Thailand

The “Land of Smiles”, offers a wide range of experiences – explore Bangkok’s bustling markets, serene temples, exotic nightlife, and incredible food scene; marvel at Sukhothai’s ancient ruins; explore the markets of Chiang Mai, and relax on the beaches of Koh Samui, Krabi, or Phuket which offer a range of activities like yoga, diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and rock climbing.

Take a look at the sample itineraries below that we can use as a starting point to design your unique trip.

 

 

 

Thailand Tour Itineraries:
Thailand Weather Patterns

Thailand consists of three main regions, the North (Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai), the Central (Bangkok), and the South (Phuket on the west coast, and Koh Samui on the east coast). If you’re going to visit all three regions, the best times to visit are from November through early March, which is the cooler, drier season.

Late March through May starts to become very hot and humid.  High temperatures average in the upper 90s Fahrenheit (mid-30s Celsius). Although this period usually remains dry, rain storms occur more frequently in the month of May, which is a transition period towards the wet season. In north Thailand this is also the time when the skies can become thick with haze and smoke due to forest fires and farmers burning their fields.

June through early October mark the monsoon season when daily heavy downpours can bring relief from the oppressive heat, though humidity is very high. The days often start sunny, with showers mostly occurring in the  afternoon or evening, lasting for 1 to 4 hours. Beach activities during this time should be focused on the east coast such as Koh Samui. The west coast has rougher seas and limited visibility for water activities like swimming, snorkeling and diving.

 

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Our Recommended Thailand Hotels and Resorts

We’ve inspected and stayed in hundreds of hotels throughout the country. We will not only recommend which hotel may be best for you, but which room category. Here’s a few that we highly recommend based on the quality of the rooms and facilities, cleanliness, standard of service, and locations. These aren’t always the cheapest hotels, but they are among the best hotels in their category. We tend to have a preference for high-quality boutique hotels that have a great location, excellent food, and a local ambience, or perhaps a colonial style atmosphere that conjure images of former eras.

Six Senses Yao Noi, Yao Noi Island, near Phuket

If you have the budget, this is our choice as one of the best beach resorts in Thailand–in fact, all of SE Asia. Six Senses Yao Noi resort sets the highest benchmark for island resort living in Asia. The iconic limestone pinnacles rising from the waters of Phang Nga Bay create a surreal backdrop and a sense of privacy and adventure. Pool Villa accommodations provide generous personal space, a variety of views and present an uncompromised lifestyle.

Six Senses has a true dedication to sustainability.

Riva Surya Bangkok, Bangkok

A boutique hotel, situated along the Chao Phraya River and close to the heritage sites of the Grand Palace, the Golden Mount, Wat Po and Wat Arun, Riva Surya Bangkok offers an idyllic urban getaway in the heart of this cosmopolitan city. This modern hotel with a Thai feel features 68 beautifully designed rooms, elegant dining options, a riverside swimming pool and leisure facilities for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is equipped with a fitness center and two swimming pools for adults and kids. The location is also close to many local restaurants and shops. The daily breakfast is not to be missed.

Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort, Chiang Mai

With just 45 rooms and a great location next to the Ping River and walking distance to the night market, this is truly a romantic resort. The outdoor swimming pool is perfectly designed for indulgent relaxation. The on-site restaurant offers peaceful views of the Ping River.

Boasting modern Northern Thai style, all rooms at this property feature an air conditioning, flat-screen TV and comfortable seating area. Certain rooms offer a living room. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and complimentary premium amenities. Slippers and bathrobes are provided for guests’ comfort.

Friendly staff are 24-hour available at the front desk to assist all guests.

No Thailand Visas Required for Up to 30 Days!

Most nationalities, including U.S. and Canadian citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand for a stay of up to 30 days. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining beyond the last day of their trip to be allowed entry.

Upon entry, Thai immigration officials will place an immigration stamp in the passport permitting a 30-day stay in Thailand if arriving by air or land. This time limit may subsequently be extended for an additional 30 days by paying a 1,900 baht fee to the Thai Immigration Bureau office.

