef Romain. For the full taste experience, make sure to add our sommeliers’ recommended pairings.
Koh Tao & Koh Nangyuan Full Day Tour
Get to know the marine creatures of the Chumphon Archipelago with a breath-taking outing to the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan. With a chance to snorkel in Muang Bay and plenty of time to relax on the islands' pristine scenery, you get a spectacular experience filled with sea life. The day starts with a transfer from your hotel and a light breakfast on your way to the pier, followed by a ferry ride across the water. When you arrive at Koh Tao, get your snorkelling gear ready for a shallow dive into Muang Bay, filled with colourful fish and corals in one of the great lesser-known spots around the island. After a delicious lunch and some free time to explore the island on your own, you move on to visit Ko Nang Yuan, a small nearby island famous for its snorkelling beach and spectacular dive sites. Relax on the gleaming white sands and get some time in the crystal-clear waters at spots like Twin Peak and the Japanese Gardens
James Bond Island
Phang Nga Bay lies between southern Thailand's mainland and Phuket Island or at the north east from the coast of Phuket which is one of Thailand's most beautiful natural landscapes. The bay and its islands are designated as national park, protecting the landscape for generations to visit, known as Ao Phang Nga National Park. It's characterized by limestone karsts and rock formations, as well as mangrove forests and small islands. Among the small islands, there is the iconic one called Koh Tapu, known as James Bond Island and Khao Ping Gan which looks like one rock leaning against one another. Koh Phanak Island is widely known for its caves and tidal lagoons. The program not only reflects this beauty to your eyes but also gives a few small gifts to fulfill your experience such as access Hong Island and enjoy scenic views by a sit-on-top kayak with a guide who did all the padding.
Phi Phi Island Day Trip
Discover the primitive beauty of the Phi Phi Islands with this boat trip to one of the most unforgettable corners of Thailand. These two little limestone isles are located just to the south east of Phuket. Emerging out from turquoise waters, they are blanketed by an exuberantly green flora. The Phi Phi Islands strike the perfect balance between a touristic destination and a natural paradise. Whizz towards the islands on an entertaining speed boat ride that will take you on a breath-taking tour around both islands. As you pass it, you might recognise Maya Bay, where Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed during the shooting of the movie “The Beach”. You’ll also see through the boats fine wake of spray amazing sites such as Loh Samah Beach, Monkey Beach, Pileh Cove and the stunning Viking Cave, a deep grove inhabited by innumerable swallows – locals collect their nests to make soup.
Andaman Sea Kayaking
An untouched world created by nature that has took millions of years in the making. This kayak trip makes for a fun and adventurous day out and should not be missed! A visit to the sea caves “the Hong” is one of the most uplifting and incredible experiences you can ever imagine. See the beauty of nature up close and marvel the wonder of such an intricate, historical cave. This kayak trip makes for a fun and adventurous day out and should not be missed! We will pick you up in a minibus and take you to Phang Nga bay to prepare you for your exciting departure. Once there, we will explore the two most famous islands and paddle around to embrace the natural environment and relax in the serenity of the waters. We then go into the caves which is a unique and incomparable experience. After, we will travel down to the picturesque lagoons and do some sight-seeing at the James Bond Island. A delicious buffet lunch is served onboard. This day has something for everyone!