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Thailand

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Thailand doesn’t stop at bustling Bangkok markets and a hammock on the beach. Behind the beachside bungalows and luxury spa retreats, you’ll find snapshots of Thai life with aromatic street vendors, tuk tuks, junglestrewn temples and giant Buddhas.

When to Visit Thailand

Thailand is hot all year round but it does experience some pretty awesome thunderstorms, particularly in the rainy season. The main rainy season falls between May and October (although it can rain at any time of the year!) but don't let this put you off. The downpours are usually short and sharp and the scenery can be pretty spectacular - plus you'll bag yourself some sweet deals on accommodation and flights if you go during off-peak times. However, the rain can make getting around a little bit trickier so bear this in mind if you're short on time. Mind you, being stranded on a paradise Thai island for an extra day or two isn't the worst thing in the world...

How to get there

Getting to Thailand is pretty easy, with regular flights to and from most major airports. Return fares, one-ways, student tickets...you name, we got it! Search below to find the cheapest flights to Bangkok, Phuket and more with exclusive fares for students and those under 26.

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Getting Around

For the independent and indecisive amongst you, flexible hop-on hop-off bus passes are a great way to see Asia on the cheap. No matter how far you want to travel, a bus pass will take you anywhere you want to go, even to off the beaten track places that aren't on a map! Plus, you'll meet loads of like-minded travel buddies. No being tied to dates, times or bed posts - just flexible adventures.

Hop on hop off bus passes

If you want to explore, discover new things, meet new people and have an awesome time doing it, you'll want the freedom and independence to make your own decisions and travel on your own terms. Our Asia hop-on hop-off bus passes and flexi tours are designed to give you the ultimate in freedom and flextibility - you're in control of your own adventure.

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Top Places to Visit

Take a step back as Thailand throws everything it's got at you; friendly people, sacred sites from days gone by and the best beaches...oh, the beaches *sigh*. Laze on pure white sands and dunk yourself in sparkling blue seas on the Thai Islands, explore Chiang Mai or bag yourself a bargain at a Bangkok market...

BANGKOK

Energy-consuming, humid, heaving, chattering with beeping horns, whooshing tuk tuks and rowdy street markets; this is Thailand's capital. You'll either love it or hate it. Be mesmerised by the unrelenting traffic, glitzy MBK Mall, resplendent Grand Palace and 5.5-ton Golden Buddha. Eat pad thai, listen to live reggae at a rooftop bar, then get haggling for a pair of bright orange cheap Ray-Bans.

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Chiang Mai

Welcome to the rolling green foothills, sacred temples and lush landscapes of Northern Thailand. Wander through the bustling night bazaar and jam to live music in one of Chiang Mai's many bars then head for the hills where you'll hike through remote villages and learn the secrets to jungle survival.

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Koh Tao

The cashew-shaped isle of Koh Tao undisputedly offers some of the best and cheapest diving on the Gulf of Thailand. Grab your flippers and snorkel on Shark Bay (they're harmless black-tip reef sharks) or throw yourself in the deep end and try wreck diving to discover World War II submarines and battleships. You'll be in no hurry to leave this small but perfectly formed former pirates' hideout.

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Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi is probably the most iconic, picture-postcard image of Thailand, catapulted into notoriety by box office hit 'The Beach'. Limestone cliffs, aquamarine waters and glinting white sands, the six-island archipelago is easily accessible by boat from Phuket. Get up close with hoards of monkeys on Monkey Island and camp overnight on Maya Bay. Bliss!

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Top Thailand Experiences

Don't spend all your time in a Bangkok bar or stuck on an island beach. While both are understandably vital to many who visit this beautiful country, there's also a lot more to see here. Hike through thick jungle and gleaming rice paddies in the northern mountains and learn first-hand about life in a hill tribe, learn how to cook up mouth-watering Thai cuisine or sail the high seas in a catamaran. Check out our top Thailand experiences below...

Sailing Thailand

Get out there and island hop from one idyllic Thai island to the next! This mesmerising corner of Asia is brimming with sublime rays, rugged landscapes, mouth-watering Thai cuise and azure snorkelling hotspots. Anchor up under the stars at these well-known and off-the-radar islands in a catamaran, complete with an experienced skipper. Prepare to enjoy a little slice of paradise!

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HILLTRIBES TREK

Head off into the hills of northern Thailand. Spend your nights in traditional bamboo huts listening to the soothing sounds of the jungle and your days trekking, meeting indigenous tribes and cooling off in tumbling waterfalls.

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Beach Parties

Thailand is famous for it's raucous Full Moon parties. Join thousands of ravers in garishly coloured neon paint, swigging Sangsom buckets, watching fire skipping and dancing to international DJs. Although the full moon party is the big one, make sure you check out the black moon and half-moon parties too. They're smaller and have a friendlier vibe than their hugely popular neighbour.

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Scuba Diving

For those who are already qualified to scuba dive and just want to get stuck in the fun right away, this is your trip! No course, no test, no pressure - just lots of incredible moments under the sea, exploring the fish-filled waters of Thailand.

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DISCOVER

Elephant Hills Experience

2 Days from $409per person twin share

Pick up from hotels in Phuket, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani or Koh Samui and transfer to Khao Sok for an unforgettable Elephant Hills Jungle Safari. Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp combining the camp idea of African national parks with the Thai tropical forest environment. You'll get close to and experience hands on these magnificent animals. All transfers, meals and accommodation included.

Thailand and Beyond

If you've packed in the day job to embark on a journey of complex self-analysis, or if you've just got a little more time on your hands, there are some great volunteering opportunities in Thailand, including volunteering with elephants. If you've fallen head over heels for Southeast Asia, why not extend your trip to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos or beyond? We've got Southeast Asia adventure tours for those short on time and money. You'll meet loads of like-minded travellers and have access to bags of insider knowledge, so you don't miss a thing.

Volunteer with elephants

Set in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, this project offers a peaceful home for more than 30 neglected and abused elephants.. You will treat and feed residents on-site as well as learn how they communicate and make friends. The best part of the day is bathing them in the river!

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Asia Adventure Tours

These fun trips will have you (and your new best mates) ticking off Asia's must-see highlights - from bustling cities to stunning beaches, you'll meet like-minded folk and get access to bags of insider knowledge from our expert local guides, so you don't miss a thing!

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