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Introducing

THAILAND

Thailands
nickname, Country
of Smiles, is well
deserved as loads of
visitors truly have a
great time and often
return.

Sawasdee and Welcome


to Thailand!
Thailands nickname, Land of Smiles, is
well deserved as loads of visitors truly have a
great visit and often return. Thailand has many
different faces and certainly offers more than a
beautiful beach. The perception that mass
tourism overruns the country is unfounded as
there are lots of off-the-beaten-track and authentic
destinations that are seldom visited by tourists.
It is also a safe place offering excellent
infrastructure, exotic culture, beautiful
landscapes, and friendly, genuine people
eager to interact with visitors.

PEOPLE

The Thai people, formerly known as


Siamese, are the main ethnic group of
Thailand and are part of the larger Tai ethno
linguistic group found in Thailand, adjacent
countries in Southeast Asia as well as southern
China. Their language is the Thai language, classified as
part of the TaiKadai family of languages. The majority of
Thai people are followers of Theravada Buddhism.

PASSPORTS & VISAS


Most visitors get a 30 day visa
upon arrival at all airports. Two
week visas are given to those
entering Thailand at any of the
land border crossings! Some
nationalities might need a visa
in advance to enter Thailand
overland.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Khiri Travel will do everything
possible to ensure a safe and
enjoyable trip. However, certain
risks are involved and should
be recognized by participants.
Thus, we require all guests to
purchase travel insurance prior
to their trip. Travel insurance
is a cost effective way of
protecting yourself

GEOGRAPHY
Thailands 513,120 sq. km lie in the middle of mainland
Southeast Asia. The most conspicuous features of
Thailands terrain are high mountains, a central plain,
and an upland plateau. Mountains cover much of
northern Thailand and extend along the Myanmar
border down through the Malay Peninsula. The central
plain is drained by the Chao Phraya River watershed,
which feeds the delta into the Bay of Bangkok. In the
northeastern part of the country, the Khorat Plateau, a
region of gently rolling hills and shallow lakes drains into
the Mekong River, which empties into the South China
Sea. Together, the Chao Phraya and Mekong, with a
network of canals sustain Thailands agricultural economy and provide waterways for the transport of goods
and people. In contrast, the distinguishing natural
features of peninsular Thailand are long coastlines,
offshore islands, and diminishing mangrove swamps.

MONEY
Thailand's currency is the baht. 1 euro is approximately 40 baht.
Bills are available in the following denominations : 20, 50, 100,
500, & 1000. It is recommended to carry cash bahts when
traveling to more remote areas.
ATM Networks: Apart from most major banks throughout the
country, major chains like 7-11 and all Department Stores have
automated-teller machines as well.
Banks: Most hotels will change foreign currency, but banks and
moneychangers offer better rates. Major cities have foreignexchange banks and moneychangers, which are open daily until
as late as 10pm for exchange.

Interesting

things to know
in Thailand

LANGUAGE

CLOTHING

The national and official language of


Thailand is Thai (more precisely
Siamese or Central Thai). Thai is the
native language of the Thai people
and the Thai Chinese, which is
Thailands most dominant ethnic
group. The language is a member of
the Tai group of the Tai-Kadai
language family. More than half of
Thai words are borrowed from Old
Khmer, Sanskrit and Pali. Thai is a
tonal and analytic language with a
complex orthography and relational
markers. The language is mutually
intelligible with Lao.

Remember that what you would


wear on a hot day at home is not
necessarily acceptable here.
Women in particular should be
modest in dress, shorts should not
be too short, and trousers are
preferable in rural areas. Men should
wear a top at all times. Remember
that although some local people
may be more used to tourists, they
might still be offended by inappropriate dress.

The food in Thailand


is usually safe but make
sure your fruits and raw
vegetables are washed
and peeled. You should be
careful with the chili. Thai
food here tends to be
spicer than back home!

Gang Keow Wan

Mango Sticky Rice

Pad Thai

Tom Yung Gung

Thai Green Curry,


consisting of green curry
paste, coconut milk,
bamboo shoots, chicken,
Thai basil, Thai eggplant
and all kinds of Thai
herbs and roots. It is
mostly combined with
some steamed rice.

Often offered as a
dessert, or just as a
snack, is the very popular
yellow mango with sticky
rice. Add a drizzle of
coconut cream syrup to
make it even more
delicious!

This is probably known


as the most famous dish
outside of Thailand. The
base is a stir fried rice
noodle, hosted by tofu,
peanuts, shrimp, green
onions, bean sprouts,
garlic, pepper, fish sauce,
lime juice, and ascrambled egg.

