Thailand Organised Trips

Andaman Sea Kayaking

Phang Nga National Marine Park is dotted with tiny islands adrift in the Andaman Sea, with spectacular scenery that invites thorough exploration. On this memorable visit, you’ll be paddled by an expert local guide around its most appealing sights in a super-stable inflatable kayak, so all you have to do is sit back and relax. During the trip, you’ll venture into atmospheric sea caves, check out pristine beaches and marvel at extraordinary rock formations. You’ll stop on spectacular islands such as Koh Panak, where your guide will take you through the caves, pointing out the local wildlife, and Koh Hong, known for its beautiful hidden lagoon. You’ll pause for photos at Khao Phing Kan, otherwise known as James Bond Island because it features in The Man with the Golden Gun. And along the way, there’ll be opportunities to swim in the crystal-clear water or pick up the paddles yourself.

• Daily departures November to April, Monday to Saturday May to October
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under four. The itinerary is not completely set in stone, as it depends on conditions on the day.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9.30am
End time: 7pm

Avoid The Crowds Phi Phi Island Cruise from Khao Lak

Make an early getaway to Koh Phi Phi to enjoy this scenic archipelago in the Andaman Sea at its tranquil best. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll arrive first at Koh Khai, a tiny island tucked away in Phang Nga Bay. Here, you’ll stop to take in the powder-soft white beach lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters and have a serene swim surrounded by tropical fish. On arrival at Koh Phi Phi, you’ll make for stunning Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, whose emerald waters are a delight for photographers and snorkellers alike. Other sights include the so-called “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls, and Monkey Beach, home to a colony of long-tailed macaques. After lunch, on the way back to port, there’s a final stop at low-lying Bamboo Island to snorkel along pristine coral reef: the perfect finale to a scenic adventure that will appeal to all.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under fours, the over 70s and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 6pm

Avoid The Crowds Phi Phi Island Cruise from Phuket

Make an early getaway to Koh Phi Phi to enjoy this scenic archipelago in the Andaman Sea at its tranquil best. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll arrive first at Koh Khai, a tiny island tucked away in Phang Nga Bay. Here, you’ll stop to take in the powder-soft white beach lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters and have a serene swim surrounded by tropical fish. On arrival at Koh Phi Phi, you’ll make for stunning Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, whose emerald waters are a delight for photographers and snorkellers alike. Other sights include the so-called “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls, and Monkey Beach, home to a colony of long-tailed macaques. After lunch, on the way back to port, there’s a final stop at low-lying Bamboo Island to snorkel along pristine coral reef: the perfect finale to a scenic adventure that will appeal to all.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under fours, the over 70s and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 6pm

Bangkok By Night

In the evening, temperatures drop and there’s less traffic, so it’s an ideal time to discover a different side of Bangkok. On this fascinating tour, you’ll travel by tuk tuk from the departure point at Lebua State Tower, a luxury hotel with amazing views from its various bars, to Chinatown for a herb-infused cocktail (or soft drink) and a Thai meal. Afterwards, you’ll whizz around the city’s historic heart past some of its most famous sights, including the Grand Palace - all lit up to spectacular effect. You’ll stroll through the grounds of a temple to admire the illuminations and explore bustling areas known for their amazing street-food scene. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to try some local sweet treats such as kluai thot - deliciously sticky pieces of deep-fried banana coated in sesame seeds - the perfect way to round off the evening.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour is not suitable for children under 10. As for what to wear, you’ll need smart casual clothing if you want to visit the Lebua State Tower before the tour and suitable clothing for visiting temples. It can get surprisingly cool zipping around at night in an open-sided vehicle, so you’ll be grateful for the extra coverage.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 6.30pm
End time: 10.30pm

Bangkok Rooftop Dinner

Celebrate a special event with a memorable meal at Thailand’s tallest hotel. Baiyoke Sky Hotel towers above the shopping district of Pratunam, providing spectacular views of the city and beyond to the Gulf of Thailand. Soak up the sights from the observation deck on the 77th floor or head up another seven storeys to the revolving viewpoint, before making your way to the Bangkok Sky Restaurant on the 76th floor. It’s known for its superb seafood buffet, where the array of options includes flavoursome spicy Thai salads and dishes such as Japanese salmon nitsuke - plus, of course, the panoramic views of the twinkling lights of the city below. It’s a great option for couples, groups of friends or honeymooners.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
It’s the perfect opportunity to wear something a little smarter than during the day - but note that the restaurant is air-conditioned, so dress accordingly.

