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Intoxicating, sumptuous — these words don’t do Bangkok justice. A gleaming, chaotic metropolis with a gentle soul, Bangkok is the highlight of ambitious Thailand. Make your way through traffic-tangled streets, past colossal Buddhas and lavish temples, to serene sanctuaries and appetizing local eateries. Spend the late afternoon on Chao Phraya River and cool down with drinks in the shade.

Local expertise means you have the freedom to discover more for less, because our Bangkok tour and travel agency has all the insider tips to guide you through this mercurial capital. Create your own tailored Bangkok holiday, and discover what Thailand is for yourself, your way.

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Imagine yourself on a walking tour of Bangkok’s gorgeous royal palace grounds, or ducking out of traffic for a boat trip to a floating fruit market. Hop around from temple to temple, visit longstanding local artisan workshops, or scour the frenzied streets while enjoying Bangkok’s delicious, inventive street cuisine. You can even take a cooking class.

Bang Kao Chao, a protected sanctuary of lush shade, across the river is a great escape for fresh air. Rent a bike while you’re at it. But Bangkok is also a city of luxury. While away the afternoon on a lazy river cruise, or get a much-needed Thai massage at a spa. Watch the sunset from the privileged view of a riverside bistro.


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  • I could summarize our vacation in one word: “FANTASTIC”! The superior quality is a tribute to your thoughtful recommendations and perfect arrangements.

    Mr. Yanne Kuperman (Thailand, Mar 2015)

  • How can I begin to thank you. We returned today from a simply wonderful 4 days in Bangkok. The sites and meals you arranged for us were all excellent.

    Bella & Kevin Collins (Thailand, March 2013)

  • The overall experience and itinerary was very good. The guide and the service made the experience special and unique, very polite and professional, smiling all the time.

    Mr. Wolfgang Krueger (Thailand, Jan 2014)

  • We had a great trip and thoroughly enjoyed our time in Thailand! Really appreciate all your coordination. All the guides were wonderful and full of knowledge about the region and the customs.

    Ms. Andrea Jimenez (Thailand, Jan 2015)

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Some Questions

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Get expert tips on what to see, do, and eat on your bespoke Bangkok vacation, and see our answers to FAQs. Though Bangkok is relatively easy to navigate thanks to its prominence in tourism, being informed is paramount to being a respectful visitor to the Kingdom of Thailand.

Citizens of most countries can enter Thailand without a visa and are allowed a 30-day stay. If you are arriving overland, however, you may only be issued a 14-day visa, depending on your citizenship. The exceptions are citizens of the G7 nations—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US. Check the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the full details of your country’s visa agreement with Thailand.

Thailand, like many of its Southeast Asian neighbors, has two seasons: dry and wet. The most beautiful weather typically occurs between November and April, when conditions are dry and pleasant. Meanwhile, the Thai monsoon season lasts from May to October. In the higher altitudes in Northern Thailand, nighttime can be a bit chilly in December and January, with temperatures hitting lows of roughly 13 degrees Celsius (about 55 degrees Fahrenheit).

If you’re planning a beach vacation in Thailand, you should know that monsoon seasons hits the west and east coasts of Southern Thailand at different times. From about May to September, rains lash the Andaman Coast (the western side that is home to Phuket and Krabi). However, the monsoon season comes a little later to the eastern side, to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and the beaches of the Gulf of Thailand. Here, the monsoon season starts around July and peaks in October or November.

We think the best time to go to Thailand is November through January, when it’s sunny with blue skies and humidity is at its lowest. This is, however, peak season, which brings an increase in both crowds and prices. But, to be honest, there’s no ‘bad’ time to come to Thailand because the weather varies from region to region, and there’s an opportunity to relax, discover, or be amazed in Thailand year-round. Contact one of our locally based Travel Specialists to create a tailor-made Thailand tour that matches your timeframe and criteria perfectly.

