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Introducing Thailand

 
Thailand is a South-East Asian country located entirely in the tropical regions. A visit to the country inevitably includes a visit to its capital Bangkok, or Krung Thep as it is locally called. Some other popular cities in this tourist haven are Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Udon Thani. Thailand caters to all kinds of tourists with it varied geographical features and natural attractions. It was primarily an agricultural country but eventually, big and small metros have made it a modern hotspot for tourists. It has glittering temples, stunning beaches, islands, coral reefs and sea life, magnetizing views from high mountains as well as refreshing forests, wildlife and waterfalls. Choose from surfing and diving at Ko Tao, kite boarding in Hua Hin, partying and rejuvenating at Ko Samui. The culture enthusiasts have plenty to dabble in the rich history and traditions that Thailand offers. Thai cuisine is renowned across the world as are its arts and architecture. The currency of Thailand is Thai Baht. 

 

Must Know Facts

Best Time to Visit

As Thailand is located between vast areas of land and water, it is heavily impacted by monsoons. Its weather consists of six months of the rainy season from mid May to mid October, three months of the cool season from mid October to mid February and three months of summer season from mid February to mid May, with April being the hottest month. The average temperature of Thailand ranges from 18 to 38°C.
If the clear blue skies and waters have your fancy you should travel in the summers as the bright sun makes everything gleam. For the lovers of the hills, the recommended period is the cool season while the wet season offers spectacular views of green forests. However, seasons aren’t too extreme and you can visit the country all year round to explore its exquisite temples, street and floating markets as well as traditional villages! 

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History & Culture

Siam, as Thailand was officially called until 1939, was ruled by monarchy until a revolution stirred in 1932. Since that time, Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy. Political authority, however, has often been held by the military through coups. 

The country is a vivid centre of Buddhist belief – often colorful and omnipresent. Important to national identity, Theravada Buddhism is the national. Golden temples and Buddha statues are dotted across both rural and urban landscapes. Much like India, sacred cloth is wrapped around banyan trees, small temples and shrines hold a special place in small homes as well as big malls. Meditation retreats and holy festivals make Thailand culturally vibrant and inviting.

When it comes to food, Thai cuisine is adored around the world. The national menu comprises warm and refreshing Thai dishes that use fresh and local produce like extremely spicy chilies and varied food options. Go on an eating tour – target noodle shacks, local food pavilions and Burmese market stalls. Rice is a staple part of the cuisine in Thailand, particularly jasmine rice which is eaten with almost every meal.



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Geography

Thailand’s landscapes range from low mountains to fertile plains, to sandy beaches. The country is flanked by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Indian Ocean. Its landscape includes diverse ecosystems. The forests are in the north against the backdrop of hills ornamented with waterfalls. Doi Inthanon, whose summit peaks at 2,576 m is Thailand’s highest point. In the central plain, dominated by the Chao Phraya River, are huge rustic paddy fields in villages and historically significant, densely populated settlements. The fertile soil of the plains is conducive to grown paddy. The table land of the northeast becomes lush green during monsoon. A pristine coastline along the narrow southern peninsula gives way to mangrove swamps and popular islands like Phuket. 
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Things to Do in Thailand

Enjoy windsurfing in Khao Lak. They give surfing lessons from beginner to advance but don’t be surprised to find waves year-round. There are head high days but it’s mostly small, warm and playful.
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Therapeutic and soothing, the Klong Thom Hot Springs are ‘hot tubs’ crafted into smooth rock channeling water from deep rooted thermal springs located in volcanic chambers. The average temperature of water is 35-40 degree Celsius and is brimming with natural mineral salts which are claimed to cure all manner of health complaints including rheumatism and sciatica. Imagine sitting in a bath tub scooped out from nature’s stone and surrounded by rainforest, the feeling is extremely relaxing and the environment is certainly unique.These jungle baths feed into a cool stream which is also perfect for dipping and diving into.