A delicious soup with


shrimp, mushrooms,
tomatoes, lemongrass,
galangal and kaffir lime
leaves, which you can
order with (nam kohn) or
without (nam sai) coconut milk and cream.

Bangkok Old Town Discovery Walk - Half Day

Popular tours
in Central &
Surrounding

Visitors often see Bangkok as an enormous modern


metropolis, full of expressways, massive department
stores and skyscrapers. But there is also a hidden side
showing the origins of people who still believe in traditions
from years gone by. This morning you will be picked up at
07:00 to go on a special walking tour to explore the sights
of Old Town Bangkok. From the Giant Swing to the Prison
Museum, we wander through small alleys, encounter
charming teak houses, guardian spirit signs and fresh
markets. At the city pillar and amulet market, learn more
about homegrown Thai ancient superstitions. The tour
ends with lunch at a riverside restaurant before returning
to your hotel.

Traditional Thai Houses, Heritage of Bangkok - Full day


Meet your guide at 08:30 and head to the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, an
impressive teak building and residence of King Rama V in the early
1900s. Next, visit Jim Thompson's House, a complex of traditional teak
houses combined into one beautiful home. The extensive art and antique
collection is predominantly Asian and includes detailed sculptures,
paintings, porcelain and more. After lunch, continue to Suan Pakkard,
another museum complex comprised of traditional Thai houses,
including the famous lacquer pavilion before returning to your hotel.

Historical Bang Pa-In and Ayutthaya - Full day


A pick-up at 07:00 for a full day excursion to see the ancient capital of Ayutthaya.
Capital of Siam from the 15th through to the 18th centuries, Ayutthaya was
destroyed by the invading Burmese and the Thais then moved their capital to
Bangkok in the 1770s. On the way, stop at Bang Pa In, the old royal summer
residence. From Bang Pa In, take a long tail boat to Ayutthaya and tour three
famous temple ruins. Transfer to Nonthaburi to cruise down the Chao Phraya
back to Bangkok. On board, enjoy lunch and drinks while taking in the riverside
scenery. At approximately 16:00 arrive at the pier in Bangkok for a transfer back
to your hotel.

Amphawa Authentic Floating Markets - Full Day


Start early at 07:00 for a full day excursion to see some hidden gems outside of
Bangkok. Board a long tail boat up the Mae Klong River and stop at Wat Bang
Kung to explore a small chapel completely enclosed within the roots of a banyan
tree. Visit King Rama II Memorial Park and Museum housing art objects of the
18th century and classical Thai architecture. Next is the Amphawa floating
market frequented almost exclusively by Thais where locals congregate to buy
and sell everything from cooking pots to fresh flowers to wind-up toys. The area
around the market features open-air restaurants and canals full of colorful boats.
Afterwards we return to Bangkok arriving at your hotel around 19:00.

Best of Bangkok by Boat - Full Day


Meet your guide after breakfast and head to Wat Po, an historic temple famous
for the reclining Buddha as big as a bus. Visit Bangkoks City Pillar shrine before
heading to the gilded Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
(Wat Pra Kaew), which houses the most revered Buddha image in the kingdom.
Enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant before boarding a long tail boat to explore
the klongs, Bangkoks canals and a view of the traditional lifestyle that has
disappeared from most of Bangkok. End the day with a visit to Wat Arun, the
Temple of Dawn, before returning to your hotel.

Popular tours
in Central &
Surrounding

Cycle the Quiet Streets of Bangkok by Night - Evening


Cycle down Ratchadamnoen Avenue to Thammasat University before crossing
the Chao Phraya River by ferry to the Thonburi side of Bangkok. Cycle through
quiet back roads and alleyways to Wat Arun, the brilliantly illuminated Temple of
Dawn. From Wat Arun we proceed to Wat Rakang. Cycle along the river and
pass the Old Portuguese Santa Cruz church before crossing the river back to
the colorful Pak Klong Talat flower market where we stop for a walk through all
the fresh flowers. Cycle to Wat Po where you can walk around the temples at
night free of the crowds, a really unique experience. Finally cycle back to the
starting point.

Chinatown Foodie Walk and Culture Tours - Evening


This Chinatown tour brings you to discover sophisticated flavors of Bangkoks
200-year-old district that is filled with rich ethnic traditions and delicious food.
During the tour, you will explore on foot and taste local cuisines from seven
famous eateries, ranging from street food vendors to renowned fine dining
restaurants. Between each tasting location, you will have behind-the-scenes
detours that will give you a closer look at this unique neighborhood: meeting the
food bazaars lively characters, hearing its memorable stories and visiting
religious and cultural landmarks.

