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Thailand Organised Trips

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 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 Countryside By E-Bike

In the lush, unspoiled countryside around Chiang Mai, life goes on much as it has for centuries, and travelling around it on two wheels allows you to become part of it in a way that would be impossible from a car. After a short drive to collect your electric bike, you and your fellow cyclists will head off along quiet lanes flanked by rice paddies and orchards, catching glimpses of water buffaloes pulling wooden ploughs through muddy fields or simple carts filled with the harvest. You’ll pedal past tiny villages of traditional palm-thatched wooden houses on stilts, and stop at one to soak up the tranquil atmosphere, meet some of the people who call it home and visit a school where most of the pupils are from hill-tribe communities. A simple Thai meal is the perfect finale to a memorable adventure.

• Daily departures
• Year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The trip covers around 25km at a leisurely pace, so is suitable for all levels of rider in reasonable health. However, it’s not recommended for children under the age of 14.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8,30am or 1.30pm
End time: 1pm or 6pm

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

Elephant Care Experience in Chiang Mai

The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand and these beautiful creatures have long played a role in the country’s daily life. They’ve transported people, hauled heavy loads in logging camps and even gone into battle. More recently, as the numbers in the wild have dwindled to dangerous levels, concerns have also grown about the treatment of those in captivity, leading to the creation of sanctuaries with a robust ethical approach. On this visit to a “retirement home” for rescued elephants, you’ll observe them in their natural environment, help prepare their food and balls of healing herbs, and feed them, while hearing about the issues that confront the species today. It’s a truly memorable experience for anyone with a genuine appreciation of these noble animals.

• Daily departures
• Year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The camp has a “no riding” policy, and the day’s exact timetable is dictated by the elephants; if they don’t feel like doing something, they will not be expected to do it.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 3pm

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

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

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