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From island paradise to ancient culture, Thailand has everything

Thailand may be best known for its tropical island paradises, but there’s a lot more culture to this diverse country than you might expect.

Thailand’s natural beauty is well-known: sitting in warm azure waters, its pristine tropical islands are the classic image of paradise. But there’s a lot more to Thai culture than that, as you’ll discover when you explore its fascinating ancient ruins and start to learn the secrets of its crafts and cuisine.

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of a Thailand vacation is meeting the locals, whether it’s a fleeting meeting with a Bangkok tuk tuk driver or a warm welcome in a Thai homestay. Wherever you go, friendly people are eager to show off the natural and cultural beauty of their country - and you’ll soon see why.

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*Conditions apply. 20% discount valid on all new Asia Small Group Tour bookings for departures between 29 January to 31 December 2016. Offer valid for sale: 29 January - 28 February 2016. US$2,063pp savings based on single occupancy gold accommodation on the Indochina Explorer November - December 2016 departures. US$1,583 pp savings based on single occupancy on the Thailand, Laos & Burma Explorer October - December 2016 departures. US$2,055pp savings based on single occupancy gold accommodation on the Yangtze & Beyond April, May, September - November 2016 departures. Offer subject to availability. Offer may be withdrawn without notice and is not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Prices correct as of 28 January 2016 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Insider Journeys online booking conditions apply. Issued 28 January 2016. CST#2001136-50.

thailand highlights

  • Enjoy local hospitality at a homestay in Ayutthaya

    Experience real life in Thailand by staying in the home of welcoming locals and enjoying authentic Thai home cooking at its finest.

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  • Discover local crafts near Sukhothai

    Admire the array of colours on show at a community-run textiles project, and unleash your creative side by trying your hand at ceramic painting and cotton weaving at a class near Sukhothai.

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  • Taste Thailand

    Discover the best of Thai street food on a foodie walking tour, and get to know the mouthwatering flavours of Thailand’s regional cuisine by learning the secrets of Thai cooking at a class in Chiang Mai, Sukhothai or Bangkok.

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  • Stay in a tented camp on the banks of the River Kwai

    Plunge yourself into rural Thailand in a comfortable camp in the jungle, right next to the river made famous by the Second World War bridge.

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  • Get amongst the action in buzzing Bangkok

    Discover the different sides to bustling Bangkok with a walking tour that introduces you to the many treasures between the skyscrapers, from the majesty of the Grand Palace to its smaller temples and shrines.

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  • Elephant Hills in Khao Sok National Park

    Witness elephant conservation at work and spend a unique night in a luxury floating tent at the rainforest camp of Elephant Hills in Khao Sok National Park.

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  • Pink dolphins in Khanom

    A local long-tail boat takes you gliding across the waters of Khanom, where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the endangered pink dolphin, a rare and striking albino breed.

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  • Get hands-on on Koh Klang Island

    Throw yourself into local life on picturesque Koh Klang Island, where friendly locals show you how to take part in community arts and crafts such as batik painting.

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  • Visit Mae Klang Luang Ecotourism Community

    At this community-based project, get a taste of traditional rural life in Thailand by experiencing what it’s like to work in the famous terraced rice fields.

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  • A luxe stay on a pristine beach

    No Thailand holiday would be complete without indulging in a stay at a luxury beach resort, such as the peaceful Aava Resort and Spa on Nadan Beach.

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