BANGKOK, CHIANG MAI AND KOH SAMUI
Experience the variety of Thailand by starting in the capital Bangkok. You will certainly start your tour with energy and vibrancy as you explore the landmarks of the city by tuk tuk and get a big introduction into nightlife. Chiang Mai is the perfect place to head next where you can enjoy a quieter setting and visit the elephant sanctuary. Koh Samui is the perfect place to end where you can combine your adventure with relaxation and a massage and rejuvenate before you head home.
EXPLORE THE NORTH
Although most travellers will visit Bangkok and the South Islands, the North of Thailand offers a staggering range of spectacular stop offs. The North is an extensive region with sprawling mountains with ancient valleys and rivers and straddles an important historical junction for people from the surrounding countries as they traded commodities and ideas for thousands of years. From cooking courses to cycling tours and craft workshops to elephant conservation, the North of Thailand is full of wonderful places to discover.
MEET THE FARMERS IN PHRAE
Red Brick Homestay is an ecological, community-based Thai-Dutch homestay in Ampher Song at the end of the valley of Phrae in Northern Thailand. The higher altitude, hilly landscape and abundance of trees makes this place pleasant all year round. If you love nature or need same rest and relaxation this is perfect to add to your tour of Thailand. Take part in local communities and hike to surrounding waterfalls and have your lunch made by the local primary school, all nice touches to this humbling experience.
Thailand brings thousands of tourists back each year with a combination of city and beach life, travellers can take it easy on many of the long stretches of beautiful beaches and partake in water activities and then unwind in the evening with the many bars and restaurants along the sea front. The hustle and bustle of Bangkok is unrivalled. It offers a great opportunity to visit temples and one of the best ways to get around is on the river and the klongs (canals). Take a trip on the river and klongs by longtail boat and head to the river markets, the Royal Barge Museum and other wonderful sites. Tuk Tuk’s are also one of the easiest and quickest form of travel and fun too; you can always persuade your drivers into a race back to your hotel but is not for the faint hearted in the Bangkok traffic! Koh Samui is a small island about an hour’s flight from Bangkok. It offers many activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, shopping, beach life, night life, trekking through the jungle to see the waterfalls plus so much more. You can also head to northern Thailand and escape the busy life of Bangkok and experience the laid-back lifestyle of Chiang Mai, nestled amongst forested foothills. Chiang Mai will deliver you to pristine rainforest reserves, waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and peaceful country villages, as well as adventure camps, elephant sanctuaries and souvenir markets. April is festival time (Songkran) in Thailand where the locals fill the streets and celebrate their New Year. If you enjoy an all-out water fight this is the place to be. Thailand is relatively hot all year round with the rainy season in November, the Thai’s do not celebrate Christmas in December but will accommodate the locals, so everything is open on Christmas day, temperatures are usually less humid over the Christmas period with the odd shower.