Thailand – It Begins with the People

From exotic wildlife, remote hill tribes and fantastic trekking opportunities to spectacular islands and white sandy beaches, Thailand offers a plethora of activities and things to do.

Add a fascinating history, a unique culture, sumptuous Thai food and world-class massage and spa facilities, and it’s easy to understand why so many people of all ages keep returning again and again.

Featured tours and flavours of Thailand

Wendy Wu Tours

From Laos to China

On this epic adventure along the upper reaches of the Mekong River, participants will pass through the beauty of Laos, Thailand, explore the rich and varied culture of Myanmar (Burma), before venturing into the dramatic landscapes of China’s Yunnan province. Highlights include the former Royal City of Luang Prabang; Pak Ou Caves and Nam Ou River to Pak Beng; an opportunity to visit Thailand’s infamous Golden Triangle and travel along the Old Mandalay Road in Burma.

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Grasshopper Adventures

Bangkok to Samui for Families

Cycling is a great way to connect Bangkok and the beaches of Thailand. Over five days, this trip connects Bangkok to Koh Samui and the other gulf islands by the way of back roads and trails. Stopping at smaller towns and villages you may never have heard of, but where lovely beaches and comfortable, boutique hotels await. Gentle breezes, great food and activities off the bike, make for an educational, healthy holiday that is suitable for families and kids of all ages.

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Real Food Adventure – Thailand

This food adventure is a culinary journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. It is an adventure in flavour where participants will experience the fresh aromas and spices of the Thai kitchen; explore bustling markets and taste exotic fruits and aromatic dishes whipped up in front of your eyes. It is also a great opportunity to learn the trick behind making palm sugar, whip up a jungle curry in Kanchanaburi, sit down to a Khantohk feast and enjoy home cooking with a family in Chiang Mai.

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  • The Mekong River boasts the world’s largest inland fishery, accounting for up to 25 percent of the global freshwater catch. –World Wildlife Fund

  • At least 1,100 freshwater species swim the waters of the Mekong River – including the last remaining populations of the Irrawaddy dolphin, giant freshwater stingray, and the Mekong giant catfish.–World Wildlife Fund

  • The Greater Mekong region is home to more than 300 million people from nearly 100 distinct ethnic groups.–World Wildlife Fund

  • The Mekong giant catfish can weigh up to 770 pounds and is the third largest freshwater fish on the planet.–World Wildlife Fund

  • Often called ‘the Asian unicorn’, the enigmatic saola are found only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos.–World Wildlife Fund


Thailand at a glance:

Official Name: Kingdom of Thailand
Capital: Bangkok – population 9.27 million (est 2015)
Population: 68 million (est 2015)
Area: 513,120 sq km
Language: Thai
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
Time zone: GMT+7 (Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta)
Dialling code: +66
National Animal: Thai Elephant (Chang Thai)

Sights and popular places:

Bustling Bangkok – Vibrant street life, pagodas, temples, food and shopping
Islands and Beaches – Scuba diving, snorkelling and sensational white sandy beaches
Chang Mai and Chang Rai –  Handicrafts, culture and trekking
Thai food and contemporary cooking – Creamy curries and succulent seafood

Reading up on Thailand – books for the backpack

We believe reading up a little bit on the destination before, during or after you travel not only makes you understand the destination better, but it can also enhance the overall travel experience. Therefore, we have compiled a selection of books and recommended reading you might find useful when planning a trip to amazing Thailand.

Amazing Thailand

Volunteering and Responsible Travel

Southeast Asian street food

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