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Thailand Travel Guide

Colourful Bangkok markets, serene and peaceful island hideaways, misty mountains ripe for trekking, and crazy parties on moonlit beaches in Phuket, Thailand has something to suit every traveller. Whether you're a culture vulture, a food fanatic, or a beach bum, we urge you to start your Asian love affair here.
languages icon LANGUAGES
Thai is the official language
of Thailand, but English,
is also widely spoken.
currency icon CURRENCY
Thai Baht (THB)
time zone icon TIME ZONE
UTC + 07:00, which means
Thailand is 3 hours behind
Sydney and Melbourne
and one hour ahead of Perth.

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Northern Thai Highlights

Venturing into this part of the world sees you explore bustling cities and picturesque highlands. Expect to see a side to Thailand that most of people miss, like staying overnight in a floating jungle raft, learning to cook the local cuisine like a pro, basking in the gilded Grand Palace, and eating your way around the Pai night markets. 
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Sailing Thailand - Ko Phi Phi to Phuket

The perfect add-on to any Thailand adventure, this four-day sailing trip allows you to escape the crowds, tucking into hidden bays and pristine beaches on Thailand's western coast.
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Southern Thailand Sojourn

From Bangkok nightclubs that never close to laid-back beachside drinks on Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, experience the energy of southern Thailand. Hike through the magnificent lowland rainforest of Khao Sok National Park, where tigers still roam, or laze in a riverside hammock.

Thailand holiday packages and wellness retreats

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Thailand Holiday Packages

Koh Lanta has the peace and quiet. Krabi has the insane landscapes and awesome activties, like kayaking and climbing. Phuket and Koh Samui have... well, everything you'd ever need for the best beach holiday ever. Grab your snorkel, pull together your low deposit, and get planning.
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Thailand Fitness & Wellness Retreats

Boldly enlightening, spiritually enriching, and downright relaxing... there's a reason why we love southeast Asia so much. Tick off a lifelong goal and see Thailand with one of our health and fitness packages. Hilltribe trekking, guided meditation, and beach Shavasanas are what we do best.

FAQ - Travel in Thailand

When is the best time to go to Thailand?

There's never a terrible time of year to visit Thailand. The dry, hot season occurs between November and April. April and May, the shoulder season, are hottest with a chance of downpours (a great time if you want less crowds), and the months from May to October bring rain - usually lasting just a few hours each afternoon - meaning hostels and hotels lower their rates.

Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand from Australia?

Nope! Australians flying into Thailand with a valid Australian passport can enter the country and stay for up to thirty days without having to organise a visa in advance. You'll simply be granted one, and stamped in upon arrival. If you're entering via a land border, you'll be granted fifteen days in the country before having to seek a renewal via the Thai embassy, or travel agent. 

What vaccinations do I need to visit Thailand?

You'll need to be protected against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Cholera, Diptheria and Typhoid. Don't panic though - these jabs are usually combined into a package, so you can have them all in one go. It's also a good idea to look at vaccinating yourself against Japanese Encephalitis, a rare virus spread through mosquito bites, tetanus and rabies - speak to a Travel Expert or visit our in-store Travel Clinic to find out more.

What should be on my Thailand packing list?

It's easy to get carried away with your packing list when you're taking a trip to such an exotic country, but if you're planning on travelling to multiple locations, pack light! Don't forget a 220-240 AC voltage, or a universal plug adaptor, mosquito repellent, earplugs, a waterproof and waterproof bag if you're visiting during rainy season, and comfortable shoes for all the exploring you'll be doing. Don't, under any circumstances, forget to organise travel insurance before you go!

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