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Thailand doesn’t stop at bustling Bangkok markets and a hammock on the beach. Behind the beachside bungalows and luxury spa retreats, you’ll find snapshots of Thai life with aromatic street vendors, tuk tuks, junglestrewn temples and giant Buddhas. And since it covers almost 200,000 square miles, there's enough of Thailand to go around.


The official language is Thai (Siamese) but English is widely spoken.


Thai Baht (THB)
Symbol: ฿
100 THB is approx $5


Indochina Time (GMT+07:00)

Thailand for your holidays

What's not to love about a holiday in Thailand? Dazzling beaches, tasty food and friendly locals. Not to mention the fact that it's pretty much the perfect place to visit if you're on a budget! For the best food, bars and cheap accommodation head to the Khaosan Road area - the go to destination to kick off your Thailand adventure.
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Thailand beach break packages

Koh Lanta has the peace and quiet. Krabi has the insane landscapes and awesome activties, like kayaking and climbing. Phuket and Koh Samui have... well, everything you'd ever need for the best beach holiday ever. Grab your snorkel, pull together your low deposit, and get planning.
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Thailand fitness & wellness retreats

Boldly enlightening, spiritually enriching, and downright relaxing... there's a reason why we love southeast Asia so much. Tick off a lifelong goal and see Thailand with one of our health and fitness packages. Hilltribe trekking, guided meditation, and beach Shavasanas are what we do best.
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Asia Bus Passes

Travel with the security of knowing your transport is paid for, but with the freedom to hop on and off at your own pass. Find out more about our Stray and Bamba travel passes.


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Thailand Tours

Get more out of Thailand with a guided tour. From sun drenched sands to peaceful temples and party islands to bustling Bangkok – Thailand has so much to offer. Why not trek through jungles and discover hidden waterfalls and local hill tribes in northern Thailand, travel around tropical paradise islands or find a bargain in Bangkok's floating markets?

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Thailand

When is the best time to go to Thailand?

Thailand's hot, dry season occurs between November and April, meaning the best time to visit is around tthen. April and May are the hottest months, whereas May to October is most of Southeast Asia's rainy season. Don't be put off by the sweeping monsoons during this period; it means the beaches are quieter and hotel rates are often cheaper, making it still a great time to travel.

What should be on my Thailand packing list?

It's easy to get carried away with your packing list when you're taking a trip to such an exotic country, but if you're planning on travelling to multiple locations, pack light! Don't forget a 220-240 AC voltage, or a universal plug adaptor, mosquito repellent, earplugs, a waterproof and waterproof bag if you're visting during rainy season, and comfortable shoes for all the exploring you'll be doing. Don't, under any circumstances, forget to organise travel insurance before you go!

Which vaccinations do I need before I travel to Thailand?

Check with your doctor to see which of the following vaccinations you've already had in school, and which ones you might still need, out of Tetanus, Diptheria, Typhoid, and Hepatits B.  If you're off to a remote area that's far off of the beaten path, you might need malaria pills.

Want to know more?

Wondering what else can you do in New Zealand? Ask our travel experts! We can help you out on activities, day trips, packages or even accommodations! Call 6737 7188 or you can drop us an email or visit any one of our stores!

Prices are subject to currency fluctuation and change without notice. Please ask your STA Travel Expert for up to the minute pricing