Thailand Tours: Cultural City Sprints to Sandy Beaches!

Thailand tours have so much to offer – fascinating culture and art, interesting architecture, scintillating nightlife and some of the world’s most delectable cuisine.

A fiercely guarded spirit of independence ensured that Thailand resisted colonization throughout the ages and, to this day, the country has retained its spirit and warmth!

Explore hamlets and streets filled with friendly faces, and gilded temples and monasteries resounding with chants. Equally enthralling are the seemingly endless stretches of white-sand beaches and rugged mountain trails.

For the adventurous in spirit, one our private trips to Thailand are a must!


 History of Thailand

Thailand was home to some of the oldest inhabitants in the world – agriculturalists who lived in the fertile Mekong valley. Our private Thailand tours take you deep into the verdant valley, which is one of the largest producers of rice in the world!

The population of Thailand migrated from China between 10th and 14th century AD and the Khmer kingdom, on the border of present-day Cambodia, influenced the culture, art and architecture of Thailand considerably.

Several dynasties ruled Thailand between the 14th and 18th centuries and in the 19th century, the country appointed westerners to advise the court.

In 1939, the country changed its name from Siam to Thailand, meaning Land of the Free – a resounding philosophy evident during Thailand tours!

After the second World War ended, Japanese supporters assassinated the king and went on to control the country for the next two decades. Between the 1970s and 1990s, Thailand saw a series of political upheavals.

The financial crisis of 1997 opened the country’s eyes to its destabilized economy and economic reforms were finally implemented.

Until recently, Thailand has charted through difficult waters – from the unrest in the South to the devastating tsunami of 2004, and the continuous dispute with neighboring Cambodia over Angkor Wat.

Today, peace talks have restored harmony and Thailand tours have flourished.

 Thailand's Culture

Our Thailand tours offer you real adventure and relaxation with a heady mix of glistening temples, amazing festivals, gorgeous tropical islands, delectable food and friendly people.

As you travel in Thailand, you will discover a nation that is slowly transforming into a developed country from a developing one, while maintaining its rich and distinct heritage and culture.

Thai people are generally very relaxed and tolerant, and they believe in being happy and having fun – the word ‘sanuk’, which roughly translates to the French notion of joie de vivre, is central to the Thais’ philosophy of life!

You will find that religion is a powerful aspect of Thai culture and about 90% of the people follow Theravada Buddhism.

Thai is the official language of the country. Although English is a mandatory subject in schools, the number of fluent English-speakers is limited to the urban areas.

Thai people don’t normally shake hands but respectfully greet one another with the traditional wai by folding their palms together.

Top Thailand Travel Tips – Culture:

  • During one of our Thailand tours, avoid touching people on the head and do not point to your feet at people or an object as this is considered very rude.
  • Remove your shoes before entering a private residence and do avoid public displays of affection.

 Thai Cuisine

Thailand is believed to be a paradise for gourmets as it has no restrictions in terms of food.

The traditional cuisine of Thailand is a beautiful balance of sweet and spicy flavors, and includes everything from grilled meat and stir fries to delicious soups and salads that literally melt in your mouth.

You will find that rice is nearly inescapable during our Thailand tours! It is a staple part of the diet and available in two varieties – the standard white type or the glutinous sticky rice, which is rolled in balls and eaten mostly in the northeastern parts.

Thai people enjoy a variety of tropical fruits and coconut. Coconut milk is very popular.

Streetside vendors are popular for grilled satays and other delicious varieties of meat.

Typical regional Thai food that you can enjoy during one of our private Thailand tours include:

  • Khao Thom: a rice porridge
  • Tom Yum: a spicy and sour soup
  • Kaeng Phet: the ever-popular spicy Thai red curry
  • Pad Thai: fried rice noodles
  • Khao Niew Mamuang: mango sticky rice

Feel free to indulge yourself at any one of the celebrated restaurants in the country, and especially in Bangkok, duringour bespoke Thailand tours.

 Climate of Thailand

Thailand has a warm tropical climate high in both temperature and humidity.

The best time for taking one of our Thailand tours is the cool season from November to end of February during which the maximum temperature is 30-35°C / 85-95°F and the humidity is at its lowest between 50% – 60%. It is also the season for several major Thai festivals like the Loi Krathong.

The summers (March till May) are very hot with temperatures soaring well over 40°C/105°F. It is perfect for a visit to the northern provinces, but North-Eastern and Central Thailand tours are best avoided during this period.

The monsoons arrive in June and this season continues till the end of October (probably the wettest month).

The rainy season is considered to be the best time to visit the islands in the south. July and August are often referred to as being the second peak season after winter (November till February end).

The least popular months for Thailand tours are April to June and September to October.

Central (Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai):

  • Most Enchanting: October – March
  • Quite Enchanting: April – June
  • Rainy season: July to October. Take an umbrella and be prepared to change plans depending on weather.

North (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai):

  • Most Enchanting: March
  • Quite Enchanting: April– June; November
  • Rainy Season: July – October. Take an umbrella and be prepared to change plans depending on weather.
  • From December – February the weather is cold and wet, not the kind of weather you might associate with Thailand! Take layers of clothing including a warm jacket, socks and a light woolen cap.

Upper Gulf of Siam (Hua-Hin):

  • Most Enchanting: October – May
  • Rainy season: June – September. Travel is not recommended.

Lower Gulf of Siam (Koh Samui):

  • Most Enchanting: May – September
  • Quite Enchanting: January – April
  • Rainy Season: October – December. Travel is not recommended.

Andaman Coast (Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samet, Khao Lak):

  • Most Enchanting: December – March
  • Quite Enchanting: April; October- November
  • Rainy Season: May – September


The Enchanting Travels team is happy to help you plan your private and tailor-made Thailand tours. 

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