The Thailand Story
Thailand is a country of startling contrast. From the gentleness of the wai, the traditional Thai greeting of placing one’s palms together in a gesture of prayer, to the national sport of boxing—the take-no-prisoners Muay Thai—spending even one day in Thailand is the equivalent of 500 dopamine hits to the brain. Thai food alone is enough to get you amped; with ingredients like hot green chili, garlic, lemongrass, and tamarind, neither you nor your taste buds will ever be bored.
And yet, outside of Bangkok—Thailand’s capital city, transformed into a hyper-fast tomorrow-land by the highest economic growth of any place in the world from the mid-80s to mid-90s—visitors flock to the country for its legendary tranquility. The Andaman Sea is Thailand’s most precious natural resource and host to Asia’s most storied and luxurious resorts: Phuket, Krabi, Ranong, Phang Nga, and Trang. Thailand is roughly the size of France, so there’s a lot of ground to cover. Khiri can take you to palm-lined beaches, limestone islands, lush mountains, ethnic minority villages, and—as the perfect complement to Bangkok—the picturesque northern cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Thailand has been heavily influenced by the culture and religions of India. The first Thai, or Siamese, state was the Buddhist Kingdom of Sukhothai, founded in 1238 after the fall of the Khmer Empire. A century later, the power of Sukhothai was overshadowed by the new kingdom of Ayutthaya, which soon became one of the most vibrant trading ports in Asia—doing brisk business with China, India, Persia, and Arab lands.
In addition to the magnificent ruins of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, Thailand has three other fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ban Chiang Archaeological Site near Udon Thani, Dong Phayayen – Khao Yai Forest Complex, and Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries. With Khiri tours one can have it all in Thailand: get your nature fix, your history, your lazing on the beach, and your Bangkok nightlife/shopping—all in the same trip!
Can you imagine a world where travelers reject the wastefulness of using disposable plastic water bottles? Khiri Travel endorses this simple but powerful attitude promoted by Travelers Against Plastic (TAP), a worldwide non-profit organization. TAP’s goal is to educate travelers about using reusable containers instead of buying and disposing of plastic bottles. The following link is a list of hotels Khiri Travel recommends in Thailand that use glass water bottles.
Kaeng Krachan National Park
This national park is considered Thailand’s top bird and butterfly watching location with over 420 species of birds that have been observed. There are also a large variety of large mammals and smaller ones such as langurs, porcupines, civets, black giant squirrels and gibbons.
Wildlife highlights: This park is considered to be the top bird and butterfly watching spot in Thailand for species including giant pitta, wooly-necked stork, grey-headed fish eagle as well as hornbills and broadbills. There are also mammals such as leopards, bears, deer, elephants, guars, mongoose and several species of gregarious primates in the park.
Khao Yai National Park
Trek through the lush evergreen forest of Khao Yai National Park and observe over 350 unique bird species. Watch as millions of wrinkle lipped bats fly out from their cave with the background of a beautiful sunset. Adventure on a night safari or track wildlife during a hike on one of the many trails available. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and relax in the cooling mist of the park’s beautiful waterfalls.
Wildlife highlights: See the acrobatic gibbons and pig-tailed macaques in their natural habitat. Experience millions of bats leaving their cave and journey on a night safari to see elephants, civets, deer, porcupine, wild dogs, and many unique bird species.
Talabeng Island and Bubu Island
These places are stunning islands off the east side of Koh Lanta. Explore the nature of Tungyeepeng Village and its mangrove forest where it is common to see monkeys. Then venture to Talabeng Island for some kayaking, snorkeling and exploring for wildlife among many sea caves.
Wildlife highlights: See wild monkeys in the mangrove forests and board a kayak to see marine life and wildlife in seaside caves.
Khao Sok Lake and National Park
Explore the natural beauty of the surroundings of Cheow Lan Lake by boat safari to see monkeys and the occasional wild elephant from the water. Trek through Khao Sok National Park and learn how to spot wildlife in the canopy with our expert guide. Visit the Klong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary to see more wildlife up close.
Wildlife highlights: See many primates including macaques, dusty langurs and gibbons. Travelers may also observe wild elephants, guars, water buffalo, and great hornbills along the stunning lake.
Visit the stunning islands of Koh Mook, Koh Kradan, Koh Ngai, and Koh Cheuk off the coast of Trang Province, near Koh Lanta. Each island offers something unique from limestone caves filled with bats and pristine waters with coral reefs to explore by snorkel. There is plenty of unique ocean life to see on these islands.
Wildlife highlights: There are vast coral reefs to snorkel and explore, as well as caves filled with bats.
Visit the natural beauty of Khanom District northeast of Phuket including the Khao Wang Thong Cave, Samed Chun Waterfall and the Torn Tarn fish spa. The best way to spot some very special endangered marine life is to hop on a fishing boat driven by a local conservation expert who knows exactly where to find them.
Wildlife highlights: The marine wildlife highlight of the area is pink dolphins. Khanom is one of the few places in the world to see the beautiful and increasingly rare pink dolphins in their natural habitat.
Phang Nga Bay
Spend the afternoon exploring several sea caves hidden among the bay’s limestone islands by canoe. Discover the unique wildlife within them such as bats and monkeys. Navigate Phang-Nga Bay’s Mangrove forests, filled with wildlife. After darkness falls, you can launch a Krathong, a candlelit traditional lotus shaped floating vessel made of banana leaves. Watch to see the phosphorescence of millions of plankton swirl in the water below.
Wildlife highlights: Discover bats and monkeys within the caves, swim to explore more sea life and see plankton light up in the ocean.
This group of islands in the Andaman Sea is renowned for incredible diving and many visitors become PADI scuba certified here. The surrounding sea is filled with incredible marine species and for non-beachgoers, the islands are home to an incredible variety of wildlife.
Wildlife highlights: Primarily unique marine life such as clownfish, lionfish and possibly whale sharks and manta rays. The island also has crab-eating monkeys, langurs, squirrels, lizards, bats and many species of birds.