Best Thailand Holidays and Tours 2024
Our Thailand holidays or Thailand tours packages take you to one of the world’s most amazing holiday destinations. Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and historically known as Siam, is a Southeast Asian country. It is the kind of place you visit once and desire to return again.
Often referred to as the “Land of Smiles”, it offers plenty of just about everything from temples to markets to food to waterways to beaches to natural wonders to nightlife. As Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, it is the only Southeast Asia country to not have been colonized by Europeans – its cultural identity remains mostly intact. And the Thai people, among the friendliest in the world, love to share their country with visitors. There is certainly a lot to smile about when you vacation in Thailand.
How many days is enough for Thailand?
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed when visiting Thailand for the first time. You may want to include a lot of things in your Thailand holiday itinerary. But if you are a first-time traveler, ask yourself what you want to experience in Thailand and build your tour around that.
Thailand has so much to offer. If you are looking for a beach holiday, travel south to Phuket, Krabi or one of the islands in the Thailand Bay and look towards the mainland for extra things to do. If you are interested in culture, stay a while in Bangkok before travelling north to Chiang Mai and come face to face with thousand-year-old Buddha temples and ancient forest jungles.
If there is one piece of advice for first-time traveller to Thailand, it is this: don’t do too much. You can go for a 5 or 6 holiday. But 7 to 12 days might be just the right amount of time to explore. This will allow you to fully enjoy the best places rather than rushing through without time to take it all in.
A sample of Our Thailand holidays packages
People from all forms of life visit Thailand every year. Be it couples looking for a personal time, family travelers looking for a perfect holiday or a group of youngsters wanting to explore a place or an individual on a solo trip, Thailand has something for everyone. Be it the great palaces or structures of Buddha, beautiful beaches or thrilling nightlife. Here are some of our best Thailand holidays packages:
things you need to know before Going For A holiday In Thailand
1. The Basics
- Location: Thailand is located in Southeast Asia, bordered by the Gulf of Thailand, Indian Ocean, Andaman Sea and borders with Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.
- Capital: Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of the Kingdom of Thailand.
- Time Zone: (GMT+7) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta
- Language Spoken: The official language of Thailand is Thai. However, English is widely spoken throughout the country.
- Currency: The currency of Thailand is the Thai baht. The currency code is THB.
- Visas: Ugandans and many other nationalities need a visa to visit Thailand. We can also help you with Thailand visa application. Contact us for more information.
- Emergency Calls: The phone numbers to call in case of emergency are 1155 for the tourist police, 191 for the general police, 1554 for an ambulance and 199 for the fire brigade.
2. Know The Best Time To Visit Thailand
The best time to visit Thailand is during the dry season from November to early April. But due to the timing of Western Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the country will be busy during this time of the year, meaning accommodation will be more expensive. Temperatures will reach an average high of 35°C.
You can also consider visiting Thailand during the rainy season of July to October as Thailand boasts consistently warm temperatures throughout the year.
However, this period does suffer from monsoon winds that happen, in short, intense bursts and may cause some islands to shut down. But those coming for Thailand holidays during this time will enjoy fewer crowds and might benefit from lower flight or hotel prices.
3. Follow local etiquette when meeting Thai people
When meeting local people in Thailand, Wai is the standard greeting. It is a respectful dip of the head with the hands held palms together in front of the chest. Shake hands only when the other person initiates the handshake. Please remove your shoes before entering a Thai home and avoid pointing the soles of your feet towards another person.
4. Respectful Buddhism, a part of everyday life in Thailand
Approximately 95% of Thais are Buddhist. Buddhism is the national religion and it weaves through every aspect of life in Thailand. To show proper respect, here is what you should do;
- Remove shoes before entering any Buddhist structure
- Wear appropriate clothing that covers the shoulders, upper arms and upper legs.
- Never point the soles of your feet towards any Buddhist image or monk.
- Do not touch Buddha statues on the head.
- Give way to monks when walking on footpaths.
- Don’t sit next to them on public transport.
- It is also taboo for a woman to touch a monk or their belongings.
5. Dress modestly
- Thai men and women typically avoid revealing outfits that show off a lot of skin.
- Swimsuits are fine for the beach, but away from the beach, throw on a sarong or fisher’s pants
- Put on something that covers the shoulders if you visit religious sites.
- Nude or topless sunbathing is frowned upon and can attract unwanted attention.
6. Know what to expect at the dining table
- When dining out in Thailand, everything tends to arrive on the table at once
- They are usually placed in the middle of the table for everyone to share.
- Thailand abandoned chopsticks in the 19th century.
- You will get a spoon and fork but no knife.
- But most dishes come as bite-sized morsels, so you will not need one.
- Sticky rice is typically bundled up into balls and eaten with the fingers.
7. You may be approached by sex workers
- The sex industry in Thailand may find you whether you want it to or not.
- Single male travelers and even couples can expect to be approached by sex workers, so be ready with a firm refusal.
- Be aware that some restaurants, bars and karaoke places are fronts for sex work
- Some of the warning signs include red or pink strip lights, large numbers of skimpily dressed female staff and lots of foreign male customers.
How To Get To Thailand For A Holiday?
