Central Thailand

From Bangkok’s chaotic streets to Koh Kood’s picture-perfect beaches, Central Thailand is a diverse, ever-changing kaleidoscope of cultures and landscapes. Whether taking a train over the River Kwai, searching for elephants in Khao Yai, zipping around the capital in a tuk-tuk or simply escaping it all in Koh Chang, Central Thailand could empty most traveller’s bucket lists without ever leaving the region.

Central Thailand, the country’s most populous region, is also its most diverse for travellers. In a single day it’s possible to take a morning bike ride around Ayutthaya’s historical park, and in the evening be sipping cocktails at a sky bar in Bangkok. From paddleboarding on the River Kwai and watching fire dances on Koh Samet to jungle cooking courses in Khao Yai and lazy days in Hua Hin, Central Thailand offers a little something for every traveller.

Day Tours and Activities in Central Thailand

Paddles and Pastimes: Kayak Through Old Bangkok

Half Day |
Bangkok
Step off the beaten path and into a kayak, ready to discover Bangkok from a unique perspective where history unfurls along the water’s edge. As we paddle back in time on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, you will experience the city’s ancient heart, far from the familiar bustle and into the tranquil embrace of a bygone era.

Enchanting Ayutthaya Exploration by Tuk Tuk and River Cruise

Full Day |
Ayutthaya
Discover Ayutthaya’s ancient temples and indulge in a traditional Thai lunch on a scenic river cruise. Experience the old Siamese capital’s rich heritage, from iconic Buddha statues to majestic ruins, all with the charm of Tuk Tuk travel.

Bangkok Bites: A Street Food Tour

Half Day |
Bangkok
Experience a captivating culinary journey in Bangkok with your expert guide. Begin at a street market, exploring stalls of fresh produce and learning about all the fascinating items used in local culinary practices. Then visit an additional market steeped in historical significance and traditional delicacies, tasting as you go. Indulge in authentic Thai dishes at a local restaurant before concluding the day with a sweet Thai dessert.

Nature’s Giants: An Ethical Day of Discovery with Elephants (Join-In)

Full Day |
Kanchanaburi
Embark on a truly ethical and enlightening one-day adventure with elephants. Observe these majestic creatures in their natural environment, learn about their habits and past, and engage in hands-on activities such as cutting grass and making food for them. Discover the authentic Karen culture, explore an interactive elephant museum, visit an Elephant Poo Paper Factory, and witness the elephants bathing in the beautiful river Kwai Noi.

History and Heritage of Hidden Bangkok

Full Day |
Bangkok
Unveil a part of Bangkok’s intricate cultural tapestry on this guided tour taking in everything from scenic riverside views to vibrant markets and stunning temples. Immerse yourself in the local way of life, cultural wonders, and indulge in a Thai dessert workshop.

Urban Oasis: Gardens, Desserts & Cultural Delights in Bangkok

Half Day |
Bangkok
Immerse yourself in this hidden gem of natural beauty at the heart of the city. Join a captivating garden tour as you learn about local flora and their culinary uses. Then delight in a Thai dessert workshop, creating and savouring traditional Thai sweets.

Gateway to Bangkok

Full Day |
Bangkok
Experience the best of Bangkok in a day as you explore some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, cultural sites, and hidden gems. From the majestic Grand Palace and Wat Pho to the lesser-known Wat Prayun and a short longtail boat ride through the khlongs, you’ll discover the rich history, traditions, and local way of life that make Bangkok such a unique and fascinating destination. End the day with stunning sunset views from the Mahanakorn Skywalk.

Boat Bangkok: River of Kings and the Thonburi Khlongs

Half Day |
Bangkok
Board a longtail boat and enjoy a fresh perspective from the Chao Phraya river, also known as Bangkok’s River of Kings. Explore some of Bangkok’s highlights such as the spectacular Wat Arun, as well as some lesser known hidden gems on this exploration of the city’s expansive and richly rewarding waterways.

Cycling the Hidden History of Bangkok

Half Day |
Bangkok
Discover hidden history and cultural heritage as you bike Bangkok on this scenic, immersive and educational cycling tour. Explore ancient temples, local markets, and more as you get off the beaten track and explore a lesser-seen side of the city on two wheels.

Bike Bangkok: The Mangrove Forests of Bang Krachao

Half Day |
Bangkok
This rewarding Bangkok cycling tour trades the busy city streets for a more relaxing ride through the peninsula of Bang Krachao. Known as the ‘green lungs’ of Bangkok due to its shape and innate environmental benefits, this superb exploration introduces a unique way of life, far removed from the skyscrapers and concrete city sprawl.

Bangkok Tuk-Tuk Morning Tour

Half Day |
Bangkok
A brief morning foray into some of the emblematic sites of Bangkok, including the Grand Palace and the giant swing.

Inspiring multi-day itineraries that include Central Thailand

Recommended Hotels in Central Thailand

Soneva Kiri

6 Star |
Koh Kood
Soneva Kiri epitomises barefoot luxury. From its outstanding design to the plentiful activities and personal service on hand at all times, it’s the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime addition to any holiday.

Capella Bangkok

6 Star |
Bangkok
An opulent, lavish complex on the riverfront, Capella Hotel is everything a traveller could wish for – excellent service, beautifully-designed rooms, and fine-dining experiences. A fantastic base from which to explore the capital.

Ariyasom Villa

5 Star |
Bangkok
Ariyasom Villa is a charming, luxury Bangkok boutique with landscaped grounds centred around an authentic 1940s Thai house, showcasing Thai design and local artwork.

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

3 Star |
Bangkok
Shanghai Mansion Hotel is an expertly curated space that evokes the feel and vibe of 1930s Shanghai. With elegant rooms, delightful common areas, and an ideal location in the heart of Chinatown, this hotel is a great option offering value for money for visitors to Bangkok.

Riva Surya Bangkok

4 Star |
Bangkok
Riva Surya Bangkok enjoys a central location by the river near Khao San Road. Its elegant simplicity combined with excellent service makes it a guaranteed comfortable stay.

Lala Mukha Tented Camp Khao Yai

3 Star |
Khao Yai
Lala Mukha Tented Camp offers laid-back glamping with a mixture of modern conveniences and an embracement of nature in Khao Yai National Park.

iuDia, Ayutthaya

4 Star |
Ayutthaya
iuDia hotel is a small boutique hotel with a pool located right on the river in Ayutthaya, perfect for exploring the ancient temples and palaces nearby.

The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort

5 Star |
Kanchanaburi
The Float House is a complex of luxury floating villas upon the River Kwai. The stylish villas combine natural materials with modern amenities for the perfect experience.

High Season Pool Villa & Spa

5 Star |
Koh Kood

Raweekanlaya Resort

3 Star |
Bangkok
This former royal residence is reimagined into a minimalist luxurious hotel that offers a calming elegance enhanced by the award-winning wellness centre.

Asita Eco Resort

3 Star |
Samut Songkhram
Asita Eco Resort is a collection of suits and villas that evoke traditionally Thai rural simplicity while satisfying the expectations of an international hotel, situated idyllically alongside a tranquil canal.

Hintok River Camp, Hellfire Pass

3 Star |
Kanchanaburi
The Hintok River Camp is a resort of 38 elegant, safari-style tents right beside the River Kwai. Stay in luxury and comfort at this historically-significant location with plenty of activities nearby.

Sala Rattanakosin Bangkok

4 Star |
Bangkok
A chic hotel adapted from a former warehouse with a central Bangkok location. Situated right on the banks of the Chao Praya River with spellbinding views.

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