Thailand Escorted Tours
Thailand escorted tours explore one of the few destinations in the world where you can embrace vibrant city life, trek through a rainforest and relax on an idyllic beach all in one trip. The landscape is phenomenal with awe-inspiring sunsets, dramatic limestone cliffs, serene islands with pristine beaches, hectic cities with glistening skyscrapers and lush rainforests. Malaysia is a remarkably diverse and multi-cultural destination which offers the perfect blend of traditional rural villages and modern cities. Malaysia's offers a unique culture with Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups living side by side harmoniously.
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- 10 Days - Taipei and Back
- Fly Tour from £2,145
Early Portuguese sailors named Taiwan Ilha Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful island’, due to the breathtaking scenery, which still impresses modern visitors today. The energetic capital, Taipei, is home to possibly the best collection of Chinese artefacts in the world, while Tainan showcases Taiwanese architecture. The countryside is perhaps the biggest surprise, with deep gorges, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, tea plantations and rugged coastline.
- 8 Days - Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
- Tour Only from £2,235
Glimpse past and present on this in-depth encounter with the glittering cityscapes, youthful verve, and centuries-old culture, heritage and traditions of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
- 14 Days - Penang to Kota Kinabalu
- Fly Tour from £2,299
Although Malaysia is a member of the Commonwealth and was part of the British Empire for many years, it is perhaps less well known than many other ex-colonies in South East Asia. Yet there’s so much to see and experience between peninsula Malaysia, its outlying islands and the vastness of Borneo: it may sound like a bit of cliché, but the country really is an incredible ‘cultural melting-pot’!
- 13 Days - Bangkok to Cha-Am
- Fly Tour from £2,599
Discover the many attractions of exciting Bangkok then travel northwards through Thailand to the city of Chiang Mai. Along the way, visit ancient ruins and stunning temples, before your journey comes to an end in the relaxing coastal resort of Cha-Am.
- 11 Days - Singapore to Penang
- Tour Only from £2,835
A melting pot of religion and cultures, from Buddhism to Catholicism, the Dutch to the Chinese and the British, explore the colonial heritage of the region. Explore the bustling streets of Chinatown and Little India in Singapore and Malacca's Dutch Square in Malaysia.
- 11 Days - Kota Kinabalu and Back
- Fly Tour from £3,199
Borneo's tropical rainforests and climate provide the perfect conditions for a huge variety of species to thrive, making this a paradise for nature-lovers. Head into mountainous landscapes and trek through forest in search of orangutan as well as numerous other remarkable creatures and incredible flora.
- 16 Days - Bangkok to Phnom Penh
- Tour Only from £4,051
The heritage of two ancient kingdoms are traced along this pilgrimage through Thailand and Cambodia. Visit the spiritual centre of Sukhothai, explore the ruins of Angkor Wat and embrace the effervescent energy of Phnom Penh - a city that has emerged from the past to recapture its reputation as the 'Pearl of Asia'.
Thailand is one of the most diverse destinations in Asia and its wide variety of places to see paired with overcrowding of tourists can make it an overwhelming country to explore. Thankfully, our tours offer the perfect way to experience Thailand’s exciting combination of culture, wildlife and tremendous landscapes.
Thailand’s cities including the dynamic capital of Bangkok are almost futuristic with towering sky-scrapers, award winning restaurants and fancy roof-top bars. The streets are full of energy and larger-than-life Buddha statues can be seen on every corner. Although the cities are flocked with tourists of every nationality, the intense Thai culture is still very present and the ever-smiling locals are generous and welcoming.
In between the hectic cities is a rural heartland with small farming villages, rice paddies, tropical rainforests and pretty mountain scenery. The many National Parks are the best place to immerse yourself in Thailand’s amazing nature; guided tours here may provide the opportunity to spot elephants, tigers and other wildlife.
Thailand also has an extraordinary coastline with jungle-topped islands, exquisite beaches and exciting activities ranging from diving with whale sharks to scaling the dramatic limestone cliffs. In fact, it is the white-sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters that attract many people to Thailand’s incredible coast.
Thailand’s history and deeply spirited culture is displayed in the many temples, shrines and historical monuments. The magnificent Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Arun in Bangkok are unmissable, the underground cave shrines in Kanchanaburi are fascinating to discover and the hilltop temples in Northern Thailand are certainly worth the hike. The Thai cuisine is adored around the world and showcases many aspects of the Thai culture.
Whether it is a three-course meal in a sleek restaurant or a quick bite from a street stall, the Thai cuisine is incredibly divine and relies on fresh, local ingredients such as powerful lemongrass, spicy chilies and delicious seafood. Like most countries, the culinary delights vary depending on the region but familiar favourites include pad Thai (fried rice noodles), spicy tom yum soup and massaman or penang curry.