Recommended Hotels
3 star
Nouvo City: www.nouvocityhotel.com
Navalai River Resort: www.navalai.com
Park Plaza Sukhumvit: www.parkplaza.com

Best of Bangkok by Boat - Full Day


4 star
Riva Surya: www.snhcollection.com/rivasurya Head to Wat Po, one of Bangkoks oldest and largest temples famous for the
Ariyasomvilla: www.ariyasom.com
43 metre long reclining Buddha. Visit Lak Muang, Bangkoks city pillar, before
Anantara Riverside: www.bangkok-riverside.anantara.com
heading to the famous Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
(Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom. Enjoy lunch at a
5 star
riverside restaurant before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs,
The Peninsula: www.bangkok.peninsula.com Bangkoks maze of canals and waterways - see parts of Thai traditional life
Mandarin Oriental: www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok
which have disappeared from most of Bangkok. End the day with a visit to Wat
The Siam: www.thesiamhotel.com
Arun, the Temple of Dawn.

Chiang Mais Markets,


Mouthwatering Snacks &
Monk - Half Day

Popular
tours in
Chiang Mai

Depart early with your guide to tour


Chiang Mais Gate Market, a traditional
fresh-foods market, and sample some
typical Thai snacks. You can also find some
nearby monks making their alms rounds. Return to your hotel for a relaxed
breakfast before taking a songtaew (truck taxi) to the Worarot Market. Then we
go to Thapae Gate, one of the four original city gates, to board a samlor
(rickshaw) for a traditional ride around the old city to visit some beautiful wats
(temples). At Wat Phra Singh you can meet an English- speaking monk before
returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.

Wiang Kum Kam with Picnic Lunch - Half Day


Meet your guide at 11:00 and head to the ancient ruins of Wiang Kum Kam,
believed to be the earliest historical settlement in the area and predating Chiang
Mai city. Archaeological remains excavated at the site include stone tablets with
Mon inscriptions, pottery, earthenware molds, and Buddhist sculpture dating
back to the 8th century. Visit a small information center then explore the site by
horse cart. For a special lunch, your guide will serve a picnic of delicious
sandwiches, salads, seasonal fruit, and a bottle of wine set amid the scenic
ruins.

The Old Opium Trail on Doi Pui - Full Day


On this tour you trek to several off-the-beaten-track places around Chiang Mai.
Starting with a visit to the hilltop Wat Doi Suthep, you continue on to Doi Pui
Village, a traditional Hmong community. Your guide will tell you about the
thriving history of this community of former opium farmers. In the forest, you
can learn about the flora and history of opium cultivation on the mountain.
Khiris leaflet will help you recognize certain species of plants and trees in the
forest. Hike to the Hmong village Ban Mae Sa Mai, with a brief stop at the tree
nursery of FORRU, the Forest Restoration Unit of Chiang Mai University and a
Hmong museum before returning to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai,

Thailand's
second-largest
city

Fun Cooking Experience with a local family - Full Day


Take a short drive out of Chiang Mai to the home of a traditional Lanna family
that continue the tradition of many generations building their homes of teak
wood. Their home recipes feature authentic Northern Thai flavors different from
dishes offered in more commercial cooking classes. Select fresh ingredients in
their garden for todays cooking extravaganza. Enjoy the opportunity to get to
know this friendly Lanna family as their houseguest for the day and delight in
sharing a delicious home cooked lunch with them.

Doi Suthep & Doi Pui National Park - Full Day


You start exploring at the observatory from where the guide will explain about
all the different forest types in the national park. Visit Wat Prathat Doi Suthep,
the most famous temple of Chiang Mai with a brief stop at the tree nursery of
FORRU (Forest Restoration Unit of Chiang Mai University). Continue to the
Hmong hill tribe village of Doi Pui to see their homes and meet villagers wearing traditional clothes and selling unique handicrafts. Views from the village are
spectacular. Walking to the top of Doi Pui, you pass the beautiful cascades of
Montatarn Waterfall.

Recommended Hotels

3 star
Rimping Village: www.rimpingvillage.com
The Rim: www.therimchiangmai.com
De Lanna: www.delannahotel.com
Best of Bangkok by Boat - Full Day
4 star
Rachamankha: www.rachamankha.com
Head to Wat Po, one of Bangkoks oldest and largest temples famous for the
Tamarind Village: www.tamarindvillage.com 43 metre long reclining Buddha. Visit Lak Muang, Bangkoks city pillar, before
Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique: www.puripunn.com
heading to the famous Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
5 star
(Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom. Enjoy lunch at a
137 Pillars House: www.snhcollection.com/137pillarshouse
riverside restaurant before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs,
Anantara Chiang Mai: www.chiang-mai.anantara.com
Bangkoks maze of canals and waterways - see parts of Thai traditional life
Dhara Dhevi: www.dharadhevi.com
which have disappeared from most of Bangkok. End the day with a visit to Wat
Arun, the Temple of Dawn.

