Thailand sits in the heart of Southest Asia. Bordered by Laos, Cambodia, and Burma (Myanmar), it covers 513,000 square miles of thick tropical forests that transition into thriving cities, quaint mountain villages, and idyllic beaches. Its cultural charm, reflected in faith and tradition, is just as palpable as its natural beauty.
Our vacation started in Mae Rim District, a small village north of Chiang Mai. We spent 6 days at a quiet mountain resort, flawlessly nestled in a valley confined by rolling hills and low hanging clouds. The compelling views exuded peace, restfulness, and tranquility.
When we weren’t enjoying the calm, serene surroundings of the resort, we were experiencing the wild side of Thailand. We made paper from elephant poo, flew high above the forest floor, and visited an uprooted tribe. We even got up close and personal with tigers.
PooPoo Paper Company
After leaving Chiang Mai, we flew to Phuket and spent four days on the beach. Phuket epitomizes the splendor of island vacations. Its scenic appeal is found in islands and limestone stacks that abruptly appear off the coast of the Andaman Sea. The most famous island is Phi Phi Island were Leonardo DiCapprio’s movie, The Beach, was filmed. The most famous stack, known as James Bond Island, is the backdrop to its namesake’s 1974 classic, The Man with the Golden Gun. Today, the islands and stacks are popular destinations for tourists and extreme rock climbers.