The hot springs are Located about 70 kilometers from Krabi town, in the heart of a small jungle preserve and close to the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. It is situated in the same reserve as the Emerald Pool and Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, it’s worth taking the time and combining all of these wonderful eco-spots in one nature filled day. Don’t forget to take along a beach towel, sandals and of course swimwear.
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Railay is a small peninsula accessible only by long tail boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off access from the mainland. Giant pillars of limestone pierce the sky around Railay Beach which is the main attraction for rock climbers as it is one of the top 5 destinations in the world for outdoor rock climbing.Rock climber from around the world regularly flock to Krabi Province to test their skills on the 700+ bolted climbing routes around Railay Beach. The area is also popular for its beautiful beaches and quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
Also, there is a rock climbing school here which offers a variety of climbing courses for beginners, intermediate and the advanced climber.
The island of laidback vibes but pristine beaches, tall limestone cliffs, secret caves is well known for its epic sunsets amongst the tourists. They have perfect arrangements for water sports and low land forests. The Phra Nang Beach is a must visit for sunsets.
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This aqua blue tourist destination has stunning white sand beaches, shinning waters, cliffs and hip nightlife. One can take the boat rides to do island hopping, go scuba diving, hike to Phi Phi viewpoint, take long tail boat ride, go street shopping, explore the nightlife, go strolling around the island, swim and spend some time of beach. Camping in the Phi Phi Islands of Thailand is considered an ultimate experience for someone traveling to Southeast Asia. Maya Bay is on Phi Phi Ley which is the uninhabited small island of the Phi Phi islands and it was made famous when Leonardo DiCaprio filmed his movie ""The Beach"" here.Camping on Maya Bay is for people who love nature. The beach has one of the world’s most extraordinary views looking out to an almost perfectly round series of cliffs.
Travelers can enjoy the experience of a lifetime and then sleep out under the stars.
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One of the most convenient and exotic types of transport in Bangkok is the water. Boats are a great way to get around the famous Riverside area of Bangkok with its many historical attractions, temples and architecture, and also to explore the 'klongs' (canals) for a glimpse of Bangkok from the past. 
Several types of boats (express boats, river taxis and tail-boats) run up and down the Chao Phraya River. They connect the local suburbs on the Thonburi side and along the river, while ferries can be used to cross the river at various points.You can reach anywhere quickly by boat, bypassing the traffic on roads. 
Water taxi is a boat that you can catch anywhere and they will take you wherever you need. They operate up and down the river and cost varies depending on the length of the journey. 
There are five different types of Express Boat River Taxis: No flag (Local Line), Blue Flag Line (tourist boat), Orange Flag Line, Yellow Flag Line and Green Flag Line. Blue Flag (Tourist Boat) stops when you want and operated daily from 09:00 to 19:00. The fares are 40 baht per trip or 100 baht for an all-day pass with unlimited journeys allowed. At every stop English speaking staff will call out clearly over a microphone and ask if anyone wants to alight at that stop. The boat will not stop if there are no passengers to get on or off. Staff will explain the sights the river on either side in between the stops.

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Magic Alambic Rum Distillery is an island treasure that is home to Koh Samui’s best (and only) home-grown rum. Though Thai whisky and Singha are the local tipples, tourists can head straight to Magic Alambic for cocktails and concoctions with pure island taste. As a real rum enthusiasts, you have got to visit this place. If you want to pick just a handful of souvenirs to buy in Thailand, Koh Samui rum would be well up there.

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Packages & Recommendations

Tour Name
Trip Type
Month/Validity
Included Cities
Price Per Adult

Thrilling Thailand

5 Nights / 6 Days
Trip Type
Group Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Jan
  • Feb
Included Cities
Pattaya (3N), Bangkok (2N)
... Pattaya (3N), Bangkok (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 51,860
Onwards
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Main + Internal Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Dec
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
Included Cities
Phuket (3N), Bangkok (2N)
... Phuket (3N), Bangkok (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 53,060
Onwards

Thai Escape (Bangkok & Krabi)

5 Nights / 6 Days
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Main + Internal Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Dec
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
Included Cities
Krabi (3N), Bangkok (2N)
... Krabi (3N), Bangkok (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 61,060
Onwards
Trip Type
Free & Easy – SIC Tour
Main + Internal Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Dec
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
Included Cities
Phuket (2N), Pattaya (2N), Bangkok (2N)
... Phuket (2N), Pattaya (2N), Bangkok (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 63,700
Onwards

Thrilling Thailand with Phuket

7 Nights / 8 Days
Trip Type
Group Tour
Main Flight Included
Month/Validity
  • Feb
Included Cities
Phuket (3N), Krabi (2N), Bangkok (2N)
... Phuket (3N), Krabi (2N), Bangkok (2N)
Price Per Adult
₹ 73,290
Onwards

Happy Travellers

A well organized and planned Thailand trip
A well organized and planned Thailand trip

A well organized and planned Thailand trip

I am very delighted to share my experience with flamingo transworld. It was a great pleasure and satisfying experience for us to travel to Thailand in association with Flamingo.


Initially I was little worried about my trip as it was my first international trip, but assistance and all the necessary information provided by Flamingo made my journey very lucid. We have booked a 7N/8D tour which includes 3N in Phuket, 2N in Krabi and 2N in Bangkok. 


I literally didn't face any trouble during my trip. We have not faced any problem of pick up and drop and in between sightseeing during our entire trip. From booking to end of the tour, they were very helpful and supportive. All the transfers, airport pick up and drop were always on time.  Excellent communication of staff especially Amitbhai and Helly made our tour much easy. They have provided a complete detailed itinerary with details of contact person, information about the city where we are travelling, list of nearby Indian restaurant and list of other details such as shopping place, additional sightseen places etc. were really helpful and appreciable.

