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  • Buddha Statues are everywhere in Thailand. Be sure to take lots of photos on your Thailand vacation packages.
  • A lotus in the hand of a golden Buddha
  • The Grand Palace of Bangkok at night is a stunning inclusion for your Thailand vacation.
  • Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai is a must for all trips to Thailand.
  • Farmers harvesting rice
  • The long-tail boat is native to Southeast Asia and is a great addition for all Thailand tours.

What is it about Thailand that makes it a major tourist destination? It could be the world famous mouth-watering cuisine, the exotic culture with its magnificent temples and palaces, the spectacular scenery which includes the multitude of pristine white sand beaches and turquoise seas, majestic mountains, fast flowing rivers wending their way through jungles or its long history and interesting archaeological sites all to be found on Thailand tours. 

Perhaps it’s the friendly welcome from the Thai people. Thailand is often called the land of smiles and rightly so. The people will make an impression on you with their gentleness and polite, respectful approach. Perhaps this involves the major religion here, Buddhism which is all pervasive. Avery revered person is the King of Thailand and that is why the country is called the Kingdom of Thailand with its constitutional monarchy.

It might be helpful to consider Thailand as having 3 different specific geographical areas of interest. The first would naturally be the city of Bangkok which is a must inclusion on your Thailand vacation. With its teeming life and natural abundance of energy where temples sit side by side with canals and markets. It is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan cities with magnificent temples and palaces, authentic canals, busy markets and a vibrant nightlife that has something for everyone on Thailand tours.

Some of the more important venues and activitieson trips to Thailand include the following. The Grand Palace complex, the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782, situated right on the Chao Phraya River is a must see as is a cruise on the river itself. Perhaps take one of the ferries sailing up and down the river from which you can get on and off at leisure at any of the sites along the way. . On the riverbanks, you can also visit the Wat Pho Temple with its Reclining Buddha, the Wat Phra Kaeo Temple with its Emerald Buddha and the Wat Arun Temple also known as the Temple of Dawn. 

Thai boats on the beachWorth a visit on a Thailand vacation is the Jim Thompson House, the CIA-operative's mansion assembled by combining six traditional Thai-style houses and the Vimanmek Mansion, the largest golden teakwood house in the world. The street markets and night bazaars are second to none and offer a wide array of merchandise at excellent prices.

The second area of interest would be a visit to Northern Thailand perhaps travelling overland via such ancient cities as Sukhothai, a world heritage site and the first capital of Thailand dating back to the 13th Century with its restored temples and monuments and nearby Ayuthaya, another world heritage site and previous capital with extensive archaeological discoveries. 

Close to Bangkok are two very interesting side trips, both of which are included on most trips to Thailand. The first is the Kanchanaburi region famous as the place where the “Bridge over the River Kwai” was located. Here you can visit the bridge, the cemetery and stay overnight in a floating hotel. The other is to travel to Damnoen Saduak to experience a traditional floating market and also visit the Rose Garden for a show including Thai traditional dancing, Thai boxing and musical entertainment. Although there are many beach resorts throughout Thailand, mainly in the south of the country, there are a few which are not too far from Bangkok such as Pattaya, Hua Hin, Ko Samet and Ko Chang.  

On a Thai vacation, Chiang Mai is the principal city in the north where the ambience is much more serene than that of Bangkok. It is surrounded by mountains and lush countryside and is known as the "Rose of the North". Inside Chiang Mai's remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality. The famous Night Bazaar is a must visit especially during the amazing Loy Krathong Festival in November. The locals say you have not experienced Chiang Mai until you have seen the view from Doi Suthep, eaten a bowl of kao soi, and purchased an umbrella from Bo Sang. Definitely make time for a visit to Doi Suthep, a temple located on top of a mountain with wonderful panoramic views or to a local elephant camp to see the animals at work and play. Northern Thailand is also the region to visit with genuine hill tribes to experience how they live their separate existence from the rest of society. They originally migrated from neighbouring China, Tibet and Myanmar to the rural highlands of Northern Thailand to continue their traditional way of life as farmers in the mountains.  

Further north is Chiang Rai. It is an excellent base for exploring the region  on a Thailand vacation. Despite its relatively small population, Chiang Rai has respected universities and other civic facilities. It includes a good percentage of hill tribes and Myanmar exiles such as various varieties of the Karen tribe of people.

The Golden Triangle in the far north of Thailand is so called as it is where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet. The landscape is hilly and consists of lush jungle scenery through which the mighty Mekong River flows. 

