With beautiful beaches, cities and countryside you can have a bit of everything when you travel to Thailand. We travelled to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the island of Ko Si Chang. Here are our highlights from our time in Thailand in January 2017.
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Chiang Mai
We knew we couldn’t spend time in Chiang Mai without visiting one of the many elephant sanctuaries. We spent an incredible day learning about the elephants, meeting and interacting with them, giving them a mud bath and then cleaning them off in the river. Elephants are truly remarkable creatures and I’m so glad I got to interact with them. This was the BEST day of our entire South East Asia travels for me.If you are heading to Chiang Mai/Thailand you have to head to a sanctuary, just make sure it is ethical and there is no riding. You can book online at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary here.
Grand Canyon, Chiang Mai
We weren’t entirely sure what to expect here, some sort of quarry where you can swim perhaps. But it turned out to be a full-on inflatable water park which was perfect for a fun-filled afternoon. This is a great place to spend a few hours and to act like a child. Do you want to break up the tourist attractions with a fun activity? Then this is definitely the place for you! More information here.
Visiting a Thai island
With hundreds of islands to choose from, it can be a difficult task to decide which one/s you should visit. We had some spare time in Bangkok so we decided to visit the closest one, Ko Si Chang. Unlike a lot of the other Thai islands, it was very non-touristy and chilled which was exactly what we needed for our last few days in Thailand. You can easily walk around the island, taking in the viewpoints and watching sunset over the beach. For more information and how to get there from Bangkok look here.
Trekking, Chiang Rai
To truly discover a place you need to get away from the tourists and spend some time in nature, which was exactly what we did on this trek. The trek began in Banyafu, a Lahu hill tribe village 25km from Chiang Rai. Accompanied by our informative English-speaking tour guide, we trekked through beautiful forests, saw waterfalls and many creepy crawlies along the way. We stopped off in a nearby village for a delicious lunch, prepared for us by one of the villagers over open fire, before making our way back to our starting point. We booked it through Lanna trek.
Staying in beautiful and cheap accommodation
We stayed in lots of great homestays in our time in Thailand, but our favourite was Bai Pho, an impeccably designed Airbnb. It was a real haven away from the Bangkok streets. Everything about our stay was like a dream, from our own private study and dining table, to the incredible vintage style decor, to the unlimited snacks. And that’s not to mention the lovely and informative hosts who even brought us a fruit basket in the morning! I would recommend this place to anyone, and the value for money is insanely good. Our first Airbnb experience was definitely a success and it was the perfect end to our trip in Thailand. Check it out for yourself here.
Have you been to Thailand? What was your highlight? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!
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