Popular
tours in

Koh Samui &


Surrounding

Koh Phangan Sunset Cruise by Chantara Junk - 8 hours


Discover Koh Phangan, Koh Ma and surroundings during this relaxing cruise on
a traditional Burmese junk. Leave your hotel in time to depart from Samui pier at
11:00. The beauty and wildness of Koh Phangan makes it popular with nature
lovers. Enjoy a Thai style buffet lunch onboard before arriving at the beautiful
beaches and secluded bays of Koh Phangan. Koh Ma Reef and Thong Nai Pan
Bay offer more opportunities for swimming or snorkeling. Return to Koh Samui
when the distant horizon glows with the setting sun.

Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park - Full Day


Depart from Samuis Nathon Pier at 8:00. Dine on a light breakfast during the
2-hour trip to Ang Thong Marine National Park. Start the first session of
kayaking in the morning at Koh Mae and climb to the Viewpoint overlooking
Green Lagoon (Emerald Lake). Lunch is on board the boat as it travels to the
northern islands to start the second kayak and snorkeling tour exploring small
caves, lakes and beaches at Koh Thai Plao. After a full day, we return to Koh
Samui.

Recommended Hotels
3 star
Samui Jasmine: www.samuijasmineresort.com
Peace Resort: www.peaceresort.com
Punnpreeda Beach Resort: www.punnpreeda.com

Best of Bangkok by Boat - Full Day

4 star
Head to Wat Po, one of Bangkoks oldest and largest temples famous for the
Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa: www.samuizazen.com
43 metre long reclining Buddha. Visit Lak Muang, Bangkoks city pillar, before
Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort: www.pavilionsamui.com
heading to the famous Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Akyra Chura Samui: www.theakyra.com/koh-samui
(Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom. Enjoy lunch at a
5 star
riverside restaurant before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs,
Sala Samui: www.salaresorts.com/samui/default-en.html
Bangkoks maze of canals and waterways - see parts of Thai traditional life
Six Senses Samui: www.sixsenses.com/resorts/samui/destination
which have disappeared from most of Bangkok. End the day with a visit to Wat
Anantara Lawana Samui: lawana-chaweng.anantara.com/
Arun, the Temple of Dawn.

Popular Tours
In Krabi

Kayaking at Koh Hong & Ao Thalane - Full Day


Travel from your hotel to the pier at Ao Thalane for a transfer to Koh Hong by
long tail boat. Board inflated rubber sea kayaks and enjoy exploring the fantastic
jungle area inside Hong Island. Theres time for swimming, snorkeling, feeding
fish and eating lunch. Cruise again by long tail through more limestone islands
back to Ao Thalane for more kayaking. There are mangroves and lagoons to
explore where you may spot kingfishers, little herons, crab eating macaques.
Head back to the pier, get changed and transfer back to your hotel.

Phi Phi Highlights & Sunset Cruise - Full Day

The rock faces at

Spend a day cruising Phang Nga Bay on a


Railay Beach near
comfortable 27-meter wooden sailing ship. Head
towards the world-renowned Phi Phi Island,
Ao Nang have
location of the movie The Beach, enjoy a Thai
attracted climbers from
buffet lunch before arriving at Maya Bay for
all over the world and
swimming and snorkeling. Continue on to view
the other highlights of Phi Phi such as Viking
are the venue for the
Cave, Hin-Klang, Phi Ley Bay before the final stop
Rock and Fire Festival
of the day at Bamboo Island. Enjoy this beautiful,
tranquil beach while it is almost deserted. Cruise
each year.
slowly back to Ao Nang while listening to relaxing music
during the spectacular sunsets of the Andaman Sea.

Island Hopping, Hong Islands by Long Tail Boat - Full Day


Take a relaxing full day island-hopping excursion exploring Hong Islands
beaches and lagoon. Also visit the sister islands of Pak Bia and Paradise
Island with lots of time to swim, snorkel or simply relax and take in the
breath-taking views on the beautiful beaches. Enjoy a delicious lunch before
heading back to Ao Nang and your hotel.

