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High Five…Thailand!

From the absolute madness of Bangkok to the serenity of the island beaches, Thailand will be the catalyst for a majority of your most unforgettable travelling adventures.

Home to 68.1 million of the most friendly people you’ll ever meet (it isn’t called the ‘Land of smiles’ for nothing), sun drenched beaches, thick jungles, scenic beauty and a melting pot of rich culture, Thailand has sooooo much to offer and won’t disappoint.

It’s also a foodie’s paradise; just make sure you branch out from pad thai and green curry. So what would be on my Thailand bucket list….

Five unforgettable Thailand Experiences

1. Volunteer at a sanctuary for neglected elephants

If you’re an animal lover and after the ‘cute’ factor then this one’s for you. Volunteer with elephants at a rescue centre near Chiang Mai, where you’ll help prepare evening meals and assist the keepers with bathing the elephants, plus lend a hand at local conservation projects in the region. Your day will begin at 7am and finish at 5pm but we promise this is the most rewarding hard day’s work you’ll ever do!

Elephant Nature Park

Eye is for Elephant. No, no, wait a minute. I've gone wrong somewhere. | Photo by Christian Haugen in our Flickr Group

2. Soak up the sun and laze on stunning beaches

Think of travelling to Thailand and the chances are you’ll think of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. With so many islands to choose from, you’re never too far from a beach paradise. Perfect for lazy days of sunbathing, massages, watersports, snorkelling, diving or partying, the beaches in Thailand will be the source of many a backpacking memory.

3. Snorkel or dive with the fish in Koh Tao

Nestled peacefully in Thailand’s Gulf Coast, Koh Tao is rich in coral reefs and blessed with crystal clear visibility — it’s a scuba dive and snorkel heaven. Koh Tao is also one of the cheapest places to get your open water dive certification in the world and has a host of first class dive schools to choose from. Spend your days in the water and your nights in a beachside bar. Bliss!

4. Explore the frantic streets of Bangkok by tuk tuk

Sit back and relax (kind of) in one of Thailand’s famous tuk tuks. You’ll be whizzed around the madness of Bangkok, while locals go about their day, enfolding travellers into one of the Asia’s most exciting cities. Scout out the best markets, street food vendors and practice your haggling skills for when you’re let loose on the streets of this bustling urban jungle.


Presumably, this lady is en route to her "Safely Transporting Your Gas Bottle on Your Long Boat" training | Photo by joeannenah

5. Trek with Northern Hill Tribes

There’s way more to Thailand than beaches and buckets. Get up north and hang out with the locals on a hill tribe trek. Prepare for rolling mountains, cascading waterfalls, diverse rainforest and elephant rides as you trek through Northern Thailand’s magnificent lands and meet a diverse range of tribes, each with their own language, clothing and religion.

Well, if that little bundle didn’t just stun you with inspiration then something’s gone awry! Have you got anything you’d like to add to the conversation? We’d love to hear your opinion!

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