Start time: 6pm
End time: 10pm

Bangkok Street Food

Thailand is known for its delicious street food, and one of the best places to sample it is in Bangkok’s historic Rattanakosin district, also known as the Old Town. On this private four-hour tour, you’ll head off on foot with a local English-speaking guide to explore the narrow streets and alleyways of this atmospheric area, stopping at family-run shops, tiny cafés, street vendors and market stalls to sample their wares and learn about how they’re made. Sip a cup of old-style coffee, the thick and sweet kafae boran; feast on Chinese chive dumplings and succulent roast duck; and try typical sweet treats such as sticky-rice dumplings filled with mung-bean paste. Be sure to leave room for some coconut ice cream, handmade by the same family for generations.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Suitable for children aged 12 and upwards. Transfers are not included; you’ll be advised where to meet on arrival in Bangkok. The tour includes visits to a temple and shrine, so dress appropriately.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: 1pm

Bangkok Your Way (Private Driver and Guide) - Half Day or Full Day

Whether you know precisely what you want to see or are looking for some suggestions from someone who knows the city like the back of their hand, there’s no better way of exploring Bangkok at your own pace than with a private guide and chauffeur. With the help of their insider tips, you’ll be able to get unique insights into the city’s most famous sights, discover hidden gems you’d never have stumbled upon on your own and learn about the country’s culture along the way. With stops wherever and whenever you want, and the ability to change course on a whim, it’s a superb option for those travelling with children and those who want a tailor-made immersion in the history and culture of Bangkok.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll have to pay locally for parking fees and tickets to any attractions you visit, and for any refreshments.

Duration:

Half day or full day

Bangkok’s Floating Market

One of Bangkok’s more colourful attractions, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is rightly on many visitors’ not-to-be-missed lists. Heading out in the cool of the early morning, you’ll stop at iconic Wat Bang Kung, an ancient temple almost completely surrounded by the roots of a vast banyan tree, to soak up its unique atmosphere and learn about its not-always-peaceful history. From here, you’ll carry on to the floating market itself, which occupies a maze of narrow canals (khlongs) crowded with narrow wooden sampans piled high with produce. You’ll venture out on the water in your own boat, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take some superb photos and bargain for typical snacks. Your final destination is the extraordinary Rom Hub Railway Market, whose stalls lie on either side of an active railway track, meaning that the vendors have to pull everything out of the way every time a train goes past - which is quite a sight!

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Not recommended for families with younger children.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 1pm

Bangkok's Highlights in a Day

For those who like to pack the maximum into each day, this trip will take you to some of Bangkok’s most famous sights in comfort. The first stop of the morning is Wat Traimit, home to a three-metre-high statue of a seated Buddha made from solid gold; from here, you’ll travel to another temple, Wat Pho, with another statue of Buddha - this time reclining - that’s a massive 46 metres long. Next on the itinerary is the Grand Palace, a former royal residence, and the temple of the Emerald Buddha, though the statue is actually made of jade. After lunch, you’ll board a traditional boat to cruise along some of the city’s canals, taking in the sights of daily life along the way, before disembarking at your final temple of the day: the riverside Wat Arun, known for its distinctive multicoloured spire.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
You’ll need to dress appropriately for visiting the various temples: that means long trousers - not leggings - or skirts below the knee, and covered shoulders. Carry a lightweight, though not see-through, cover-up if you want to be more casual the rest of the day.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 3pm

