Krabi province on the west coast of southern Thailand has long attracted snorkelers, scuba divers and sun worshipers eager to enjoy the beaches, caves, and tropical waters of the area.
If you’re traveling to northern Thailand you’re almost certainly planning on spending some time in the city of Chiang Mai, perhaps as a base for trekking into the wilderness and visiting some of the local hill tribes. While you’re there it’s well worth taking a drive out to Mon Cham, part of the Nong Hoi Royal Project and arguably the best place in Chiang Mai province for lunch with a (spectacular) view.
You may associate the island of Phuket with beaches, crystal clear waters, scuba diving, and some pretty lively nightlife – but it’s also the home of the newest Escape Hunt location, so you can now mix up the beach lounging and partying with some old fashioned murder mystery entertainment.
Most people have heard of the floating markets in and around Bangkok, but many more tourists flock to the gigantic floating market in Pattaya too. Located on on Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya Floating Market is the ideal place to get away from the mayhem of Pattaya city. This huge market spans some 100,000 square meters and is divided up into four sections. Each section represents the culture, food, and traditions of the north, northeast, central, and southern regions of Thailand.
Aside from being fascinating animals, elephants are an enduring symbol of Thai culture and royal power. Interacting with them provides a glimpse into the dynamic that has existed between Thai people and elephants for centuries. It was a 1.5 hour drive from Chiang Mai to Lampang, where the Thai Elephant Conservation Center is located for our Viator Exclusive Elephant Conservation Experience in Chang Mai. During the drive, we chatted with our guide, Sam, while watching the scenery gradually change from the shopping malls and restaurants of Chiang Mai, to the rolling green hills of the countryside.
Often overshadowed by its neighbor and “capital of the north”, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai has much to offer trekkers and those looking to explore the hill tribe communities in northern Thailand. Hill tribe trekking in Chiang Rai usually means smaller group numbers than you may find in nearby Chiang Mai, which often leads to a more comfortable and personable experience.