Thai women in traditional Thai style dressOn trips to Thailand, the third region is Thailand’s beach resorts in the south. With hundreds of beautiful tropical islands, Thailand has no shortage of fine beach resorts. These include Phuket on the west coast along with the quieter Phi Phi Islands reached by ferry from Phuket., Ko Samui and  Krabi on the east coast plus many others with their pure white sand and blue, green sea which can provide a stay and a fitting end to a sojourn in this exciting country. Most of the luxury beach resorts can be found on the islands of Koh Samui and Phuket.

If one of your favourite pastimes is golf, Thailand has a number of excellent courses. One of the best known is the Blue Canyon Golf Course in Phuket.  Bangkok, Pattaya and Chiang Mai also have good courses. Most of the scuba diving destinations are on the Andaman Sea on the South East coast of Thailand. The most famous ones are on the outstanding Similan Islands with truly excellent diving on a Thai vacation. Closer to the mainland you have very good diving opportunities around the Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket Islands. 

So with the many varieties of reasons to visit, Thailand - "the land of smiles" offers something for everyone. Book your Thailand vacation today.... and put a smile on your face.

 

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Foodie Walking Tours and Cooking Classes Make Thailand Travel Come Alive

Have a Love Affair with Phuket on a Romantic Thailand Vacation

Relax in Koh Samui on Your Thailand Vacation

Escape to Paradise on Phi Phi Island on a Thailand Vacation

Hua Hin, Thailand’s Fashionable Resort

Explore History on Your Thailand Vacation With a Visit to the River Kwai

Pattaya – A Diverse and Dynamic Beach Resort on Your Thailand Vacation

Amazing Scenery and Beaches of Krabi, Thailand

Visit Hong Kong and Thailand for an Ideal Asia Getaway

A New Kingdom and a New Reason to Go on a Thailand Vacation

Recharge Your Health and Wellness on a Thailand Vacation

Discover Art in All Its Forms on Thailand Tours to Chiang Rai

Wonders of Northern Thailand

Thailand: North vs South

Immerse Yourself in the Lives of Happy Elephants, Thailand

 

Thailand Vacation Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Thailand vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Thailand, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Thailand's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Thailand for yourself. Start exploring… book a Thailand vacation today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Thailand vacation consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages and India tours plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.

 

 

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  • City and Beach with Phuket including Air

    Hit the streets and canals of Bangkok on this Thailand trip, bargaining up a storm in the markets and tasting local treats. Then fly to the relaxing beaches of Phuket, where you can unwind from the capital’s frenetic pace beneath the south-east Asian sun.
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  • Classic Thailand for Foodies including Airfare

    Discover the land of smiles with a foodie twist – travel to Thailand with Goway and be introduced to the best of its culinary traditions!
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  • Discover Hong Kong and Bangkok incl. Airfare

    Discover two of the world’s great cities and culinary capitals on this Asian adventure. See the famous reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and sample the world’s best street food in Bangkok before heading to Hong Kong to shop for upscale fashion and feast on the best in international cuisine.
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  • Discover Hong Kong and Phuket including Airfare

    Combine a world-famous island getaway with a visit to a world-class metropolis on this Southeast Asian discovery tour. Relax on the beaches of Phuket in southern Thailand before heading to Hong Kong to eat, drink, and sightsee to your heart’s content.
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  • Classic Thailand featuring Koh Samui

    A combination of three totally different aspects of Thailand – lively Bangkok with its Grand Palace and temples, Chiang Mai with its quiet charm and scenery and Ko Samui, a charming beach resort.
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  • Classic Thailand featuring Phuket

    Start with exciting Bangkok, continue to charming Chiang Mai and finish in the fabled resort of Phuket. This perfect combination allows you to truly immerse yourself in this country of contrasts.
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  • Classic South East Asia

    Standing out among Asia tours, this is the ideal itinerary for the independent traveler wanting a taste of the region. Start in exotic Bangkok, go on to vibrant Singapore, then enchanting Bali, finally ending in bustling Hong Kong.
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  • Amanpuri: Stay of Distinction

    There is a "place of peace" nestled amongst coconut palms which leads to a private crescent beach touching brilliant turquoise sea. This place is Amanpuri, on Thailand's jade green island of Phuket.
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  • Ancient Kingdoms of Siam

    Travel through the heart of old Siam on this Thailand tour that emphasises the cultural aspects of this ancient kingdom. You’ll also explore the history of the River Kwai, old Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai.
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  • Bangkok Chiang Mai Connector