Chiang Mai Old Town Walking Tour

Thailand’s second city is an engaging place to spend a few days, and it’s not short on must-see sights either. On this half-day adventure, you’ll take one of the distinctive red local taxis, or songthaew, to a laidback guesthouse by the main entrance to the moated old quarter. From here, a short walk will take you across the moat to Somphet, a typical small food market packed with stalls piled high with fruit, vegetables and more. Next, you’ll wander along atmospheric alleyways to Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple. After a visit to the fascinating Folklife Museum, where you’ll learn something of the local Lanna culture, you’ll explore two more ornate temples: Wat Phan Tao and Wat Phra Singh. Finish with a taste of local street food for lunch before another songthaew whisks you back to your hotel.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour is mainly on foot, so parents should ensure their children will be fine with walking or able to be carried if necessary. As the itinerary includes several temples, you’ll need to dress appropriately: long trousers, below-the-knee skirts and covered shoulders.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: Midday

Chiang Mai Street Food

Northern Thailand’s distinctive food culture is a product of its history and geography, with influences from Laos, Burma and the Khmer Empire. On this gastronomic evening tour, you’ll learn all about its most typical dishes from someone who grew up eating them, and discover Chiang Mai’s laidback nighttime vibe at the same time. Your foodie experience will kick off with a starter at a small restaurant that specialises in the local Lanna cuisine, as it's called. Afterwards, you’ll continue on to the nearby night market - a hive of activity after dark - where stall after stall serves up irresistible street food and drinks of every kind. You’ll learn how each is made and, of course, sample more than a few. Rounding things off in style, the tour concludes with a nightcap at a hip riverside bar.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour is not suitable for under 18s. Local beer is included, but there’s a surcharge for the optional craft-beer tasting.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 5.30pm
End time: 10.30pm

Chiang Mai’s Highlights in Half a Day

Thailand’s second city is an engaging place to spend a few days, and it’s not short on must-see sights either. On this half-day adventure, you’ll start in the hustle and bustle of Warorot, Chiang Mai’s oldest market. Inside the three-storey building, there are stalls selling a dizzying array of local foodstuffs, as well as clothing, beauty products and more, and the action spills out into the streets around it. From here, you’ll cross into the city’s moated old quarter for a complete change of tempo at Wat Phra Singh, known for the beautiful and intricate gilded facade of its main building. Next you’ll head to Wat Suan Dok, just beyond the city walls, with its garden of whitewashed tombs and golden pagoda. Finally, you’ll be driven up the winding road to the summit of Doi Suthep mountain to visit the ancient and venerated Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. On a clear day, you can see the 600-year-old gold-plated Chedi at its heart from miles away, and it’s even more impressive up close. Don’t miss the promenade at the rear of the temple: the view of the city from here is stunning.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
As the itinerary includes several temples, you’ll need to dress appropriately: long trousers, below-the-knee skirts and covered shoulders.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am or 1pm
End time: Midday or 5pm

Jungle Hot Spring Spa

Tucked away in lush tropical rainforest on the banks of the Klong Thorn river, Kinaree Long Song is a scenic hot-spring retreat where you can spend a blissfully relaxing day being pampered and rejuvenated. The peaceful verdant setting would be soothing enough by itself, but there’s also a set of hydrotherapy pools of different temperatures from steaming hot to bracingly cold in which to unwind. Other delights include a homemade scrub treatment to leave your skin glowing with health, a session of Thai yoga and a neck and shoulder massage followed by a delicious healthy lunch of Thai dishes. In the afternoon, you’ll have a chance to try your hand at making Thai handicrafts - a very practical form of mindfulness - before the final flourish: an hour-long massage in a rustic riverside cabana. We think it’s just the thing for busy couples looking for the ultimate in de-stressing.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The experience is not recommended for children under 16. Please mention any special dietary requirements when booking.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8.30am
End time: 4pm