Recommended Hotels
3 star
Ban Sainai Resort: www.bansainairesort.com
Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort:www.tupkaeksunset.com
Elements Krabi: www.theelementsresort.com

Best of Bangkok by Boat - Full Day

4 star
Railay Bay Resort: www.krabi-railaybay.com Head to Wat Po, one of Bangkoks oldest and largest temples famous for the
43 metre long reclining Buddha. Visit Lak Muang, Bangkoks city pillar, before
The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Beach Resort: www.tubkaakresort.com
heading to the famous Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Amari Vogue: www.amari.com/vogue
(Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom. Enjoy lunch at a
5 star
riverside restaurant before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs,
Nakamanda Resort: www.nakamanda.com Bangkoks maze of canals and waterways - see parts of Thai traditional life
Rayavadee Resort: www.rayavadee.com
which have disappeared from most of Bangkok. End the day with a visit to Wat
Phulay Bay by Ritz Carlton: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/phulay-bay
Arun, the Temple of Dawn.

Popular
tours in

Phuket and
Surrounding

Phuket Old Town Discovery Walk - Half Day


The Discovery Walk displays the charming local lifestyle such as
paying respect at the local shrine and learning about traditional
medicine at the oldest herb shop in town. We step back in time to
walk past Chinese shop houses and visit an old barbershop on
Thalang Street and Soi Romanee. Well tempt taste buds with roti
bread from the local Muslim culture and dim sum, the Chinese food
tradition brought to Phuket a long time ago by Hokkien immigrants.
This tour recreates the nostalgia of Phuket before modern times by
exploring dusty printing shops, wily Indian cloth sellers and cluttered
hardware stores before modern times sweep them away.

Swimming, Island Hopping & Cooking - Full Day


In the morning we will drive up to the north of the island to visit the
Muslim community at Bang Rong pier before departing for the very
small island of Koh Naka where you can go for a swim or enjoy
sunbathing. Continue on in Phang Nga Bay to Koh Yao Noi to Khun
Minas house. A charming hostess and expert cook, shell get us all
involved preparing some classic Thai dishes such as a green curry,
sticky rice and a fresh spicy salad. After an enjoyable lunch, you will
return to your hotel by long tail boat and van.

Koh Yao Noi Bike, Beach & Boat - Full Day


This scenic bike tour is the best way to explore the peaceful island of Koh Yao
Noi, where people maintain a traditional lifestyle that has almost entirely disappeared from developed places like Phuket. Rice paddies with sleepy water
buffaloes, rubber and coconut plantations, mangroves and tropical jungle
provide the exotic backdrop to your bike ride. Finish with a picnic lunch on the
beach of the mysterious and uninhabited island of Koh Kudu. The trip includes
pick up and drop-off at your hotel, as well as transfers by shared van and local
ferry from Bang Rong Pier to Koh Yao Noi (also available for clients staying in
Khao Lak or Koh Yao Noi itself).

Popular
tours in

Phuket and
Surrounding

A Taste of Phuket - Half Day


Phuket town is totally unique. The fusion of foreign
influences has produced a cuisine unlike anywhere else
in the world. Arab and Indian merchants, Portuguese
and French sea traders, and Chinese immigrants, all
contributed to Phukets amazing mix of cultures and
tastes. We have sniffed out the hidden places only the
locals know about such as a little dim sum place on a
small soi behind the fresh market. Another culinary prize
on the charming streets of the city center is delicious
roti with curry. And later, the crowning glory is an
unforgettable Sino-Thai style feast of noodles and local
delicacies!

Recommended Hotels
3 star
Kata Palm Resort:www.katapalmresort.com
Rawai Palm Resort: www.rawaipalmbeachresort.com
Best of Bangkok
The Memory at On On (Phuket town): www.thememoryhotel.com

by Boat - Full Day

4 star
Head to Wat Po, one of Bangkoks oldest and largest temples famous for the
Dewa Nai Yang: www.dewaphuketresort.com 43 metre long reclining Buddha. Visit Lak Muang, Bangkoks city pillar, before
Andaman White Beach Resort: www.andamanwhitebeach.com
heading to the famous Grand Palace. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Boathouse by Montara: www.boathousephuket.com
(Wat Pra Kaew), the most revered shrine in the Kingdom. Enjoy lunch at a
riverside restaurant before boarding a longtail boat to explore the klongs,
5 star
Bangkoks maze of canals and waterways - see parts of Thai traditional life
Mom Tris Villa Royale:www.villaroyalephuket.com
which have disappeared from most of Bangkok. End the day with a visit to Wat
Trisara: www.trisara.com
Arun, the Temple of Dawn.