Thailand welcomes some 15 million overseas visitors every year, many of them repeat visitors. So what do they come for? Among other things, magnificent temples, sumptuous meals, a glorious climate and a friendly, easy-going people who welcome visitors to come and share their rich cultural heritage. Add to these the stunning scenery, from the mountains in the North to the jungles in the South, and of course some of the best beaches in the world, and you begin to understand why people love to spend their holidays in Thailand. Come and see for yourself.
The kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China
The first civilization in Thailand is believed to have been the Mons. They settled quickly and gave birth to several local kingdoms. A Buddhist culture arrived with them, brought from the Indian subcontinent. In 1238, two Thai chieftains rebelled against Khmer suzerainty and established the first truly independent Thai kingdom in Sukhothai. In the north, other Thai war parties conquered the old Mon state of Haripunjaya and in 1296 founded the kingdom of Lanna.
Thailand (or Siam as it was called until 1939) is the only country in Southeast Asia that was never colonized by a foreign power although it has been invaded by the Burmese and the Khmers often and was briefly occupied by the Japanese in WWII
The country nowadays comprises 77 provinces. Bangkok is the capital city and centre of political, commercial, industrial and cultural activities and it is also the seat of Thailand’s revered Royal Family, with His Majesty the King recognized as Head of State. The King has reigned for more than half a century, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch.
Thailand embraces a rich diversity of cultures and traditions. With its proud history, tropical climate and renowned hospitality, the Kingdom is a never-ending source of fascination and pleasure for international visitors to refill their energy through unforgettable holidays.
Central Thailand and Isan
Historical parks and heritage sites
Cosmopolitan Bangkok, historic and scenic Kanchanaburi, splendid Khmer ruins and the magnificent Khao Yai National Park; Central and Northeastern Thailand has a unique variety of attractions for everyone.
The perfect cool-down from a hectic journey
Thailand’s fine white-sand beaches are among the world’s most famous with their wide variety of resorts and beachfront villas to suit every taste and budget.
A rich cultural region
Northern Thailand’s distinctive cultures have always enchanted its visitors. Start from Chiang Mai with its exquisite temples, enticing markets and delicious northern cuisine; follow with Chiang Rai and the border towns of the Golden Triangle. Add to these the stunning mountain scenery and the ethnic diversity of the region and the North has everything to make it the highlight of any holiday in Thailand.
Some of our suggestions for holidays in Thailand:
Thailand’s World Heritage Sites – 7 Days
A fascinating trip into the heart to Thailand, visiting some of Thailand’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and with an added “local touch” with authentic places, Thai sights and sounds at night markets, handicraft villages, beautiful hot springs and a genuine elephant camp and hospital. Enquire
Bangkok Starter Package – 3 Days
Take the hassle out of arriving in Bangkok after a long flight with ETC’s Starter Package. A pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel plus two night’s accommodation and our complementary information assistance service mean you have nothing to think about except relaxing and planning your daytime activities. The Starter Package is available in the both standard and premium class. Enquire
North Thailand Loop – 5 Days
Leave Bangkok behind and head up to the beautiful North of Thailand and experienced the different cultures of the many ethnic groups who live there. In this short trip you can visit Chiang Mai‚ learn about elephants‚ visit hill–tribe villages and enjoy the idyllic peace and beauty of Mae Hong Son. Enquire
Thailand Trekking – 12 Days
This Northern Thailand adventure takes you into and through cities that have helped to shape modern Thailand. Its people and their unique charm and mystique. From the ancient capital of Sukhothai to Chiang Mai, “Rose of the North” the Kingdom’s second largest city, urban experiences are combined with a three-day trek through stunning mountain scenery nights in hill-tribe villages and days elephant riding and bamboo river-rafting.
Trip Rating: Moderate – For those wanting a bit more of a challenge Enquire
Southern Sea Island Hoping – 7 Days
Explore the famous Krabi, Phi Phi Island and hidden beautiful islands in the Southern Thailand. Koh Mook and Koh Kradan are still alive with local charm and un-spoiled sandy beach. Discover the beautiful islands and under the sea. Enquire
Coral Canoes and Caves in Krabi – 5 Days
Escape from the tourist resorts of Phuket and Phi Phi and discover the delights of Krabi; sea, sand and sunshine. Explore some of Thailand’s finest pristine beaches and multi-coloured coral reefs and experience the wonder of paddling a canoe through deep-sea caves and majestic towering canyons. Enquire
Thailand Gourmet Delights – 14 Days
Unfold the secrets of Thai cuisine and experience the country’s rich cultures in the vibrantly alive cities Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. You will learn the basics of Thai recipes, its ingredients, preparation and cooking, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Magnificent temples and many of the Kingdom’s fine arts are also waiting for you to explore. Enquire
All our trips are operated by professional guides. We offer our trips not only with English speaking guides but also in German, French, Spanish and many other languages as well. Please mention your preferred language in your enquiry.
Prices for our trips are different depending to the number of persons joining the trip, the dates etc. Please contact us for a personalized quotation.