Get ready to be bewitched by Bangkok.
It might be an established destination on the backpacker trail, but with glistening golden temples, floating markets, trendy rooftop bars and a sizzling street food scene, Bangkok continues to intrigue travellers of all kinds. Whether you want to go on a cultural odyssey to northern Thailand, cross the border to laid-back Laos or continue your Southeast Asian adventure in Cambodia and Vietnam, any journey that begins in Bangkok is bound to be one for the books.
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Highlights of our trips from Bangkok
Tuck into street food
One of the best ways to explore Bangkok is with your senses. Follow your nose down hidden backstreets, and don't be shy to approach a street vendor cooking up an intriguing dish. You might've tried pad thai and green curry, but there's so much more to dig into. Slurp bowls of tom yum goong (hot and sour soup), chomp on som tam (green papaya salad) and savour the blissful taste of mango sticky rice.
Ride a tuk tuk
You could just watch torrents of colourful tuk tuks splutter by, but that would be no fun. Plus, it's one of the easiest ways to get from A to B. Tuk tuks are part of everyday life in Thailand and you'll see locals using them for grocery shopping, taking kids to school and just about everything else. Hopping into one of these three-wheeled rickshaws is an adventure in itself. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Explore the Angkor complex
After soaking up the sights, smells and tastes of Bangkok, enjoy a scenic drive to Siem Reap to tick the world-famous Angkor complex off your bucket list. This ancient temple complex was built between the ninth and 13th centuries during the Khmer era and is shrouded in mystery. Watch in awe as the sun rises over Angkor Wat, take part in an ancient ritual with a monk and marvel at how nature has taken over Ta Prohm.
Visit a floating market
Bangkok is packed with markets, but for a unique experience head to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market on the outskirts of the city. The narrow canals are full of colourful, bobbing boats selling all sorts – from tropical fruits and sweet snacks to delicious hot meals made to order. It's quite amazing when you see how the vendors can whip up so many mouthwatering dishes on these tiny wooden boats.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Some foreign nationals do not require a visa to enter Thailand if the stay is for less than 30 days, while other foreign nationals will require a visa. It's important that you visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months after your arrival date in Thailand and should have a few blank pages left for a new stamp.
Thailand's climate is generally hot, humid and at times (like other South-East Asian countries) monsoonal. The seasons differ from coast to coast, so depending on which areas you're visiting, the weather can vary.
Thailand's north, east and west are great to visit from November to February, when the weather is cooler and dryer. If heading south, it's best to travel from January to April as these months provide conditions optimal for diving and snorkelling. This is peak time, however, so be aware that popular places like Chiang Mai, Ko Samui and Phuket can get particularly busy. It can also get quite busy from July to August as it's the northern hemisphere school holidays.
The monsoon season is from July to November, so it can get quite wet and the weather may be uncomfortably hot and humid for those who aren't accustomed to it. Yet travelling during this time can provide a different picture of Thailand, and is generally a less crowded time of year. March to June is less wet but is the hottest time in terms of temperatures. If you don't mind the heat then this can be a good time to go on holiday to Thailand to avoid the crowds.
Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Thailand. Avoid drinks with ice and make sure to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel can tell you where to find filtered water.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Tipping isn’t customary in Thailand, but feel free to leave restaurants, driver or service workers a small tip if the service has been particularly good. It’s always appreciated.
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