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Introducing Thailand

Make the most out of your trip to Thailand
While Thailand is famed for its world-class cuisine and southern beach getaways on stunning karstic islands, the country also offers a rich cultural history as the only Southeast Asian nation to have avoided European colonial rule. The spectacular natural beauty in the north is also not to be missed, home to a third of Thailand's extensive network of national parks.

When is the best time to visit? 
Thailand is best visited between November and February, the most popular time for travelers due to the reliably pleasant weather. It’s possible to travel to Thailand during summer months, but keep in mind that high temperatures, humidity, and heavy bouts of rain should be expected between April and October. Aiming for shoulder seasons can reward you with fewer crowds and lower prices, though the weather is less predictable. Learn more

Where to go in Thailand?
While you may be planning to spend your vacation lying on southern Thailand’s pristine beaches, there are priceless experiences to consider throughout the country. Make the long flight worth it by immersing yourself in Thailand’s nature and culture, learning about a different way of life and exploring the country’s unique landscapes.

The Thai islands are known to have their own localized weather systems, so make sure to speak to an expert as to which would suit your needs and fits best with your date of departure. Trekking and cycling can be great methods to get yourself into the rural communities of northern Thailand and experience the real heart of the country. 

How many days do I need?
One week would give you plenty of time to get a good feel for one section of Thailand, but if you’re planning a more encompassing visit, then you would be better off planning for eight days to two weeks. This would give you enough time for some active adventures in the north before having a few days of relaxation down south.

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Thailand Tours & Itineraries

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Phang Nga Bay
Map of Best of Thailand - 8 Days
Best of Thailand - 8 Days

If you've ever dreamed of Thailand, this 8-day trip covers the highlights with the perfect mix of guided tours and free time. Start off in vibrant Bangkok for iconic Buddhist sites and a dinner cruise down the Chao Phraya River. You'll then fly north to Chiang Mai to explore the Old City and spend a day with elephants. Finish off in Phuket where you'll kayak, island-hop, and choose between dozens of white sand beaches.

A Taste of Southern Thailand - 5 Days
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A Taste of Southern Thailand - 5 Days

Go beyond the stunning islands and emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay, and get a taste of the local lifestyle on this 5-day trip to southern Thailand. You'll kayak through the lush jungle, unwind on pristine beaches, and eat authentic Thai food with a local family on your homestay in a small fishing village.

James Bond Island in Phang Nag National Park
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Thailand Family Adventure - 10 Days

Every member of the family will be satisfied on this trip, with a wide range of activities and experiences in both Northern and Southern Thailand. Sleep in a rural homestay as well as top-notch resorts by the beach. Scramble up waterfalls and kayak through peaceful mangroves. Go fishing with local fisherfolk and snorkelling in incredible bays. You'll see that Thailand is an amazingly diverse country with something for everyone.

Hong islands
Map of Thailand Island Hopping - 12 Days
Thailand Island Hopping - 12 Days

Relax on white sand beaches, explore tropical forests, and get away from it all on this 12-day island hopping trip. Begin in Phuket, where jagged limestone caves and deep blue lagoons meet in hidden caves. Continue to Phi Phi and Krabi to soak in the sunshine, go snorkeling in the tropical water, and ride a zip line through the rainforest. End your trip in Loh Dalum Bay with the ultimate adventure—a full day planned by you, from a personal guide to romantic beach picnics!

