Thailand

From the misty mountains and lush jungles in the north to the enchanting islands and powdery white beaches in the south, the Kingdom of Thailand is one of Asia’s most popular and beautiful countries. It is also a truly beguiling and multi-layered destination, because beyond the glittering surface of thriving cities, bustling markets and packed bars is a deeply spiritual country where devout Buddhism entwines itself throughout every aspect of life here, which offers visitors an intriguing insight in the very soul of the country.

Start planning your Thailand holiday by getting in touch with one of our travel experts.

Please call 01905 731373 or alternatively, you can email info@world-odyssey.com or enquire online. For inspiration, explore where to go, experiences, accommodation and itineraries…

Tong Bai Elephant Foundation, Chiang Mai

Tongbai Elephant Camp

Located in the Mae Wang district, approx. 90 mins drive from Chiang Mai, Tong Bai is a small and personal camp with just 10 elephants.

This informative, personal and interesting full day excursion allows up close interaction with these gentle giants including an hour walk through the forest, leading the elephant on foot to the river for a bath.

World Odyssey do not work with camps that we feel are unethical or that offer riding with a seat.

Soft Adventure, Northern Thailand

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Outside of Chiang Mai city is perhaps best known for its beautiful mountainous scenery and fascinating hill tribes.

For trekking or biking enthusiasts we can put together longer itineraries, where it’s possible to venture into even more remote parts of Northern Thailand to experience first-hand the stunning landscapes, local villages, ethnic minority hill tribes, excellent cuisine and the Huay Nam Dang National Park.

River Kwai & Death Railway

River Kwai

Bridge over the River Kwai and the Death Railway was designed by the occupying Japanese forces as a supply route to link Thailand and Burma and still to this day serves as a poignant reminder of the atrocities suffered here during World War II. There is a museum, which highlights the plight of the POW’s and there is a beautifully maintained and serene WWII cemetery. It is also possible to see the dramatic railway cutting known as Hell Fire Pass.

Klongs Tour, Bangkok

Klongs

A visit Thonburi klongs is among the best ways to explore Bangkok.

Cruise along the Chao Phraya River – the city’s lifeblood – and the canals of Thonburi reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city.

Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of “Venice of the East”. Our extended tour takes you along a longer route through smaller canals and includes visits to the Royal Barge.

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Sala Phuket

HIGHLIGHS OF THAILAND

The very best of Thailand in 14 days and a tour that is all about contrasts, cuisine and culture.  Journey from frenetic Bangkok to the lush jungles of Kanchanaburi and onto the misty highlands and Lanna Kingdom of Chiang Mai before finishing on a gorgeous Phuket beach.

  • 3 nights at Riva Surya, Bangkok
  • 2 nights at Floathouse River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
  • 3 nights at Rachamanka, Chiang Mai
  • 5 nights at Sala, Phuket

 (Price based on two people sharing a twin/double room with domestic flights and excluding the cost of international flights London/Bangkok – Phuket/London).

 From £3888.00 per person

Highlights of this itinerary:

  •  Exploring Bangkok’s timeless klongs and glittering riverside temples by longtail boat
  • Walking tour of Chiang Mai discovering its wonderful ancient culture and sparkling wats, cuisine and local life
  • Being moved by both the historical hellfire pass memorial and awesome jungle scenery enjoyed from a long-tail boat on the River Kwai   
  • Discovering the relatively unknown Sino-Portuguese ancestry of Phuket town
  • Relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Phuket
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Northern Thailand to Laos along the Mekong river 

This 14 day journey takes you from frenetic Bangkok up into mist shrouded hills of the Lanna Kingdom, the Golden Triangle and Mekong River travelling by boat to reach one of SE Asia’s most enchanting towns, Luang Prabang.

  • 2 nights at the Riva Surya, Bangkok
  • 2 nights at Rachamanka, Chiang Mai
  • 2 nights at The Legend, Chiang Rai
  • 1 night at Chiang Khong Teak Garden, Chiang Khong
  • 1 night at Luang Say Lodge, Pakbeng
  • 4 nights at Maison Souvannaphoum, Luang Prabang
  • 1 night at Ansara, Vientiane

 (Price based on two people sharing a twin/double room with domestic flights and excluding the cost of international flights London/Bangkok- Vientiane/Bangkok/London).

 From £3932.00 per person

 Highlights of this itinerary:

  • Travelling by boat through jungle clad gorges of the Mekong in a region mostly untouched by the modern world
  • Soaking up the unhurried pace of life in Luang Prabang amongst its glittering golden wats, Indo-chine villas, colourful markets and cafes
  • Whizzing along Bangkok’s Thonburi klongs in a long-tail boat
  • Spending at day watching and assisting with elephants outside of Chiang Rai

This is a suggested itinerary and all arrangements can be tailored to your specific requirements.

Credit: Floathouse River Kwai

NATURE AND SOFT ADVENTURE IN THAILAND

A 15 days relatively active tour focussing on experiencing Thailand’s magnificent hill scenery, its wildlife, jungles, rainforest and national parks through hiking, cycling and on boat trips before relaxing on the white sand  beaches of Khao Lak. Perfect for families and anyone who loves being outdoors. and staying in unique accommodation

Optionally there is even an opportunity to learn to drive your own tuk tuk!

  • 2 nights at Riva Surya, Bangkok
  • 2 nights at Floathouse River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
  • 4 nights at Tamarind, Chiang Mai
  • 3 nights at Our Jungle Camp, Khao Sok National Park
  • 3 nights at Moracea by Khao Lak Resort, Khao Lak

 (Price based on two people sharing a twin/double room with domestic flights and excluding the cost of international flights London/Bangkok/London).

 From £3826.00 per person

 Highlights of this itinerary:

  •  The sounds whilst staying overnight in a treehouse in the tropical rainforest
  • The enormity of the landscape on a full days longboat journey across Cheow Lan Lake with its 100 islands overshadowed by limestone cliffs
  • Discovering the fascinating culture of the friendly Karen people whilst hiking through some stunning scenery southwest of Chiang Mai
  • Cycling though the magical Mae Sa valley surrounded by hills, waterfalls and rice terraces
  • Staying overnight on a floating villa on the River Kwai

LOCATION

THAILAND KEY INFO

Visa

No Visa is required for UK passport holders.

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations are required. Yellow Fever required if arriving from an endemic area.

Time Difference

GMT + 7 Hours

Flight Time

11.5 hours Direct

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