12 Months of Travel: September 2017 – Thailand

Atop a hill in northern Thailand, spot novice Buddhist monks strolling the grounds of Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu. This signature landmark in Mae Hong Son province stands out for its two Burmese-style chedi.

In celebration of our 2017 calendar, Anywhere Anytime Journeys has created the “12 Months of Travel” to accompany the calendar’s breath-taking photos.

2017 moves forward with …

Thailand

Thailand offers something for everyone. The capital, Bangkok, is alive with commerce and street-bustle nearly every hour of the day and night. Whether in big cities, the country or on a pristine beach, Thailand offers business and leisure travelers a safe, friendly atmosphere full of possibilities. Indeed, one reason Thailand is among the most visited countries in Asia (more than 22 million visitors annually) is because of its accessibility and extensive tourism infrastructure.

Thailand has fabulous architecture, diverse hill-tribe villages, ancient ruins, beautiful islands, excellent shopping and all the amenities as well. The balance between comfort and excitement is up to you: Stay at a five-star hotel or trek through the jungles; eat at gourmet buffets or buy fruit from local vendors; shop in glitzy malls or wander through outdoor markets. Thailand offers a curious mix of the ultramodern and the simply delightful.

SIGHTSEEING

Any journey to Thailand should take in the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew: they are the royal and religious centers of the Thai universe. While still in Bangkok, visitors should try to fit in Jim Thompson’s House and perhaps a half-day bicycle trip. Strike north through the ancient capitals of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai before embarking on a hill-tribe trek from the templed northern capital of Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Head to the northeast for somnolent riverside scenery and a more laid back lifestyle; centers such as Nong Khai and That Phanom are outstanding spots. Before heading to the south, swing by the eastern islands of Koh Chang and Koh Samet, both low key compared to what awaits farther south.

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Phra That Phanom. / Photo: David Luekens

West of Bangkok, head to Kanchanaburi, home to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai and lush jungle scenery. The more adventurous traveler can head toward the Burmese frontier at Sangkhlaburi: go rafting or perhaps ride an elephant.

The Bridge On the River Kwai from the Kanchanaburi side. The curved spans are 1943 originals, the 2 straight spans replaced ones damaged by US bombs in 1945. Photo credit: Nick Hubbard / Wikimedia Commons
The Bridge On the River Kwai from the Kanchanaburi side. The curved spans are 1943 originals, the 2 straight spans replaced ones damaged by US bombs in 1945. Photo credit: Nick Hubbard / Wikimedia Commons

Begin your southern stretch through the family-friendly beach resort area of Hua Hin, then choose from a bevy of islands on both the east coast (Koh Samui, Koh Pha-Ngan and Koh Tao) and the west (Phuket, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and more). Round out the trip south with some seafood in Songkhla.

Hua Hin train station. A landmark in Hua Hin City, Thailand. / © Can Stock Photo / teerapun
Hua Hin train station. A landmark in Hua Hin City, Thailand. / © Can Stock Photo / teerapun

How would you like to explore Thailand?

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For more information or to book your Trip-Of-A-Lifetime, contact Brad Martin at Anywhere Anytime Journeys.

[SOURCES: Anywhere Anytime Journeys’ Destination Site & the Pocket Travel Guide App.]


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