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Nearly all our tours to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are itinerary based - in other words, we show you around the country with stops at several different destinations along the way so that you can see, learn and enjoy as much about your destination as possible. We don't run package holidays with just a flight and single beach resort.

We offer tours which concentrate on different geographical areas, have a lot of or no adventurous activities included, and that feature a range of comfort and accommodation levels. You can join a small-group or enjoy a completely private or tailor-made holiday experience.

How to find a tour...

You can search of all the destinations and activities offered by Thailand Uncovered, by using our tour finder, which can be found on every page of our websites in the left hand menu.

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Whichever way you search, you will find descriptive itineraries, maps, and tour highlights. We also feature extensive information on the countries we visit and the activities we offer through country and activity guides and features.

Private tours

The majority of the suggested tour itineraries on this website have been designed to run privately on nearly any date. This type of travel is most suited if our small group dates do not fit with your available holiday, if you do not want to travel with other people in a larger group, or if you want the extra flexibility and personal touch that a private tour affords. You can book the itineraries exactly as they are described, or they can be extended or shortened to suit your travel requirements. Prices for booking each tour privately are given on each tour web-page.

Tailor-made tours

You can also use the itineraries on this website as a starting point to give you some interesting ideas and to show you what is possible. If you contact us with ideas and requirements, we can then customise an itinerary to fit your personal preferences and interests, available dates and budget. Our travel consultants know Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos very well and have years of experience in designing itineraries for our travellers, and are always very happy to work with you and provide their own suggestions to ensure you end up with a really special holiday.

We also often work with larger groups including schools, dive clubs and societies, so if you are an organisation or business looking for a tailor-made tour, please contact us and our staff will be happy to help.

Small-group tours

We have a small selection of group tours in Thailand and that have regular departures that you may join as an individual, couple, family or group of friends. We also offer some group dates for our Family holidays and other selected itineraries. Joining a group tour is a great way to enjoy the destination at a lower cost, and to also meet some like-minded people along the way. We keep the maximum number in each group small (max 12-18) to improve your experience and relationship with your guide and with other members in the group. The minimum number of travellers required for a tour to run is also kept as low as possible (min 2-4) which means that we hardly ever cancel a tour departure. Most tours depart approximately every 2 or 4 weeks - exact dates for each tour are given on each tour web page, and are also available on request.

During busy periods we often run several groups on the same tour starting on the same date. When this happens, we take great care to split our travellers up in such a way as to give you the best holiday experience (eg. keeping similar ages together, families with similar aged children together).

Tour leaders/guides

Our policy at Uncover the World is to use only local guides and tour leaders, as we feel that this not only contributes to the local economy but also provides you with the best local knowledge available. Local guides can almost invariably give more information and bring a country, its history, culture and nature alive much more than non-native guides. All our guides are fully trained, have a high level of English, and are experienced in dealing with western travellers. We select our guides carefully and value them very highly as we know how important a good guide is to your holiday experience. We are very pleased that many of our guides been working with us for many years. Our clients often describe their tour guide as being one of the highlights of their holiday.

What transport do we use?

In keeping with our aim for our tours to immerse themselves in the local culture and environment, when practical, we make use public trains and buses. These can provide some of the best opportunities to see the life of a country moving and working around you. We also use private buses or cars, air-conditioned in the hottest places, where the local public transport system does not fit in with our itineraries or the class of the tour dictates more comfortable transport.

Please see the tour itinerary pages and factsheets for specific transport arrangements for each tour.

Which hotels do we use?

This website features accommodation pages for Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, which list a range of different hotels and accommodation options available. We give our tours different 'comfort ratings' (see below) and each tour page gives links to the range of hotels used in each location visited. The accommodation pages then give information on which hotels are used for different comfort ratings.

If you book a place on a tour joining a small-group departure, or as a private departure, then we will let you know the hotels to be used for your holiday a couple of weeks before your departure. If you have specific requests for particular hotels, then please request a tailor-made tour and we will confirm the hotels at the time of your booking.

Tour categories

In order to help you more quickly and easily decide if one of our suggested tour itineraries is right for you, we have rated each tour using the following three categories:

Our travel ideas are a convenient way to categorise the type of tours we offer. Below you will find a full list of all our travel ideas along with a brief explanation of each travel idea.

Cultural adventuresThis travel idea describes tours that may concentrate on cultural and historic sightseeing, but that may also feature some more adventurous sections (for example a jungle trek). These can be physically active and may include some basic accommodation.

