A magical blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, mouthwatering cuisine, and warm hospitality. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a cultural experience, Thailand has it all.
With its stunning beaches, ancient temples, lush jungles, and bustling cities, Thailand is a destination that will leave you captivated and longing to return for more
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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 and Koh Nang Yuan
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!
The Fantastic Four
Explore some of the very best of the Andaman Sea by this classic island hopping excursion the Fantastic Four: Chicken Island, Poda Island, Tup Island and Phra Nang Cave Beach. Each is remarkable by its own and offers great photo opportunity. Expect an expose to the sun, rich variety of corals and marine life, turquoise clear water and white powdery sand beaches.
Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand and a true jewel of natural beauty, consisting of rugged mountainous terrain blanketed by tropical forests and dotted with majestic waterfalls.The main park entrance is about 70 km southwest from Chiang Mai city centre. Also known as "The Roof of Thailand", Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of 482 km² in Chiang Mai province north of Thailand. The park is part of the Himalayan mountain range with elevations ranging between 800 and 2,565 metres above sea level. The highest peak at Doi Inthanon Mountain which is the highest mountain in Thailand.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most important temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Built in the early 19th Buddhist century, the beauty of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is marked by seven-headed serpent statues that line the stairs to the temple where a Chiang Saen style golden pagoda and all its exquisite Lanna architecture is situated. The view of Chiang Mai city from here is just phenomenal
Elephant Nature Park
Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park; a natural home and sanctuary for Thai elephants. You will learn about the rescued and orphaned elephants and their individual stories. You will have an opportunity to observe the incredible giants on the viewing platform as they roam the park with their family groups. No riding and bathing activities in the park so you can focus on spending a quality time observing and being with the herds.
The Similan Islands are located in the Andaman Sea on the West coast of Southern Thailand. The Similan archipelago covers 140 sq.km's and consists of eleven islands: Koh Bangu, Koh Bon, Koh Ha, Koh Hin Pousar, Koh Huyong, Koh Meang, Koh Payan, Koh Payang, Koh Payu, Koh Similan, Koh Tachai, the eleventh island is now closed indefinately. The islands are world famous for some of the best scuba diving in Soputh East Asia. The islands are closed from mid May through to mid October each year.
Koh Bon, a small island on the southeastern coast of Phuket. Speedboats are not allowed to anchor at most of the beaches on this island, so the island is still a tropical hideaway, seemingly far away from the main tourist beaches and a great alternative for guests who want a more relaxed excursion by private long tail boat. Bon Island is stunning with its white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters. The marine life that abounds off its coasts make it an excellent snorkeling spot.
Popular for its coral reefs, marine life's diversity, crystal clear turquoise water and finest white sand beaches, Surin Islands, an archipelago of five islands within Mu Koh Surin National Park, are one of the most famous snorkeling sites in the world and perhaps the best in Thailand. Other than snorkeling and swimming, we also visit the nomadic sea people's village called Moken and learn about the tribes. Various wildlife can be spotted such as monkeys, crabs, monitor lizards and local birds.
Blue Elephant Cooking School
Treat yourself to a day in Phuket Town. Let yourself be immersed in the culture, and the flavors. The Sino-Portuguese city of Phuket is easy to explore and is full of exceptional places. The Blue Elephant Cooking School invites you to discover the local cuisine. The Cooking School has fully equipped facilities offering you the chance to put your hand to practicing Thai Cuisine. No matter if you are an amateur or a professional chef, the chefs here are passionate about their work and serious about providing high-quality lessons.
Ang Thong National Marine Park
Just 45 mins away by boat from Koh Samui lies Ang Thong National Marine Park, a fascinating archipelago of 42 or so islands scattered not far from each other, making them a breathtaking landscape. It features towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore. It has some of the most unusual and spectacular scenery in all of Thailand.It is home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures.
Koh He ( Coral Island )
Located around three kilometers off the southern coast of Phuket, Coral Island is one of the most popular islands where coral formations can be found in abundance. From the beautiful coral beds next to its main beach making it easy for anyone to paddle around in the water with snorkel masks on. The island is a perfect place to relax and unwind, swim, snorkel, try the water sport activities or just collect seashells from the beach.
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
If you are an elephant lover and want to have an unforgettable experience with elephants on Koh Samui, visit the first elephant sanctuary on the island. Set on 10 acres of forest land, they offer a retirement home for elephants who have worked exhausting hours in the logging and tourism industries. Join the morning or afternoon program knowing you are supporting ethical elephant tourism and helping to make a difference. Feed, walk with, and observe the gentle giants as they roam, socialize, play in the swimming pool and enjoy themselves a peaceful life that they so deserve.
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to Samui Elephant Sanctuary. You will be welcomed by experienced and passionate staff. Start with an introduction video to explain the objectives of the sanctuary and learn more about the reasons why elephants in Thailand need to be protected. Prepare food for the elephants with our own hands, followed by a meet and feed the elephants. This up close encounter is a magical experience and the elephants love their basket of treats. Walk with the elephants, stand back and observe as they express natural behavior such as foraging for food, bathing in the pool and playing in the mud pit. While the elephants enjoy themselves and roam free in the sanctuary, it is a great moment to observe their social interaction with one another.
With over 200,000 people visiting Chatuchak Market every weekend, the Bangkok marketplace has become the World’s largest Weekend Market. The Market has over 15,000 stalls which are spread across 35 acres and 26 sections which range from Food, Art, Antiques, Fashion and much more!
Take a trip by long-tail boat on the picturesque Chao Phraya River and the canals of Thonburi on the east side of the river reveals a scene that offers a stark contrast to the frenzied activity of the modern metropolis of Bangkok. On the return journey, stop off at the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) whose towering spire has become an iconic symbol of Bangkok.