Koh Lanta Marine Park By Kayak

Koh Lanta’s marine national park is a haven for wildlife, blessed with pristine coral reefs and dotted with tiny limestone karst islands, just made for exploring by kayak. This private full-day visit will take you to some of its most fascinating sights, starting with Koh Phee. Also known as “Ghost Island”, it has been eroded by wind and water over thousands of years into a shape that looks, from the mainland, like a giant human skull. Clambering through its network of caves, you’ll find ancient stalagmites and stalactites, fossils embedded in the walls and the occasional sleeping bat. The second stop is Koh Talabang, where you’ll spend an enthralling few hours kayaking along its shoreline, discovering perfect tiny beaches, steep-sided coves and atmospheric caves, pausing for a rest and a simple lunch on one of those beaches along the way.

• Daily departures
• Operates November to May
• Private experience

Good to know
The National Park fee is included in the price. The tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 4pm

Koh Rok Islands Cruise

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of one of the most idyllic corners of Koh Lanta Marine Park. Zipping across the Andaman Sea in a speedboat - a burst of joy in its own right - you’ll arrive in next to no time at the craggy twin islands of Koh Rok Nok and Kho Rok Nai, separated by a narrow channel. The more adventurous may opt to hike through the lush, rugged interior looking out for monitor lizards; others will be happy to spend the day on the beach, marvelling at the powder-soft sand and enjoying the occasional lazy swim in the sparkling turquoise sea. The crystal-clear waters around Koh Rok are a snorkeller’s dream, thanks to an extensive reef system that’s teeming with colourful aquatic life - the keen-eyed may be lucky enough to spot hawksbill turtles, moray eels or even a black-tip shark.

• Daily departures
• Operates from November to May
• Group experience

Good to know
The National Park fee is included in the price. The tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 5pm

Koh Samui's Highlights In A Half Day

There’s more to Koh Samui than its gorgeous beaches as you’ll discover on this half-day journey around the island’s best-known sights. Top of the list is Wat Phra Yai, also known as Big Buddha Temple, on its own little island reached by a short causeway. Its star attraction is its impossible-to-miss 12-metre-high golden statue of Buddha, in a seated pose that represents purity. Other must-see sights on the itinerary include the sparkling panoramic vistas from Lad Koh Viewpoint, reached by a gentle stroll; the vibrant market in the diminutive capital, Nathon, where you’ll have a chance to shop; and the curious natural phenomena known as the Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks. Finally, you’ll visit Wat Khunaram and its slightly macabre claim to fame: the mummified body of a monk who died there in 1973, displayed in a glass case.

• Departs Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
Bring plenty of cash, as the prices at Nathon’s market are good value compared to those in the main tourist areas.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 2pm

Muay Thai Master Class

The ancient art of Muay Thai - also known as Thai boxing - is an integral part of the country’s culture, and there’s no better place to learn about it than in its birthplace. For this two-hour masterclass, you’ll be collected from your hotel by an English-speaking guide and driven to one of Bangkok’s most important boxing stadiums. If you’re a Ryan Gosling fan, it might just look familiar; it was one of the locations for the action film Only God Forgives, in which he played the lead role. During the training session, you’ll learn some of the principles of “the art of eight limbs”, before trying out some basic moves for yourself under the supervision of an expert instructor. Afterwards, you’ll be taken back to your hotel for a well-earned rest.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Soft drinks, coffee, water and all the boxing equipment you’ll require are provided, but you’ll need to bring a towel and wear suitable sportswear.

Duration:

Half day; class: 2 hours

Start time: 8am
End time: midday

Phi Phi Island Cruise from Koh Lanta

Enjoy a relaxing day discovering the natural delights of Koh Phi Phi, a scenic archipelago of six specks of land in the Andaman Sea roughly halfway between Koh Lanta and Phuket. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll arrive in around half an hour at beautiful Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, where you’ll have a chance to plunge into its emerald waters for a swim and a snorkel. Once you’ve dried off, the next port of call is the so-called “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls. From here, you’ll make for another highly rated snorkelling spot, passing the main filming location for Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach. The day ends on Phi Phi Don, the largest island and the only one that’s inhabited, where you’ll have time to swim, hike to the viewpoint or browse the tiny street stalls.

