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Thailand trip ideas

Thailand trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

One of Southeast Asia’s most visited countries, Thailand offers far more than the standard Bangkok and beach package combination. At Audley we prefer to match an individual's interests with the areas in Thailand that would suit them most, whether that’s exploring national parks, meeting hill tribes or relaxing on quieter beaches where you can observe local fishermen bringing in their day’s catch. Our specialists know Thailand inside out and have designed a series of itinerary ideas to inspire you as you plan your route. We can then tailor your trip to include your own travel suggestions to create your very own bespoke tour. 

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Ideas for your trip to Thailand

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Thailand, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

Thailand for families: Elephants & island escape

  • Explore the bustling city of Bangkok.

  • Spend time with elephants in Khao Sok.

  • Canoe amongst stunning scenery.

  • Spend a night in a unique floating tent.

13 Days from £2,095pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Heart of Thailand tour

  • Experience Wat Pho and the Grand Palace before the crowds.

  • Visit the traditional markets of Amphawa and stay in the Mae Klong delta.

  • Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai and explore the beautiful scenery of Kanchanaburi.

  • Take a Kermit tuk tuk around the ancient temples of old Siam.

  • Relax on the island of Koh Samet.

12 Days from £2,970pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Northern Thailand adventure

  • Get off the beaten track and see the real Thailand.

  • Seek out abandoned ruins in Sukhothai by bicycle.

  • Spend time with a Hmong community close to the Laos border.

  • Enjoy the unspoilt scenery of Doi Angkhang and visit Black Lahu and Palaung tribes.

  • Soak up the atmosphere of Chiang Mai and barter at the night market.

14 Days from £3,705pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Thailand's highlands & islands

  • Discover the sprawling city of Bangkok where grand palaces, tuk tuks and street vendors dot the streets.

  • Enjoy Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai which boasts beautiful temples, one of the best night markets in Asia and stunning mountain scenery.

  • Explore Khao Sok National Park.

  • Spend time cruising through Thailand's southern islands on board the wonderful Star Clipper.

17 Days from £3,715pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Thailand Uncovered

  • Visit some of Thailand's greatest attractions within easy reach of Bangkok.

  • Relax on a converted rice barge whilst cruising the Chao Phraya River to the historic city of Ayuthaya.

  • Take in the beauty of the Kanchanaburi region made infamous by the events of the WWII.

  • Trek through Khao Yai, the country's oldest national park.

13 Days from £4,050pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Central Thailand Tour

  • Explore the huge sprawling city of Bangkok.

  • Journey to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai, beautiful waterfalls and forgotten temples.

  • Cruise to the ancient capital of Ayuthaya on board the charming Anantara Song.

11 Days from £4,085pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Thailand's highlights and Siem Reap

  • Explore the many temples around Siem Reap including the iconic Angkor Wat.

  • Cruise out on to Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, the Tonle Sap.

  • Venture into the hills surrounding Chiang Mai for a rural Thailand adventure.

  • Navigate the huge bustling city of Bangkok where local street vendors and markets are contrasted by ultra modern shopping malls and spectacular sky bars.

  • Enjoy a three day experience in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park.

12 Days from £4,265pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Thailand Explored

  • Visit Hmong and Lahu villages and learn about the culture and traditions of these communities.

  • Try your hand at Thai cooking with a local family.

  • Relax on the beaches of Koh Yao and explore unspoilt islands.

  • Immerse yourself in Bangkok's history and visit a little known neighbourhood on a street food walking tour.

18 Days from £4,330pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Northern Laos Explorer

  • Trek in a remote National Park.

  • Stay in Laos' very first eco-lodge.

  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through northern Laos.

  • Soak up the atmosphere of spiritual Luang Prabang.

  • Visit the Big Brother Mouse project.

14 Days from £4,420pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Eastern Thailand and the forgotten temples of Cambodia

  • Discover the charming temples in and around the Phimai National Historical Park.

  • Visit the stunning mountain top temple of Preah Vihear.

  • Explore the wonders of Angkor and perhaps catch the sunset over this iconic temple.

