Into the Wild in Thailand
In my last trip to Thailand, I had the joy of experiencing urban vibrancy, lush jungle, and island life. After a quick stop in bustling Bangkok, I made my way north toward Chiang Mai. Despite being a large city, it feels very local and authentic; Chiang Mai is celebrated for its delicious street food and colorful night markets. The nearby Patara Elephant Farm is a must do for all animal lovers, and especially when traveling with family. Many elephants are still abused across Southeast Asia, which makes it rewarding to visit Patara and see the rescued elephants living out their lives in total peace and safety. Getting up-close to the elephants, feeding them, learning about how to determine their health, and bathing them in a clear stream truly is life changing!
Next, my journey took me to the Golden Triangle and Chiang Rai. In this northernmost part of the country, you can explore Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand all in one day! The local Four Seasons Tented Camp is one of the most unique properties I’ve ever visited. I recommend having a cocktail on the outdoor deck overlooking the river, Myanmar, and Laos.
No trip to Thailand is complete without a stop at the beach. After leaving the jungle, I traveled to the island of Phuket. While very developed, there is a plethora of fantastic resorts that make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tropical weather. If you’re in search of a more authentic experience, continue to Phi Phi Island (formerly a James Bond filming location). The dramatic landscape makes for some gorgeous photos! Another interesting stop is the tiny Muslim fishing village of Ko Panyi.
Aside from all the above, my fondest memory of Thailand is the people. They are such kind, gentle, and happy human beings– and the true soul of Thailand.
by Angela Schoenhard
Luxury Travel Advisor & Director of Business Operations