Kayakers cruise in Cheow Larn Lake with deep green jungle behind them

Our top Thailand tours and excursions

Thailand is overflowing with guided tours and excursions, but not all are created equal. That’s why we only ever recommend the best of the best: the experiences guaranteed to get you under the skin of Thai culture.

What makes a great experience? For us, it always starts with the people. A fantastic guide is your magic key to understanding Thailand, whether it’s getting to grips with war history or learning how to make a killer green curry. They’re not just there to make sure you don’t get lost; they’re there to take you inside their culture and show you what makes this country tick.

You might be exploring the Chiang Mai countryside on the back of a vintage Vespa, stopping off to admire the views and visit old-fashioned farmhouses. You might be island-hopping in the southern islands, visiting hidden coves to splash about in coral reefs. Or you might be in the heart of Bangkok, sampling street-food treats as you explore the city’s world-famous nightlife. Whatever the experience, expect full immersion, hands-on fun, and the company of some of our favorite people in all of Thailand.

Our top picks

You won't want to miss out on these must-dos hand-picked by our expert team

Street art tour of Talad Noi

Art
Culture
Bangkok

Though it’s now part of Bangkok’s sprawling Chinatown, the first residents of Talad Noi were Portuguese Catholics who moved from Ayutthaya in the 18th century.

Today, it’s the epicenter of Bangkok’s street-art scene, with colorful murals splashed on walls between Chinese temples and grand, European-style architecture. Snap up some street food (dim sum is a local fave) as you hear the stories behind the artworks, then finish up with an ice-cold drink on a rooftop terrace.

Introduction to coconuts

Culture
Hands on
Ko Samui

Coconuts: not much to know, right? Wrong.

Today’s join-in tour will get you beneath the hairy husk of this humble fruit as you visit a museum, orchard, farm and family-run processing factory. Along the way, follow the coconut from cultivation to peeling, scraping, squeezing, distilling and crafting — ending in products as diverse as coconut oil and household appliances. Of course, you’ll also get to eat plenty of coconut-flavored goodies, including a traditional sweet dessert you’ll whip up yourself.

Sukhothai Historical Park

Culture & History
Sukhothai

It was during the age of Sukhothai that Thai culture as we know it was born.

Hop on a tuk-tuk tour to uncover the 700-year-old remnants of this extraordinary city — which invented the Thai alphabet, spread Theravada Buddhism and presided over a golden age of the arts. Stop in at some of nearly 200 temples and spires spread out between trees, paddies, ponds and villages, and soak up the atmosphere of one of the great pre-modern civilisations.

Full day nature & tribes of Mae Hong Son

Culture
Scenery
Mae Hong Son

Get a glimpse of Mae Hong Son’s natural and cultural bounty as you bamboo raft through a 1.5km cave system, watch as thousands of bats and swifts fill the air at dusk, and visit a village of the Black Lahu tribe, who’ve adapted to use eco-friendly tourism to support their traditional lifestyle. On the way home, stop to take in breathtaking views over the Himalayan foothills stretching into Myanmar and beyond.

Full day art scene of Chiang Rai

Art
Culture
Chiang Rai

Get beneath the skin of this eccentric beacon of creative culture as you take in the dazzlingly kitsch vision of Buddhism at the White Temple, contemplate the meaning of life and death at the hellish Black House, then peruse scripture art at the strikingly contemporary Blue Temple. Grab lunch at an arts community with a local art expert, then round off the day in the hills at the home and gallery of a local potter.

Morning/afternoon class at Pantawan Cooking School

Food & Drink
Hands on
Chiang Mai

Heavily influenced by Laos and Myanmar, northern Thai — or Lanna — cuisine is totally different from Thai food as you know it.

At Pantawan you won’t just whip up some dishes, you’ll learn about the local food culture, hear personal stories, and get tips on how to use your newfound skills back at home. Begin with a tour of the local fresh market, then cook your own curry noodles, spicy laab or mango sticky rice back at the school’s beautiful gardens.