Thailand Tours from Australia

Thailand is perhaps the most perfect travel destination you could imagine. It's got cosmopolitan city life in the hectic non-stop buzz of Bangkok. Culture in the ancient capitals of Ayuthaya and Sukhothai. Perfect white-sand beaches. Snorkelling. Temples. Wildlife. And the food might just be the best on the planet.

 

A tour of Thailand might have you exploring lush jungle by bamboo raft; visiting intriguing ethnic minority cultures nestled in misty hills, or wandering through spectacular ruins whispering legends of the Siam of old.

 

At My Adventure Travel, we have put together a range of Thailand adventure tours and experiences that showcase the very best the country has to offer. Explore our Thailand tours from Australia below and get in touch with one of our experienced consultants to start planning your dream Thailand adventure tour today.

Things to do in Thailand

  • 1Go hill tribe trekking in the Golden Triangle
  • 2Come face to face wth tropical fish and colourful coral
  • 3Sip cocktails in one of Bangkok's hip sky bars
  • 4Kayak in the beautiful Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • 5Take a cooking class and create a Thai banquet

Thailand Must See

  • Slurp Tom Yum at the always-busy Chiang Mai night market.
  • Laze on the perfect beaches of Koh Samui and snorkel the warm waters off Ko Tao.
  • Explore the ancient cities of Ayuthaya and Sukhothai.
  • Raft down the River Kwai near Kanchanaburi and learn the history of the Thai-Burma Railway.
  • Get amongst the golden temples and urban buzz of Bangkok.

Experiences in Thailand

Get amongst the culture, food and landscapes of Thailand in a way that suits your personal travelling style. The best tours in Thailand are designed with itineraries tailored to your interests. If you are looking for an active Thailand adventure, you can trek to remote hill villages or kayak down the River Kwai. A cycling tour of Thailand will see you pedalling the backroads amongst ancient temples and lush rice fields.

If you're a culture vulture, take a take a northern Thailand tour through ancient cities and head into the hills to learn about the different minority groups. If you just want to relax, take a beach break and island hop between heavenly tropical paradises on a southern Thailand tour. You can take a culinary Thailand tour and delve into the refined flavours of royal Thai cuisine. Or take the kids on a family-friendly Thailand adventure, with an itinerary designed to keep children interested. Whatever your style, we've got a Thailand adventure tour to suit you.

Island Hopping Tours

If it's a break from work you're after, just hop lazily between beautiful islands and beaches on a southern Thailand tour. Visit Koh Samui, Koh Yao, Phuket or Krabi – each one is different but they're all utterly gorgeous.

Cycling Tours

Pedal your way between ancient temples and ruins or take to the backroads and meet the friendly locals. A tour of Thailand on two wheels is the best way to get right amongst daily life.

Family Adventures

Stay with a local family in a Thai village, watch elephants having a bath, sail between islands, barter at markets, visit waterfalls... the kids will love a Thailand family tour.

Trekking Tours

In the hills of the far-north, many different ethnic minority groups live their traditional lifestyle. Head out from Chiang Mai on a trek to visit their villages – it's a classic Thailand adventure experience.

Food Tours

Can you tell a mangosteen from a mango? On a foodie-themed Thailand tour, you'll shop at the market, then head into the kitchen to chop, crush, grind and mix yourself a feast worthy of Thai royalty.

Snorkelling Tours

Strap on your flippers and leap into an underwater paradise of colourful fish and coral reefs – there is amazing snorkelling to be done on many coastal Thailand tours.

Cultural Tours

Take a Thailand tour visiting the cultural and historic sights and highlights – the old capitals of Sukhothai and Ayuthaya, as well as Kanchanaburi, a town on the River Kwai near the infamous Hellfire Pass.

Wildlife Adventures

A Thailand tour might visit an elephant reserve, take a wilderness jungle trek or dive into a snorkelling adventure – all places rich with wild creatures.

Golden Triangle Tours

The remote borderlands where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet up were formerly the centre of a roaring opium trade. These days a Thailand tour might take you there for a rural riverboat journey from Chiang Rai.

Day Tours

Add a day tour in Thailand to your travel itinerary to cram in a little more action – perhaps sailing, cooking, history, temples, canoeing or snorkelling.

Elephant Tours

To spend time with Asia's gentle giants, head to Chiang Mai or Lampang. Visiting a rescue and rehabilitation centre is an ethical way to interact with Thailand's endangered elephants.

