Journeys Within Ground Operations offers customized independent tours in Thailand including highlights such as the markets and backstreets of Bangkok, the Royal Palace and Emerald Buddha, the ancient capitals Ayutthaya and Sukothai, and of course the world-famous islands and beaches of Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui and more.

Where East meets West, Thailand is a country full of energy and tradition. From the modern capital of Bangkok to the ancient capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukothai, Thailand has been a master of its own destiny. This is a country so diverse in both its culture and its scenery that you have to see it to believe it.


In Bangkok guests can take a longboat ride through the back alleys of Bangkok only to land at the world famous Oriental Hotel for a sundowner.

They can spend their days visiting peaceful, splendid temples and the Royal Palace, and be entertained by traditional Thai kickboxing at night. Bangkok truly is a city of paradoxes, where East meets West, haves meet have-nots and travelers are offered a front row seat to it all.

Visitors can leave Bangkok for a tour of the ancient capitals Ayutthaya and Sukothai, and after a long day’s adventures, relax with a traditional Thai massage, and enjoy some of the best food in the world, or better yet, learn to cook it themselves at a traditional Thai cooking school. Visit hill tribes in Chiang Mai and see the unique and varied cultures that have survived decades.

Need we even mention the beaches? Canoe through hongs, snorkel and SCUBA dive off white sand beaches and enjoy fresh seafood prepared by masterful chefs or street food vendors.

Country Guide

We have put together an extensive Thailand Country Guide to help you advise and prepare your guests in the lead up to their trip. This is available to anyone partnered with JWGO in Thailand, and includes detailed information on the following –

  • Top Ten Tips
  • Passport & Visa Requirements
  • Bureaucracy
  • Currencies and Money Matters
  • Tipping
  • Languages
  • Internet
  • Laundry
  • Photography
  • Toilet Facilities
  • Climate
  • Luggage
  • Clothing
  • Regional Airline Maximum Weight Restrictions
  • Suggested Packing List
  • Health (Inoculation Requirements, Medical Facilities, Water and Food)
  • Safety
  • Etiquette in Southeast Asia
  • Responsible Travel
  • Shopping
  • Recommended Books, Movies and Travel Apps
  • Travel Insurance Advice
  • A Typical Day On Tour
  • JWGO Management Team
  • Journeys Within Local Office Contact Details

Tour Options

Here is a selection of the kind of unique tours we can create in Thailand. Please CONTACT US for more information on detailed itinerary options.

highlights of Thailand tour

Tour Style: Classic Journey

Tour Name: Classic Thailand Tour (14 days)

Countries Visited: Thailand

Brief Description: Thailand is truly one of the world’s best destinations, not only because of its friendly people and reasonable prices, but because there is so much to see and do in a single country. In this 14-day tour guests will see the diversity and beauty of Thailand by visiting the vibrant capital, Bangkok; the peaceful and beautiful cultural capital, Chiang Mai; and the paradise island of Phuket.

Must-See Sites Include: Bangkok, Chiang Mai’s historical centre and remote countryside, Phuket’s pristine white beaches and magical sea caves

Exceptional Experiences Include: Cycling remote pathways around the floating market, an exclusive insight into Bangkok’s culinary delights, a cooking class in the countryside, morning alms giving, floating through Phuket’s hongs by starlight.

Family adventure tour in Thailand

Tour Style: Family Focus

Tour Name: Family Adventure Thailand Tour (20 days)

Countries Visited: Thailand

Brief Description: Break out of the norm and explore more of Thailand in this three-week Family Thailand Adventure. Guests and go beyond just Bangkok by staying in a floating hotel on the River Kwai and exploring Chiang Mai’s remote villages in Northern Thailand. They can even go beyond the normal beach relaxation by zip-lining through the jungle in Khao Sok National Park. This adventure is perfect for a family that is active and ready to get off the beaten path.

