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Awesome Ideas for an Eventual Return to Thailand

Contributing Author July 12, 2021 5

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Thailand is opening slowly to certain tourists, so here’s a small handful of ideas to have on-hand for what we hope is a more robust opening in the near future. There’s a good reason why Thailand is so popular with people who go backpacking. There are a ton of white, sandy beaches and the bluest of blue ocean waters. Even some of the hostels are stunning and you can easily go off the beaten track if you want. Thailand is a rite of passage for a lot of travelers too, and it’s a port of call for your Asian adventure.

Visit and walk wth rescued elephants on your next trip. (No riding!)

Enjoy an Ethical Trip to See the Elephants

If you ask anyone who has been to Thailand what the highlight of their trip was, they will soon tell you that the elephants are not to be missed. It’s important that you do your research beforehand if you can because you need to choose somewhere you can really bond with the animals. The Elephant Rescue Park which is in Chiang Mai is a great location. There you will find mistreated elephants who have been retired. It’s forbidden for you to ride the elephants here, but you can bathe them, and you can feed them too. You can also take a walk with them as well.

Chill out on the Koh Nang Yuan Island

Koh Nang Yuan is not your standard island. Believe it or not, it’s the answer to your dreams. There are two miniature islands, and they are easily accessible by private boat. The Island Viewpoint is a must-see and there you will see breath-taking views. The islands look like something out of a fairy tale and there are also stunning turquoise waters too.

A young Jake ferrying to Koh Chang, Thailand (quite) a few years back. =)

Pump up the Party and Visit Koh Sumui

Picture huge water parks and bodyboards with splash pools and you’ll have a good idea about what Koh Phangan has to offer. The deep poolside and the water features will make your holiday feel like it is the best one yet. If you have a thirst for adventure, then this is one that you won’t want to miss out on this location. It’s also ideal if you have kids, just dig into child-friendly options before you go. If you are going to Thailand and are going to be primarily staying in Koh Samui then make sure that you check out this Koh Samui travel guide.

Sunrise above Chiang Mai

Watching the sunrise is surely amazing, but watching it as you ride in a hot air balloon is something else. You can easily take a ride while you sip on champagne. Chiang Mai is wonderful from just about any perspective. You can float above the mountains, and you can view some of the stunning, breath-taking temples below. Choose a private balloon if you are going with a loved one, or book a group trip if you want. Either way, it’s a fantastic way for you to bask in the morning glow. The tour starts at around 6am most of the time but it is absolutely worth getting up for.

Discover the Secret Mountain in Koh Phangan

Life is far more fun when you are able to stray from the proverbial path. If you want to find this hidden gem, then you have to try and navigate all of the steep roads while working your way through the winding paths. Once you are able to get to the top, you will soon see that there’s an insane pool and a stunning restaurant bar. You will also be able to see the stretches of forests that go on for miles, The best bit is that this location is free to visit and it’s easy to find in Koh Phangan too.

Looking out into Phuket.

Aw Phuket

A couple of pre-pandemic interviews focused on Phuket, where you’ll be able to embrace glamour, nightlife and even some seclusion if you know where to go. 

Thai Hotelier Tu Issara

Hot 97 NYC Morning Show Host and friend of the Podcast, Laura

Jake off on a Thai snorkelling adventure. (Pre-sunburn)

Go Snorkelling

Snorkelling is the best and cheapest way for you to enjoy the underwater delights that Koh Tao has to offer. The tours are very cheap if you are on a tight budget, and you may even find that you can rent a snorkelling kit too. You just have to make sure that you check the sea conditions beforehand if you can or you may find that you are not able to go at all. If weather allows, then you can also visit the Lighthouse and Mango Bays. If you go there, you will be treated to full schools of brightly colored fish. This is enough to make anyone’s day and if you have a keen interest in wildlife, this is something that you will not regret at all.

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General travel tips and advice on destinations, hotels and flights.

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