Thailand, Southeast Asia

Thailand, Southeast Asia


Southeast Asia is a region rich in natural beauty, history and culture – but there’s something especially magnetic about Thailand that keeps travellers coming back for more. From the golden Buddhist temples and the myriad floating markets of Bangkok, to the untamed jungles surrounding Chiang Mai, and the pinch-me beaches of Koh Phi Phi, adventure and discovery await at every turn.

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All roads lead to – or start in – the pulsating capital, and gateway to a maze of markets, wats, palaces and bazaars. Bangkok is a whirlwind and worthy start to any adventure, but after a few days you’ll be ready to swap the stifling city for some rural relaxation.

Head north on Culture Trip’s ten-day expedition that includes a climb of the country’s highest mountain, the chance to feed elephants in a sanctuary, and plenty of hiking through Doi Inthanon National Park and the canopied jungles of Mae Hong Son. Cool off with waterfall swims, and refuel on classic Thai dishes such as coconut curry noodle soup, spiced pork sausage and sticky rice.

Or make a beeline for the low-lying national parks and beach-blessed tropical islands of the south. Culture Trip’s alternative ten-day Thailand adventure sees travellers kayaking through mangroves and caves, chowing down on tasty street food, and spotting sun bears on a wildlife boat safari. There’s lots of snorkelling to do too, whether off the coast of Phuket or in the hidden lagoon of Hong Island. These small-group tours – led by Local Insiders – take you off the beaten path, and straight to the heart of authentic Thailand.

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