Travelling after Camp Thailand
Thailand is a beautiful and diverse country with so much to see and do. Camp Thailand allows you to delve into local culture, with experiences that we can only dream of. But have you considered what do after camp?
On the Bangkok Tour you will experience all the main sites that Bangkok has to offer, although you will definitely want to come back and experience it all again. Bangkok is a huge city with a million and one things to see and do. Khao San Road is a Camp Thailand favourite- busy and full of life. Check out the market stalls and stock up on your elephant pants before you head home. Then on an evening let your hair down- have a massage, grab a bucket and enjoy the bustling nightlife that the city has to offer.
If you fancy something a little different, Bangkok boasts some of the most incredible rooftop bars and views. Above Eleven and Cloud 47 to name a few are great places to go to wind down with a cocktail, not too overly priced, and panoramic views of the city.
Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Head up to the north- you’ll find jungles, mountains, and elephants (lots of elephants). Whether you spent your time at camp here or not, there’s still plenty to do. For those thrillseekers, Chiang Mai homes the famous Flight of the Gibbon. Get really deep into the Chiang Mai jungles and zipline through the trees, just don’t get caught by the Gibbons.
Take a three hour bus journey through the beautiful mountains to the even more beautiful Chiang Rai. Head down to the famous White Temple, Wat Rong Khun, a popular attraction due to the sheer beauty of the glittering white prayer hall. If you’re lucky enough to be in Chiang Rai over the weekend, take a trip to the Saturday Walking Street which is located on Thanalai Road. This fascinating night market involves food stalls, clothing and handicrafts made by hill tribes.
Off Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast is the city of Pattaya. Known for its exotic beaches, it’s a place to soak up the sun as well as the culture. Jomtien Beach is popular if you want to head away from the city. Here you can swim in the clear waters, check out the jet ski’s or just top up your tan.
In Pattaya stands some of the most amazing temples. The Sanctuary of Truth is a temple carved entirely from wood and is a visionary environment due to its impressive architecture and setting by the sea in Nakua. Nearby, hillside Wat Phra Yai Temple features a giant golden buddha and is a great place to learn about Buddhism. This is a cultural highlight for any trip to Pattaya.
Make sure to take a trip to Pattaya’s floating market, the largest in Thailand! Experience a real Thai local village lifestyle and try some of the delicious food from the boat vendors. You can even shop around on a boat!
Phuket is the largest of the Thai islands, and one very popular with tourists. Here you’ll find the most beautiful beaches, amazing nightlife and some incredible resorts. Patong, the main resort on the island, is where you can head for busy nightclubs and bars to experience real island nightlife. During the day, head to Patong beach for golden sands, crystal-clear seas and water activities for those adrenaline junkies.
Phang Nga Bay lies just off the main island of Phuket and consists of huge limestone rock formations and caves. Canoeing around these is a highlight that should be included in your trip. One of the popular locations close to Phang Nya Bay is ‘James Bond Island’, famous for its part in the James Bond movie ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’, with spectacular views formed by its signature rocky pinnacles
Whether you’re lucky enough to visit Koh Chang during Camp B or not, it’s definitely a must for a visit to Thailand. One of the largest islands in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Chang, is a paradise of beaches and jungles, making it the perfect island for those relaxing beach days, or adventures through hiking trails and waterfalls. Koh Chang has all the great characteristics of the Thai islands, but just not as touristy. The most popular beach, Hat Tha Nam, is known as the ‘original backpacker beach’ for it’s activities and waterfront party scene.
Koh Tao is a tropical island located between Koh Samui and Koh Pha-Ngan, and is gaining popularity to compete with its neighbours, boasting both the hustle and bustle and relaxing locations of island life. At Koh Tao you can find some of the best and easily accessible diving spots of Thailand, as you can get up close and personal with rays and sharks. However the fun doesn’t stop there, grab a cocktail and watch the incredible sunset from the beach or take a hike through the coastal jungles, which you can experience on the Island Hopping Tour!
If you opt to go on the Island Hopping Tour, you’re in luck as you will get to visit one of the best islands, Koh Pha-Ngan. You will get to sunbathe on the most beautiful beaches of the island and experience a beach BBQ on an evening.
Koh Pha-Ngan is most famous for its monthly Full Moon Party that consists of night-long, alcohol fuelled beach parties. The south-east of the island in Haad Rin is where most of the celebrations happen. You’ll find the beaches filled with buckets, people dancing and fire performers. Cover yourself in neon paint and join in the fun. As the Full Moon Party is such a popular trip for tourists, accommodation around this time can sell out fast so it is recommended that you book early.
If you fancy a something a little more peaceful, the north coast homes the more quieter, white-sand beaches, including Hat Khuat and Hat Thian. Sunbathe, snorkel, swim and enjoy the relaxing surroundings, the perfect place to wind down after the busy and hectic parties.