A gentle 'wai' and sawasdee khaa. Welcome to Thailand!
…The land of smiles, friendliness and laughter. A versatile country that frames mountains and tranquillity, action and spirituality in the far North. A country that brings you plenty of opportunities to beat the crowd along the Burmese Border, to sail the beautiful lake waters, explore remote villages and trek into the deep jungle. And a country that boasts so many eye-soringly beautiful beaches and islands that it is not even necessary to choose between umbrella-decorated beaches or unexplored coves. Thailand has something in store for everyone!
And as a beating heart, right in the center of it all most travellers will start their journey in bustling Bangkok. Overwhelming for some, with its traffic chaos and concrete, sweet and spicy smells, tuk tuks and skyscrapers. Yet also fascinating and creative with an urban hip vibe, aspiring artists and underground markets. Everyone has an opinion about Bangkok, but boring surely isn’t one of them!
So the question is, what are you looking? When in doubt, we are here to inspire you and to guide you along the way; to find your trail and path through Thailand. Perhaps even with a detour to explore the other side of the recently opened borders of Burma, to venture through laidback Laos or trail across the grounds of Cambodia. From our Travel Service Centers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai we will help you to navigate the travel jungle. To take care of all the practicalities so you just have to explore.
We look forward to seeing you on the trails beyond – happy travels!
Country Director Thailand
Go Beyond Travel Service Center, Bangkok
Martin, Travel Assistance Supervisor
"…I love to discover Bangkok’s food scene, there’s something new popping up every week! Also the bar, club & art scene is in steady movement. Bangkok is a hub for fashion in Asia.
I arrived in Thailand the first time in 2009 i came with no expectation & no overall plan. The country and its people welcome me with arms wide open and showed me the beauty of another culture. Not a big traveller back than, this was a major turning point in my life and i decided to move here and stayed ever since. I have travelled all over South East Asia and had a lot of great experiences. With this knowledge i now inspire other travellers on their journey with the everlasting enthusiasm that travel let you grow as a person and differentiate between what is important in life (and what is not).
My favourite place has to be Laos – the unspoiled nature & people, no 7/11 on every Corner, all is laid back and the food is amazing, breathtaking landscapes and always something new to discover!"
When you talk to people about Bangkok you will soon realize that everyone has their own Bangkok. It is a city full of hearts and souls, multilayered & versatile. Listen to these storys and start to explore yourself your very own Bangkok.
Aleks, Travel Advisor
As I see it, there are two ways to beat the crowd:
First, run in the opposite direction. You will find yourself in unknown territory and quickly realize that the further you continue in this direction, the more people will start to look at you as unknown territory as well. That is where the magic happens and where curiosity is born.
Second, follow the crowd and embrace the fact that tourism might lead you to some places for a good reason. It is important to get beyond the perception that traveled paths are less enjoyable and see what adventure comes with just a little bit more time and effort than most travelers are willing to take.
On my first overseas trip, I went to Vietnam. The best thing and the best feeling was that absolutely everything felt new and different. I have been chasing this feeling on each and every trip since.
I travel to get clarity. I learn more about myself on every trip. I use myself more and in new ways. I develop a bit faster each mile I get further from my comfort zone.
My favorite destination right now is Myanmar. It contains secrets I have yet to uncover. It offers more history, more unexplored nature, more deserted beaches and more open and genuine culture than anywhere else in the world.
I certainly remember times when my travel plans did not go as expected. Pretty much once per travel month. This can be both good and bad of course, but as a Travel Advisor, I am sometimes surprised by how much of my advising is based on both good, but certainly also bad, experiences.
Rikke, Travel Advisor
I love go traveling so i can meet new people, new cultures and new ways of living your life.
In my spare time, I like to hang out with friend. The second best thing to do, is to try some new food. I love to explore different kinds of dishes, and thai food is one of my favorite cuisines.
My favorite thing to do when i am out traveling, is to get lost. So i can go and explore by myself, and find some new places or new restaurants.
My favorite country in the world is Thailand, because of the people, the culture and of course the food. In Thailand you can get the big city life, and you can get away on a hidden beach, and enjoy the nature.
My best travel tip is: Try and learn a little bit about the culture, before you go to the country, that will help you in many situations.
Go Beyond STAY - New Road Guest House
Go Beyond Travel Service Center, Chiang Mai
Biggie – Travel Advisor
What I love of travelling, meeting new people, taking pictures and discover hidden gems. I love to wander around in smaller cities, always in company with my camera to get the best shots of local alleys, coffee shops and all kinds of interesting sides. During the night time, I like to discover the nightlife and love to have the opportunity to meet people from all nationalities.
The most precious moment of travelling was my trip to Europe. I was able to go to Germany, Switzerland, Italy and some more countries. I liked Switzerland the most because the mountains were the most beautiful I ever seen and of course the first time I get my hands on snow J
I wish to travel to Bali. I would love to visit the beautiful rice terraces and would relax a few days on the amazing bounty beaches. Furthermore, the cultural buildings and rituals are very intriguing.