The Malaysia peninsula stretches south from Thailand to Singapore and Indonesia and boasts superb beaches, pristine islands, vibrant cities and diverse cultures. The many National Parks are the best place to immerse yourself in Malaysia’s amazing nature; guided tours here allow you to trek among the most ancient ecosystems on earth. There may also be a chance to spot a foraging tapir, a silvered leaf monkey, or an orangutan swinging through the jungle canopy.
Highlights of Thailand
Thailand’s capital city is at the top of many people’s bucket list and rightly so; Bangkok is one of south-east Asia’s most fascinating city’s and has a captivating mix of tradition, culture and innovation. It is a city where state-of-the-art shopping malls sit beside 200-year old village houses and street-food carts are overlooked by fancy restaurants in cutting-edge skyscrapers. Bangkok is fast-paced with a dynamic nightlife but take a few steps away from the city centre and you will find traditional Thai culture. Visit the popular Khao San Road and venture to Phra Athit Road, a laidback haunt with live music venues and many eateries. Admire the elaborate architecture of the many famous temples such as Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun and explore the street markets which boast an enticing mix of smells, tastes, sounds and sights that you will not forget in a hurry.
Phuket is Thailand’s second-largest island yet is a world away from the bustling city of Bangkok. Phuket boasts a blossoming rainforest, an abundance of wildlife and stunning white-sand beaches. Venture into Phuket’s old town, the island’s cultural centre and admire the Sino-Portuguese architecture or relax on an idyllic beach surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Phuket is the perfect base for exploring Thailand's southwestern islands including Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Krabi. Sail east and witness the remarkable Phang Nga Bay, where sheer limestone karsts rise dramatically out of the water or journey North to the Khoa Sok National Park to get up close to the elephants and trek through a jungle teeming with wildlife.
Chiang Mai is the most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Also known as the ‘Rose of the North’, the city was once the capital of the La Na kingdom until it was brought down by a series of attacks carried out by Burmese armies. Chiang Mai’s interesting past can be seen within the ancient moats of the old city. As well as striking ancient temples, Chiang Mai boasts an outstanding landscape around the city which includes lush green countryside, pristine rainforests, tranquil waterfalls and peaceful tribal villages. The city has a relaxed-vibe and is the best place to soak up the Thai atmosphere.
Kanchanaburi has a lively city centre and wonderful views of the River Kwai but it is Kanchanaburi’s dark, intense history that awes visitors. The city’s war museums tell the harrowing story of the infamous, so-called ‘Death Railway’. During WWII, Japanese forces used Allied prisoners of war and conscripted Asian labourers to build a 258-mile rail route between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar) to transport army supplies. The terrible working and living conditions led to the deaths of around 13,000 POWs and 100,000 native labourers. Although it’s astonishing to learn about Kanchanaburi’s World War II history, there is much more to this year-round destination. Perhaps enjoy a bamboo raft journey along the River Kwai, explore the Khmer temple ruins or hit the shops at Gemstone village.
Sukhothai was the first independent Thai Kingdom and its name aptly means ‘Dawn of Happiness’. They city was founded in the 13th century and flourished from the mid-13th century to the late 14th century during a period known as the Golden Age of Thai civilisation. Sukhothai's dynasty lasted 200 years and had nine kings, the most famous was King Ramkhamhaeng who was credited with creating the Thai alphabet and is still greatly worshipped today. The main attraction in Sukhothai is the lovingly restored Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with superb temples and monuments which is located in a beautiful setting of pristine lawns, tranquil lakes and trees.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia’s dynamic capital city was once considered as a ‘stopover city’, today Kuala Lumpur is a feast for the senses boasting towering skyscrapers, historic colourful mosques, colonial architecture and delicious street food stalls. A city best explored on foot, Kuala Lumpur offers an abundance of attractions including the Lake Gardens, the National Mosque and Independence Square, the Masjid Jamek, Central Market, and the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers; the instantly recognisable symbol of the city. The icing on the cake has to be the friendly locals, who are always there to offer a kind hand and warm smile.
Malacca fascinating historic town centre boasts a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch, Islamic and Chinese architecture. Jonker Street in Malacca’s busy Chinatown, is the city’s most popular tourist hotspot and features antique shops and night markets. You may also want to visit the remarkable ruins of the A’Famosa fortress, built by the Portuguese and later taken by the Dutch. Malacca is quickly becoming an urban hub with a thriving art scene, yet it is the city’s intriguing history and heritage that draws flocks of tourists each yet. Cultural influences from the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British are still alive today.