Overall it was a very well organized and satisfying trip.

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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   July
Region: Asia   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Honeymoon Packages     Read All
We had very good Experience with Flamingo
We had very good Experience with Flamingo

We had very good Experience with Flamingo

Hope you all are doing great & making people holidays most memorable ones.


At the onset there is dealy from my side to provide feedback & got busy with work , nevertheless its Amit's regular follow-ups, which I appreciate, made me write , so late in the night ( on the lighter side ) as well.

We had great experience & I must say though we went for the first time from Flamingo, we had very good experience & had loads of fun. I would like to give feedback step by step:

  • Pre. vacation counseling: Amit did it very well. Later Rishikesh also made the itinerary as per my requirements. What can be done better : give more options for activities, apart from the regular ones.
  • Package cost: Should be made more attractive & break-ups for activities/hotel etc., should be given, so that we have fair knowledge where we are incurring the cost
  • Accounts: Very meticulous & appropriate
  • Buddha App: Very attractive, easy to use, chat option is awesome. Amit always replied either its 6am in the morning or 12 midnight, He was always concerned that are we ok, had dinner, comfortable etc. Lot of info is provided for local attarctions.
  • ITC : Local tour operator at Thailand: Very timid, punctual & professional. No complaints. Received well at airports/ hotel transfers, daily activities
  • RAMADA BANGKOK : Had bad experience with staff. Very Rude & insensitive
  • Amari phuket is one of the best properties in Phuket. Staff was very respectful & very humble. You should suggest this not only for stay but for Indian food as well ( Rim Talay is the restaurant name)

SPECIAL MENTION: Amit is a hard working & sincere guy. I had good experience with him. Rishikesh was very helpful in given all the tips which were really helpful during the stay. Both were always available & ready to help


We really had amazing time at Phuket, four island tour, Phi Phi island, Adventure day ( with river rafting & Elephant ride) & great shopping experience at Indra Square. My wife & kid also had real fun time. I am sharing few pictures as well.

Thank you so much & would like to book through Flamingo again next year. Hope you give better deal this time, 

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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   October
Region: Asia   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Family Tour     Read All
It was really a wonderful journey of Thailand
It was really a wonderful journey of Thailand

It was really a wonderful journey of Thailand

I am very happy to share my feedback of Thailand trip i did with my family last week in may. It was really a wonderful journey. Right from our booking with Flamingo tours till the end. Flamingo people especially Amit, hiral and of course Rahul helped and supported us very nicely.

We were reluctant for this trip especially pattaya as we heard about it differently and as i was going with family but  flamingo people guided us positively. It was indeed a mind blowing experience. 

The entire tour arrangement was customized so perfectly that we felt it comfortable as well as worthy. Cruise dinner was highlight if all and we truely enjoyed it. Mr. Amit helped with proper indian restaurants guide so that we didnt find much problm there. In totality the experience was fantastic and memorable. My parents also had remarkable experience as it was their first overseas tour. Shopping, sight seeing and hospitality was commendable.

The entire credit goes to Flamingo tours and its concerned staff members. 

Thank you very much and we recommend others also to take benefits of your travel company to be worth of time and money spend.

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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   May
Region: Asia   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Family Tour     Read All
Honeymoon Trip of Thailand with Flamingo
Honeymoon Trip of Thailand with Flamingo

Honeymoon Trip of Thailand with Flamingo

We had planned our honeymoon through flamingo and they arranged all things so perfectly that it made our journey unforgettable. So huge thanks to Flamingo App n specially 2 person Amitbhai & Abhishekbhai who were constantly in touch with us 24×7 to guide us.  We would  like to mention that this 2 person is so humble & cooprative with us that we didn't realise it was our first trip out of india it was so relaxing for us... 

In Thailand all resort we're so lavish, exactly same which they showed us in pictures. 

ITC also helped us to enjoy our journey without any stress or any hassel. 

We would recommend to every Honeymoon couple to start their beautiful life journey with flamingo & ITC. Trust us it would be your best trip ever.....

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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   July
Region: Asia   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Honeymoon Packages     Read All
Thanks Team Flamingo for Wonderful Arrangements
Thanks Team Flamingo for Wonderful Arrangements

Thanks Team Flamingo for Wonderful Arrangements

I would like to thank your team from the bottom of my heart for making such a wonderful arrangements right from the beginning to the end. The only way one could enjoy their vacations is they are stress free, and that's what flamingo is best in doing. you guys have made sure that all the arrangements right from the pick up, hotel accommodations, tour vouchers, Private Taxi are best in class. Everything was perfect and moreover your representative was constantly in touch, which shows your after sale service. All I can say is, I was given more than I was promised. You guys rock.

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Ahmedabad   Travelled in   October
Region: Asia   |   Tour Type: FIT   |   Theme: Adventure Tour     Read All

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