 

Relax and unwind in the tropical paradise of Railay Beach, Krabi.

Before you travel to Thailand

Before embarking on an overseas adventure to Thailand, brushing up on your general knowledge will make your Thailand tour a whole lot easier. From knowing what currency is used and what timezone you’re in, to the local customs and weather to expect, we’ve got you sorted below:

Thailand facts for travellers

Currency

Thai Baht

Money Exchange

Credit cards are widely accepted, especially in larger establishments. ATMs for cash withdrawal are available in the cities – the fees can be high so it's worth withdrawing larger amounts. Clean, undamaged notes can be exchanged at banks and money changers.

Language

Thai. Other Thai languages and minority languages are also spoken. Thai tour leaders and many people involved in the tourism industry speak English.

Time Zone

UTC/GMT +7

Electricity

Sockets are mostly 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Some sockets accept plugs with two round pins and some accept two flat pins. Sometimes you'll find the two flats pins with third-round prong, or three round pin sockets too.

Travel Immunisations

Check that your immunisations are up to date before travel. Many travellers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations before travelling to Thailand. Check with your doctor or travellers' medical centre for specific advice for your Thailand tour.

Weather in Thailand

Thailand has a tropical, humid climate. The weather patterns between the north of the country and the southern peninsula are quite different. In the north, November to May is the dry season and June to October is the wet monsoon season. Southern Thailand has a wetter wet season and the timing of the wet season depends on which coast you are on. On the west coast (Phuket) it is wettest between April and October. On the east coast (Koh Samui) it is wettest between September and December.

The best time to visit Thailand

Generally, the best time to visit Thailand is between November and February. At this time you will have reasonable weather across both the north and the south. If you are mainly visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the north, the best time to visit is November to May – bear in mind it may be quite hot after March. If you are mainly visiting the beaches of the south, the west coast (Phuket) is best between November to March. April and May are warmer and more humid, but still dry. The east coast (Koh Samui) is best between January and July.

Weather in Bangkok – Average Temperature and Rainfall

November to April – hot and dry

  • Daily high temperature: between 31 and 35 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 2 and 8 days.

May to October – hot and wet

  • Daily high temperature: between 32 and 34 degrees.
  • Days with rain per month: between 16 and 22 days.

Thai Food and Drinks

Thai food is well known around the world for its rich, sumptuous flavours. The spicy broths, hearty noodles and warm coconut curries are given extra zing with generous use of fresh herbs, chilli, fish sauce and lime.

If food is your thing, consider taking a food tour of Thailand, where you'll visit markets, find out about local ingredients and learn to cook traditional dishes. Classic Thai dishes that you will no doubt sample on any Thailand tour include:

  • Tom Yum Goong – a hot and sour broth featuring prawns.
  • Tom Kha Kai – a rich coconut soup with chicken.
  • Pad Thai – rice noodles with egg, peanuts, fish sauce, lime and accompaniments.
  • Khao Soi – Chiang Mai's rich curry coconut noodle soup.
  • Som Tum – green papaya salad.

Shopping in Thailand

Browsing in local markets and shops is a great way to fill an afternoon on a Thailand tour. It gives you insight into the local way of life and gets you interacting with the local people. If you are interested in purchasing something at a market, bargaining is common practice. Bargaining should always be done in a cheerful way and once a price is agreed upon, you must buy the item.

Thailand travel souvenirs and local handicrafts include:

  • Woven fabric and products from the hill tribe ethnic minority areas.
  • Thai silk.
  • Jewellery.
  • Ceramics, lacquerware.
  • Cheap cotton travel clothes, such a t-shirts and fisherman's pants.
  • Thai carvings and furniture.

Thailand Customs and Etiquette

When travelling to any country, it is important to respect local customs. As a general rule of thumb, if you are not sure what is appropriate, observe what locals are doing and modify your behaviour to suit.

A 'wai' is the traditional Thai greeting of hands together, fingers upward, accompanied by a nod. It is usually appropriate to return a wai when it is given to you. In Thailand, family, religion and the royal family are all very important, so travellers should show respect those things. General guidelines for etiquette while you are on a tour of Thailand include:

  • Do not touch a person on the head or shoulder.
  • Do not point or gesture with your finger – use your whole hand.
  • Dress conservatively, with knees and shoulders covered.
  • Keep a mild, pleasant demeanour – smiling is an important social tool.
  • Remove your shoes when entering temples or houses.

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