View from the top of Doi Inthanon, outside Chiang Mai
Map of Family Adventure in Chiang Mai - 7 Days
Family Adventure in Chiang Mai - 7 Days

This week-long tour of the Chiang Mai area of northern Thailand offers the perfect mix of activities for the whole family to enjoy. From exploring the region's stunning waterfalls to playing with elephants to browsing authentic crafts markets, there's so much to see and do. Spend your week cycling, kayaking, and walking around the highlights of beautiful Chiang Mai Province. You'll hike to an ancient temple on a mountain, discover the bustling city of Chiang Mai, and feast on bold northern Thai cuisine.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Map of Thailand Authentic Grand Tour - 12 Days
Thailand Authentic Grand Tour - 12 Days

Get to the heart of Thailand on this 12-day tour, from urban neighborhoods to age-old traditions tucked away in the jungles and mountains. The adventure kicks off in the exotic capital where your private guide will show you the best Buddhist sites and local eats. You'll then visit the country's most unique markets before continuing west to the River Kwai, and then north to Chiang Mai. Finish the trip in Phuket for some of the world's best beaches and island scenery.

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Spend a few days relaxing in tropical paradise
Uncover Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, Khanom, & Koh Samui - 14 Days

Discover the many different sides of Thailand on this 15-day tour, from the busy streets of Bangkok to the laidback and spiritual north and the beautiful beaches of the south. Start your adventure in the cosmopolitan capital, before heading up to Chiang Mai and Pai. Connect with nature at an elephant sanctuary, visit hill tribes, and ride a bamboo raft through a cave, and then fly down south to the sleepy fishing village of Khanom, before ending your journey on Koh Samui, the original tropical island paradise.

Thailand in December: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Thailand in December: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

December is one of the best months to visit Thailand. The temperatures have cooled down so it's not miserably hot, and the rains have stopped just about everywhere (although some of the beaches still get storms, especially on the Gulf of Thailand). It's hot but not scorching and everything is open again. The only drawback: stellar weather draws lots of tourists, so you'll contend with more lines and crowds—still, it's a fantastic time to plan a visit. 

Phuket, Thailand - Jun 20, 2016. Seascape of Phuket Island, Thailand. Phuket is 48 km in length, 21 km at its widest, on the west-facing Andaman Sea coastline.
Thailand in November: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

November marks the end of the rain, once again entering the high tourist season in Thailand. The beaches along the southern peninsula remain wet and rainy, but the rest of the country sees dramatic drops in precipitation (and temperature), especially toward the middle and end of the month. It's a great time to visit just about anywhere in the country—the weather is rapidly improving, and most tourists haven't yet arrived.

Thailand Travel Maps

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Best of Thailand - 8 Days
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A Taste of Southern Thailand - 5 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Thailand
Travel specialist Linh Do

Linh Do

Don't be a tourist, be a traveler. The more I know about new destinations and new places, the more I love Vietnam- my homeland as we have great authentic culture, the most gorgeous mountainous...

Travel specialist Sens Asia Adivsor

Sens Asia Adivsor

Vietnam is my home and Asia is my backyard where I spent my last 18 years traveling and living in different countries. I’m passionate about culture and local life, food and behind the scene...

Travel specialist Martin Jeromin
active 6 hours ago

Martin Jeromin

In 2012 I left Germany and started a new life in Bangkok. I've since realised that I found a new home in Thailand. I have been constantly traveling throughout the region and made many lasting...

Travel specialist Dean Hallworth
active 2 days ago

Dean Hallworth

I spent 8 years working and travelling around Southeast Asia and fell in love with everything it has to offer. I enjoy getting off the tourist trail, meeting local people, giving back, travelling...


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Trip Reviews for Thailand

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

From when I was first connected with Tha unti... · Thailand - Feb 9 - Feb 16, 2020

Traveler: Claire H. - Local specialist: Thanissara Puangkim

From when I was first connected with Tha until even during the trip when I contacted her for a couple of questions she was very good. Answered all my many questions and organized an amazing trip while in Thailand. Thank you Tha we have a wonderful time .

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Thanissara Puangkim, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your compliment and I'm always happy to serve you. Your satisfaction and joyful is my mission. Hope to welcome you again next time.

