Thailand beach & rainforest holiday
Description of Thailand beach & rainforest holiday
This itinerary uncovers some of the more unusual and unseen parts of Thailand, getting you away from the established tourist trail. The trip makes the most of Thailand's diversity with time in the buzzing city of Bangkok, a national park and on one of the country's quieter beaches at a charming boutique hotel.
Exploring with experienced guides, you can discover some of Thailand's hidden spots with a city safari through Bangkok and trekking through the dramatic jungle and hills of Khao Sok National Park. Finish your trip by relaxing on the unspoilt beaches of Khao Lak where you can snorkel at the nearby Similan Islands, enjoy fresh and delicious seafood, or simply relax by the sea.
PlanetWe have tried to ensure that all elements of the itinerary take responsible tourism practices into consideration. The itinerary promotes natural experiences such as staying in a tented camp which is powered largely by renewable energy sources, thus limiting its impact on the surrounding rain forest. There is a huge variety of flora and fauna in the bark including horn bills, the largest flower in the world - Rafflesia, and even the rare clouded leopard. The wildlife is all observed through their Wildlife Monitoring Project which tracks the wildlife in the area to encourage conservation.
The hotel we have recommended on the beach does what it can to avoid impacting the local environment by leaving as much as possible of the landscaping to nature, avoiding pulling up indigenous plant life to make way for travelers.
All the excursions have been chosen with the intention of educating the visitor to the responsible tourism side of Thailand as well as providing a wealth of unforgettable experiences. The exploration in Khao Sok National Park will take you to the national park headquarters where you will learn more about the conservation measures which are being implemented in the park related to wildlife as well as environmental sustainability.
We have encouraged overland transfers where possible. As well as working well from a responsible perspective we also believe this will allow you to experience Thailand from a more direct perspective. We've also encouraged the use of re-usable water bottles in lieu of plastic.
PeopleWe encourage the use of smaller locally owned properties who employ locals from the surrounding areas. The majority of staff at all hotels are local people, and the vast majority of the guides and drivers used in the itinerary are local. This allows travelers to see the best of Thailand such as local restaurants and shops that source locally made goods. Nature guides within Khao Sok National Park are often local as well, allowing them to be educated in the unique aspects of the park.
All travelers are encouraged to learn about and absorb local culture and to be respectful to the community through the information given during the planning and pre-trip process. All the partners we've chosen to work with have been selected with a focus on sustainable and non exploitative practices including fair and ethical treatment of staff. Guides are encouraged to excellence through yearly guide awards and frequent feedback and training.