An Unforgettable Journey From Tuk Tuks to Tigers in Thailand

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  • Jeff Ludler

    By the way Salene Treyson, North Thai trekking, it usually involves spending at least one night with a hill tribe, but it’s hardly “authentic” as the author mentions, but rather built for tourists. Most of the “treks” include river-rafting and elephant-riding. Choose an outfit that is focussed on safety and environment. The rafting can be dangerous after heavy rains. The elephant riding is usually fine if the Karen tribes or local Thai are taking good care of the animals and a portion of your fee is going to the elephants and the environment.
    If anything, the elephant-riding is much less controversial than the Buddha-tiger excursion the author took from his picture. (@griffithhawkins:disqus, think about it…)

    As for scuba-diving, Ko Tao is good only for first-timers getting their certification. You’ll meet lots of people and it won’t be the best service, but it is cheap. I’d recommend sticking to the West coast of the Thai peninsula (Hmm, seems the author at least got something right for a guy that didn’t seem to do much there). Try the Phi Phi islands (but skip Phuket, and stay on the island), or Ko Lanta, or the smaller islands further south. The Similan Islands are good for Advanced divers (already certified), so wait on that…

    Have a great trip @salenetreyson:disqus and hopefully you can write a better and more personable “experience” than this article portrays. Peace.

  • Jeff Ludler

    @salenetreyson:disqus , I’d take this whole article witha grain of salt — That guy was only in Thailand for two weeks and he’s written an article suggesting he’s seen the whole country. It reads like a regurgitation of a Lonely Planet highlights!
    When you go to Thailand, if not already, hopefully you’ll see what I mean.

  • Salene Treyson

    I always hear Ko Tao is best place to go to learn the diving. Yes? Why you didn’t dive in Thailand? Where is better place for diving? Malaysia? Or I think Indonesia maybe…but I will learn in Thailand for sure I think.
    Where do you go diving then if not Thailand?

  • Salene Treyson

    Oh–well thank you. It seem you didn’t really go Thailand for very long then.
    Did you go North Thailand? Did you go trekking in North Thailand? Where did you go from? Do they all include elephant ride?

  • Griffith Hawkins

    I actually was in Thailand for about two weeks in 2012, so I wasn’t there for quite that long! I didn’t do any diving in Thailand, as I spent my time doing other things, but I recommend looking into Similan Islands

  • Griffith Hawkins

    I didn’t do any diving in Thailand, but the diving on the Andaman Sea coast is really good. I have heard that the Similan Islands have some of the best diving in the world.

    I highly recommend the treks in northern Thailand! It is a little quieter in terms of tourist activity than other parts of the country. You get a highly authentic Thai experience, and there are a lot of eco-tourist opportunities (e.g. hiking etc.).

    I hope you enjoy your trip to Thailand, and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any more questions!

  • Salene Treyson

    I hope you read your comments! I am going to go to Thailand next year and am figuring out where to go. I want to more about your diving in Taratao and Klanta please. Also, is it worth going on the treks in the Northern Thailand? You did not seem to like the elephant rides, why? And you also got to live with the hill tribes, so that sounds exciting. I maybe want to do this too.
    I hope you can respond to my questions this time and before. Thank you!

  • Salene Treyson

    Wow! You must have been in Thailand a long time to get to see all those different places! How many months were you traveling at Thailand? Which island did you have your best diving experience?