Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok tops or tails most holidays to Thailand. An urban junky’s dream, the city takes you through a kaleidoscope of contradictory sights and experiences. Golden royal palaces and glittering temples vie for sunlight with growing modern edifices frenetic local markets resist the influence of luxury shopping plazas and street side eateries rub up against uber cool bars and nightclubs. Every taste is catered for in an intoxicating juxtaposition between ancient and modern.

We recommend at least a couple of days in the Capital and sightseeing highlights include a morning tour of the temples and palaces on Royal Ratanakosin Island. Here you’ll find the magnificent Grand Palace, Wat Pho - the temple of the reclining Buddha, the largest Buddha in Bangkok and centre of the Buddhist religion in Thailand and the Wat Phra Kaew, home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's holiest religious statue carved from jade.

Another morning must is Wat Arun, meaning the Temple of the Dawn, at its most spectacular in the early morning as sunlight reflects off the river. Pre-dating Bangkok, don’t miss the chance to combine your visit with an exhilarating ride on a long tail boat along the network of klongs (canals) that used to be the lifeblood of the city. Wat Arun is the site of several festivals through December to March. Please call for details.

For those inclined, your days can be filled with superb sights, but don’t neglect everyday life with its markets, superb shopping and the best street food in the world. A great place to experience all this is Chatuchak weekend market, in the northern suburbs. 15,000 stalls bring together goods from all over Thailand in one huge, hectic and hot location. Bring a selection of small notes and try and bag yourself a bargain.

Another great way of getting under the city’s skin is quite surprisingly to take a bike tour. We can offer a selection of easy rides that will take you away from the car choked main roads down the byways to the forgotten green areas of Bangkok to experience hidden real city life.

Or take a train out of the city to the Gulf of Thailand to see Bangkok of yesteryear, with its tranquil canals, old forts, quirky train market, charming floating markets and the chance to plant mangrove trees to help maintain this delicate ecosystem.

The great thing about Bangkok is that no matter how many times you visit there's always something new or something you missed on the last trip. When putting together a holiday that includes Bangkok we start with a clean slate, creating an itinerary that takes into account whether you've visited before and what particularly interests you. Whether you just want a quick taste or total immersion, Bangkok won't disappoint.

Itinerary ideas that include Bangkok

Thailand & Laos - Mekong Cruise North & South 16 Days

Thailand & Laos - Mekong Cruise North & South
You'll visit
Bolaven Plateau, Luang Prabang, Mekong Cruise - North, Vientiane, Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Mekong Cruise - South
Countries: Laos, Thailand
Laos is dominated by the mighty Mekong and this holiday revolves around two very different cruises in the North and South. Follow its path and you’re taken on a comfortable journey to the heart of the country through tranquil river scenes, a world away from our everyday life. You’ll also enjoy a spell in Bangkok and Chiang Rai before heading to Laos to explore the spiritual UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, the lush forests and dramatic waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau and the laid back capital of Vientiane. Now is the perfect time to visit Laos, as the hotels and holiday experiences have matured but the world hasn’t quite caught on yet.

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Thailand & Laos - Bangkok to Luang Prabang 14 Days

Thailand & Laos - Bangkok to Luang Prabang
You'll visit
Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Mekong Cruise - North, Luang Prabang, Country Lodges (Luang Prabang)
Countries: Laos, Thailand
Going on holiday to Northern Thailand and Laos you’re guaranteed breathtaking scenery and on this tour we concentrate on offering a superb range of experiences and destinations that showcase the beauty and majesty of this stunning part of the world. Elephant treks, river cruises, mountain walks, tribal villages, waterfalls and city tours come together to create a memorable holiday. Just don’t forget your camera!

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Thailand & Laos - Zipline, Boat, Bike & Elephant Adventure 15 Days

Thailand & Laos - Zipline, Boat, Bike & Elephant Adventure
You'll visit
Bokeo Province, Mekong Cruise - North, Luang Prabang, Bangkok, Chiang Rai
Countries: Laos, Thailand
This is an action packed adventure through Northern Thailand and into Laos, where you’ll enjoy 3 days in the jungle on the Gibbon Experience, zip lining through the canopy and sleeping in a tree house. Then all aboard for a 2 day Mekong River cruise to atmospheric Luang Prabang. 3 further days cycling its picturesque streets, visiting fantastic caves, swimming in jungle waterfalls, and interacting with elephants. Finish off at the Seuang River Experience, a sustainable community tourism project where you stay with a family and get involved in local life and enjoy a variety of activities. Nonstop from beginning to end, we can slow it down if you like!

