Timeless Thailand holiday
Description of Timeless Thailand holiday
This is a Thailand trip jam-packed with experiences and destinations that ventures beyond the typical tourist trail. From Bangkok, head north as far as Chiang Mai, taking in Thailand’s beauty and charismatic culture as you go. Experience traditional hill tribe life in a H’mong village, support the rehabilitation of the endangered Asian elephant, take a leisurely cycle around the ruin-filled Historical Park in the ancient kingdom of Sukhothai and try your hand at creating Thai gastronomic delights on a cooking class in Chiang Mai. You’ll also visit the memorials by the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai, learn about its dark history and the construction of the death railway in Kanchanaburi during the war.
On this 11-day trip you will travel mostly on trains and private mini van, with one overnight sleeper train, which is the best way to meet locals, cover some distance and maximise time in each destination. This is your chance to capture the adventure and essence of timeless Thailand.
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PlanetDuring our trip, our group leader and local guides take active steps to ensure our groups behave in an environmentally responsible manner, such as not leaving anything behind and not removing any plants in rural areas. They are also always eager to share information about their country and culture, and help you break down barriers in your interactions with local people.
We actively support Friends of the Asian Elephant, which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants, both domesticated and wild and any contributions by travellers are gratefully accepted.
As a company we aim to contribute to the environmental preservation of the destinations we visit and to reduce any negative impacts our operations may have. This translates to actions such as using local transport where safe to do so in order to reduce emissions, observing all national and marine park visitor rules and operating a ‘take in, take back out’ waste management system, to name but a few examples. Through our inhouse foundation we also invest money into environmental initiatives that benefit the planet, including restoring kelp forests to help reverse the effects of global warming and protecting endangered species such as sea turtles and elephants.
PeopleAt the end of our journey, travellers are encouraged to donate any unwanted clothing, medicines and bandages for distribution to local villages in the north of Thailand.
As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.
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