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Known by the Thai people as “land of freedom,” Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia never colonised by a European power – thanks to a long succession of Siamese rulers who held both French Indochina and the British Empire at bay. With a culture shaped by many influences from India, China, Laos, Burma and Cambodia, Thailand’s strong identity is characterised by its national religion, Theravada Buddhism. Thais are renowned worldwide for their hospitality, generosity and politeness - and for their mouthwatering cuisine.
So what a rewarding choice your tour of Thailand will be as it takes you into the heart of this delightful, frequently astonishing country.
Once a small 15th century trading post, Bangkok is now Thailand’s exotic, vibrant capital. Its cultural and religious icons - the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the spectacular Grand Palace and the astonishing 150 foot long reclining golden Buddha of Wat Pho - are quite breathtaking. But your Thailand tour will also take you deep into the rural beauty and enchanting scenery of verdant orchards, palm trees and picturesque paddy fields where the way of life has hardly changed for centuries. You’ll discover the famous unspoilt Golden Triangle where the Mekongand Ruak rivers meet, the ancient city of Chiang Saen, and the rainforest hills deep in Chiang Rai province that are home to the Royal Villa of the King’s mother.
There’s another more recent and poignant side to your Thailand tour as well – the forced labours of WWII allied POWs to build the infamous bridge over the River Kwai and ‘Death Railway’ under the most terrible of conditions. You’ll see them both close up in the most moving way, travelling by long-tail boat and then train. But at the end of your fabulous tour of Thailand there’s time for relaxation too at Hua Hin on the tropical shores of the Gulf of Thailand - the resort of choice for the Thai Royal family themselves.
Great tour with an absolutely fantastic tour guide by the name of Paul who went out of his way for all travellers on this trip. It was a very busy holiday with lots to do but plenty of breaks on .. [Read More]
Anne Pauline Houlihan
This is an excellent trip. Our guide John was terrific. His knowledge and enthusiasm made the trip. One of the best guides we have had.
Our one criticism would be that on four of the seven .. [Read More]
Marie and Malcolm Maciver
We enjoyed a very special holiday thanks to Clara our tour guide who put her heart and soul into giving us lots of extra special treats and was a fount of information
Thanks to Clara and .. [Read More]
Ruth and Ray
This was the first time with Riviera and we were very impressed. The hotel and service from your Rep Alexander was second to none. This will not be the last time we will use Riviera .. [Read More]
A most enjoyable holiday. We were well looked after everywhere we went. Our Tour Manager, John, was outstanding in his attention to detail, enhancing our tour with his knowledge of .. [Read More]
We have just returned from this lovely river cruise. Our guides were Jane and Mandy, who worked so hard to make our holiday one to remember. The staff on board the boat are incredible, hard .. [Read More]
A very interesting and fascinating trip with moderate hotels. However the evening Buffet in Granada was really good. Our Tour Manager, Clive, was excellent and very knowledgeable .. [Read More]
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Another Birthday and to celebrate, another cruise. This was our third river journey with you and our sixth Riviera holiday. We knew we would not be disappointed, .. [Read More]
Roberta Davis and George Matthews
My friend and I have had the most amazing trip to Krakow. Vic, our tour guide, made everything run so smoothly and was so kind and knowledgeable. The lovely local Polish guide, Joanna, who took .. [Read More]
I’m recently home from my first holiday with Riviera and just want to thank everyone involved. The hotels and transport were excellent, comfortable and efficient. But the star .. [Read More]
We have had another wonderful Riviera holiday, which exceeded expectations. In no small part this was because our tour manager John was outstanding. He has a deep and extensive .. [Read More]
Many thanks to Paula who was a brilliant guide. We loved her friendly relaxed style and the care she took to ensure that everyone had the best experience possible. Organisation was faultless and .. [Read More]
Colin and Mary Millett
We have just returned from our wonderful tour of Sorrento, Capri ,Pompeii ,Vesuvius and the Amalfi coast. We stayed at the Villa Maria which was comfortable, great room service and excellent half .. [Read More]
Tony and Jane Richardson
Inspired by our 1st tour with Riviera a couple of year ago, we felt that we could not go wrong with booking this tour. We were not disappointed, everything was so well organized, hotels .. [Read More]
Mike & Tessa Parker
This was the first time that we have travelled with Riviera. We chose this trip as I had family In East Germany and wanted to know more of the history of this region. We were not disappointed. .. [Read More]
We have just returned from the Bruges tour which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our guide, Pete, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He gave us a brief 30 minute walk on the evening of .. [Read More]
Peter and Sue Hawes
Just returned from fantastic South Africa Tour. It was we’ll organised from start to finish, our tour manager Janie and guide Ian were superb nothing was too much trouble. There we 41 of us .. [Read More]
Val & Pete Cornish
An excellent well planned tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it. the hotels were comfortable and food was good - masses of choice and lots of fresh fruit and salads. Above all we really appreciated our .. [Read More]