 

Tourist Visas

If you want to remain in Thailand for more than 30 days, you can get a tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country prior to arriving in Thailand. The tourist visa must generally be used within 90 days from the date of issue and allows an initial stay of 60 days. After arrival in Thailand, a tourist visa may be extended at the discretion of an immigration officer once for an additional 30 days with the total period of stay no longer than 90 days.

 

Covid-19 Restrictions – As of Feb 24, 2021

Is a contact tracing app mandatory? No

COVID-19 testing ongoing at ports of entry? No

Health screening ongoing at ports of entry? No

International arrivals require health documentation? Yes
Travelers must have proof of a negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before arrival, provide evidence of a quarantine facility booking, and isolate for two weeks at the designated facilities upon arrival.

International flights suspended? No
Limited inbound tourist flights are operating.

Land border crossings closed? No
Several land checkpoints are operational, though the government continues to ban foreigners from entering the country through border checkpoints.

Quarantine required for international arrivals? Yes. All travelers need to obtain a Certificate of Entry in order to enter Thailand and are subject to a 14-day quarantine at a state-approved facility.

Travelers entering under the “Tourist visa exemption scheme” can stay for up to 45 days. Travelers must also provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $100,000 and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

A PCR test must be taken on arrival, after which all travelers must quarantine for 14 days at government-approved quarantine facilities or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facilities. This can include luxury hotels, some of which have developed quarantine packages.

A full list of participating hotels and resorts, along with package rates, can be found here: asq.locanation.com.

What to Expect in the Country

Masks are mandated at all times in public, both indoors and out. Temperature checks on entry to a facility are the norm.

The government has recently lifted restrictions imposed during the second wave in late December.

Bangkok bars were permitted to reopen on February 22, though they have to close by 11 p.m. Restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol again as well. Theme parks, museums and fitness centers are permitted to open.

Most beaches and national parks remain open, though some have imposed restrictions.

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Common Questions and Answers about Thailand

 

 

What are the typical costs of your Thailand private tours?

If booking a private tour with us, costs can range from $300/day/person for staying in nice 3-star quality hotels to over $500/day/person in high-end luxury hotels. Staying in small luxury boutique hotels can cost an average of $350 to $400/day/person. These cost estimates include not just accommodation, but also internal flights, airport transfers, tours and activities, entrance fees, private guides, and private vehicles with driver.

What are the benefits of a private tour?

There are so many that it’s hard to quantify, but here’s a few major benefits: 1) the tour is customized for your interests, which means you get to see and do the things you’re most interested in. 2) you’re not running on a fixed daily schedule, which means you have flexibility to stay as long as you want or move on early from something or even skip it altogether if that’s what you decide on the spot. 3) We’re able to design the activities at popular sights to avoid the crowds!

Is it possible to avoid peanuts and peanut oil if I’m allergic?

Yes! With a private tour, it’s much easier as your guide can tell you how to avoid peanut oil and peanuts and other items you may have an allergy to.

Can you drink water from a tap or served in glasses at restaurants?

It’s generally best to avoid tap water and ask about the source of water in restaurants, but ice is usually safe.

Is it possible to use my mobile phone from North America in Thailand?

Yes, 4G connectivity is very good in Thailand. Some plans, like T-Mobile allow for free unlimited data internationally, though it is usually at a 2g speed. However, that’s often good enough for texts and emails and some browsing.

What electrical adapters are needed?

Almost all hotels in Thailand have US-style outlets that are fine for plugging in electronics. However, the voltage is 240 volts, so be sure your devices can handle that. Most can!

What’s the best way to get local currency?

ATMs are great and plentiful and most accept international debit cards. However, they charge a whopping $7 per transaction. So be sure to withdraw at least $200 at a time to make it worthwhile. You can exchange cash at money changers, just shop around for the best exchange rates that they offer.

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