From gorgeous white-sand beaches to multi-tiered pagodas with imposing Buddha statues to floating markets on the water, you are constantly surrounded by diversity and natural beauty in Thailand. Get in touch with nature as you relax on the pristine beaches of Phuket Island. Satisfy your inner foodie and sample local cuisine with a street food tour of Bangkok. Travel by long-tail boat from island to island, or navigate the narrow waterways of a floating market. No matter how you spend your time in Thailand, you will make memories that last forever!


  1. Phuket Island

    Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, is pure bliss! The warm, blue-green water that gently crashes onto glistening white-sand beaches is the perfect place to relax and recharge. For quiet seclusion, head to Freedom Beach. Bangtao Beach is great for family-friendly fun, with activities including horseback riding. Or, see multiple beaches in 1 trip with a speedboat tour of the Phi Phi Islands. Phuket’s stunning beaches and serene surroundings can’t be missed!
  2. Ayutthaya

    Thousands of years ago, this UNESCO World Heritage site was a major trading post and economic hub. From strategically positioned roads and waterways, to its central location between neighboring countries, the founders of Ayutthaya were forward-thinkers who knew how to maximize resources. Today, you can witness remnants of its advanced irrigation system. Travel back in time as you explore archaic temples and Buddha statues, including the renowned Wat Mahathat temple. A visit to this enchanting city of ruins is a must for any traveler to Thailand!
  3. Long-tail boat ride

    Enjoy an authentic Thai experience aboard a long-tail boat! It’s hard to miss these man-made boats with their unique shape and bright colors. Boats are decorated  and dedicated to the spirit Mae Ya Nang, who is considered the grandmother of boats. A ride on one of these boats isn’t just a fun way to get around, it helps the economy.  Each boat is meticulously crafted by hand and captained by local villagers. They can be found throughout Thailand, and are often used to transport tourists in Krabi and Phuket. They are also used as floating markets, where locals sell food and goods from their boats. 
  4. Temple of the Emerald Buddha

    Thailand undoubtedly is the land of temples. With literally thousands of temples throughout the country, the question isn’t Where can I visit a temple, but Which one should I visit? Considered the most important in Thailand, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located in the outer court of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Its official name is “Wat Phra Kaew.” Sacred buildings and items can be found within its walls, including the renowned Emerald Buddha. Although its name suggests otherwise, the Emerald Buddha is actually made from jade stone. Depending on the season, the Emerald Buddha wears different colored robes, which are changed 3 times each year by the king. The gold details and impressive architecture of the Grand Palace display how important this figurine is to the Thai people.
  5. Bangkok

    No trip to Thailand would be complete without a visit to the country’s bustling capital, Bangkok! Expertly blending ancient palaces and temples with new, hip neighborhoods, Bangkok attracts millions of visitors from every walk of life. Shop like a local aboard a long-tail boat at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Pay your respects at one of the many elegant temples, such as the famed Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Or stop at Wat Pho, where you will find one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand, the Reclining Buddha. Foodies will have ample opportunities to enjoy local cuisine, whether at a restaurant or during a street food tour. No matter your tastes, any traveler will find the colorful and cultural city of Bangkok appealing!

Fast Facts

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Capital: Bangkok
Population:  67.9 million
Currency: Thai baht
Languages: Thai
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: GMT +7

Entry requirements Please see our Entry Requirements page.
Staying Healthy

Malaria is not present in major cities. Although not required, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis vaccinations should be considered if you're going to remote areas. If you get nipped by a dog, even in Bangkok, get checked for rabies. Skin infections are common—even the smallest wound should be disinfected and covered with a bandage.

Center for Disease Control
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Thailand's climate is always hot and humid; the highlands are typically 10 degrees cooler. November through February is the best time to go when the days are milder. March thru May is extremely hot, with temperatures into the low 100's. The rainy season is May through October.

What to wear

Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we suggest that you carry a small folding umbrella. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken in, not brand new) walking shoes, by all means, take both pairs.

In the warm climates of Thailand, you’ll find that cotton and lightweight clothing will be the most comfortable. Take some lightweight slacks as well as shorts. Please be sure to have respectable attire for visits to temples and religious sites, and wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Jungle exploring is often more comfortable with covered legs! Plan to dress in layers, so you can adjust your wardrobe according to the weather conditions of the moment. Remember that comfort and convenience should dictate your wardrobe for the tour, and casual clothes are in order for most every occasion as you travel. All hotels provide laundry service for a small fee.

Money & Credit Cards

The local currency of Thailand is the baht. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotel will be able to exchange your cash for local currency. We highly recommend that you bring crisp, new bills in small denominations. Old, torn, crumpled bills are not accepted. Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted in Thailand. If you intend to use traveler’s checks, please verify that they are still accepted in the places visited in this program.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.


Thailand is famous for its silk (silk from Jim Thompson is good quality). Shop also for lacquerware, painted umbrellas, bronze, silver, temple bells, celadon pottery, tribal weavings, custom-made shoes, opium weights and pillows, and carved water buffalo bells. Beware of copycat items in Thailand from clothes to watches. Some 24 carat gold is also somewhat less than 100% pure, but crafted well.

You will certainly have time for shopping. Your guides will no doubt have some favorite shopping places, where the vendors are known, provide good quality merchandise and probably pay some sort of commission from sales to the guide. This should not surprise or offend you. This is how business is done throughout the world. Be cautious when you shop, especially if you are buying jewelry or other valuable items. If you plan to buy jewelry or other expensive items, be sure to inspect the items before you leave the store. Most stores will not allow you to return or exchange purchased items.

Electricity & Power Adapters

220 volts. Plugs A & C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Learn more about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? Read up on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.


Cameras and video recorders are permitted, and photography is generally permitted everywhere except at airports and military installations. Memory cards for digital cameras will be available in major cities.

Did you know?
  • There are no written instructions for building a long-tail boat. The crafter creates the design in his or her head, and the boat is constructed from the imagination!
  • There are more than 30,000 temples that are actively used.
  • The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a small-scale version of Angkor Wat, the most famous temple complex in Cambodia.
  • Eating fried scorpion is common in Thailand. How’s that for local cuisine?!
  • The town of Lopburi hosts a Monkey Festival once a year. There are songs, dances, and a speech by the governor. The monkeys are treated to a massive buffet meal.


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