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A Taste of Thailand
The humming capital of Bangkok, historic Kanchanaburi & the River Kwai, plus ancient Ayutthaya; optional extensions to Angkor Wat & Phuket
10 days  •  from $1949 $1649
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
A Taste of Vietnam
Bustling Ho Chi Minh City, picturesque colonial Hoi An, world-heritage Halong Bay & the northern capital of Hanoi; optional extension to Bangkok
10 days  •  from $1899 $1599
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Beautiful Bhutan
Bangkok to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan; Paro, the sleepy capital Thimpu, Punakha, Trongsa, Bumthang, Unique Festivals & Taktsang Monastery
15 days  •  from $6099 $5499
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Best of Vietnam & Cambodia
Wild & wonderful Hanoi, world-heritage Halong Bay, alluring Hue & historic Ho Chi Minh; plus Phnom Penh & the breathtaking temples of Angkor Wat
16 days  •  from $3699 $3299
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + cruise + flights
Dazzling Dubai & Bangkok
Enjoy the oasis of Dubai, plus the temples, markets & cuisine of Bangkok; explore on your own with flights, deluxe hotel & temple tour included
9 days  •  from $2399 $2099
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Exotic Borneo & Bangkok
Kuching, the gateway to Borneo, Bako National Park, the Semenggoh Orangutan Center, Batang Ai & Iban Longhouse tour plus Bangkok
10 days  •  from $2399 $2099
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Grand Romance in Thailand
Bangkok, Chiang Mai & an idyllic Thai island of your choosing; elegant hotels, refined meals and hand-picked sightseeing included
13 days  •  from $3599
per person, double occupancy*
independent stay + flights
Hong Kong & Bangkok Adventure
Experience the culture and cuisine of two timeless traveler hotspots in Asia; explore independently with flights, hotels & city tours included
10 days  •  from $2899 $2599
per person, double occupancy*
dates independent stay + flights
Romantic & Relaxing Thailand
Bangkok & and a gorgeous Thai island of your choosing; Revel in prestigious hotels, dine in style & tour fascinating sites on this enchanting vacation
10 days  •  from $2799
per person, double occupancy*
independent stay + flights
Romantic Rendezvous in Thailand
A dream vacation to Bangkok & Chiang Mai; enjoy luxury hotel stays, romantic private meals and curated sightseeing in the Land of Smiles
10 days  •  from $2799
per person, double occupancy*
independent stay + flights
Treasures of Thailand
Bustling Bangkok, historic Kanchanaburi & ancient Ayutthaya, then explore the wild north in Chiang Rai & the Buddhist temples of Chiang Mai
12 days  •  from $2799 $2499
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Treasures of Thailand & Songkran Festival
Bustling Bangkok, historic Kanchanaburi & ancient Ayutthaya, then explore the wild north in Chiang Rai & the Songkran Festival of Chiang Mai
12 days  •  $2999 $2699
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Thailand? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Bangkok
Population:  67.9 million
Currency: Thai baht
Languages: Thai
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: GMT +7

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your arrival date.

U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Thailand for tourist stays up to 30 days. Otherwise, a visa is required prior to arrival, which can be obtained from a Thai Embassy or consulate or a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

Malaria is not present in major cities. Although not required, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis vaccinations should be considered if you're going to remote areas. If you get nipped by a dog, even in Bangkok, get checked for rabies. Skin infections are common—even the smallest wound should be disinfected and covered with a bandage.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Weather

Thailand's climate is always hot and humid, with the highlands being around 10 degrees cooler. November through February is the best time to go when the days are more mild. March thru May is extremely hot, with temps into the low 100's. The rainy season is May through October.

What to wear

Since weather can be unpredictable anywhere in the world and to be sure you are comfortable during your trip and prepared for all types of weather possibilities, we suggest that you carry a small folding umbrella. If you have two pairs of comfortable (broken-in, not brand-new) walking shoes, consider taking both pairs.

In the warm climates of Thailand, you’ll find that cotton and lightweight clothing will be the most comfortable. Take some lightweight slacks as well as shorts. Please be sure to have respectable attire for visits to temples and religious sites—wear clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Jungle exploring is more comfortable with covered legs! Plan to dress in layers, so you can adjust your wardrobe according to the weather conditions of the moment. Remember that comfort and convenience should dictate your wardrobe for the tour, and casual clothes are in order for most every occasion as you travel. All hotels provide laundry service for a small fee.

Money

The local currency of Thailand is the baht. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotel will be able to exchange your cash for local currency. We highly recommend that you bring crisp, new bills in small denominations. Old, torn, crumpled bills are not always accepted. Traveler’s checks are not widely accepted in Thailand. If you intend to use traveler’s checks, please verify that they are still accepted in the places visited in this program.

Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card abroad.

Shopping

Thailand is famous for its silk (silk from Jim Thompson is good quality). Shop also for lacquerware, painted umbrellas, bronze, silver, temple bells, celadon pottery, tribal weavings, custom-made shoes, opium weights and pillows, and carved water buffalo bells. Beware of copycat items in Thailand from clothes to watches. Some 24 carat gold is also somewhat less than 100% pure, but crafted well.

You will certainly have time for shopping. Your guides will no doubt have some favorite shopping places, where the vendors are known, provide good quality merchandise and probably pay some sort of commission from sales to the guide. This should not surprise or offend you. This is how business is done throughout the world. Be cautious when you shop, especially if you are buying jewelry or other valuable items. If you plan to buy jewelry or other expensive items, be sure to inspect the items before you leave the store. Most stores will not allow you to return or exchange purchased items.

Electricity & Power Adapters

220 volts. Plugs A & C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Cell Phones & Internet

Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? See our blog posts on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.

Photography

Cameras and video recorders are permitted, and photography is generally permitted everywhere except at airports and military installations. Memory cards for digital cameras will be available in major cities. Bring an extra battery for your camera, as not every type of camera battery is always available as you travel.

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Rave Reviews

Just returned from our Thailand trip 9/20 - 9/28 and it was a fantastic tour. We had a great Tour Guide and the sites we visited were very very nice. The food is great and the Thai people are super friendly. Only wish we would have extended to Phuket and Cambodia. Next time. Our group was the best we have had compared to the two other tours we have been on. Great hotels and the buffet breakfast were a feast. Can't wait for our next Friendly Planet Tour.

Mary Williams
A Taste of Thailand

Our guide here was great; overall one of the best we have experienced. Our guide for the hike was great, nice attention to detail and was very educated on the environment. Patti was our guide in Bangkok and she was fabulous. She really went above and beyond by personally taking us to some of the other areas we wanted to see to ensure we didn't get lost. You can tell she really loves what she does, and like our guide in Kuching, is one of the best we've experienced in all of our travels.

Michelle Coleman