  • Witness the magic of the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus in Siem Reap.

12 Days from £5,260pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Discovering Burma (Myanmar) & Northern Thailand

  • Experience the spectacular temples of Bagan.

  • Visit Monwya and explore villages on the Chindwin River.

  • Head further south from Inle Lake to the little-visited Tha Khauk pagoda complex.

  • Cross the border at Tachilek and explore the far north of Thailand.

17 Days from £5,605pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Following the Mekong: Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

  • Experience the full flavour of life surrounding the Mekong in Indochina.

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Luang Prabang, Vat Phou and Angkor Wat.

  • Enjoy river cruising in Laos and Vietnam.

  • Explore the vibrant cities of Phnom Penh and Saigon.

22 Days from £5,670pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Burma (Myanmar) highlights & island cruise

  • Sail the beautiful clear waters of the Mergui archipelago by yacht.

  • Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Yangon's shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda.

  • Explore the many beautiful and impressive temples of Bagan.

  • Enjoy an early morning balloon flight over Inle Lake for a unique vantage point of the stilted villages and floating gardens.

  • Imagine the former splendour of Inwa, a lost royal city.

  • Witness a little seen side of Mandalay.

17 Days from £7,255pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Thailand & Singapore in style

  • Experience the iconic Eastern & Oriental Express train from Singapore to Bangkok.

  • Enjoy an atmospheric cruise on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River whilst enjoying a delicious Thai dinner.

  • Visit Chiang Mai, Thailand's northern capital with its intricate temples, bustling markets and encounters with the Asian elephant.

  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Phuket.

16 Days from £7,760pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Grand tour of Indochina: Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia

  • Discover buddhist culture in Luang Prabang.

  • Spend a night on a traditional junk cruising among the limestone scenery of Halong Bay.

  • Explore the fascinating towns of Hoi An and Hue.

  • Barter at the bustling markets in the Mekong Delta.

  • Explore the incredible Temples of Angkor.

24 Days from £7,995pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration

These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

Beach + Culture

Bangsak Village and Chiang Mai

Discover the historic temples and famous cuisine of colourful Chiang Mai before spending a week relaxing on the beach at Khao Lak.

13 Days from £1,659pp

3 nights Chiang Mai including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Bangsak Village including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers

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Beach + City

Paradee Resort and Bangkok

Visit Bangkok and explore its cultural and architectural gems before travelling by road and boat to the nearby island of Koh Samet.

13 Days from £1,693pp

3 nights Bangkok, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Paradee Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Sarojin and Khao Sok National Park

Spend time exploring the Khao Sok National Park and observing the Asian Elephant at first hand before reviving yourself with a relaxing stay on Thailand's west coast.

12 Days from £1,850pp

3 nights Khao Sok National Park, full board, including excursions; 7 nights The Sarojin, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + City

The Tubkaak Resort and Bangkok

Spend a few days discovering a different side of Bangkok with a week to relax on Thailand's picturesque west coast.

12 Days from £1,921pp

2 nights Bangkok, including breakfast and excursions; 1 night Ayutthaya, including breakfast and excursion; 7 nights The Tubkaak Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Beach hopping

Anantara Rasananda and Koh Samui

Spend a few days exploring Koh Samui before a week relaxing among the natural beauty of Koh Phangan.

13 Days from £1,988pp

3 nights Koh Samui, including breakfast; 7 nights Anantara Rasananda Koh Phagan Villas, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + City

Six Senses Yao Noi and Chiang Mai

Uncover the culture and history of Chiang Mai, Thailand's northern capital before spending time relaxing on the island of Koh Yao, reached by a short boat journey from Phuket.

13 Days from £3,675pp

4 nights Chiang Mai, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Six Senses Yao Noi, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Thailand's best beach holidays and resorts

Thailand's best beach holidays and resorts

The pristine, tropical beaches of Thailand have always been alluring to travellers. We highlight some of our favourite beaches and properties, all of which can be incorporated into a tailor-made itinerary, offering an idyllic end to your journey in Southeast Asia.

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