Thailand is a country of startling contrast. From the gentleness of the wai, the traditional Thai greeting of placing one’s palms together in a gesture of prayer, to the national sport of boxing –the take-no-prisoners Muay Thai—spending even one day in Thailand is the equivalent of 500 dopamine hits to the brain. Thai food alone is enough to get you amped; with ingredients like hot green chili, garlic, lemongrass, and tamarind, neither you nor your taste buds will ever be bored.
And yet, outside of Bangkok—Thailand’s capital city, transformed into a hyper-fast tomorrow-land by the highest economic growth of any place in the world from the mid-80s to mid-90s—visitors flock to the country for its legendary tranquility. The Andaman Sea is Thailand’s most precious natural resource and host to Asia’s most storied and luxurious resorts: Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Phang Nga, and Trang. Thailand is roughly the size of France, so there’s a lot of ground to cover. Khiri can take you to palm-lined beaches, limestone islands, lush mountains, ethnic minority villages, and—as the perfect complement to Bangkok—the picturesque northern cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Thailand has been heavily influenced by the culture and religions of India. The first Thai, or Siamese, state was the Buddhist Kingdom of Sukhothai, founded in 1238 after the fall of the Khmer Empire. A century later, the power of Sukhothai was overshadowed by the new kingdom of Ayutthaya, which soon became one of the most vibrant trading ports in Asia—doing brisk business with China, India, Persia, and Arab lands.
In addition to the magnificent ruins of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, Thailand has three other fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ban Chiang Archaeological Site near Udon Thani, Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Forest Complex, and Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries. With Khiri tours you can have it all in Thailand: get your nature fix, your history, your lazing on the beach, and your Bangkok nightlife/shopping—all in the same trip!
My wife, my sister in law and I just returned from our fifth private trip to Thailand organised by Khiri. We visited, in particular, the monuments of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Sri Satchanalai, Kampaeng Phet, Pimai, Phanum Wan,and Phanum Rung.
In Thailand we were extremely pleased with our professional guide Mrs. Chocadapat Patty and our driver, Mr. Montvi. They were always on time and cool drinks and towels were always available. Although very exhausting, they didn't mind fulfilling our request to visit up to 20 temples a day. Each temple was professionally explained and documented by Patty. They also were very helpful in choosing small local restaurants where we could enjoy local specialties, from noodle soup to fish dishes.
The Kungsri River Hotel, the Dusit Princess Korat Hotel, and the Ananda Museum Gallery Hotel were excellent and had very good restaurants. Thank you for arranging this beautiful holiday trip and the perfect organisation behind it.
Guy Lieve and Jenny Devleeschouwer - Vanden Bempt, Belgium