With timeworn temples, great swathes of ancient rainforest, world-renowned cuisine, sublimely beautiful islands, and not forgetting a pulsating capital city, Thailand has secured its place as south-east Asia’s top travel destination. But it still holds plenty of surprises for those in the know.
See Thailand through the eyes of a local on a tailor-made trip covering lesser-known places and taking a deeper look at this colourful and beautiful country’s highlights. Master a Thai curry in the culinary capital of Chiang Mai, hike to the hill tribe villages of the Golden Triangle, go on an elephant trek to secret waterfalls or cycle around the man-made marvels of ancient Siam. With exotic experiences and sensory delights at every turn, a little insider knowledge goes a long way.
Mam was an exceptional guide. She has excellent English skills and is always trying to learn.
Mr Siddhi is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, kind courteous and pleasant. We enjoyed our time with him and felt very safe.
Great experience – thank you for a memorable trip in Bangkok! ?
Sunny was fantastic, great guide and not only knowledgeable but FUNNY! He would be a reason for us to come back!
Great travel agents, made our holiday
Great travel agents, made our holiday unforgettable.
The Guides were knowledgeable & made great suggestions
We had a spectacular holiday organised by Insider Places to Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. A varied experience of culture, nature, city craziness and relaxation. The local agents understood our brief perfectly and organised an itinerary that offered the mix we were looking for starting in Luang Prebang, routing through Siem Riep, then onto Phuket for … Read more "The Guides were knowledgeable & made great suggestions"
- Be swept up in the sights, sounds and smells of eclectic and hectic Bangkok, visiting its jostling markets, temples and waterways
- Explore world heritage-listed Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Siam strewn with stone shrines and the ruins of Buddhist temples
- Visit Thailand’s cultural centre of Chiang Mai famous for its authenticity, food and nearby rainforests, national parks and elephant sanctuaries
- Venture to colourful hill tribe villages of the Golden Triangle on northern Thailand’s mist-shrouded green slopes
- Cycle around the atmospheric classical Thai city of Sukhothai with its age-old stupas, terraces, lily ponds and lakes
- Hop around the idyllic islands of the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea to find your very own slice of pristine paradise
Explore a trio of exotic markets
Get an inside look at Thailand’s weird and wonderful markets from the famous floating markets where business is done by boat to the railway market where stalls line the train tracks.
Master an authentic Thai curry
Visit an organic family farm in Thailand’s culinary capital of Chiang Mai to master the art of cooking a delicious Thai curry, sourcing local ingredients and tucking into the finished dishes.
Fly over magical Phang Nga Bay
Take a helicopter ride over the almost-mythical landscape of Phang Nga Bay studded with limestone pinnacles and secret beaches.
Dine at a top chef’s table
Join Bangkok’s most sought-after chefs in the kitchen of the Blue Elephant where they’ll rustle you up a personalised meal and show you how to recreate it yourself.
See Bangkok from the sky
Soar over the bustling metropolis of Bangkok in a helicopter to get a bird’s-eye view of its skyscrapers, stunning monuments and old districts cut through by the snaking Chao Phraya river.
Experience Bangkok’s food scene by night
Treat your taste buds to a night out around Bangkok’s best rooftop bars, restaurants, nightspots and street food stalls, hand-picked by a local expert.
Take an antique cruise through the capital
Soak up the sights of downtown Bangkok while gliding along the river on a handsome antique rice barge and savouring a gourmet Thai meal.