If you’d like to see Thailand off the beaten path, you’ve come to the right place. Our locally based Travel Specialists have expert knowledge on experiencing Thailand like a local. Aside from guided tours of the rugged, remote, and pristine regions of Thailand, such as the lovely mountain town of Mae Hong Song, you can go off the beaten path—literally—with off-road tours in Thailand’s northern hills. Or how about driving yourself through the Golden Triangle or paddling through the Thai Peninsula alongside pink dolphins? We at Backyard Travel also offer private hill tribe tours in Thailand, boat tours, and culinary tours to take you off the usual tourist trail and bringing you face to face with all the experiences and tastes of Thailand. Contact one of our Thailand-based Travel Specialists who can customize a Thailand tour that meets all of your specifications.

There are so many reasons why Thailand is one of the top travel destinations in the world, but one of them must certainly be its family-friendliness. Aside from Thailand’s dazzling temples, pristine beaches, and friendly people (this is the “Land of Smiles” after all), Thailand is also safe with great infrastructure. Not only will you never run out of things to see and do, but you will also feel safe while you travel. For ideas and inspirations on a family vacation in Thailand, check out our Thailand Family Tours, above.

You can purchase a local Thai SIM card with 3G and 4G pretty much everywhere. They are available at major airports, phone shops, mobile service providers, and even 7-Eleven. Top-up credit for some providers can be bought at many big-box stores and convenience stores, including 7-Eleven, Family Mart, BigC, and Tesco.

Thailand is home to a veritable hit list of the world’s best beaches and islands. Phuket, Krabi, and Ko Samui are some of the well-known names, but this sunny country also offers quieter beaches that eschew the party crowds and are all about relaxation. Charming and laid-back Koh Kood, Koh Phangan, Koh Yai Noi and Khao Lak all allow you to escape the crowds while offering a choice of great hotels. If you’d like to do some beach camping, head to Koh Surin, one of the most remote of the Thai islands, where you may rub shoulders with the Moken people, Thailand’s enigmatic ‘sea nomads.’

Credit cards are widely accepted in Thailand, but you should be prepared to pay with cash if traveling to remote areas. ATMs for withdrawing Thai baht are available at major airports, shopping centers, hotels and almost all provincial areas. You’ll also find that exchange counters are common in tourist hubs and urban areas.

We love Thai food, and we think you will too. There’s so much more to authentic Thai food than phad thai! Try ka prao, a national dish where pork or chicken is stir-fried in a flash with holy basil and chilies. Served with a fried egg (khai dao) on a bed of rice, Thais love this satisfying dish with bold flavors. Som tam, a green mango or papaya salad, is another must-try and Thai staple. This can be made to your specifications with shrimp, crab, extra chilies, or mild with extra peanuts. It’s goes excellent with grilled chicken, or gai yang.

The Thai people have a wonderful sense of harmonizing flavors, using sweet, salty, sour, and spicy to varying degrees to create dishes that are mouthwatering and never boring. Thais also respect personal preference and always offer an array of spices, chilies, sugar, and condiments so you can doctor each dish exactly to your liking. Thai food can be very spicy, however, so make sure to request mai phet, or ‘not spicy,’ if you know you won’t be able to handle the heat.

We recommend tipping your Thai tour guide and driver as you would in most other Asian countries. A good amount to tip your guide is 150 baht (US$5) per person per day, and for your driver, 100 (US$3) baht per person per day. If you’d like to tip your taxi driver or wait staff, you can round your bill up to the nearest 50 baht, or leave roughly 10 to 15% of the total bill. This won’t be expected but appreciated.

Thailand has some of the best hotel destinations in the world, and at a great value. You’ll be spoiled for choice, from 5-star design hotels in Bangkok and boutique mountain resorts in Chiang Mai to quaint riverside inns and beach bungalows on Phuket. Due to some of the world’s most spectacular resorts at the most unforgettable places, such as the crescent beaches and turquoise, crystal waters of Krabi, Thailand honeymoons are also very popular. No matter what locale and style of accommodation you choose, the service in Thailand is usually outstanding, and you can expect Wi-Fi at all major hotels, and even at some that are off the beaten path.

Before you travel to Thailand, you should be up to date on all your routine vaccinations, which may include MMR, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid, depending on the instructions of your family doctor. You’ll also need a Yellow Fever vaccine if you are coming from a country with the risk of Yellow Fever (some parts of South America and Africa). Malaria is present in the rural parts of Thailand, so you may want to speak to your physician about anti-malarials if you plant to venture into rural areas. We always recommend having comprehensive travel insurance that covers the cost of medical evacuation when traveling in Asia. Check your government’s travel advisory for Thailand for the most up-to-date information.

