This Video of Thailand Proves It’s Timeless & Exotic

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The time may be just right for visiting Thailand. Many tourists abandoned their plans to travel here when a military coup seized control of Thailand’s government in May 2014. Most don’t realize though that the generally peaceful country has seen this happen no less than 19 times since 1932. Globally respected travel publications (like Forbes and Lonely Planet for example) are reporting that on recent travels through Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi, that if they hadn’t known about the turmoil beforehand, they would never have guessed it. In fact, Lonely Planet goes so far as to say that “…some of the junta’s actions – ostensibly efforts to win the hearts and minds of foreign visitors – have had a positive impact on tourism in Thailand”. So despite what you may have heard, there’s a strong case to be made for visiting Thailand right now. Remember - your travel dollar goes much further with increased competition to tempt visitors back.

Experienced tour guides know that Thailand’s worldwide reputation for pristine beaches, exotic markets, sacred temples, and as a destination for those who experience delight though their taste buds –  is very well deserved. When it comes to Thai cuisine –  Australian chef David Thompson, a prolific chef and expert on Thai food, observed that unlike many other cuisines – “Thai food ain’t about simplicity. It’s about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Simplicity isn’t the dictum here, at all. Some westerners think it’s a jumble of flavors, but to a Thai that’s important, it’s the complexity they delight in.”.

If your travel tastes run toward the adventurous – like hiking, trekking, rafting, or jungle tourslocal guides have got you covered. No need to worry about the language barrier when there is a friendly guide leading the way either. If you’re more comfortable sitting back and drinking it all in with a more relaxed pace – there are guided food and market tours, city walking tours in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and after dark tours that will help you safely navigate the legendary nightlife that Thailand is famous for.

This pretty little film highlights the simplicity and beauty of life on and near the water in Phuket and Samui, and if you’re a dog lover like me, there are a few extra special highlights just for you. Enjoy!

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