A Thailand retrospective photo essay

As readers may remember from July, I was a guest of the Tourism Authority of Thailand for their “Thailand Today” Mega Familiarization Trip, celebrating TAT and Thai Airways 50th anniversary. One of over 500 travel industry professionals, we were given the opportunity to experience several activities in and around Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

The political unrest that caught public attention in the spring is passed, and Thailand’s leaders want to spread the word that Thailand is a beautiful and safe tourist destination. My first trip to the country has only made me look forward to returning in a few weeks to explore the area more deeply. Here are some of the highlights;

Nighttime view from the 54th floor of the Lebua Hotel
Morning chanting at Wat Pho
An English-speaking class at the Grand Palace
After giving alms to a Buddhist monk, I received a sai sin, a “sacred thread”
An artisan at the Jiam Saeng Sajja Bronze Factory shaping a bowl in a lathe
Nok, our guide in Chiang Mai, contemplating the other half of a beetle
Our fellowship; Taen (TAT) and fellow travel bloggers, Carlo, Gennaro, and Angela, sitting around the dining table at Lisu Lodge.
A bumpy ox-cart ride near a Lisu village
Riding elephants along the Mae Taeng river
Learning to make Tom Kha Gai at Khum Lanna
Transplanting rice in the Phrao District, a highlight of the trip

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Category: Asia, Images from the road

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