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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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Spend an afternoon kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
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Best of Thailand - 8 Days

If you've ever dreamed of Thailand, this 8-day adventure covers the highlights with a perfect mix of guided tours and free time. Start off in vibrant Bangkok for iconic Buddhist sites and a gourmet dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Then fly north to Chiang Mai to explore the Old Town on foot and spend a day with elephants. Finish off in Phuket, where you'll kayak, island-hop, and relax on gorgeous 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.

Visit colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market just outside of Bangkok
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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 starts in the exotic capital, where your private guide will show you the best Buddhist sites and local eats. You'll 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.

Ko Samui's turquoise water and lush vegetation
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Ultimate Highlights of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Ko Samui - 10 Days

Experience Thailand's amazing highlights from north to south on this exciting 10-day itinerary. Kick off the trip in Bangkok, equipped with a local guide, where you'll hit the city's best monuments and foodie options. From here, head to Chiang Mai for elephants and hiking trails in a pristine national park. Finish the adventure on the western gulf coast for your pick of powdery beaches and underwater activities.

Meet elephants on a family tour of Chiang Mai
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Culture & Nature Family Adventure in Thailand: Chiang Mai - 7 Days

This week-long family tour of Chiang Mai offers active families seeking an authentic Thailand experience the perfect blend of culture, nature, and kid-friendly activities. Hike to stunning temples in the mountains before cooling off in the region's beautiful waterfalls. Play with elephants, take a family bike ride through paddy fields, and discover peace and tranquility in Thailand's temples as you and your family immerse yourselves in local life.

Hong islands
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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, snorkel the tropical water, and ride a zipline 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!

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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Get off the beaten path in Thailand's mountainous north
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3 Weeks in Thailand & Cambodia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Frequent flights make it possible to visit six regions of Thailand and Cambodia in three weeks. First-timers should include Bangkok's Grand Palace and Siem Reap's Angkor Wat on their itinerary. History buffs will appreciate memorial sites in Kanchanaburi and Phnom Penh, and culture seekers can visit Tonlé Sap's floating villages and northern Thailand's hill tribes. Foodies will love the market tours, while outdoorsy travelers can hike in Erawan National Park and snorkel off southern Thailand's islands.

Check out street food vendors in Bangkok with the help of your guide
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Experience the Culture & Cuisine of Thailand & Cambodia - 7 Days

This exciting weeklong adventure through Thailand and Cambodia is one for the senses, taking you through glistening pagodas, ancient Buddha monuments like Wat Pho and Wat Arun, and the largest religious structure in the world: Angkor Wat. Alongside these iconic landmarks, you'll eat your way through both countries as you sample a range of unique dishes, wander through bustling food markets, and visit a village to watch an iconic recipe being made, which, of course, includes a tasting.

Zip around Thailand's Phi Phi Islands and visit the iconic Maya Bay, seen in the movie "The Beach"
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Islands, Temples & Beaches in Thailand & Cambodia - 21 Days

Escape to some of Southeast Asia's most spectacular beaches with this far-reaching 21-day journey through Thailand and Cambodia. Island hop around Phuket, spend the day with elephants in Railay, kayak off the white sands of Krabi, and zoom around Ko Samui's Angthong Marine National Park by speedboat. Take a break from sun and sand for a dose of culture in Bangkok and Siem Reap, then end on the blissful shores of Cambodia's up-and-coming island paradise of Koh Rong.

Thailand Travel Maps

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10 Days in Thailand - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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1 Week in Thailand - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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5 Days in Thailand - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Travel specialist Hien Do
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Hien Do

I was born and grown in Vietnam and deeply love my country. I traveled a lot around My country is full of beautiful places and friendly people. And this inspired me to start my travel company. It...

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Travel specialist Ashley Nguyen
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Ashley Nguyen

I was born and grown in Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam. I have always been interested in travel and discovering other cultures and places. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a tour guide...

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Tina Oo

I love traveling and it's my lifelong passion, and I am happy to share my experiences with fellow travelers. That is the reason I became a travel consultant and never got tired of this routine even...

