Tourism quite simply is the lifeline of Thailand, contributing a hefty 6.5% to the country’s GDP. The country was ranked 18th most visited country in the world tourism rankings, with an estimated tourist arrival of 22 million, in 2012.
In a 2008 survey conducted by Euromonitor International, Bangkok (the capital of Thailand was ranked 3rd after New York and London, as the top destination for tourists with a staggering 10.2 million visiting the city (almost equal to the population of the city). Other tourist hotspots around Thailand, like Pattaya (famous Thai Beach) was ranked with 23rd with 4.46 million tourists, Phuket was ranked 31st with 3.3 million tourists and Chiang Mai with 1.6 million, was ranked 78th.
A tourist on an average spends about 9-10 days in Thailand. Most visit the myriad attractions offered by the country, be it the exquisitely crafted temples, white beaches, floating markets, shopping centers, etc.
Tourists from Asia, typically visit Bangkok for its historical, cultural and natural heritage. Tourists from the West are far more adventurous, and visit the beaches and islands in the country’s south, apart from sightseeing in Bangkok. To assist tourists, the government has appointed special tourism police in the hot spots. Continue reading →
Of all the unique and exotic transportation methods available in the world riding an elephant tops all others in terms of bragging rights; elephants are massive, majestic creatures and seeing the world from their back is a surreal experience. Continue reading →
Of all the unique and exotic transportation methods available in the world riding an elephant tops all others in terms of bragging rights; elephants are massive, majestic creatures and seeing the world from their back is a surreal experience. When planning your trip to Thailand through Expedia, make sure you take advantage of riding on an elephant since this is not something available anywhere you go.
The elephants used on treks are almost always female; the female displays a more stable temperament and the slightly smaller size is an advantage as well. Many people believe that the elephants used as mounts are from domesticated lines but that’s not the case; the elephant has never been fully domesticated. Though efforts have been made to domesticate this animal in the past the results were poor. The elephants that work with humans today were captured wild and then tamed; a wild elephant is very receptive to training.
The intelligence of elephants has been compared to dolphins and primates; they are very social animals and are extremely adaptable. Some groups have questioned whether using elephants for tourism is humane or not but elephant tourism has an important role in elephant conservation worldwide. In Thailand for example, elephants that were once used for logging found themselves and their handlers displaced when logging was banned. Without income for food the elephant’s numbers would have dwindled and died but thanks to elephant tourism the animals now have a good, positive source of income from tourists. Travelers can feel good about taking an elephant trek; they are helping to keep a place in this world for a marvelous creature.
When considering a holiday or momentous travel from Europe, the United States or New Zealand to another country, it is important to know at least a little about the culture, climate, cuisine, and customs of the country you will be visiting. On this site, you will find a variety of informative articles which all have to do with the country of Thailand and aspects of travel within the country. These articles are posted by different authors and offer travel reviews, personal travel experiences, and helpful tips for visiting Thailand for leisure or work. Continue reading →