While Thailand has long been a popular destination for tourists, the diversity of our Thailand tours offers travelers a deeper look at the country’s unique culture and an opportunity to give back
Encinitas, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2012
Encinitas based speciality travel company Global Basecamps now offers a multitude of eco-friendly Thailand based itineraries. Global Basecamps strives to create itineraries that give travelers a glimpse into the daily lives of the local people and highlight the unique culture of each region. Global Basecamps’ Thailand: Mountains and Villages tour is designed to provide a truly authentic Thailand cultural experience. The custom tour explore regions of Northern Thailand, showcasing the natural beauty of the hills and mountains. Travelers have the opportunity to explore the villages of the ethnic minorities and gain insight into their traditional ways of life. The tour visits Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pai, and Mae Hong Son with activities including trekking, mud baths, hot springs, and Thai cooking classes.
The journey begins in the bustling capital of Bangkok. A local guide will introduce some of the city’s best attractions, including the Grand Palace, the former residence of the Thai monarchy, Wat Phra Kaew, home of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Po, which houses Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha. To get a better feel for the culture and local life in Bangkok, the tour involves local and public transportation including a klong (or canal) boat, BTS, or the Skytrain.
After departing Bangkok, the tour continues to Chiang Mai, a moated city with a incredible views of Doi Suthep mountain peak. Highlights of Chiang Mai include the famous temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, located at the summit of Doi Suthep, the Tribal Research institute which provides information on the culture and history of various ethnic groups that inhabit the hill regions, and a unique night bazaar. After Chiang Mai, travelers enjoy stunning scenery of Northern Thailand on the drive to the tranquil town of Pai. Pai offers scenic walks, delicious food, refreshing waterfalls, and relaxing hot springs.
After a couple relaxing days in Pai, the trip continues to Mae Hong Son, a province in northwestern Thailand, with a stop along the way at Tam Lod for a cave tour. The cave is actually a tunnel that was formed by a river as it carved its way into a mountain of limestone. The tour is given on a bamboo raft, provided by the local Shans, one of the hill-tribes of Northern Thailand. Local guides light the way with lanterns, and the money earned form these tours helps support and preserve the community. In Mae Hong Son travelers stay in an eco lodge nestled in a lush valley outside of the town. Guests can enjoy activities such as a soothing mud bath, bush walking, bird watching, trekking and mountain biking. The second day in Mae Hong Son is a tour of the region including temples and local villages. The first stop is a colorful morning market with various local food and produce, followed by a visit to Wat Prathat Doi Kong Mu, a hilltop temple with a view of Mae Hong Son. After lunch, travelers will visit Mae Aw, a village situated on a mountain peak at the Myanmar border. On the way back there is another village to stop at, Ban Ruam Thai. This village is surrounded by coffee plants, fruit trees, and incredible scenery. Travelers will have the opportunity to learn about the coffee making process from a local villager, from picking the beans to roasting and grinding. The trip ends with a half day cooking class back in Chiang Mai, with plenty of time for last minute shopping at the night market before departing the next morning.
There are many advantages to hill tribe tourism, including increased income for the community and preservation of the customs and traditions of the hill tribe people. Global Basecamps’ Thailand tours strive to create a more authentic experience and explore more of the country than just the tourist hot spots. “The white sandy beaches in the South, cultural immersion in the North, and the warm hospitality of the Thai people continue to make Thailand the correct choice for many travelers. While Thailand has long been a popular destination for tourists, the diversity of our Thailand tours offers travelers a deeper look at the country’s unique culture and an opportunity to give back,” says Global Basecamps co-founder Michael D’Amico. The local restaurants, cafes and markets visited in the itinerary keep the money in the local economy, making a positive impact in the communities visited and helping the local people truly benefit from tourism.
Global Basecamps is a specialty travel resource designed to simplify the process of researching and booking sustainable hotels, lodges and private tours worldwide. Allowing independent travelers to journey at their own pace and ensuring trip priorities are met while keeping maximum flexibility on the road, Global Basecamps truly makes exploration easy. Please visit http://www.globalbasecamps.com.
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