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Thailand two ways - choose your adventure

Published January 13th, 2017

Thailand has it all - head north for the culinary experience sure to send your tastebuds into overdrive or head south for a date with the sun, sand and sea. Fomo won’t be a problem though since you’re sure to get a sampling of all the best experiences this country has to offer.

Whether it's taking a deep dive into the culture and history peppered along the trail of ancient temples and ruins, or if it’s picking your own fresh food straight from the dock of the floating markets to cook up into a traditional feast.

Find your perfect Thailand journey below...

Option 1 - Edible North Thailand, an adventure of top notch grub

Are you ready to eat and drink your way through all of the delicious local delicacies you can get your hands on? If you answered yes, then step right up because this is the tour for you. However if you answered no (seriously bro?), skip ahead to option #2.


 

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From the minute you meet up (after your 5pm welcome meeting) it’s a head dive straight into the good stuff as you jump on a tuk tuk for a moveable feast! First up is pork satay from a 40-year-old establishment (safe to say they know what they’re doing).

Then it’s just a short walk to dine like a royal at one of the royal family’s favourite spots. And you thought we’d never be royals, hey? But make sure you leave room for the popular Thai dessert of toast topped with cream. It has to be eaten to be believed.


 

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The next eight days are then a whirlwind of food, food and more food, served up alongside a flavoursome taste of the Thai culture. You’ll get to visit the Tha Kha floating market in Bangkok and walk past canals filled with sellers hawking their colourful fruits and wares at this ridgey didge local market.

You’ll ride a paddle boat to stop in at a coconut palm sugar operation and experience a hands-on Thai cuisine masterclass. The class starts by trawling the markets for ingredients before whipping up classic dishes such as wing beans, banana flower cake and jungle curry.


There’s a guided tour of the Ayutthaya temple ruins and a Roti Sai Mai demonstration, a Khao Soi lunch and Khantohk cooking class during your homestay in a small village near Chiang Mai. On your final leg of the trip in Chiang Mai there’s also the Warorot Market tasting tour. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is how you’re going to fit all of this delicious food in!

 

Option 2 - Thailand’s Sea, Sand and Sun of the south - Cowabunga it’s time to hit the beach!

Just touched down in Bangkok and you’re ready to get the party started! There’s so much to explore once you’re all checked in, like the Grand Palace and adjoining Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), or check out the 46 metre statue of the Reclining Buddha. Another option would be to kick off with a Thai massage and some street cart spicy noodles before you jump on an overnight train making your way to Ko Samui island.


 

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Once you arrive you can swim, snorkel or relax in the waterfalls at Na Muang. Take a trip with the group around the island, visiting the 15-metre tall Big Buddha (Wat Phra Yai). Then later in the evening there’s Koh Samui's famous nightlife to enjoy.

Spend the next day laying on the beach or island hopping on a day trip to Ang Thong Marine National Park, an archipelago of over 40 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Tan on the beach at Koh Mae island and check out the saltwater lagoon of Thale Nai (Emerald Lake) or head to the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan to snorkel.


 

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The next day’s adventure is a tour of Khao Sok National Park which holds some of the oldest jungle in the world. See limestone islands rise out of the water and walk past waterfalls before spending the night in a guesthouse in the jungle.


 

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The rest of the trip takes place in the beach town of Ao Nang where you can snorkel and swim in the clear water. There’s also a half-day kayak trip to Ao Thalane where you can paddle through mangrove forests, coves and narrow karst-walled canyons.

And for the rest of the trip it’s up to you how you spend your time whether it’s snorkelling in the shallow reefs off Koh Hong island or seeing Krabi’s natural crystal pools and hot springs. The choice is all yours!


Which adventure did you choose? 


 

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.