We’re down to the last few months of 2019 and you’re probably looking for a last hurrah create more unforgettable memories for the year. This time, however, you might want to book a solo adventure as a way to recharge yourself. If you’ve already tried it, you know how refreshing it can get. If you haven’t yet, perhaps it’s about time you try a different way of exploring new places on your own.
There are different ways to relish solitude as a solo traveler such as a beach escape, or a mountain hike. If you choose to go to Thailand, you can do all these and more amidst some of the world’s most picture-perfect scenery. Named by travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller as one of the best solo travel destinations, a getaway set amidst the Southeast Asian’s kingdom’s landscapes, cityscapes, and seascapes could be just what you need for a well-deserved break.
To get started on your soul searching adventure, one of the best places to start is a few hours’ drive away from Bangkok. A beach escape in the nearby resort town of Hua Hin lets you enjoy time in a beautiful, powdery, sand beach where you can engage in numerous beach activities. In the nearby Takiab Bay, you can even take horseback rides by the beach and visit a hilltop temple with a spectacular view. To complete your Hua Hun Hin beach escapade, a visit to some of the world’s finest spa-retreats should help you relax and rejuvenate.
Another refreshing destination you can visit is Kanchanaburi’s Erawan National Park, home to the Erawan Waterfall, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in one of its seven tiers. You can also take a 30-minute walk around the Erawan nature trail to savor the beauty of a hill evergreen forest, which is green all-year round, and a decidous forest, whose trees lose their leaves seasonally.
Immersion In Culture And Nature
Further away from Bangkok one of the must-visit destinations is the province of Chiang Mai. With an average temperature of 25°C throughout the year, this paradise in Northern Thailand will keep you feeling cool as you go on different adventures. A growing hub of sustainable tourism, Chiang Mai does not only provide postcard-perfect backdrops to your adventures. It’s also home to community-based tourism hotspots that let you immerse in local culture and support the community’s livelihood.
Chiang Mai is home to some of Thailand’s most famous ethical elephant sanctuaries. At the Patara Elephant Park, for example, you can spend up to two days in the company of a thriving elephant herd. Here, you can watch these gentle giants bathe at the river, interact with their social groups, and roam in wide open areas. You can all do these amidst lush and relaxing green landscapes that give elephants a feel of their natural habitat.
Perhaps the quintessential Chiang Mai experience is a visit to Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain, which stands at 2,565 meters above sea level. As you go on your way to the summit, you can have side-visits to nature trails, several waterfalls, and a culinary adventure in restaurants. On your way up, you can explore nature trails, visit several waterfalls, and even relax at restaurants. Once you’ve reached the summit, you’re sure to feel like you just reached the top of the world.
Soul Searching In The Festival Of Lights
Aside from basking in nature, joining a festival can be a good soul searching activity. You’re in luck if you’re going to Thailand this November since you can take part in the Loi Krathong Festival, also known as the Festival of Lights. You can participate in the Loi Krathong Festival by by letting lotus-shaped, candlelit containers float down the river, a ritual associated with thanking the water goddess.
One of the most famous destinations for celebrating Loi Krathong is Chiang Mai, where the Yee Peng festival happens at the same time, where night lanterns light up the Chinag Mai night sky. It’s sure to be a highlight of your adventure because of the visual spectacle you’re witnessing.
Loi Krathong, however, is also celebrated in other parts of Thailand. In Ayuthayya, the celebration involves a hanging lantern competition. In Sukhotai, a highlight of the celebration includes the Greeting of the Dawn of Happiness, a ritual where dry food is offered to Buddhist monks. In Bangkok, the main celebrations take place at Asiatique’s large boardwalk, with lots of music shows and traditional festival displays.
There are a whole lot more of activities you can do in Thailand for a solitude seeking adventure. Wherever you visit and whatever you do, immersing yourself in one of the world’s most dynamic cultures will surely rejuvenate your spirit. In between different activities, be sure to have your fill of Thai cuisine. After all, relishing flavors on your own is an unforgettable adventure of its own.
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