Thailand is one of the world’s most popular travel and holiday destinations, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a fascinating and beautiful country that has something for everyone, from some of the world’s most spectacular beaches to glorious temples and vibrant, exciting cities and resorts. Thailand is a country where you can get away from it all or immerse yourself in it, but it’s also a country where you can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get back to nature in all its finest. Here are three must see places where you can do just that.
1. Khao Sok National Park
If you had to picture a paradise on earth, the chances are that you’d picture somewhere like Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park, especially its focal point, Cheow Lan Lake. It was manmade in 1987 and covers a vast area of 185 square kilometres, and it’s a thing of incredible beauty. The azure waters of the lake attract a wide array of birds and aquatic life, and they are surrounded by the striking verdant canopy of the world’s oldest rainforest. The lake itself may be little more than 30 years old, but a visit to Khao Sok is like taking a step back in time and getting back to nature in its purest form, creating a perfect break from fast paced city life.
2. The Erewan Falls
Studies have shown that there are few sounds more relaxing than that of falling water, and the healing properties of its rhythm are amplified when it also brings a treat for the visual senses. That’s why the Erewan Falls to the north west of Kanchanaburi Town are one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating spots on the planet. It’s a large seven-tiered waterfall, but it is like no other waterfall you’ll have seen as each of the seven steps has a character of its very own, changing the way the water flows and creating an experience that’s both soothing and yet exhilarating. Guided walks take you to the falls, or you can walk there yourself following a well signed route which takes around four hours.
3. Elephant Sanctuaries
When you first see an elephant in its natural habitat, you are struck by a sense of awe that you’ll remember forever, and there’s no better place to see elephants than at an elephant conservation center Thailand. The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary provides ethical elephant experiences in Chiangmai, Phuket and Pattaya, and they allow you to get close to elephants in complete safety. Just as importantly, they place huge importance on ethics and elephant conversation, so that all of the elephants in the sanctuaries are given the best possible care at all times.
No visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to an elephant conservation centre, the Erewan falls, and the glorious Khao Sok National Park, and they make a perfect accompaniment to a beach or city break in this land of a thousand smiles. They attract tourists from within Thailand itself and from across the globe, and provide happy memories that will last a lifetime.