Family holidaysThese tours are designed specifically with families travelling with children in mind. They are usually run at a slightly slower pace with less intense sightseeing, some activities or visits chosen especially for children, and more time to relax. The guides we use are have experience working with children and know how to make the itinerary interesting but not too testing, especially in hot climates.

Small groupsThis travel idea describes our small group tours. Joining a group tour is a great way to enjoy the destination at a lower cost, and to also meet some like-minded people along the way. We keep the maximum number in each group to a maximum of 12-18.

City breaksUsually short breaks and weekend getaways, these itineraries are perfect for anyone interested in the many wonderful cities in the region. They are great for giving you a taste of a country when you are limited for time.

Jungle adventuresThis jungle adventure category describes tours that explore the jungle regions of Southeast Asia as a major part of the itinerary. They generally include wildlife activities, jungle treks, boat excusions and other activitiy based inclusions. Many will include overnights in treehouses, rafthouses and camps.

Islands & beachesThis travel idea is for tours that focus mainly on the islands and beaches of south Thailand. Along side these tours, it is nearly always possible to extend one of our other itineraries to include time on the islands and beaches in the Gulf of Thailand.

Diving tripsThe Gulf of Thailand is a fabulous place for keen scuba-divers, and these tours are aimed at people who want to learn to dive or improve their qualifications with a PADI course, or those who are already qualified and want to enjoy some amazing diving among the many coral reefs, islands and wrecks in the Gulf of Thailand.

Fishing holidaysThese tours are specially designed for keen fishermen and women and spend a major portion of the itinerary fishing either on Lake Sri Nakarin or Bung Sam Lan in Bangkok. The itineraries are mostly dedicated to fishing, however the can eaisly be combined any of our other tours or extended to include time on the beach.

Special interestsOur special interest tours are designed for people interested in something out of the ordinary. The itinerary concentrates on a particular theme or topic, but may also include some general sightseeing as well. Examples of special interests may include yoga retreats, wildlife or bird watching, Thai cooking classes or photography, to name but a few.

To help you know what to expect, we have rated all our holiday itineraries based on how much physical activity is included in them.

Easy physical activity ratingThe level of activity on these tour itineraries is minimal and would normally only include gentle walking, usually around sites of interest. These itineraries are suitable for nearly everyone both young and old and are also well suited to families with children.

Mild physical activity ratingAlthough still suitable for most people, including young and old, these tour itineraries do involve some level of activity. The level of activity on these itineraries is generally quite mild but may include some longer walks, sometime on uneven ground. There may also be some climbing on and off boats or up and down steps/slopes which would require a greater level of physical mobility.

Moderate physical activity ratingThe level of activity on these tour itineraries is more demanding and might include short treks, longer days and more physical activities such as scuba-diving.

Hard physical activity ratingThe level of activity on these tours is of a strenuous nature and will require a good level of physical fitness. Activities at this level might include longer treks and more advanced scuba-diving courses.

Each of the travel ideas listed above may include tours set at different levels of accommodation. We describe this by using the comfort ratings below. You can use these to help select particular itineraries based on your personal preferences and the style of holiday you are looking for. The nature of itinerary based tours like ours means that it is not always possible to maintain the same comfort level for every night of the trip - indeed part of the idea is to mix this up a little. These ratings therefore give a general overview of the accommodation level to be used and individual itineraries may include one or more nights at a higher or lower level.

Basic comfort ratingOur basic rating is only used where the level of services available for a major portion of the tour is very limited. This might include the use of homestays, treehouses and camps, or fishing bivvies. This level of tour is suitable for anyone wishing to spend some time off the beaten path and therefore accept a lower level of comfort. The tours will often still include some several nights in around 2, 3 or 4-star level hotels.

Standard comfort ratingOur standard rating is based on good quality, comfortable hotels around the 3 and 4-star level. Most will have swimming pools and more than one restaurant and bar. Our cultural adventure tours that feature jungle trekking around Chiang Mai will, by necessity, include some more basic accommodation. This level of tour is suitable for anyone interested in a good balance of comfort and value for money.

Luxury comfort ratingTours with our luxury rating use mainly high quality 5-star hotels, deluxe guesthouses and resorts to provide you with all the luxury and comfort available. We may still use more basic overnight sleeper trains and more adventurous or remote sections may feature fairly simple accommodation, but the vast majority of the tour will be in 5-star hotels.

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