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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
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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.

Phang Nga Bay at Samet Nang She Viewpoint
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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 five-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.

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.

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!

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 snorkeling in incredible bays. You'll see that Thailand is an amazingly diverse country with something for everyone.

View from the top of Doi Inthanon, outside Chiang Mai
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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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Thailand

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Lay out on Phuket's sun-kissed beaches
How Many Days to Spend in Thailand

In as few as five days, you can experience authentic Thai culture on a trip to the southern bays or trekking around the villages in the country's north. With a week, there's...

Thailand Travel Advice

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"James Bond Island" in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
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2 Weeks in Thailand - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks allows for plenty of ways to enjoy the best of Thailand, whether you opt for a classic tour of Bangkok and Chiang Mai or hop around tropical islands like Koh Samui. You can also get off the tourist trail with visits to hill-tribe villages and overnight stays in lakeside bungalows in national parks. Or channel your inner action hero on an adventure trek, countryside bike tour, jungle safari, and whitewater rafting trip.

Trek among rice paddies in Chiang Mai
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1 Week in Thailand - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Thailand, it's best to explore just one of its regions or opt for a tour of the country's many attractive islands. Travelers can discover the highlights of Bangkok and Phuket, island hop near Krabi, have a nature and culture-focused experience, or go trekking in Northern Thailand.

Wat Arun Temple at Sunset
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5 Days in Thailand - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With five days in Thailand, it's best to tour the highlights of one region. See the highlights of the capital, Bangkok, or discover the temples of northern Thailand and the best of Chiang Mai. You may choose to get off the beaten path in the southern part of the country in Phang Nga Bay or even opt for a more culturally-focused trip by trekking between villages and homestays in the north.

Thailand Travel Maps

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10 Days in Thailand - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Thailand
Travel specialist Camellia Nguyen
active 1 day ago

Camellia Nguyen

I love traveling, I have been traveling to most places in Vietnam. Travel is to learn more about the life of the locals, not just a holiday and more important is about to keep the destinations...

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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...

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Travel specialist Long Dao
active 21 hours ago

Long Dao

Hi, my name is Long. I am a young and passionate travel specialist from Vietnam. I was in love with travel since I was a child and always wanted it to be a part of my life. My idea about...

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Travel specialist Martin Jeromin
active 6 days 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...

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Trip Reviews for Thailand

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Fantastic Trip Because of Ashley at Kim Kim
Thailand | Nov 12 - Nov 26, 2022

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Kristin F.
Lawndale, CA | Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Working with Ashley at Kim Kim was a fantastic experience that led to a fantastic trip.

It was a last minute decision to go to Thailand and Ashley at Kim Kim made it come to life. It was so easy and quick, within 3 days, Ashley had created the perfect itinerary for me. She had provided a great itinerary originally and answered my questions in a timely fashion so that I felt really good about booking the trip.

The trip itself was fantastic because of all of the work Ashley had done... read more

Working with Ashley at Kim Kim was a fantastic experience that led to a fantastic trip.

It was a last minute decision to go to Thailand and Ashley at Kim Kim made it come to life. It was so easy and quick, within 3 days, Ashley had created the perfect itinerary for me. She had provided a great itinerary originally and answered my questions in a timely fashion so that I felt really good about booking the trip.

The trip itself was fantastic because of all of the work Ashley had done and the great guides Kim Kim provided. At every destination, the guides and drivers were there to greet me. The hotels met or exceeded my standards. The amount of time I spent in each destination was "just right".

Both of my guides in Bangkok (Tanny) & Chiang Mai (Rung) made my visit to both places very special. They taught me about the culture, introduced me to new foods, and shared with me the history of their cities.

The entire trip was memorable, but some of the highlights were:
-evening food tour in Bangkok
-floating market & railroad market
-feeding & cleaning the elephants at an elephant sanctuary
-relaxing on a beautiful beach

I highly recommend using Kim Kim for traveling to Thailand.

Hotel Reviews
True Siam Rangnam Hotel
Phayathai, Rajthevee, Province

The bed is comfortable and the rooms are very quiet so you'll get a great nights sleep. I didn't spend much time in the hotel other than for spending the night, so it was great for that purpose. There are also several options for massages and eating within walking distance. As a solo traveler, I felt very safe staying at the hotel and walking in the area by the hotel in the evenings. The rooms are pretty basic and the breakfast has several options and the food was okay. You have to provide a 1000 Baht Cash deposit upon check-out, which was not something I had expected or have ever been asked to do at other hotels.

