Intrepid has loved going with the flow in Thailand for twenty amazing years. Around every bend in the river there are more real life experiences to enjoy, even if they do take a turn for the wet, like Jennifer Mossman’s Thailand Hike, Bike and Raft adventure…
“We were expecting at least some of our group to get wet, because the bamboo rafts are a little wobbly and two people have to stand up to steer. What we didn’t anticipate was that the three-day water fights that take place in villages and cities to celebrate Songkran, Thai New Year, take place on rivers too!
On the full moon of the eleventh lunar month, a magical phenomenon occurs in Laos and Thailand. From the murky waters of the Mekong incredible fireballs rise high into the night, then suddenly vanish. You can witness the spectacle for yourself on 04 October this year, and as Intrepid’s Nicola Gibson’s explains, the Mekong and this enigmatic event shouldn’t be missed…
“Travelling down the mighty Mekong River (Mae Nam Khong) between Thailand and Laos on a traditional wooden longboat, it’s very easy to truly relax and lose yourself in the surrounding scenery of towering mountains, lush green flora and fauna as birds fly over head.
Intrepid Travel has given away more than 15,000 cotton bags to travellers in Thailand since 2005. Each printed with the important message, ‘Intrepid Supports No To Plastic’.
In addition to being a trendy keepsake, these bags have contributed directly to a cleaner and greener world in a remarkable number of ways…
The bags are produced by a women’s cooperative named Tae Moh Hai, or Our Friends Hands, in Sri Saket, north-eastern Thailand. The initiative was set up by ex-Intrepid Group Leader Dtor Dtae in her home village, to create work for families and to motivate local people to support environmental conservation.
Thailand: a country where cares and worries ooze away… by Catherine Graham
“Thailand has so much to offer it is difficult to pinpoint just one element and still truly capture its magic. The experience gained from this country culminates from so many separate novelties on so many levels, I guess I just don’t know where to start…the Thai manner, service and friendliness, the temperature, the frantic yet exciting atmosphere of Bangkok, the peace and beauty of southern islands, the delicious cuisine, the quaint stalls and markets, the list goes on.
If I could cover every positive element from my two week holiday in Thailand, I would. However I will have to settle for one outstanding evening on Ko Pha-Ngan, down on party central: Haad Rin beach.
Now I am back home and still pining for the warmth and excitement of Thailand; my wonderful group; and our superstar leader, Ben!
Ben really ensured we all had a great time throughout the trip and cajoled those of us who were intimidated by food we weren’t familiar with, to give it all a go! Although my mission was to try as many Thai curries as possible, Ben gave us even more fab food adventures. Although porridge is my breakfast staple at home, the Thai version (with meat balls and egg) she introduced us to was a real feast to start the day!
One of the exciting aspects of Intrepid is that our responsible travel philosophies can translate into assisting local communities in a variety of ways. Intrepid Thailand is involved in a three-way partnership with Nakhon Sri Thammarat Rajaphat University and the Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I), to help students become confident local guides. Travellers on our Colours of Asia trip get to spend time with these wonderful young people and later this year we look forward to excited students joining some of our trips for special work experience.
Peter Richards from CBT-I has recently returned from Nakhon Sri Thammarat, where each Monday and Tuesday Colours of Asia travellers are looked after by the student guides who escort them to the birthplace of Thai Buddhism, Wat Mahataad Temple, and to a Shadow Puppet show by the nationally recognised master artist Suchart Subsin.
If you want to spice up your Thailand adventure all you have to do is order your curry HOT! The word ‘kaeng’ is your tip that the dish is going to be spicy and tell the waiter “chawp phet” and you will definitely be chomping on extra chili.
There’s nothing like the aroma and distinctive flavours of kaeng khiaw waan, green chicken curry, or the king of red hot, kaeng phet, to stir up memories of Thailand. Intrepid traveller Randy Gould made sure he returned from Thailand with red curry recipe in hand, so he could relive his Thailand holiday again and again…