• Daily departures
• November to May
• Group experience

Good to know
The National Park fee is included in the price. The tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 4.30pm

Phi Phi Islands Cruise from Phuket

Enjoy a relaxing day discovering the natural delights of Koh Phi Phi, a scenic archipelago of six specks of land in the Andaman Sea roughly halfway between Koh Lanta and Phuket. Travelling by speedboat, you’ll make your first stop at low-lying Bamboo Island to snorkel along its pristine coral reef. From here, you continue on to Phi Phi Don, the largest island and the only one that’s inhabited, where you’ll have time to swim, hike to the viewpoint or browse the tiny street stalls before lunch. You’ll motor on to Monkey Beach, home to a colony of long-tailed macaques, and “Viking Cave” which owes its nickname to the images of different types of boats - including one that looks like a Viking longboat - painted on its walls. At beautiful Ao Pileh lagoon on the second-largest island, you’ll have a chance to plunge into its emerald waters for a swim and a snorkel, before a final stop at Koh Rang Yai where pearls are farmed.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under fours, the over 70s and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 8am
End time: 6pm

River Kwai Highlights In A Day

Symbolising the horrors of World War II in Asia, the bridge on the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi is almost a place of pilgrimage for history buffs, film aficionados and anyone curious about the relatively recent past. On this poignant trip, you’ll learn all about the building of the infamous bridge that was designed to link up a direct railway line from Bangkok to Rangoon (now Yangon) to support the Japanese occupation of Burma (now Myanmar) in 1943. You’ll visit the graves of members of the Allied Forces on a tour of the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, before looking at historical photographs and paintings at the JEATH War Museum, both emotionally moving experiences. To complete your day, you’ll take a memorable ride on the Thailand-Burma Railway itself, also known as the Death Railway because of the thousands of POWs and forced local workers who lost their lives during its construction.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The trip is suitable for all ages.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6.30am
End time: 6.30pm

Similan Islands Cruise fom Khao Lak

Fringed by powder-soft beaches lapped by crystal-clear azure waters, the Similan Islands are everyone’s idea of a tropical paradise. You’ll spend a relaxing day taking in their natural charms, above and below the waves, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and hiking. The first port of call is the wonderfully named Donald Duck Bay on Koh Similan, where there’ll be time to climb up to the curiously shaped granite boulder known as Sail Rock to take in the views. After a stop to check out the colourful world underwater, you’ll drop anchor at Honeymoon Bay on Koh Miang, a popular dive site. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the beach, then follow a short nature trail - less than 10 minutes’ easy walk - across the island to the picture-perfect Princess Bay. There’s one final stop at another island for a snorkelling session over a pristine coral reef teeming with life before you head, reluctantly, back to the mainland.

• Daily departures
• Operates November-April
• Group experience

Good to know
You’ll need to provide a copy of your passport at time of booking to comply with new Similan Islands National Park regulations. The trip is suitable for all except children under three, those who are physically challenged and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full board

Start time: 6am
End time: 4.30pm

Similan Islands Cruise from Phuket

Fringed by powder-soft beaches lapped by crystal-clear azure waters, the Similan Islands are everyone’s idea of a tropical paradise. You’ll spend a relaxing day taking in their natural charms, above and below the waves, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and hiking. The first port of call is the wonderfully named Donald Duck Bay on Koh Similan, where there’ll be time to climb up to the curiously shaped granite boulder known as Sail Rock to take in the views. After a stop to check out the colourful world underwater, you’ll drop anchor at Honeymoon Bay on Koh Miang, a popular dive site. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the beach, then follow a short nature trail - less than 10 minutes easy walk - across the island to the picture-perfect Princess Bay. There’s one final stop at another island for a snorkelling session over a pristine coral reef teeming with life before you head, reluctantly, back to the mainland.