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safe and lots of options for eating & massages
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De Charme Hotel
Amphoe Muang, Si Phum, Chiang Mai

Cute hotel and room with comfortable bed. Location was great for walking to restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, and massages. Great breakfast spread in the morning. Lovely common areas to hang out in (outside, inside, and pool). Felt very safe as a solo traveler walking in the day & evening to restaurants, shops and massages. Recommend asking for a room that is not facing the front of the hotel because the street can get a little noisy during the night.

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easy to walk to everywhere, lots of temples nearby
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Krabi Chad Resort

Good size room with view of the bay. Comfortable bed and great night sleep. Staff was extremely helpful. Good breakfast spread in the mornings. Enjoyed the pool. About a 10-15 minute walk from the beach/heart of town, but plenty of restaurants and massage studios within 5 minutes of hotel.

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closer to the beach, but it was probably more quiet because of the location
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Phi Phi Natural Resort
Krabi

If you are looking for a beautiful, relaxing get away off the beaten path for a couple of days, this is a great choice. beautiful setting, it is located at the northern most point of Phi Phi. I loved the look and set-up of the room and direct access to the water. Comfortable bed and very quiet - great night sleep. The breakfast options in the morning are great. The staff was eager to help and made sure you were on time for excursions and pick-ups. There is a dive shop nearby if you plan to do diving (but no diving on thursdays). the resort is somewhat remote, but you can walk to Phi Phi village (highly recommend & about 40 minutes) for additional restaurant and massage options and limited shopping). You can take boats to Tonsai, but the less expensive option has a limited schedule and the long tails are somewhat expensive. I did the 6 hour island tour and it was not worth it (should have done more research on scheduled a different tour in Tonsai). Restaurant options are limited and the hotel restaurant is relatively expensive (lots of food choices and okay, not great). Would not recommend the massage services provided at Erawan.

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it was absolutely beautiful, but off the beaten path and services were relatively limited & expensive
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Local specialist: Ashley Tran
Ashley
Ashley Tran
Local specialist in Hanoi | Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Hi Kristin,
Thank you so much for leaving us such a detailed review that motivates our team a lot. It's was my pleasure to host you on this trip.
We are so happy to hear that you have enjoyed your trip. We work hard on delivering excellent service and memorable experiences for our travelers. Thank you so much for choosing us for this trip to Thailand! I hope to see you on the next vacation to South-east Asia in the future.
Warmest regards <3
Ashley

I have travelled a lot: Emilie of kimkim was extraordinary!
Thailand | Oct 29 - Nov 5, 2022

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Gary T.
Canada | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

I have travelled a lot, with the Can military for 23 years and personally. Without any doubt, the professionalism and courtesy that my daughter and I experienced from Emilie of kimkim was the most helpful ever. Thank you Emilie! You were marvellous and we want you to know how much we appreciated your attention to every detail, and your availability to assure us of worry-free travel every step of the way. The three days of trekking with Joe and Robert were remarkable. Such care,... read more

I have travelled a lot, with the Can military for 23 years and personally. Without any doubt, the professionalism and courtesy that my daughter and I experienced from Emilie of kimkim was the most helpful ever. Thank you Emilie! You were marvellous and we want you to know how much we appreciated your attention to every detail, and your availability to assure us of worry-free travel every step of the way. The three days of trekking with Joe and Robert were remarkable. Such care, appropriate attention to our needs, always responsive to our own curiosity, and such teaching! We enjoyed every minute. For our final day in Chiang Mai the city guide was Bab - there could be none better. We were so blessed with her generous spirit and her willingness to make our tour tailored to our interests. Each hotel was ideally chosen, and the hotel staff was friendly, courteous and helpful in every way.
The only glitch in the entire trip was the final pick-up from the hotel to the Bangkok airport. The driver was forty minutes late and unapologetic. The only stressful moment of our brilliant trip!
Thank you again, and again!

