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Thailand: What You Need To Know – The Essentials

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is regarded as one of the most famous cities in the country. For over 150 years The Grand Palace was the residence of the King, his court as well as the government of Thailand and the Royal Mint. The area spans 218,400 sq. meters which offer a variety of things to do and see. In the year 1782, massive walls were constructed around the palace and its offices which has contributed to what an amazing attraction is to this day. Please keep in mind that to gain access to the palace there is an extremely strict dress-code and you will be refused access if you are wearing the wrong attire. Both men and women must wear long trousers and tops/shirts with sleeves and closed toe shoes, no bare feet.

The Elephant Experience

Elephants in Thailand

In Thailand, the elephant is the national symbol as well as a highly respected animal. Here there are a variety of ways to work with or encounter these beautiful beasts all across the country. However, animal cruelty has become a significant issue in a few of the “elephant sanctuaries.” You should avoid any of the centres that force the animals to perform tricks and please do not be tempted to ride them.

Luckily, there are still many humane and real elephant experiences on offer. One of these is the Elephant Nature Park that focuses its efforts on rehabilitating rescue elephants and paying a visit to this sanctuary is what assists their work. If you would like to enjoy an elephant experience along with luxurious accommodation, the award-winning Elephant Hills is the ideal destination. This establishment features luxury tented camps along with an opportunity to interact with these animals in their natural habitat.

Island Hopping

Thailand Islands

Thailand offers more than 5,000 miles of a stunning coastline, for tourists and visitors to explore. You can choose the option of travelling by a long-tail boat which allows you to discover a variety of islands and beaches. Alternatively, you can always take a superyacht charter in Thailand – it’s a once in a lifetime experience that could really aid you in seeing this great nation.

Some main attractions include Phang Nga Bay that features limestone rocks that have been photographed famously off the west coast of Thailand or hop to the next Island to see the Andaman Sea off of Krabi and Phuket. It is here that you will enjoy a variety of snorkelling adventures and pristine white-sand beaches on Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Lee. If you are looking to capture outstanding shots when you snorkel, refer to this guide to expert underwater photography.

The ideal conditions and calm sea make this destination ideal for kayaking. This is regarded as a fantastic way in which to discover the islands without the hustle and bustle of passenger ferries or tourist boats. You also get to experience Thailand in all its beauty at a pace that you prefer. Some of the more picturesque areas include the coastline of Koh Tao, Koh Phan Ngan along with Koh Samui found in the Gulf of Thailand.

The Hill Tribe Villages

Hill Tribe North Thailand

Hmong, Karen, Lisu and Asha tribes can be found to the north part of Thailand. If you prefer to stay away from the tourist trails, you may enjoy spending one day or a couple of nights with one of the local families so you can experience the way that they live. However, it is important that you choose the tour guide with caution and make sure they conduct themselves in a sustainable and ethical manner.

Kanchanaburi

Bridge, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

This province is the ideal haven for the backpackers in this lush and green forest. It is here that you will discover the Death Railway that links Myanmar or Burma as well as the bridge that crosses the River Kwai. These are both haunting relics derived from WWII which were constructed by the prisoners-of-war.

Not far from here you will find the Tiger Temple, which has been in the news a lot recently due to animal-welfare reports resulting in all of the tigers being removed. Therefore, consult with others for travel advice and take caution before you place a booking.

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