If you are in Chiang Mai and want the really insider tips of a local, I will not disappoint you. As a Chiang Mai local, I could help you to find all the places, which normal tourist will not discover.
Pimm – Travel Advisor
Torsten, Country Director
"...I love traveling in Vietnam and Nepal, for every corner you turn there are new fantastic vistas, people and food. The diversities of these two countries is amazing.
My most precious travel memory is when I got lost on a motorbike in the middle of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, I had a flat tire, the sun had gone down and a local truck stopped to take me along. Tired, grateful and happy.
Why I keep travelling? I have only done 72 countries, so that leaves around 118 to go!
My best insider tip to Bangkok - a challenge for you: Take your favorite mode of transportation, bicycle or motorbike and drive in one direction here in Bangkok, drive until you get lost. Then turn around and find your way back without using GPS. This way you will really appreciate how helpful and cheerful Thais are and I guarantee that you will see things that you never dreamt of seeing."
Production, Reservation and Operation
Damien, Head of Product
Noom, Marketing Assistant
Nui, Assistant to Product Manager
“...What I remember from when I was a child travelling in Isarn, is my many questions, and my father’s answer: we are never alone on the earth, we can share and receive at the same time. We are not different from each other and if we are our simple selves, we can live well together in this world. This is my aim, and that’s why I love to travel.
My best advice or travelling is to ask lots of questions. Find out what to do and what not. Respect the rule and customs of the country, and enjoy spending your time with the locals.
I still remember when I was in Myanmar and went to Golden Rock on a rainy-sunny day. Sitting on the back of an open-air truck we, and our bag of clothes, all got wet. We had no clothes for tomorrow and we were to stay 1 night at the Golden Rock Mountain. When the rain stopped, a team member asked the hotel to help us make a bonfire so we could dry our clothes. 22 people seated in a circle, all sharing and talked and getting to know each other better, that made a circle of new friends.
Lek, Reservation Manager
"…Travels are my job, and in my spare time, I read magazines about fashion and travelling.
My favorite place to go is Chiang Mai with my family. I go there because it has wonderful views and clean air.
When you are in Bangkok, I highly recommended to try the noodle shop ‘Yen Ta Four’ at Thanon Jan Rd. It’s so yummi!
Arm, Assistant Operation & Sales Manager
"…In my free time I like to go to s small lovely coffee shop to read my favorite book and listen to my favorite songs. But sometimes I just stay at home and play Ukulele. I’m still learning though.
My favorite travel memory is my Pukradueng Trip, because it makes me proud of myself. The feeling of reaching the top of the mountain, which I never thought that I could do.
I travel to find places that are different from my daily routines; that has fresh air, no traffic, slow moving life and less city stress.
My first journey on my own was when I graduated high school. I went to the northern provinces with my friends to visit Phetchaboon, Loey, Lampang and Lampoon. I still remember the feeling of being on the road, blessed by friendship.
Ple, Special Request Officer
"...Why I travel? Well, because my mind is always happy and it makes me smile. Travelling balances your life and makes you understand the constrasts of the world.
My most precious travel memory is from Luang Prabang in Laos when I first caught sight of the city. I love their culture. It is so similar to Thailand, nice people who are always ready to assist you even though you cannot communicate in your language. Moreover I like their fabulous architecture.
My insider tip to travel: Just enjoy every moment you are travelling. Even the unexpected parts of the journey because experiences are the mother of all wisdom.
"…I love to travel whenever I have time for it. Travelling fills me up with new energy!
I like to explore, and I never miss the chance to get in touch with the local food (especially the spicy dishes), and the way of living they have.
Asia in general would be my destination. I have been to China, Korea, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam; all of them brings a different kind of charm, and has a lot of things to explore.
But if I have to choose my favorite destination it would be THAILAND, my motherland!Thailand is not only the land of smiles, but also full of beautiful beaches, emeralds, sea and mountains covered with tropical plantation and wild life. And again I love local food, my tip for you is to try Tom Yum Soup with sticky rice and mango, which I think is a once in a life time dish! Yummy yummy!
Phet, Head of Guides
"…I love traveling. It opens my eyes and I get a better understanding of the world and what’s going on. I
My most precious travel memory was my journey to Switzerland – seeing real snow! However, my favorite places to go are Denmark and UK. I speak both Danish and English and going back helps me improve my language skills. Also I have friends in both countries.
My best insider tip to Bangkok would be to go to the Flying Chicken restaurant. It’s a place where you can have a lot of fun on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Bangkok Travel Assistance Center @ New Road Guest House
Find us: 1216/1 Charoen Krung Road 10500 Bangkok, Thailand
Call us: +66 (2) 821-5503 (Emergencies: +66 (81) 909-0175)
Skype us: "jyskthailand"
Office hours: Every day 08:00-12:00 and 15:00-19:00 local time
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