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.

Our tours from Bangkok

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Highlights of our trips from Bangkok

A smiling street food vendor in Bangkok, Thailand

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.

A tuk tuk in Bangkok, Thailand

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!

A tuk tuk entering the Angkor complex through an archway

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.

Damnoen Saduak floating market in Thailand

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.

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Thailand FAQs

Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

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.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy

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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