What comes to your mind when thinking about Thailand? Probably crowded beaches and lots of British and German tourists who are probably drunk. But today, I want to take you on a journey to the less discovered parts of this beautiful country that is my second home. Since both of my parents are Thai I spend a lot of time in Thailand when I was a child. So for me traveling there was also the discovery of my homeland. We started our journey in Bangkok from where we took a route up to the North to visit the provinces Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai is also the biggest and most important city in the North of Thailand and due to it´s beauty it is also runs under the name Rose of the North. Rice plantations, monkeys, tasty food… this area has so much to offer and the people are kind with open hearts. Exploring it was just the best.
The next stop was Krabi, a province in the south with many islands to discover. One of the highlights of our trip was the viewpoint ยอดเขาหงอนนาค – the most spectacular view I ever had. On the way back to Bangkok we had to stop-overs. One was in the Khan So National park, the other one in Sam Rio Yot. The Khan So National Park felt a little bit like Canada: high mountains, jungle and turquoise water. It was the first time ever in Thailand that I swam in freshwater.
Our other stop, Sam Rio Yot was quiet, natural and off the tourist-flow. All in all, the six weeks I spend in Thailand were really special to me. Not only because the landscape is without a doubt magnificent, but also because it was a tour across my other home.