    This wonderful overland journey connecting two cities visits Ayuthaya, the ancient capital with its impressive archaeological treasures and Sukhothai, first capital of the Thai Kingdom.
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  • Bangkok for Foodies

    The Thai capital is one of the world’s top street food destinations. This short city break is packed with unique flavours and Thai culinary tradition, all ready to set your mouth watering in one of Asia’s great cities.
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  • Bangkok to Singapore Luxury Train

    An unforgettable journey between Singapore and Bangkok on the renowned Eastern and Oriental Express. Travel through the Malaysian and Thai countryside while enjoying the special on-board services.
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  • Bangkok Wellness Package

    This week-long Bangkok vacation bases you at the health-focused Well Hotel. Relax and be pampered in between enjoying the best Bangkok has to offer in sightseeing, food, and culture.
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  • Bangkok: Ayuthaya Full Day Tour by Cruise

    Ayutthaya was Thailand's capital for 417 years. Ruined temples and palaces have either naturally worn out over time or have been destroyed by wars, and now serve as a perfect reflection of a legendarypast. You will see these ruins as well as the former summer palace before returning to Bangkok by river boat.
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  • Bangkok: Evening Street Food Tour

    Bangkok is one of the world's greatest cities for foodies, and Chinatown is one of its best neighbourhoods for street food. Let your expert guide walk your taste buds through five hours of flavour, taking in seafood, dumplings, pork ribs, pastries, and fresh tropical fruits.
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  • Bangkok: Floating Market & Sampran Riverside with Lunch Full Day Tour

    This full day sightseeing tour centres around the famous floating market of Ratchaburi Province. Weave your way through vendors bargaining over fresh produce, before going ashore to visit the world's highest stupa, and Sampran riverside village, where you can learn about and try some traditional Thai crafts.
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  • Bangkok: Half Day Cooking Class at Blue Elephant

    Begin to master the art of Thai cooking with a class at the legendary Blue Elephant Cooking School. Under the tutelage of professional chefs, you’ll learn how to select the perfect ingredients and craft traditional Thai dishes before enjoying your own creations at the end of the class.
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  • Bangkok: Half Day Grand Palace & Temple Tour

    Take half a day to explore Bangkok’s palaces and temples. On this tour you’ll visit the former residence of Thai kings, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew, and famous Wat Po, which houses the enormous Reclining Buddha statue.
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  • Bangkok: Klongs (Canals) & Grand Palace Half Day Tour

    Cruise along the Chao Phraya River to see the serene family homes and temples that line the waterways. Afterwards, visit famous Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew, and the Grand Palace, the former residence of the King of Thailand.
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  • Bangkok: Manohra Dinner Cruise

    Cruising along the Chao Phraya River on an elegant, restored wooden rice barge, you will be introduced to Bangkok by night. Thai culinary delicacies are served as you glide down The River of Kings passing Wat Arun and the magnificent Grand Palace. The cruise concludes at 10:00 pm.
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  • Bangkok: Off the Beaten Track Bike Full Day Tour

    Discover an unseen corner of Bangkok on this full day bike tour. Ride through wet markets, pass along the remains of defensive fortifications, visit factories and farms, and explore parts of the Thai capital rarely visited by tourists. This tour also includes a cruise along the city’s southern canals.
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  • Bangkok: Unique Thai Tuk-Tuk Half Day Tour

    Zip through the streets in the most 'Bangkok' way possible - on a tuk tuk! These 3-wheeled motorised vehicles weave through the often chaotic Big Mango traffic. You'll almost feel like a local, even as you move between the city's most popular tourist landmarks.
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  • Chiang Mai

    The past and present merge in this city rich in traditional heritage and culture. From temples to festivals and from handicrafts to local cuisines, Chiang Mai can’t fail to charm.
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  • Chiang Mai: Chang Phuak Gate Market Evening Street Food Tour

    Chiang Mai comes alive at night, and there's no better way to explore it than by tasting delicious Northern Thai street food at this most famous of Chiang Mai markets. Let your expert guide walk you through the flavours and intricacies of northern Thai street food, from grilled meats to noodle dishes, to fragrant curries, and delicious finger snacks.
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  • Chiang Mai: Colours of Chiang Mai - Half Day Bike Ride

    This 4-5 hour cycling tour immerses travellers in the rich cultural background of Chiang Mai. This journey will take you to centuries-old temples and ruins, a pottery factory, and a special school. Cycling along the Ping River takes us to several local places, like a candy factory, a local bakery, and other small shops.
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