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I've visited over 20 countries but this was my first journey to Asia and I had a fabulous time! During my Taste of Thailand tour I made many memories that I will cherish forever. The experience of riding atop a majestic elephant in tropical, stunningly picturesque rural Kanchanaburi, followed by a leisurely bamboo raft ride down the jungle ensconced River Kwai was truly priceless. Also, I found myself very touched by the history that was shared at the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. And, finally I must say that that I was especially grateful for our tour guide Lek Atchara. Not only was she knowledgeable, patient, and kind, but she also went out of her way to make sure my special dietary needs were accommodated. This is the first trip I've taken since I've become a vegetarian where I've been able to find such a variety of absolutely delicious local cuisine. This was one of my best vacations ever!

Michelle Denton, Atlanta, GA
A Taste of Thailand

My uncle and I just returned from the "Incredible Thailand" tour. Let me start by saying this was our second trip with Friendly Planet. We decided it was time to take another trip and didn't even bother with any other sites. We knew Friendly Planet was the way to go. This was the trip of a lifetime!! All of the accommodations were exquisite. The Temples were amazing. It was really interesting to see people trading, eating, and interacting at the Floating Market. The elephant trip through the jungle and orchid farm was breathtaking. I can't possibly begin to express how amazing our tour guide Lek was. It was like meeting a friend you hadn't seen in a while. She spoke proudly of her culture, her country, her people, and her King. Often when on driving portions of the tour, Lek would have our driver pull over so she could jump out and buy some of the local flavors. She also wanted to make sure that we didn't miss a single thing on this trip. When it was time to go our separate ways many of us said a tearful goodbye. So thank you again you made this trip more amazing than I could have ever hoped for.

Jessica Laffie, Pico Rivera CA
Incredible Thailand

Featured tours & packages

Treasures of Thailand & Songkran Festival
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12 days  •  $2699 $2399
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10 days  •  from $2799
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