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Dance til dawn or totally unwind - Thailand offers it all...

Colourful Bangkok markets, serene and peaceful island hideaways, misty mountains ripe for trekking, and crazy parties on moonlit beaches. 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.
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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.
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Thai Intro
An amazing guided tour including the best of Bangkok, the South Islands and the amazing Khao Sok National Park. Discover chaotic Bangkok by Tuk Tuk and by boat, visit ancient temples, learn to cook Thai food, sleep on floating bungalows in the middle of a rainforest, explore tropical islands, swim under waterfalls, have a Thai massage, party on the world famous ‘full moon’ party beach and much more!

Beach Escapes

outdoor view of the pools and lounging area surrounded by the buildings with balcony at the Old Phuket Resort in Thailand
The Old Phuket 4*
A family-friendly resort a few minutes walk from the tranquil Karon Beach. With 4 restaurants and 2 outdoor pools, this eco-friendly resort is close to Karon Market, Karon Beach, and Big Buddha. Also nearby are Dino Park Mini Golf and Kata Porpeang Market. Resort Features include: 4 restaurants, 2 outdoor pools and 2 poolside bars. Free WiFi. 


interior of a suite with glass doors to the side at Ban Talay Resort in Thailand
Baan Talay Resort 4*
Rise and shine to gorgeous panoramic ocean views from the Chaweng beachfront bungalows or opt for more intimate surroundings in the tropical gardens. The peaceful location is quiet and calm, yet only a short stroll from the vibrant throbbing heart of Chaweng’s famous shopping, dining and nightlife area.


outdoor pools, swaying coconut palms, fragrant gardens, and a sparkling shore overlooking the crystal Andaman Sea at Phi Phi Island Beach Village resort in Thailand
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort 4*
Set on 70 tranquil acres of swaying coconut palms, fragrant gardens, and a half-mile of sparkling shore overlooking the crystal Andaman Sea.The resort’s four restaurants and three bars provide an array of cuisines enhanced with perfect views for the discerning sundowner.


Thailand fast facts

Thailand language

Languages spoken

Around 20 million people in Thailand speak Thai, also known as Siamese. Many locals and everyone who works within the tourism industry will know really good English.

currency Thailand


$1 = around 25 Thai Baht (THB).
A better way to work this one out? 100THB is $4.

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Time Zone

UTC + 07:00, which means Thailand is 3 hours behind Sydney and Melbourne and one hour ahead of Perth.

Thailand costs & budgeting

Thailand price of drinks


A bottle of beer from a local bar, cafe or 7-Eleven can cost 40THB, which is less than $2. A cocktail bucket at Full Moon can come in at anywhere between 200THB and 500 THB.

Thailand price of food


Local street food is delicious and often costs under $2. If you're after a comforting sit-down dinner in a restaurant, expect to pay between about 3oo-400THB ($12-15).

Thailand price of hostels


Hostels beds in Southeast Asia are infamously cheap. You can wake up surrounded by fellow travellers in a dorm either in Bangkok, or on the beach for under $10.



A mid-range room in a guesthouse or hotel can often cost as little as $20; if you're hoping to splash out, expect to pay $60+, or check out our awesome beach break and hotel packages.

taxi cost thailand


No trip to Thailand would be complete without a spin in a tuktuk, and 10km ride through Bangkok in one can cost around 150-180THB - around $5-7. A taxi from the airport to your accommodation in central Bangkok will cost you around $350-500THB - always ask for the meter to be switched on to avoid getting ripped off.

cost of transport thailand

Busses and boats

Overnight coaches and longer bus journeys in Southeast Asia are comfortable. A 12 hour journey - for example from Bangkok to Phuket - will set you back around $30 - the same as a night's hotel accommodation!

Thailand Highlights

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Diving and snorkeling 

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Elephant Encounters

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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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