From exploring Thailand’s vibrant capital, Bangkok, to discovering the most beautiful beaches, sightseeing tours allow visitors to experience everything the country has to offer.
With 15 days to visit the Southeast Asian nation using a Thailand eVisa, tours are a convenient way for international tourists to get the most out of their trip.
However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose. The list below explains some of the best excursions in Thailand to help holidaymakers plan their vacation.
Tours in and around Bangkok
The Thai capital, Bangkok, is the first stop for many overseas visitors. From temples and religious monuments to markets and rooftop bars, Bangkok has much to discover.
Bangkok temples and Grand Palace tour
On this outing, participants see some of the most important cultural and historical sights in the city. The trip generally lasts for half a day with stops at:
- The Grand Palace
- Wat Pho (the temple of the reclining Buddha)
- Wat Phra Kaew (the temple of the Emerald Buddha)
- Wat Traimit temple
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
This traditional floating Thai market on the canals of Damnoen Saduak provides an insight into the lives of Thai people working and living on the water.
Long-tail boats take tourists along the canals where they will see locals selling their produce including fresh fruit and vegetables and freshly made traditional dishes including curries and sweet treats.
This excursion generally lasts around 6 hours and visitors will also enjoy the scenic countryside of the Ratchaburi Province.
Thailand Island Tours
To enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery and stunning beaches in Thailand, travelers should consider taking tours of the islands.
Each island is unique and offers a different range of activities from snorkeling and diving to enjoying the finest Thai cooking.
Similan islands day trip with snorkeling
For some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Thailand, travelers can take a boat trip around the Simian Islands. There are 9 islands in total, famed for their white sand beaches and clear waters.
Boats depart from Phuket and stop at several bays where passengers can snorkel among tropical fish and see colored coral. There’ll also be plenty of time to relax and enjoy some traditional Thai cooking.
Phi Phi Islands Tour
Speedboats and longtail boats depart Phuket and Krabi for the stunning Phi Phi islands, a group of 6 islands renowned for their bays and beaches.
Taking a boat tour is the best way to see a collection of the most beautiful areas of the islands, including some hidden gems. There’ll be a chance to relax on the sand and for snorkeling whilst movie fans may be interested in seeing Maya Bay, the filming location for ‘The Beach’.
Gastronomic Tours in Thailand
When visiting Thailand, a highlight for many is the chance to sample authentic Thai cooking and ingredients. Food plays an important role in Thai society, learning about ingredients and techniques gives visitors further insight into its culture and traditions.
Keen foodies shouldn’t miss the chance to take one of the many food tours offered in Thailand.
Chiang Mai street food tour
Chiang Mai Thai street food tours usually take place in the evening and last up to 3 hours. Guides show participants around the city, stopping at markets and street food vendors to discover the dishes on offer and to sample the specialties.
Travelers can also pick up some useful language and tips for ordering food in Thailand.
Some of the dishes foreigners may like to try include:
- Som Tam: shredded vegetables with chile, shrimp, and fish sauce
- Pad See Eiw: wide rice noodles with chicken, pork, or beef
- Kluay Tod: deep-fried bananas
Thailand Chinatown Food Tour
Thailand’s vast Chinatown, known by locals as Yaowarat, is one of the liveliest areas of the city not to be missed by visitors.
Travelers interested in Chinatown and in particular its food scene should look into taking a private guided tour of the district
At night, Chinatown becomes an open-air food market, expert guides will show foreigners the best street vendors to buy from and the most authentic dishes. Transportation by tuk-tuk is common whilst others are on foot.
In addition, travelers will bet the opportunity to explore sidestreets and eateries most tourists would miss, providing a glimpse at this important part of Thai culture.
Advice for Booking Tours in Thailand
Whilst some travelers can enter Thailand visa-free, many foreign citizens need to apply for a Thailand visa valid for 15 days. All travelers should consider the length of their stay when booking tours, for travelers with a tight schedule, private guides may offer more flexibility.
It is recommendable to arrange tours online in advance through a reputable agency, the most popular choices may sell out. Before booking it’s a good idea to check the reviews of fellow travelers to get an idea of the quality of service offered and the overall experience.
When arranging a food tour, or another package including a meal, participants should make the operator aware of allergies or dietary requirements, most will be happy to cater to individual requests.