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Ecotourism


Through its rich natural environment, cultural heritage, and diverse customs, Thailand offers unique ecotourism experiences to all eco lovers. Whether you prefer adventure, trekking in the highlands, visiting agro-tourism sites, staying with rural host families, or simply relaxing on the beach, Thailand offers a wide array of choices to suit any of your preferences. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trekking
 

Trekking is one of Thailand’s most popular outdoor activities for visitors of all ages. Trekking in the fresh air and stunning scenery soothes the mind and spirit. Treks can range from a light, single day excursion, to physically challenging adventures lasting a week or more. Popular trekking destinations include:

 

Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular park for trekking

Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi: the most extensive national park, famed for its 18-level waterfall: Namtok Tho Thip

Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi: endowed with an amazing seven-tiered waterfall and a great stop-over point for trekkers and bikers

Doi Intanon National Park, Chiang Mai: Thailand’s highest peak offering one of the most spectacular scenery in Thailand

Huai Nam Dang National Park, Mae Hong Son: offers excellent views of the sunset, sunrise, and misty mountains

Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai: famed for its tea plantations, small-town ambience, and hilltribe villages

Doi Pha Tang, Chiang Rai: a delightful scene for the river and the sea of mist throughout the year
Phu Chi Fa, Chiang Rai: the highest peak in the province, points out sharply towards the sky with breathtaking views of Laos

Mukdahan National Park, Mukdahan: beautiful landscapes with unusual mushroom-shaped rock formations

Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Chaiyaphum: famed for its strange rock formations and fields of Siam Tulip or Curcuma alismatifolia
Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani: highlighted by numerous prehistoric cave paintings dating back 3,000-4,000 years

Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Nature Research and Study Center, Narathiwat: one of the world’s largest peat swamps

Nature Study

Thailand’s national parks and sanctuaries are the most extensive in Southeast Asia, and are the best places to see rare and interesting species of flora and fauna. All provide facilities such as accommodation, restrooms, restaurants, trekking trails for nature study, security, and tourism service centers. Among the supreme choices are:

Thung Yai – Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanchanaburi and Uthaithani: a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and the kingdom’s largest protected land
Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular park for naturalists and nature lovers
Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, Tak: one of the largest zones of unspoilt forest in Southeast Asia with Thi Lo Su Waterfall, the tallest and one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Thailand
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan: Thailand’s most important wetlands with extensive freshwater marshland, coastal mud flats, and mangroves
Khao Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chon Buri: a sanctuary and an open zoo with largest aviaries on the world
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi:  the country’s largest pristine forest

 

Bird Watching

Bird watching can be an interesting part of a tour involving jungle trekking and camping. With 96 national parks, 48 wildlife sanctuaries and non-hunting areas, watershed reserves, forest parks, and biosphere reserves, Thailand is a leading destination for bird watching. Many bird varieties can be seen all year round. Recommended sites for bird watching are:

Doi Intanon National Park, Chiang Mai: Thailand’s highest peak, the southern point of the Himalayan range, and the habitat of many rare species
Khao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a significant destination for bird watchers
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan: Thailand’s most important wetlands and the habitat for several birds
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi: the country’s largest national park, with 250 species of birds including the great hornbill and the grey peacock

 Butterfly Watching

The Kingdom of Thailand is alive with the brilliance of over 1,200 butterfly species. If you are out in the forest at night, you may see the world’s largest moth, spectacular for its bold brown and cream markings and for its incredible eight inches wingspan. Here are the some of the highlighted sites:

Thung Yai – Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Kanchanaburi and Uthaithani: a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and the kingdom’s largest protected land
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan: Thailand’s most important wetlands with different assortments of species

Bicycle Tours

Bicycle touring is one of the best ways to experience Thailand. The best bicycle experience is probably in Bangkok, where easy-going bicycle trips through areas surrounding the Grand Palace are available. However, feel free to explore the whole country!

•    Discover real local Thai life at Amphawa, Samut Songkhram
•    Journey back in history in the ancient city of Ayutthaya
•    Experience charming rural canal life and the pottery village at Ko Kret, Nontaburi
•    From the ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya to the hidden paradise of Amphawa, Samut Songkhram
•    Explore the beauty of Thai life in the rich agricultural areas of the Central Plains
•    The symphony of Thai life at Amphawa, Samut Songkhram to historic River Kwai Bridge, Kanchanaburi
•    Enjoy the natural beauty of Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima
•    A journey through the cultural and historical lands of the Central Plains
•    From the vibrant Floating Market, Samut Songkhram to the serene beach of Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan
•    Challenge your heart around the mountains of the Northern Thailand
•    Embraced by the magic of Lanna - explore the purity of the Northern Thailand
•    Exotic ride from the Central Plains to a Southern Paradise

Agrotourism

Agrotourism embraces all aspects of agriculture, horticulture, and animal husbandry, allowing visitors to gain first hand experience while in Thailand. Rice farming, vegetable and herb cultivation, flower gardens, fruit orchards, fish farming, livestock raising, vineyards, royal agricultural projects, agricultural research and study centers—all provide opportunities for getting to know the agricultural life, traditions, and development of the Kingdom.

•    Visit and tour the farms and plantations of the hilltribe community at Ban Hua Mae Kham Agrotourism Center, Chiang Rai
•    Learn to be a mahout at Thai Elephant Conservation Center, Lampang
•    Experience local farm life with new cash crops such as macadamia, strawberries, and passion fruit at Phu Rua Highland Agricultural Research Station, Loei
•    Get a taste of Thai country life as well as its fine wines at Village Farm Winery, Nakhon Ratchasima
•    Tour a private fruit orchard, learn Thai cooking and enjoy an overnight stay, living in rural Thai style at Thai House, Nonthaburi
•    Experience the Suan Somrom fruit farming system, where fruit trees are grown in surrounding forest along with wild trees at Ban Khiriwong Village, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Cultural & Homestay


Cultural experiences and homestay are growing elements in many eco- and agro-tourism programs, allowing visitors to experience the culture and live with a host family. Learn what it’s really like to be a rice farmer, a fisherman, or an orchard manager, while acquiring hands-on experience. The following are popular activities and communities, which have experience in welcoming foreign visitors:

•    Learn about the local way of life and hilltribe culture and traditions at Ban Pha Nok Kok, Chiang Mai
•    Make merit offerings to Buddhist monks, take a firefly nature study trip, and see the local riverside community at Ban Son Thai Plai Pong Pang, Samut Songkhram
•    Learn Batik making, rubber tapping, the production of latex sheets, and squid fishing at Ban Na Teen, Krabi
•    Experience life in the small fishing community and learn how to make fishing nets, set fish traps, and catch crabs at Ko Yao Community, Phang-nga
 

 

   

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