Our Thailand vacations

Our Thailand vacations cover a lot of ground, spending a week or two (or four, in some cases) to explore cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, while also delving into less-visited regions. Jungle treehouses and family-run guesthouses give you the chance to meet the many groups of people who live in Thailand. Go on hiking, rafting and kayaking trips in national parks like karst-speared Khao Sok, where local guides are passionate about sharing the beauty of the jungle, beaches and islands. You won’t find yourself in one of the many dubious elephant “sanctuaries”, either. Our vacations to Thailand only support places with sky-high welfare standards.

Our top Thailand vacations

Thailand tailor made vacation, elephants, jungle & beach

From US $1820
14 days ex flights
Elephant encounters, jungle treehouses and stunning Thai islands

Thailand adventure vacation, self drive Tuk Tuk

From £1395 to £1595
11 days ex flights
A Tuk Tuk Adventure in the stunning mountains of Thailand
Small group2022: 18 Jul, 1 Aug, 15 Aug, 26 Sep, 12 Dec, 2023: 2 Jan, 9 Jan, 23 Jan, 28 Jan, 9 Feb, 13 Feb, 2 Mar, 20 Mar, 27 Mar, 18 Apr, 23 Apr, 6 May, 11 May, 22 May, 29 May, 15 Jun, 26 Jun, 3 Jul, 20 Jul, 31 Jul, 7 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 4 Sep, 21 Sep, 25 Sep, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 7 Nov, 13 Nov, 28 Nov, 10 Dec, 14 Dec, 27 Dec

Thailand photography tour

From US $3215 to US $3290
13 days ex flights
A 2-week, fully guided photography tour of Thailand
Small group2022: 1 Aug, 24 Nov, 2023: 4 Jan, 15 Feb

Thailand family vacation, tailor made

From £7800 to £12500
13 days ex flights
Activity packed family vacation in the land of smiles.

Thailand beach & rainforest vacation

From US $2685
10 days ex flights
Thailand city, beach, and rainforest soft adventure vacation
Tailor made

Thailand family vacation

From £2200 to £3125
15 days ex flights
A fabulous family vacation including the best of Thailand

Northern Thailand small group tour

From US $956 to US $1395
8 days ex flights
Temples, ancient ruins & exotic markets of Northern Thailand
Small group2022: 3 Jul, 17 Jul, 31 Jul, 21 Aug, 4 Sep, 18 Sep, 9 Oct, 23 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 11 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov, 2 Dec, 4 Dec, 9 Dec, 11 Dec, 16 Dec, 18 Dec, 23 Dec, 25 Dec, 30 Dec, 2023: 1 Jan, 8 Jan, 15 Jan, 22 Jan, 29 Jan, 3 Feb, 5 Feb, 12 Feb, 19 Feb, 26 Feb, 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 19 Mar, 26 Mar, 2 Apr, 23 Apr, 14 May, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 2 Jul, 16 Jul, 30 Jul, 20 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 10 Nov ...

Thailand culture and beach vacation

From £2400
14 days ex flights
Explore Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai & Koh Samui
Tailor made

Northern Thailand and Laos cultural vacation

From US $2425 to US $2525
14 days ex flights
Overland tour from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
Small group2022: 25 Jul, 22 Aug, 19 Sep, 17 Oct, 14 Nov, 19 Dec, 2023: 16 Jan, 13 Feb

About our Thailand vacations

Thailand vacations, culture

Abandon preconceptions of Full Moon Parties and grim ‘girly bars’ – Thailand’s culture runs far deeper and the tourism industry does seem to be moving away from the unbridled hedonism of the past. Many of the country’s finest wats can be found gleaming in the Bangkok sunshine, while for a taste of hill tribe culture, head north to Pai or Chiang Mai, where you can trek to villages and often stay overnight. Avoid the horrendous and unethical ‘long neck’ tourist traps though. You can dig in to Thai street food anywhere, but Chiang Mai’s famous night markets are a great place to start.

Bangkok

Setting foot in Bangkok for the first time can be overwhelming – the bright lights, the constant offers of rides from tuk tuk drivers, the frantic haggling in the markets, the golden spires of historic temples glittering in the sky – which makes guided tours, led by locals, the smartest way to explore the best things to see and do in Bangkok. Guides will help you negotiate fair prices for the essential tuk tuk rides, advise you on what to order at street food stands, and if you’re still stiff from the flight, show you the best place for a traditional Thai massage.

Thailand vacations, Hill tribes

The highlands and tropical forests of Northern Thailand are home to thousands of indigenous Thai people and ethnic minority groups, all of whom have their own distinct cultural identities but are collectively known as hill tribes. Tourism, particularly through trekking trips, has become a vital source of income for many of these communities, but unfortunately in many cases it has also been exploitative. Responsible hill tribe trekking puts the welfare of the people first and foremost, allows for meaningful cultural exchanges, and ensures that the money you pay for your traditional handicrafts actually reaches these communities.

Thailand vacations, families

Thailand is one of the easiest, most exciting countries in Southeast Asia to travel with kids, with affordable flights, great weather and welcoming people, not to mention a mix of accommodations to suit every budget. Thailand family vacations typically stick to the less sweltering highlands of the north or the beach resorts of the beautiful islands in the south. You’ll probably want to skip the more riotous festivals, but kids will love wandering (and tasting) their way around night markets, exploring easy-going cycling routes, and visiting elephant sanctuaries. Chiang Mai is a fantastic base for families with older kids wanting to get active.

Thailand vacations, wildlife

When it comes to wildlife in Thailand, one animal above all comes to mind – the elephant. Tragically, elephant cruelty is practically a business in Thailand, and if you’re riding one on a trekking tour then in all likelihood the animal has been mistreated to ensure obedience. If you would like to see elephants in Thailand, then sanctuaries are always best – there are thousands of rescued elephants saved from the tourism or logging industries. But sadly, even then what counts as a sanctuary varies widely. Do your research beforehand and don’t be afraid to pester your tour operator with questions.

Types of tours & vacations in Thailand

Escape the well-worn backpacker trail with genuine Thailand adventure vacations ranging from wilderness hikes and overnighting with hill tribes to river rafting and epic overland trips. For those who prefer to leave behind the logistics and language barriers, small group vacations let you enjoy the ride with a ready-made friendship group. They’re definitely a good option for cross-border trips. If you’d like to mix up your itinerary, perhaps adding a cookery class in Chiang Mai or a few days on the beach after spending a week trekking between hill tribes in the north, then tailor made vacations give you that flexibility.
[Culture: Andrew Ly] [Bangkok: Dan Freeman] [Hill tribes: Justin Vidamo] [Families: Mam NC] [Wildlife : KOSIN SUKHUM] [Types of vacations: A J Niccel]
Photo credits: [Page banner: SasinTipchai] [Culture: Andrew Ly] [Bangkok: Dan Freeman] [Hill tribes: Justin Vidamo] [Families: Mam NC] [Wildlife : KOSIN SUKHUM] [Types of vacations: A J Niccel]