Can you believe that 33 million tourists (and rising) head to Thailand each year? It’s unsurprising then that many travellers find it difficult to uncover truly authentic and ethical experiences in this beautiful part of the world. Not to fear! With island vibes, stunning wildlife and local feels, we’ve uncovered five of the most authentic Thai experiences to help you escape the crowds and even give something back.
Khao Sok National Park
If you love nothing more than immersing yourself in nature, you’ll need to visit this beautiful national park. Located in Southern Thailand, it’s one of the oldest and greenest ecosystems in the world (160 million years old to be precise!). Home to green valleys, caves, wild animals and huge limestone mountains, you’ll really be at one with nature here. Fun fact: the lake is man-made!
Lanta Animal Welfare, Koh Lanta
The remote island of Koh Lanta is in Krabi Province, on Thailand’s Andaman cost. It’s also where you’ll find some adorable furry friends. Lanta Animal Welfare’s main objective is to rehabilitate suffering animals as well as provide mobile clinics and educational support to the wider community. Hang out at kitty city or the safe haven for dogs and find out more about their amazing work.
Koh Muk and Tham Morakot (AKA Emerald Cave)
This secret lagoon is a haven of still emerald waters and pristine beaches, surrounded by the most magnificent cliffs you’ll ever see. It’s accessible during low tide via Tham Morakot, which is a large hall without a roof. Swim through the dark and you’ll be greeted by an amazing light at the end of the tunnel.
Mae Hong Son, Mae Hong Son Province
Looking for peace and tranquillity? Head to the Northern Thailand hills. This remote setting is surrounded by mountains and has a palpable Burmese influence, plus there’s hardly a tuk-tuk in sight.
This is a unique opportunity to learn about the local hill tribes, including the Hmong, Karen and Long Neck Kayan. If you’re looking to truly immerse yourself in Thai culture, food and language then you’ve found your oasis. Keep an open mind and embark on a journey of a lifetime.
Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai
This very special elephant sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates these beautiful creatures from all over Thailand. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the elephants play in the river, gain heaps of knowledge on ethical animal experiences and learn the ways in which the park cares for them while also providing employment opportunities for the locals. Unforgettable!
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