Wonderful Christmas Vacation! · Thailand - Dec 22 - Dec 29, 2019

Traveler: Josh E. - Local specialist: Ha Truong

Ha was awesome from the start! She offered a lot of great initial options, and we worked together over a few weeks to make this vacation everything we wanted it to be. We were spoiled from the moment we met Mr. Sauce and his driver at the Bangkok airport, when we met Ms. Mew and her driver at the Chiang Mai train station, and until our last driver dropped us off at the Bangkok airport at the end of our vacation. And Ha was in constant contact with me the entire time to make sure everything was perfect. I would highly recommend Ha and her team!

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Ha Truong, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Josh,

Thank you so much for having us on your lovely family trip to Thailand. It is our great joy and pleasure to assist you in planning little details regarding this tour.

We are looking forward to welcoming you again in the future, with more destinations to explore and more experiences to own. Wish you all the best in life!

Best Regards,


Created our own cruise "excursions" · Thailand - Jan 18 - Jan 29, 2020

Traveler: Heidi P. - Local specialist: Linh Do

We decided to create our own "excursions" while traveling through Asia on a cruise. Linh helped us plan activities for three of the ports we visited. We gave her our destinations and she gave us various options to pick and choose from. Our first port was in Koh Sumai, Thailand, where Mr. Sonthaya gave us a great tour of all the island highlights and brought us to a beautiful beach side restaurant to enjoy the view and some local food.
Our second stop was in Laem Chabang, the port south... read more

We decided to create our own "excursions" while traveling through Asia on a cruise. Linh helped us plan activities for three of the ports we visited. We gave her our destinations and she gave us various options to pick and choose from. Our first port was in Koh Sumai, Thailand, where Mr. Sonthaya gave us a great tour of all the island highlights and brought us to a beautiful beach side restaurant to enjoy the view and some local food.
Our second stop was in Laem Chabang, the port south of Bangkok. Ms. Angie and a driver picked us up from the port and drove us west of Bangkok, to ride a river boat that brought us to her favorite floating market, Don Wei Market. It did not disappoint, as it was a fascinating market filled with the smells, sounds and tastes of Thailand. We were truly immersed in the wonderful culture. We enjoyed tasting some foods while wandering and then ate a delicious lunch in a restaurant on the water. We boarded another boat and were taken to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), a tower on the Chao Phra river bank built in Khmer architectural style. It is the tallest temple in Thailand, decorated in beautiful ceramic pieces. We finished our afternoon in Chinatown, one of the largest in the world, then headed back to the ship in the evening.
Our third adventure was in beautiful Halong Bay in northern Vietnam. Our guide, Mr. Sam, met us early at the pier and brought us to a favorite coffee shop to have authentic Vietnamese, drip into your own cup, coffee. It has just a touch of sweetness from some added condensed milk and is the smoothest, non-bitter coffee! So enjoyable. Next we were brought to a pearl factory to learn and watch how oysters are inseminated, farmed, harvested, and pearls sorted for size and quality. We were then brought to Halong Bay, where we were given a private boat tour of the beautiful bay, filled with 1000's of islands. It was so relaxing and fascinating! We were brought to Sung Sot Cave (Surprise or Amazing Cave). Found by the French in 1901, this is one of the largest and most beautiful caves in the area! Be ready to do some walking! It truly was amazing! Back on the boat, we were served an amazing lunch of freshly steamed prawns, squid salad, stuffed crab and other delicious delicacies that had been caught by the captain and his first mate! It was too cold for kayaking that day, but that would have been a great option as well.
We were very please with Linh's help in finding us very informed and interesting guides. Every "excursion" went off without a hitch. I would highly recommend KimKim and their local guides next time you plan a trip or just plan excursions while on a cruise!

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Linh Do, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Heidi,

Thank you much for sharing us your great experience on tour and your appreciation of our guides in Thailand and Vietnam.
I will send your so kind appraise to them accordingly.
If possible, Please help us to send your lovely photos via the email in order we can share with other audience on your lovely feedback as well as your delight experiences.
Looking to hear from you.
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