Despite all the hustle and bustle caused by tourism in Thailand, there are still several very rewarding experiences to do in this Asian paradise that will surely be kept in your best memories
It is from Thailand that I keep some of my best memories, it was the first country that I came back to several times, exploring it ever more deeply and trying always to take the best of it.
After several experiences, some amazing, some good, and a few less good, I want to share with you the ones that have made the most of me and which undoubtedly led me to know and love this country.
The 4 Thai experiences you can not miss:
Not only is Thai cuisine one of the best known in the world, but it is also one of the most interesting to cook. A cooking class in Thailand is something that will definitely help you to get to know the country better and understand its culture. It all starts in a local market where they will explain what ingredients to choose and how to evaluate their quality.
After the purchases made, the preparation of the delicacies is followed, usually cooked about 6 dishes, where you will learn to prepare a complete meal: from the entrance to the main course to dessert and also a type of seasoning (as the famous green curry for example).
After the food is made, it is time to taste our banquet!
One of the most rewarding experiences that makes you come into contact with the nature of Thailand and its people at the same time is undoubtedly the trekkings of 2 or more days, where you spend the night in the house of the local people.
This trekking makes you penetrate deep into the Thai forest and witness the wildlife in the most natural way, without barriers or grids that separate you from nature.
At the end of the afternoon, it is time to meet the hosts who are waiting for you in your village and in your own homes. You will have time to exchange experiences with the fantastic Thai people who live in the forests and taste the delicacies that they prepared for you before you go to the house that will welcome you to spend the night. Here communication can be complicated since English is not a spoken language, but all this is part of the magic of being in connection with the world!
Usually, this type of trekking involves walking a few kilometres, but don’t be scared, in the end, all the effort will be worth and will undoubtedly be one of the most rewarding experiences that you will keep in your memories.
For some time now I have written an article about the reality of tourism with elephants in Thailand. Nowadays it is well known that the famous elephant rides carry a huge amount of horror to which these animals are subjected, from the moment they are born.
What I propose here as an experience is the opposite of the typical elephant rides.
There are more and more elephants being rescued from the hands of tourism to spend the rest of their days in sanctuaries, where they can finally be free from all the pressure that the tourist industry brings them.
However, there are also several “sanctuaries” that are like that at all, forcing these giants to take several baths a day or to do acrobatics for the simple delight of the tourists, which shows that we must be careful about this type of “sanctuaries”.
The Save Elephant Foundation, of which The Wanderlust is a partner supporting the foundation from its Wander for Good project, has a wide range of activity offerings at its Elephant Nature Park, all of which are aimed at the welfare of the animals in the first place. During your visit to the park, you will help to prepare meals for the elephants and you will gain knowledge about these giants while watching them in freedom, outside the clutches of abusive tourism.
Sleeping in Floating Bungalows
It is in the Khao Sok national park that magic takes place as you watch the sunrise after a quiet night in a floating bungalow on Lake Cheow Lan.
This nature park is located inside the oldest rainforest in the world! The fauna and flora you can find here is immense and the walks through the forest are breathtaking, there is life everywhere!
The exploration of caves is also one of the experiences that stays in the memory of everyone, I am not talking about simple caves, but of enormous caves, where sometimes we get to have water by the chest.
Khao Sok has undoubtedly a fantastic ecosystem that puts us in real contact with the best that nature has to offer. And after a day full of explorations nothing better than refreshing jump to the water, directly from the entrance of our bungalow to the lake that surrounds us, while the involving rock formations take on shades of yellow and orange during the farewell of the sun.
There is still much to discover in Thailand, despite its large-scale tourism! Just go a little bit of the beaten track and you will find the true essence of this country. Explore and get out of your comfort zone and you will see that the world will have a huge smile waiting for you. The Thai people are amazing, it is not by chance that it is known as the “country of smiles”, and you will quickly feel at home.
Thailand is a country that has suffered a lot from pollution, like many countries in Southeast Asia, so remember to minimize the environmental impact you have while travelling, only in this way will we be able to preserve our home, that is this Planet.