Thailand

Thailand has always been a popular place for travellers to go to and there are a number of reasons for this.

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It’s such an exotic destination how can one resist, International Student Volunteers says the main qualities of Thailand and their “Sun-swept beaches, mystic temples, smiling faces, lush tropical rainforests and tasty cooking”, while STA say that “words can’t describe the bliss of sitting on some of the best beaches in the world”.

A way to mix it up would be to trek through the jungles and rainforests, there are plenty in northern and southern Thailand. While exploring deep into the north you can meet different hill tribes, each with their own culture, traditions, language and costumes. Additionally you can visit Chiang Mai, the largest and often described as the most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand. It’s home to over 300 temples and other activities such as cooking classes in the markets, bike rides or an elephant ride.

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A popular landmark in the south is Khao Sok National Park “which is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world”. Here there are lakes, caves, various wild animals and a range of activities including personal encounters with elephants, trekking through the jungle, canoeing and Truck Safaris.

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If you’re more adventurous there are plenty of islands and hidden caves to go kayaking and snorkelling, white water rafting is also popular as well as treetop zip-lining through the rainforest. As for the evening the Night Bazaar is a spot that will not disappoint, some describe it as “a shoppers paradise” while others noted the place is “alive with brightly coloured lights, music, the sounds of tourists bargaining for goods and the aromatic smells”.

At around 1km the Bazaar hosts a huge variety of brand name designer goods (real and fake) and is open every day regardless of weather, if you have space in your suitcase it definitely worth a visit.

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Adventure isn’t the only reason you should visit Thailand as there are volunteer projects that need your help. An example being the project to help children who are at risk from human trafficking, child labour, poverty, lack of education, malnutrition, drug addiction and more.

Thailand is also the home of The Full Moon Party, an all-night beach party attended by up to 30,000 people from all over the world.

It takes place every month throughout the year and is an exciting night with guaranteed enjoyment.

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