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Thailand tours are popular for the tropical paradises offered up by the country's many beautiful islands. You can't go wrong with whatever island you choose to make the focus of your stay, but Ko Pha Ngan has emerged as one of the most appealing places for travelers, whether you want to relax on the beach or explore some of Thailand's natural wonders.
Situated in the Gulf of Thailand off the southeast coast of the country, the island has gone through somewhat of a transition over the last several years. For a while, it was recognized largely for the enormous dance parties that took place during full moons, but it has since tried to cultivate a more family friendly atmosphere, and has succeeded in doing just that.
The island is home to beaches that have something for everyone. Perhaps most notably, Ao Nai Wak is ideal for people who want to add some adventure to their travels. The beach is widely regarded as one of the best spots on the island for water sports ranging from windsurfing to kayaking. Of course, there are many other spots to check out including the calming shores of Haad Son and the popular Haad Rin.
Ko Pha Ngan has more to offer than just beaches, however. You should also make a point to visit Than Sadet KohPha Ngan National Park. This lush preserve contains everything that is naturally appealing about Thailand. Along with a spectacular coastline, there are plenty of hiking opportunities, including to the peak of Khao Ra, which brings you to about 2,385 feet above sea level - the highest spot on the island.
While Ko Pha Ngan, and Thailand in particular, are certainly highlights of southeast Asia, a tour of Vietnam will serve as the perfect complement to any travels that take you throughout the region. There are ample outdoor adventures to be had at Thailand's neighbor to the east, but cycling the Mekong Delta is certainly tough to beat.
Biking is often one of the best ways to experience a country, and Vietnam is no exception. Aside from offering a relatively flat route, there's arguably no better way to get an up close look at the natural appeal of southern Vietnam, from its diverse wildlife to idyllic landscapes, than on two wheels.
(Yangon, Bagan, Inle Lake)
Glide silently past local Shan villagers and their centuries-old stilt houses on the serene waters of Inle Lake in this time-locked land.
As your small motorboat slides onto the sandy bank of a deserted beach and your attentive guides set up a gourmet seaside picnic, all that’s left to do is allow the turquoise waters of this remote paradise wash away your stresses.
(Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake)
Watch the sun set over Myanmar as you sip cocktails perched high on Pyathagyi pagoda and reflect on the rich cultural heritage of this mysterious region.
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