Must-See Sites Include: Bangkok, bridge over the River Kwai, Chiang Mai’s historical centre and remote countryside and national parks, the Golden Triangle, Phuket’s pristine white beaches and magical sea caves

Exceptional Experiences Include: Cycling remote pathways around the floating market, floating down the River Kwai on a bamboo raft, morning alms giving, visiting local hill tribes in the north, zip-lining above the treetops, floating through Phuket’s hongs by starlight

Luxury at Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia

Tour Style: Real Romance

Tour Name: A Luxurious Journey Through Thailand and Cambodia (14 days)

Countries Visited: Cambodia, Thailand

Brief Description: From Muay Thai in Bangkok to Elephants in the Jungles of Northern Thailand and from the temples of Angkor Wat to ruins well beyond, this is the ultimate trip for first time visitors to Asia. Spend two weeks exploring Thailand and Cambodia through each country’s unique sights, flavors and traditions. Guests can start their journey in Bangkok, where our knowledgeable guide will help unravel the secrets of this ancient empire, then they can investigate the various tastes of this culinary capital with one of the city’s top chefs.

Visitors can become an elephant researcher for a day at the Four Seasons Tented Camp, using the luxury retreat as their base to hop across the border and discover Burma. Next heading to Cambodia we will help them beat the crowds at Angkor Wat before being whisked away to the remote temple at Preah Vihear by helicopter.

No first-time tour of Southeast Asia would be complete without a stopover at one of the area’s most spectacular beach resorts — guests can choose between one of Phuket’s paradise resorts or the secluded Song Saa Island in Southern Cambodia. This 14-day tour is the perfect introduction to the land of wonder.

Must-See Sites Include: Bangkok, Four Season’s Tented Camp and the Golden Triangle, Angkor Wat and other temples, the magical private island of Song Saa

Exceptional Experiences Include: VIP treatment at some of the world’s top hotels, exclusive insight into Bangok’s culinary delights with local chef, interacting with the beautiful elephants at Four Seasons Tented Camp, monk blessing in the Angkor temples, helicopter tour of the Angkor temples, interacting with local students in a JWOC class and meeting the founder


Tour Style: Activity and Adventure

Tour Name: Thailand and Cambodia Adventure Tour (16 days)

Countries Visited: Thailand, Cambodia

Brief Description: This tour will allow guests to explore the vibrant backstreets of Bangkok, cycle through northern Thailand, and connect with elephants, before heading to Siem Reap, Cambodia where they will not only see the amazing temples at Angkor Wat, but will also kayak the Tonle Sap Lake, finding a personal connection with the locals in their villages, and giving back to the community by spending an afternoon at Journeys Within Our Community. Finish off their adventure with a trek in the rainforest of Cardamom Mountains and relaxing by the river.

Must-See Sites Include: Bangkok, Northern Thailand countryside, Angkor Wat, Killing Fields, Koh Kong Province

Exceptional Experiences Include: Cycling around the floating market near Bangkok, sampling the amazing Bangkok street food, spending the day with an elephant, exploring villages and bamboo forests around Chiang Mai, kayaking on the Tonle Sap Lake, interacting with students in a JWOC class, ziplining across the forest canopy of the temples, watching local acrobats and artists perform, swimming in a waterfall

Family vacations in Laos

Tour Style: Educational Escape

Tour Name: Bed and Breakfast Journey (13 days)

Countries Visited: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand

Brief Description: This itinerary visits Chiang Mai, Thailand; Luang Prabang, Laos; and Siem Reap, Cambodia, all from the comfort of a bed & breakfast. Each bed & breakfast is richly decorated in traditional style and run by an excellent local staff and experienced English-speaking management. Guests can explore the cultural capitals of these three countries in this amazing 13-day Bed & Breakfast Journey.

Must-See Sites Include: Stunning landscape of northern Thailand, beautiful and historical Luang Prabang, Angkor Wat and other temples, Tonle Sap Lake

Exceptional Experiences Include: Cooking class in the countryside, experiencing local ‘’home-away-from-home’’ accommodation, exploring local village life