You can book your flight to Thailand through Skymate Tours and Travels. For more information you can Call or Whatsapp us at +256-782-915-447 or contact us via Email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thailand currently has six international airports, in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Phuket and Ko Samui. The vast majority of travellers fly into Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Best Places To Visit On Thailand Holidays
Thailand is the land of beaches, royal palaces, temples, tranquil seas and ancient ruins. In real senses, Thailand is an all-traveler destination as it suits families, couples, youngsters and oldies. Whether you travel with your other half, your kids, your parents, your friends or solo, Thailand won’t disappoint you. Here are some of the best places to visit in Thailand:
Often called the ‘city of angels’, the world famous Bangkok city is ranked among the most happening places on the planet. Home to 22% of the Thai population, it offers a good balance of ancient and modern attractions. From golden Buddha temples and vast open-air markets to people-watching, the Thai capital can keep you entertained, even on the tightest of budgets.
- Explore Chatuchak Weekend Market – one of the largest street markets in the world
- Visit Wat Pho, home to a magnificent Reclining Buddha.
- Visit Chinatown; a photographer’s muse, a foodie’s dream, and a shopper’s paradise
- Admire the regal grandeur of Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha
- Tour the magnificent Grand Palace
- Enjoy a memorable sunset dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River
- Book in for a magical Thai massage
- Tour Bangkok’s legendary night markets
- Shop for souvenirs
- Take a long tail boat on Chao Phraya River and visit the floating markets
- Walk the SkyWalk at King Power Mahanakhon, Thailand’s tallest building.
- Cheer on the fighters at a Thai boxing match
- Taste delicious Thai street food
- Tour the city by Tuk Tuk
The tourist haven of Phuket is Thailand’s largest and most visited island. It is an island full of sunshine exotica and modern style. It is a favorite starting point for families visiting Thailand for the first time.
Phuket is ringed with beaches; each with their own distinct characters, from busy ones to quieter beaches that offer romantic activities for couples on any of Thailand holidays packages. It has a huge array of restaurants serving local flavours, comfortable hotels, bars, and shopping options.
Set amid beautiful lakes and gardens, Sukhothai is considered one of the first capital of Siam. Located on a fertile plain,it was established in the 13th century, and the name means the ‘Dawn of Happiness’.
The city is now famous for its World Heritage-listed historic park that celebrates the Golden Age of Thai civilization. Its religious art and architecture are considered to be the most classic of Thai styles. And the Sukhothai Historical Park features remains of 21 historic sites, with awe-inspiring Buddha images and four large ponds often filled with stunning lotus flowers in full bloom.
Ayuthaya was second capital of Siam from the 14th to the 18th century. The city has long since been eclipsed by other Thai cities, but time-worn relics of this golden age are littered around the streets. Declared a World Heritage Site, the ruined temples and shrines of Ayuthaya are an evocative Thai history lesson. While here, you can also visit Bang Pa in Palace, the summer home of the kings of Thailand, which is just outside Ayuthaya.
5. Chiang Mai
Historic Chiang Mai is a culturally and aesthetically rich place in Thailand. It is the capital of northern Thailand and is famous for its culture, temples, food and leisure.
You will witness the Buddhist culture here in every place you tour. The cafes here are cozy and an ideal place to go with friends or partners to enjoy some quality time and relish on the delicious Thai cuisine. Any time is dinner time in this foodie capital of northern Thailand; you can eat all day and then learn to cook the same dishes on a Chiang Mai cooking course.
Kanchanaburi town has more to offer than just the famous bridge over the River Kwai. Here you can stay in in floating guesthouses on the river, discover the complex history of the Thailand-Burma railroad, swing by gleaming monasteries and pay your respects at WWII cemeteries. You can even rent a scooter and head out of town to splash about in waterfall-filled Erawan National Park andSai Yok National Park.
As one plans to hop on a tour to this wonderful Southeast Asian country, it is recommended to get Pattaya included in their Thailand holidays packages. Decked with a notorious walking street, floating market, go-go bars, and some exquisite islands off the coast, this magical place cannot be given a miss.
FAQs About Thailand Holidays
1. Is Thailand safe for tourists?
Absolutely. In fact, Thailand is one of the least dangerous countries in Southeast Asia for tourists. It is open and friendly culture means people are always willing to help you, and while there are people with bad intentions the world over, there is usually someone nearby who can help on the rare occasion something does go wrong.
Looking at a wider picture, Thailand does have a history of social unrest and military coups, but these are mostly bloodless and tourists have never been a target of either side. As long as you follow standard travel safety practices, look out for tuk tuk scams and be savvy around corrupt vendors and officials, you’ll be fine.
2. Is Thai street food safe to eat?
Most street food in Thailand is cooked to order, making it especially safe to eat as it is served fresh off the wok. Just like restaurants, street vendors rely on good reviews and happy customers to survive. Food poisoning from street food is uncommon but not impossible, but for first-time visitors, a change in diet and local bacteria can result in mild upset during the first few days.
Pre-cooked food left out on the roadside for hours on end is more high-risk, so use your judgment on whether something looks safe to eat. Thai people are also very cautious when it comes to cleanliness and food quality, so if there are lots of locals lining up too, you’re definitely at a good place.
3. Is cannabis legal in Thailand?
Smoking cannabis, cigarettes or vaping (e-cigarettes are illegal in Thailand) in public places is still subject to punishment as a public nuisance so watch out for no-smoking signs.
Thailand also has a very strong stance against all other drugs, with hefty prison sentences and even the death penalty for those caught using or in possession. As such, the laws surrounding cannabis could change in an instant so when in doubt, avoid it to stay safe.