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Thailand: a trip to remember

by Cara Thomas on 01 October 2015, 17:10PM

Our current Travelbag apprentices recently attended a 'familiarisation trip' to Thailand.

In the first series of blog posts reporting back from their trip, Cara Thomas tells of their time in Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand:

Do you want to experience the real Thailand? A visit to Chiang Mai in the North of the country will take you back in time. With its picturesque, un-spoilt landscape, enchanting night markets and tranquil temples, this facinating city is guaranteed to capture your heart.


Two of the main attractions that made me personally fall in love with Chiang Mai, the gem of Thailand, were the delightful night markets and the trip I took into rural Chiang Mai to visit the Elephant camp.

If you are planning to shop in Thailand, Chiang Mai is the perfect place to bring an empty suitcase and fill with souvenirs from your trip. Every evening the night bazaar lights up. If your undeterred by crowds or cheap trinkets this is the place to go.

The best way to experience this haggling heaven is to grab a Tuk Tuk, with hundreds of stalls selling anything from handcrafted soaps to designer bags, you really get thrown into the mist of things, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere whilst bartering with the locals, the enchanting lights and delightful smells will have you mesmerised.

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Everyone wants to ride an elephant when visiting Thailand, and what better way to do it than in a natural sanctuary tucked away in the beautiful jungles of Northern Thailand.  Here their mission is to protect & care for mistreated elephants and I was able to feed them fresh fruit out of the palm of my hand, watch them play in the mud and get washed in the river by their trainers. It really was breathtaking seeing these giant animals so relaxed in their natural environment.

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Further into the day you get a ride on the elephants which was my highlight! You get to enjoy the natural habitat Chiang Mai's jungle has to offer, on the back of an Elephant and afterwards you then get escorted to a homemade bamboo raft for a relaxing trip down the river, taking in the breathtaking views that surround you. This is such a peaceful, tranquil setting that really makes you appreciate this unique destination. After the river trip it's an hour’s drive up into the hills of Chiang Mai to visit a remote tribe village.

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This was a lovely way to finish of the day, meeting and greeting the tribe families and children, they were all so inviting, and it was a real eye opener for me. This whole trip had been one big educational experience.

Only in Chiang Mai can you really experience how Thailand used to be, it’s a must visit for couples, singles and families. It’s an experience I will never forget.

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If you are planning a trip to Thailand, please contact me, Cara Thomas for more information on 0207 001 5409. I look forward to hearing from you!

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For more information on Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand click here.


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