I’ve been wanting to post articles for months about this amazing country and all it has to offer tourists but due to the political situation I felt I would wait until it settled down. Currently there are no protests, no intersections being blocked and business is as usual in the majority of the country. Tourist we have talked with on the streets feel more safe than in the past 8 months. Thailand is enjoyable and safe all over the country.
I traveled to the North and South of Thailand with some location scouts for a feature film that will be shot here in the future “Bangkok Vice.” On the trip we also video interviewed tourists visiting from China, Germany, Russia and the US. They all felt quite safe, relaxed and were enjoying their holidays. We put the interviews up on YouTube, "Thailand-The Naked Truth 2014."
We started in the Northern city of Chiang Mai where many Asian tourists, as well as Europeans, enjoy the cooler air and lush country side. Here you can visit the amazing mountain temple Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep. This is the most famous temple in Chiang Mai. Visitors can climb a long naga stairway up to the temple with its golden chedi, which can be seen, day and night from anywhere in Chiang Mai.
Elephant riding is a favorite with kids and parents as alike. There are parks and camps for a one hour, day or overnight treks. Other activities, such as white water rafting, and hiking in the mountain country, are all available and easy to find online.
Also a visit to the Chiang Mai night market is exciting and many great values can be found…Thai silk, beautiful silverworks, and handicrafts made by the northern tribes people.
From Chaing Mai we flew down to Phuket, about a 2 hour trip, and took a speed boat out to the island of Koh Phi Phi. Here you can visit the stunning and world famous Maya Beach, location of the film “The Beach” starring Leonardo Dicaprio. You can overnight on this relaxing island and enjoy boat trips out to the many limestone islands to snorkel or just picnic on a private beach.
Krabi and Kata Beach are also great get-a-ways from the crowds and are located nearby.
The next day we flew over to Koh Samui Island, located in the Gulf of Thailand, just a 30 minute flight from Phuket. The quite little airport is like traveling back in time. We drove to our beach hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the sea with our umbrella drinks!
At night you should venture down to Fisherman’s Village. There you'll find an unending number of great restaurants, gift shops and spas. We indulged ourselves with a one hour foot massage! Absolutely the best!
The next day, unfortunately as we had limited time, it was back work in Bangkok. I plan to go back to the islands in the south soon as the airlines have some great deals. There are also some nice bargain with hotels as well. So I should have some articles on the tropical islands and resorts of the South coming soon!
So inspite of what it sounds like in the media, we found the entire trip, as did everyone we interviewed, safe, relaxing, with some amazing deals. Thailand is still "the land of smiles."
Photography and Feature by Daniel Herron Copyright 2014