Thailand is a kingdom, and the Thai people are deeply reverent of their monarchs, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. You will see images of the king and queen everywhere. Please show proper respect for these royal figures and never speak badly about the monarchy. Thailand has strict lèse majesté laws that also apply to foreigners.

The Thai people are very respectful of other cultures. We at Backyard Travel like to reciprocate by greeting people with the traditional Thai greeting, the wai. To properly wai, put your two hands together over your heart and slightly bow your head as you greet the other person. You can combine this with the Thai word for “hello,” sawadee. If you are a woman, add khaa to the end to make sawadeekhaa. If you are a man, add khap to the end to make sawadeekhap. Do this and most Thais will appreciate that you are making an effort to learn their culture.

Dress modestly and respectfully. Cover any bare skin from the shoulders to the knees, especially when entering places of worship. Take off your shoes before entering somebody’s home.

Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

Religious iconography is everywhere in Thailand in the form of chedi (a type of stupa), temples, and spirit houses. Always show respect for these religious objects by avoiding sitting or posing in front of them. Please also ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

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Sights & Experiences

Want to learn about Thai cuisine? What about a river cruise? Browse our blog for insider recommendations. You have all the freedom to do and see what you want on your tailormade Bangkok holiday

 

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Bangkok is the political, economic, and cultural heart of Thailand. While this frenetic city can seem overwhelming, a tailormade Bangkok holiday with Backyard Travel will give you the local perspective to discover the hidden details of this graceful, glamorous, and sometimes even garish capital.

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CHARACTER

Probing, playful, easy-going. Bangkok’s residents are as energetic as the city they inhabit, but they are also gentle and respectful. Consistent with usual Thai character, they are quite happy-go-lucky.

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CLIMATE

Bangkok’s climate is tropical and warm year-round. October to February is the ideal time to visit, as the weather is cooler, and heat and humidity are low. April and May are the hottest months.

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ENTERTAINMENT

From luxury spas, mega-malls, and trend-setting clubs to traditional Kohn theatre, ladyboy shows, and after-dark shopping, your tailormade Bangkok vacation will be everything but dull. Rooftop and riverside bars abound.

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CULTURE

Don’t make jokes about the king! Bangkok holds fiercely to its traditional culture. From Buddhist devotion to unwaveringly solemn respect for the monarchy, this city takes tradition seriously.

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LANGUAGE

Thai is spoken by the vast majority of Bangkok’s people. Foreign languages and minority dialects, like Teochew, can be heard in ethnic neighborhoods. Basic English is also often spoken. Mandarin is common.

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HISTORY

Walk around the old city. Bangkok has been Thailand’s capital since the late 18th century. While Siam’s kings fended off European powers, they filled the royal city with grand monuments to Thailand’s cultural and political independence.

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Meet the Thailand Team

Our Thailand team knows the ins and outs because we live here. You’ll see the Royal Palace and the usual highlights, but Backyard’s bespoke Bangkok tours will give more. We’ll give you what your travels have been missing — the local touch.

Pornsurang ’Aey’ Siriwandee

Thailand Travel Specialist

I fell in love with tourism when I was at university. I have since travelled to most provinces in Thailand and discovered incredible places and cultures.

Pimkamol Chaowalit

Thailand Travel Specialist

I realized my passion for travel as a child. My father was a miner and his job took us to remote parts of Thailand. The area I will always remember is Mae Hong Son.

Nhong Nualnil

Thailand Tour Specialist

Travel is about experiencing new things. I have realized the best way to discover yourself is from the things you’ve seen and experienced.



Talk to us about Your Holiday

Our advantage lies in having local expertise to create unique, bespoke tours. Whether you’re looking to cruise down Asia’s tranquil rivers, bike the peaceful rural roads, or eat at bustling night markets, Backyard Travel’s in-country Travel Specialists can plan your ideal trip. Send us a message about your ideas, and we'll send you our best suggestions.


 

 

 

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