It’s the place where city chaos meets Buddhist serenity, tuk tuks thunder past golden Buddhas, and smiles are doled out at every turn.
Discover Thailand, the Land of Smiles, a country renowned for its ever-friendly locals. Here you’ll unearth a nation with so much more than happiness to offer. There’s the ancient capital of Sukhothai, with its sleek Buddhas and weatherworn pagodas. There’s the glittering temple complex at Doi Suthep and the night bazaars of Chang Mai. As you cruise through Bangkok’s canals and rivers, you might just find the best way to experience the country – but then there’s the massages and the world-famous food.
What people say
My mom and I did the Thailand Unearthed trip and had so much fun. Seeing the sun set at Doi Sutheep temple in Chiang Mai was amazing. The temples and people were wonderful. And the best part was the cooking class where we tried several dishes and brought home a recipe book to try at home!
Thailand travel highlights
Take a tour of Ko Yao Yoi
Enjoy the beautiful beaches and diverse wildlife of Ko Yao Yoi on a guided island tour.
Admire the Grand Palace in Bangkok
It’s the residence of Thailand’s popular King, a white and gold landmark of traditional Thai architecture.
Travel along the Railway of Death
Construction of the Thailand-Burma rail caused thousands of deaths in WWII. This dark chapter of history is both fascinating and sobering.
Cruise down the Chao Phraya River
Enjoy the sights of Bangkok while enjoying the sumptuous food that this country is famous for.
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Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
If entering by air you will be granted a 30 day stay on arrival.
If entering by a land border, you will be granted a 15 day stay only (exceptions are citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan who are eligible for 30 day visa at land borders). A visa extension can be obtained in Thailand at an immigration office for approx. 2000THB or alternatively you can apply for a Thailand visa in advance from your embassy or consulate that will allow a 30 day stay when entering at an overland border.
If planning to enter Thailand via a land border multiple times during your travels, we recommend you pre-obtain a 60 day multiple entry visa from you embassy or consulate before you travel rather than attempting to obtain a visa at the border on multiple occasions which may result in being denied re-entry into the country.
Tipping isn’t expected of you in Thailand. Nevertheless, a small gratuity is always appreciated.
You’ll have no trouble finding internet cafes and Wi-Fi access in places like Bangkok and Phuket, however internet may be hard to come by in rural and remote areas.
You’ll have mobile coverage in urban centres but service may be unreliable outside these areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Most toilets in Thailand are of the squat variety, however you may find Western-style toilets at some hotels and touristy areas. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- Bottle of beer = 80-100 TBH
- Street food snack = 25 TBH
- Short tuk tuk ride = 50 TBH
- Metered taxi to city from Bangkok Airport = 300-400 TBH
Drinking tap water is not considered safe in Thailand. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card at major shops, hotels and restaurants, but prepare to pay cash when making purchases from small local businesses.
You’ll have no trouble finding internationally connected ATMs in Thailand’s major cities but they’ll be harder to find in rural and remote places.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays in Thailand go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/thailand/public-holidays