Activity Reviews
Bangkok - Wat Pho & Grand Palace – Klong Tour and Wat Arun
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Ayutthaya Historical City
Bangkok
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Highlights of Chiang Rai and transfer to Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
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Jungle Trekking - Day 1/3
Thailand
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Jungle Trekking - Day 2/3
Thailand
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Jungle Trekking - Day 3/3
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City, Temple Tour & Doi Suthep Viewpoint
Chiang Mai
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Local specialist: Emilie Khautisen
Emilie
Emilie Khautisen
Local specialist in Bangkok | Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Dear Gregory and Chelsea,

Thank you very much for your lovely words! We are delighted that you had a great time with us. As a Thailand tailor-made tour specialist, our top priority is to always try to create a trip that exceeds our clients' expectations, and we are thrilled when our travelers return home satisfied. That means we've finally accomplished our goal =)
We hope to see you in Thailand soon!

Best regards,
Emilie

Two Week Trip to Bangkok, Koh Samui, Kachanaburi - Aug2022
Thailand | Jul 30 - Aug 13, 2022

Cynthia
Cynthia D.
La Mirada, CA | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Our family of four visited Thailand over the first two weeks of August. It was my fourth visit, my husband's second, and the kids' first time. Thailand is always a great experience period. This trip was rather last minute with about 1.5 months to plan given that the country had just fully relaxed all COVID restrictions in July or so and therefore, I decided to call up on kimkim to assist. and Martin and KimKim came through. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, but... read more

Our family of four visited Thailand over the first two weeks of August. It was my fourth visit, my husband's second, and the kids' first time. Thailand is always a great experience period. This trip was rather last minute with about 1.5 months to plan given that the country had just fully relaxed all COVID restrictions in July or so and therefore, I decided to call up on kimkim to assist. and Martin and KimKim came through. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go, but it was great to know the ins and outs from Martin as a local expert. There was plenty of back and forth between us, but it was to ensure the itinerary was tight and things go smoothly from day 1. And Martin was always accessible and responsive. I think the most I appreciated using KimKim was relying on them to arrange all the transportation without lifting a finger. :)

Bangkok was our command central while we would pack light for 2-3day excursions off to Koh Samui and Kanchanaburi to enjoy everything that each place had to offer. We would return to Bangkok between excursions. Koh Samui is captivating where we stayed at Chaweng Garden Hotel and joined a full day tour to Ang Thong Marine Park. In Kanchanaburi, it was amazing to stay at the River Kwai FloatHouse and visit the beautiful Erawan Waterfalls - these two are a must and worthy to be on anyone's bucket list!

Then there is Bangkok - the city that never sleeps. It's all about shopping and eating. We stayed near MBK and the various shopping malls making it easy to get around especially since the National Stadium BTS station was right near us. One of the major highlight and not planned was riding the Chao Praya River Ferry from the Sathorn Taksin Pier all the way to the end where we visited Nonthaburi, a city very much off the beaten path.

So Thailand was a success! We enjoyed a combination of tours arranged by KimKim and our own free time to discover. I would definitely enlist KimKim's help again and definitely when I return to Thailand in the near future. Thanks Martin!

Hotel Reviews
Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam

Conveniently located near MBK, BTS, and other malls and therefore, in the heart of where all the traffic bottlenecks. Rooms were clean and staff was helpful. Complimentary breakfast was doable. The hotel offered connecting rooms which is great for a family of four. Will probably stay again for the location.

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Chaweng Garden

Hotel was unique and had a lot of character. It has a pool that starts out like a lazy river and ends with a swim up bar. Complimentary breakfast was good. It is located alongside the Chaweng Beach and the water is just beautiful. It's also located on the main street with all the shopping and eateries you can imagine.

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The FloatHouse River Kwai I Floating Villas
Chang Wat Kanchanaburi

This is a must do if you are visiting Kanchanaburi. The whole experience that comes with Kanchanaburi to stay on the River Kwai and luckily, we were able to grab the FloatHouse for a couple of nights. When you are here, you truly forget the stress of your daily life back home. The complimentary breakfast is okay. We added on dinner with our hotel package and it was alot of food!

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Activity Review
Erawan Waterfalls
Thailand

I discovered Erawan Waterfalls from YouTube. It is amazing and you are truly in awe with Mother Nature! The waters are a beautiful glassy blue. If I had known about Erawan a long time ago, it would have been on my bucket list!

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Local specialist: Martin Jeromin
Martin
Martin Jeromin
Local specialist in Bangkok | Reviewed on Sep 18, 2022

Hello Cynthia,
thank you very much for your super kind words and this amazing review.
Really helps us to continuously improve our service.
It was a joy to work together with you on your trip plan and i am so happy it worked out the best for you and your lovely family :)
Martin