• Daily departures
• Operates November to April
• Group experience

Good to know
You’ll need to provide a copy of your passport at time of booking to comply with new Similan Islands National Park regulations. The trip is suitable for all except children under four, those who are physically challenged and pregnant women.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 5.30am
End time: 6pm

Sunset Celebratory Dinner

If you have a special occasion to celebrate, such as a key birthday or anniversary, or just want a romantic meal that’s a little out of the ordinary, this sunset dinner will be right up your street. You’ll be heading out into the countryside beyond Phuket, to a secluded spot where you can revel in the cool evening air, the smell of greenery and the sense of peace while admiring the dazzling colours of the sky as the day ends. Here, in complete privacy, you’ll be served a traditional Thai dinner, accompanied by Champagne - what else - or wine if you prefer, that you’re sure to remember.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Please bring insect repellent and money for tips and wear comfortable casual clothing.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 4pm
End time: 7pm

Surin Islands Cruise from Khao Lak

A cluster of tiny specks of land adrift in the Andaman Sea, the Surin Islands have an unspoiled beauty that will enchant everyone who comes here. After an early start, you’ll reach Ao Mae Yai, a picturesque bay on the main island of Ko Surin Nuea blessed with a sweep of white sand and calm, clear waters - it’s a perfect spot for snorkelling. From here, you’ll cruise past a tiny village that houses the Moken, sea nomads who traditionally lived from and on the sea between Thailand and Burma, and who have a fascinating history. Ashore, a 2km trail through the jungle leads to the National Park’s rustic restaurant overlooking another sheltered beach, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch. There’s just time before heading back to the mainland for another snorkelling stop and, in season, for a whale shark watching session.

• Daily departures
• Operates November-April
• Group experience

Good to know
The itinerary is not completely set in stone, as the choice of snorkelling spots depends on conditions on the day.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 6am
End time: 4.30pm

Surin Islands Cruise from Phuket

A cluster of tiny specks of land adrift in the Andaman Sea, the Surin Islands have an unspoiled beauty that will enchant everyone who comes here. After an early start, you’ll reach Ao Mae Yai, a picturesque bay on the main island of Ko Surin Nuea blessed with a sweep of white sand and calm, clear waters - it’s a perfect spot for snorkelling. From here, you’ll cruise past a tiny village that houses the Moken, sea nomads who traditionally lived from and on the sea between Thailand and Burma, and who have a fascinating history. After another swim-and-snorkel session, you’ll head to the National Park’s rustic restaurant overlooking another sheltered beach, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch. There’s just time before heading back to the mainland for another snorkelling stop and, in season, for a whale shark watching session.

• Daily departures
• Operates from November to April
• Group experience

Good to know
This trip is not recommended for the under fours, the over 70s and pregnant women. The itinerary is not completely set in stone, as the choice of snorkelling spots depends on conditions on the day.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 5.30am
End time: 6pm

Thai Cooking Class in Bangkok

Learn how to prepare some of Thailand’s best-loved dishes on this relaxed, home-style group class. You’ll start the three-hour session with a visit to a local market to buy the ingredients you’ll need later, from colourful vegetables to fragrant herbs and spices, which is quite an experience in itself. You’ll then return to the open kitchen, where certified Thai chefs will help you prepare a complete meal from scratch using traditional utensils and techniques. Under their patient supervision, the time will fly by and it won’t be long before you’re sitting down to enjoy the (hopefully delicious) fruits of your labour. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable way to delve into Thailand’s culinary culture, and one that will appeal to everyone from couples to groups of friends and families with older children.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The class is suitable for children aged 10 and over. Transfers are not included; you’ll be advised of the meeting point on arrival in Bangkok. If you have any allergies or special needs, please mention them when booking.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9am or 1.30pm
End time: 12.30pm or 5pm

Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

It’s hard to think of a more long-lasting legacy of a trip to Thailand than being able to recreate some of its best-loved dishes back home. On this full-day cooking class in the countryside outside Chiang Mai, you’ll begin with a visit to the local produce market to learn about the key ingredients - from herbs and spices to vegetables and roots - and how to choose the best. From here, you’ll head into the kitchen where a professional chef will teach you how to prepare three classic Thai dishes, which you’ll enjoy for lunch. In the afternoon session, you’ll expand your knowledge of the country’s cuisine further with another hands-on session, before your private transfer back to your hotel.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Suitable for children over 12. The cost includes private transfers to and from Chiang Mai, but the class itself is shared with other participants.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9am
End time: 3pm

Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak

With a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide people for its authentic southern Thai cuisine, Nai Mueang is well worth a visit. For anyone who’d like to recreate some of those dishes at home, this quirky little restaurant also runs regular cookery classes that will appeal to food-loving couples and honeymooners. Your morning starts with a visit to a local market to select the ingredients for three of the country’s favourite dishes. On your return to Nai Mueang, you’ll learn about Thai herbs, cooking techniques and vegetable carving, before getting busy preparing the food itself under the guidance of one of the chefs. You’ll end the session by sitting down in the delightful retro-themed dining room to eat what you’ve prepared for lunch.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Bring insect repellent, money for tips and a notebook for jotting down extra information about the various techniques you’ll be taught.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 9.30am
End time: 2pm

Thai Cooking Class in Koh Lanta

Sometimes the best souvenirs to bring back from holiday are the ones you can’t see, such as great memories and new-found skills. This relaxed cooking class fits the bill on both counts, thanks in part to its superb beachfront setting. Under the supervision of a professional local chef, with the sound of the waves in the background, you’ll learn the skills and techniques you’ll need to make authentic Thai favourites such as green curry, stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts and several fragrant soups. The reward for your efforts is a laidback lunch overlooking the sea, listening to music and enjoying the dishes that you’ve prepared, plus a fistful of recipes to take away so you can recreate the dishes back at home. It’s a delightful way to spend a morning that will appeal to everyone from couples to groups of friends and families with older children.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The class is unsuitable for children under 12. All dishes can be adapted for vegans, vegetarians or those with any allergies. It’s a good idea to bring extra cash to buy drinks, kitchen utensils or sauces to take home as unique souvenirs.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 10am
End time: 2pm

Thai Cooking Class in Krabi

Ever since the first Thai restaurant opened in London in 1967, the British have been slowly falling for the country’s food culture with its potent mix of intense tastes, and learning how to prepare some of its most delicious dishes is a truly satisfying way to spend a morning. Under the guidance of a well-regarded and experienced local chef, you’ll discover the essential facts about the ingredients and techniques that are the keystone of the cuisine, and how to combine pungent flavours so they complement each other. After watching a demonstration, you’ll get going on preparing your own lunch from scratch, with help if needed. As a hands-on experience, it’s great fun for anyone of all ages from teenager upwards - and you’ll leave with a new-found talent with which to wow your friends and family back home.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The experience is not recommended for the under 12s. Please mention any special dietary requirements or allergies when booking.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 1pm

Thai Culture by Bike

See a different side of Bangkok on a cycling tour through the city. First up, we’ll visit a local Buddhist temple complex and a sandal-making shop. You’ll also have the chance to take a short longtail boat trip across the Chao Praya River to see the city’s luxurious villas before travelling to the slum houses and meeting the people that live there. Visit an open-air Muay Thai school and a local elementary school, before riding through Bangkok’s greenest area. We’ll stop for Pad Thai at a local restaurant for lunch and there will be plenty of rest stops. Most of the routes we’ll travel along are off-limits to cars, so this is a lovely and largely traffic-free way to explore this buzzing city.

• Daily departures from Bangkok
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Schools may be closed on certain dates.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 1pm

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