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Thailand to Cambodia Overland - Colour, Culture & Countryside 14 Days

Thailand to Cambodia Overland	 - Colour, Culture & Countryside
You'll visit
Angkor Wat, Battambang, Siem Reap, Khao Yai National Park, Bangkok, Phanom Rung, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Andaman Islands & Coast
Countries: Cambodia, Thailand
The perfect tour for those who want to experience a more traditional side to each country as much as see the sights. Turn east and you’ll discover a more authentic, less commercialised land where life still revolves around the village, traditional crafts are still practiced and water buffalos wade through endless rice fields. Heritage and history abound as you explore Thailand’s premier National Park and atmospheric temples of the Khmer empire. Move into Cambodia and the beautiful backwater of Battambang before exploring iconic Angkor Wat and surrounding temples. Discover the rich colour and culture that still exists in the rural heartlands to reveal the real Thailand and Cambodia.

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Thailand - Emerald Triangle plus Beach 14 Days

Thailand - Emerald Triangle plus Beach
You'll visit
Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Andaman Islands & Coast, Nong Khai & Khong Jiam
Country: Thailand
Thailand has so much diversity on offer and on this holiday we’ll take you through 3 very different parts of this beautiful country, to enjoy a superb variety of holiday experiences and see if from a slightly different angle. Explore the rich history of Bangkok and Ayuthaya on foot and by bike, taking time to enjoy a more local view. Board a train to the remote north east to enjoy the “Emerald Triangle” and explore the mighty Mekong before heading south to relax on a choice of beautiful beaches or perhaps continue on into Laos.

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Thailand & Southern Laos - Mekong Magic 14 Days

Thailand & Southern Laos - Mekong Magic
You'll visit
Bolaven Plateau, Luang Prabang, Si Phan Don, Ayuthaya, Nong Khai & Khong Jiam, Bangkok
Countries: Laos, Thailand
East Thailand and Laos are great holiday companions, offering any visitor the chance to step off the mainstream tourist trail and travel at a tangent to reveal a more traditional way of life and a culture built around a strong individual identity, indigenous cuisine and historic skills. As soon as you leave Bangkok feel the pace of life just fall away as you broadly follow the mighty Mekong through eastern Thailand and across into Southern Laos up to magical Luang Prabang. Perfect for anyone looking for simple holiday pleasures, exploring some of the most unspoilt and beautiful parts of South East Asia.

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Southern Thailand - Jungle Adventure & Beach 14 Days

Southern Thailand - Jungle Adventure & Beach
You'll visit
Bangkok, Andaman Islands & Coast
Country: Thailand
You don’t have to fly north to enjoy a jungle trek and elephant safari in Thailand, as Khao Sok National Park, a fantastic prehistoric preserve full of dramatic mountains, lakes and jungle, is just a couple of hours drive from Phuket and Khao Lak. This tour makes it easy to add soft adventure to the traditional city and beach holiday and the saved flying time can be enjoyed exploring the jungle or relaxing on the beach. As ever our itineraries are merely our recommendations and can be adapted to suit you.

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Thailand - Honeymoon Heaven 14 Days

Thailand - Honeymoon Heaven
You'll visit
Bangkok, Andaman Islands & Coast, Chiang Rai
Country: Thailand
The traditional honeymoon has pretty much disappeared, its composition now reflecting the couple themselves within individual creations designed to enjoy the wider world. As such, this suggested itinerary is really just that, a melange of luxurious ideas for your honeymoon in Thailand. After the intensity of the wedding we offer instant relaxation in the ultra-luxurious Four Seasons Tented Camp in the beautiful far north. Re-energised we suggest a couple of energetic days in Bangkok, before flying down to the southern beaches. Thailand offers an infinite variety of honeymoon ideas please call to discuss your own perfect itinerary.

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Thailand & Laos - Honeymoon Heaven 21 Days

Thailand & Laos - Honeymoon Heaven
You'll visit
Mekong Cruise - North, Luang Prabang, Chiang Rai, Andaman Islands & Coast, Bangkok
Countries: Laos, Thailand
Thailand and Laos are such good holiday bedfellows and combined can offer a kaleidoscope of dream honeymoon ideas. This extensive itinerary takes you on a luxurious journey through a wonderland of adventures, experiences and indulgences, and can easily be adapted to create your own individual honeymoon. Relax in ultra-luxurious Four Season’s Tented Camp in north Thailand before cruising down the Mekong to spiritual Luang Prabang in Laos. Re-energised we suggest a couple of days in Bangkok, before flying down to the southern beaches. We hope this inspires you, please call to discuss your own perfect itinerary.

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Bangkok, Thailand

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