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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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Trip Reviews for Thailand

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Kim Kim did a fantastic job planning a multistop / complex trip. 10/10
Thailand | May 6 - May 10, 2024

Charlie
Charlie T.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on May 17, 2024
Tina, our local specialist from Kim Kim, took our basic desires and turned it into an magical week in Thailand. Without fail every flight, transfer, meeting and accommodations were handled flawlessly and every person on our journey that she had setup was very professional and fully ready to assist us in every way. While I was sceptical because I had found them online and my introduction to Kim Kim was only though reading reviews and on line reputation reports, we were very pleasantly... Read more

Tina, our local specialist from Kim Kim, took our basic desires and turned it into an magical week in Thailand. Without fail every flight, transfer, meeting and accommodations were handled flawlessly and every person on our journey that she had setup was very professional and fully ready to assist us in every way. While I was sceptical because I had found them online and my introduction to Kim Kim was only though reading reviews and on line reputation reports, we were very pleasantly surprised by the details of the planning/scheduling's and the constant communications throughout the entire process and during the trip. Thank you Tina for your expertise and assistance, you did a excellent job for us.

Charlie and Karen
Katy, Texas
USA

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SAii Phi Phi Island Village

Excellent location and fantastic staff!

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Local specialist: Tina Oo
Tina
Tina Oo
Local specialist in Thailand | Replied on May 18, 2024

Hi Charlie,
Thank you so much for this lovely review.
This is very kind of you and I'm happy that you had a great time in Thailand.
Hope you see you again!
Best,
Tina

Beyond words - fantastic experience
Thailand | Apr 18 - May 3, 2024

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Denise D.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on May 10, 2024
Our trip started in Bangkok where we met our guide Yee. She was fantastic. Her English was excellent, and was so accommodating. The catered to our interest and went at a perfect pace. The temples were amazing, but Yee was the highlight because she offered such great information on history, background and culture of Thailand. I can’t think of a better way to start our holiday. All of our domestic transfers on Bangkok airways were great. We learned how to register an extra bag online after... Read more

Our trip started in Bangkok where we met our guide Yee. She was fantastic. Her English was excellent, and was so accommodating. The catered to our interest and went at a perfect pace. The temples were amazing, but Yee was the highlight because she offered such great information on history, background and culture of Thailand. I can’t think of a better way to start our holiday. All of our domestic transfers on Bangkok airways were great. We learned how to register an extra bag online after first flight. Tina was great throughout the trip and responsive to any last minute questions we had. We love Koh Samui and diving in Koh Tao. Another unexpected highlight of the trip was John Gray canoe tour in Phang Nga Bay. There are so many excellent things to say about this tour. The environment, the crew, the vessel, our guide Josef, the food and Krathong flowers. It is had to describe the experience in words, but this is a must for anyone in the region. We enjoyed our time in Phuket, we made it to Similians and Phi Phi. We had a late flight on departure day and Tina helped with extending our driver. We had not made it to BigBuddha and he took us there and to Old Phuket town on our way to the airport. A great way to wrap the trip.

Hotel Reviews
DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket
Phuket
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Paradise beach resort
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Bodhi Serene Hotel
Chiang Mai
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Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Bangkok
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Activity Reviews
John Gray's Sea Canoe - Hong by Starlight
John Gray's Sea Canoe - Hong by Starlight
Phuket

Wish I could give this 10 stars, the experience is hard to put into words. I great way to see and experience Phang Nga Bay

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Elephant Nature Park Visit
Elephant Nature Park Visit
Chiang Mai

This is not a tour where you can touch elephant, but the staff at the sanctuary are so passionate about caring for the animals.

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Exploring Bangkok by local transfers and walking tour
Exploring Bangkok by local transfers and walking tour
Bangkok

Yes was fantastic!!!

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Local specialist: Tina Oo
Tina
Tina Oo
Local specialist in Thailand | Replied on May 11, 2024

Hi Denise,
I am happy to hear that you had a great time here :)
Thank you so much for this lovely feedback and I appreciate it.
Hope to see you again :)
Best,
Tina

The Wonders of Thailand
Thailand | Apr 28 - May 2, 2024

Janice
Janice D.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on May 09, 2024

Our guides, Mike and Tim, were just wonderful. They made sure we saw all the items that were on our lists and even some unexpected ones. The visitation to all the Buda sites, the gold and people dressed in clothing from the country was so great. Seeing how the women made the flower decorations to honor the temples was amazing. All the areas to shop and the street food vendors were a site to see. Great time!! Now looking forward to the next adventure.

Local specialist: Ada Huang
Ada
Ada Huang
Local specialist in Thailand | Replied on May 13, 2024

Dear Janice,

Greetings from Ada and thanks a lot for your kind feedback.

It's wonderful to hear that you had such an enjoyable experience with our guides, Mike and Tim. They know how to create unforgettable adventures and we are proud of them. Exploring the Buda sites, witnessing the gold, cultural attire, and the flower decorations are really captivating. Those unexpected moments that often become the most cherished memories.

We warmly welcome you and your family back to Thailand in the future. There are more amazing adventures awaiting you here.

Best regards,
Ada