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Best Thailand tours for 2020

We've cherry-picked the top tour companies and itineraries to take you around Thailand.


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Longo tail boats pulling up to beach in Thailand

The list of sights and experiences to enjoy in Thailand is a long as the Mekong. In the north there are floating markets and glinting temples while the south holds castaway beaches and bays dotted with longtail boats.

Want to see and do it all? We’ve whittled down the list of tour companies and itineraries so we can provide you with a succinct guide to some of the best options for your Thailand adventure.

Our top Thailand tour companies

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1. Contiki

“No regrets” is the sentiment behind Contiki’s tours for 18-35 year olds. In Thailand it themes its itineraries around discovery, in-depth exploring, and sailing, cruise and beach trips.

  • Best for: Backpackers and tight budgets
  • Cost: Budget to mid-range
  • Our favourite itinerary: See Thailand’s lesser-explored north with its jungles, night markets and historical sites on Contiki’s Northern Thai Highlights trip.

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2. G Adventures

G Adventures also offers Thailand itineraries for 18-35s, but in addition has options that are tailored to families and more mature travellers, as well as people who have a particular interest in nature.

  • Best for: Backpackers, small group tours
  • Cost: Mid-range
  • Our favourite itinerary: Thailand on a Shoestring gives you 15 days worth of sightseeing for less than $1,500.

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3. Gate1 Travel

Hop onto a wide range of classic, small group and luxury tours for as little as $109 a day. There’s also the option to package your tour with flights, so you can organise your whole trip in one go.

  • Best for: Families and small groups
  • Cost: Low to mid-range
  • Our favourite itinerary: The 15-day Classic Tour with Phuket visits all the major hotspots, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket.

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4. Enduro Tours Thailand

Here’s a different way to experience Thailand: Enduro Tours’ idea of seeing the sights is to hop on a dirt bike and scream down dirt bike tracks in rural areas. It’s the perfect option for the more extreme type of traveller.

  • Best for: Active tours
  • Cost: High-end. Includes bike hire, insurance, petrol, accommodation and guide.
  • Our favourite itinerary: The Enduro 6 Day Tour is a classic trip open to riders of mixed skills and fitness levels. It starts and ends in Chiang Mai and zooms through areas such as Mae Chaem, Pai and Chiang Dao.

Popular Thailand tour routes

Thai beaches (Phuket – Krabi – Phi Phi Islands)

Bake and bronze your way around southern Thailand, visiting the good-time resort of Phuket, slightly more laid-back Krabi, and dead ringers for paradise, the Phi Phi Islands.

Bangkok – Chiang Mai

Base yourself in two of the country’s most popular cities, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and tick off Thailand’s capital, the ancient capital of Ayuthaya, the temples of Chiang Mai and the moving Kanchanaburi, home to the Bridge over the River Kwai.

The Full Moon route (Bangkok – Koh Pha-Ngan)

“Play hard and pamper” is the mantra of tours that follow the full moon route from Bangkok to Koh Pha-Ngan, where travellers get to take part in one of Thailand’s famous Full Moon parties.

How long do I need in Thailand?

If you’re pushed for time, you can get a taste for Thailand in five days.

Ideally, you need 8 to 12 days in the country, especially if you want to pick and mix the sights of the north and south in the same trip.

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