Unearth some of Thailand’s most memorable adventures and longest standing cultural traditions…
The promise of ancient discoveries and out-of-this-world cultural experiences has been pulling inquisitive travellers to Thailand for centuries. Following our recent travels, alongside the expert knowledge of our passionate Luxury Travel Specialists, we’ve curated a collection of unmissable experiences to ensure you include on your next luxury Thailand trip.
A discipline first practiced in Thailand in the mid-18th century, Muay Thai was devised as a method of self-defence, used by Thai warriors. Now one of the most popular martial arts across the country, if not the world, its energetic technique provides an adrenaline-fuelled workout that helps to improve physical and emotional condition. At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, the new Bill Bensley-designed Muay Thai training ring invites guests to learn the basics or perfect their skills. But this is no ordinary ring – as you challenge your opponent, it’s difficult not to notice the inspiring views of the Gulf of Thailand and the swaying palms below!
The gentle giants of Asia have become one of Thailand’s most emblematic animals. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle has partnered with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to rescue more than 20 elephants from Thailand’s crowded city streets, returning them to their natural jungle habitat. Guests are invited to spend time learning about the lives of the Asian elephants and their mahouts, walking alongside them on their daily hikes and observing as these friendly, free-roaming animals revel in their extremely muddy bathing ritual.
With hundreds of islands and islets dotted around Thailand’s coastline, all offering different aspects of Thai culture, it can be difficult to know which to explore first! Get to know the island of Koh Kood with the help of Soneva Kiri – take a speedboat tour around the coast and through the Ao Salad fishing village, bursting with rustic overwater houses, before savouring a freshly caught seafood lunch. If you prefer to get up close and personal, kayak through the famous limestone karsts and mangrove forests in Phang Nga Bay, close to Six Senses Yao Noi.
Start your day with spiritual uplifting at The Peninsula Bangkok. In Buddhist belief, those that give to the monks are more likely to enjoy a healthy and happy life in their next incarnation. In the ceremony known as Tak Bart, you’re invited to remove your shoes and place your gifts – created by the hotel’s culinary team – into the grateful monks’ bowls, in return for a blessing.
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