Why your tour of Thailand will be the trip of a lifetime
Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is a country with a rich cultural heritage that sits alongside impressive modernity and relaxation. Steamy rainforests climb impressive mountains before giving way to breath-taking tropical beaches, as cities young and old dot the countryside. The food is distinct and delicious, while Thai culture is inviting and friendly. Enjoy a traditional massage at a sea-side spa or enjoy the hustle and bustle of one of the world's busiest cities.
Your tour of Thailand is sure to be a vacation you will talk about for years to come. Here are just a few of the reasons why this country is so magnificent.
While there are many charms to be found in the more remote areas of the country, your trip to Thailand will likely begin in one of the nation's large cities. Between Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, there are plenty of cosmopolitan pleasures to enjoy.
As the only country in the region to escape European colonization, Bangkok retains many Thai traditions that give the city such a unique flair. There are countless temples and religious sites that can be found right next to modern skyscrapers and other buildings. The Royal Palace, for example, is particularly arresting. At the same time, the city has a diverse and bustling international population, and as a result there is great variety when it comes to shopping and dining.
Just a short boat ride away from the city's center is Bang Krachao. Also known as "The Green Lung" this is a government protected area where papaya trees and other tropical vegetation give visitors an opportunity to escape the urban jungle and enjoy some time with nature. The New York Times reported that there is biking, small coffee shops and even daily classes that can be enjoyed in this area.
Difficult to believe this was in Bangkok but Bang Krachao is right in the middle of the city! A fantastic day trip pic.twitter.com/MkmVg7wUO0— Tortellini (@BKKTortellini) December 29, 2015
The other largest cities in the country- Chiang Mai and Phuket - have their own treasures to explore. During your tour of Thailand, you may visit the Thai Elephant Conservation Center just outside of Chiang Mai, as well as get intimate with local cuisine by taking a cooking class. Phuket, meanwhile is an immensely beautiful city located along the crystal blue water of the Andaman Sea.
While a tour of Thailand may bring about a chance to explore a rich and interesting foreign culture, there are also many opportunities for utter relaxation. In Phuket, for example, there are world-class resorts, private beaches and plenty of luxury to enjoy.
This area of the country is focused on making sure visitors from around the country and across the world can reach full tranquility. Relax with a day at the spa or a well-deserved massage. Similarly, you may chose to take a nap along the fantastic shoreline. A guided tour of the spectacular coast is steeped in unparalleled aesthetic beauty, and a delicious five-course dinner at one of the many wonderful hotels in the region is the perfect way to end a peaceful day.
Just back from Phuket, Thailand - feeling centred, calm and grateful for being able to visit such an amazing place. pic.twitter.com/EJcJpoOolX— Rocksteady_Coaching (@Rocksteady_101) May 16, 2016
At the same time, Phuket and Khao Sok - another popular beach destination - also offered fun and exciting activities for families and energetic guests. There are places to go snorkeling or scuba diving, kayak through mangrove ecosystems or even go rock-climbing or parasailing.
The natural beauty
The country boasts incredible jungles and greenery, as well as interesting wildlife. For example, during your tour of Thailand you may visit Khao Yai National Park. Here you can enjoy pristine rainforest waterfalls, the result of mountain streams carving their way to the coast. As you enjoy these natural wonders, keep an eye out for the many monkeys and birds that call the park home. Especially lucky visitors may even spot Asiatic wild dogs, deer or even a herd of elephants.
Other visitors may chose to explore lost cities and ancient ruins. During a guided river cruise of Chao Phraya - known as the River of Kings - you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the tropical rainforest. As you float along in a traditional long-tail boat, you may see remote fishing villages or the remnants of a long-lost kingdom or civilization. Elsewhere in the jungle, massive structures bespeak the rich and storied history of Thailand. Explore by foot or hop on the back of an elephant to get a better look.