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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai


Around Chiang Mai


Grand Palace, Bangkok

No gap year in Thailand would be complete without a visit to Bangkok’s stunning Grand Palace. The official residence of the Kings of Thailand since the 18th century, this architectural masterpiece really needs to be seen to believed! Amid an abundance of gold, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha stands as the centrepiece to the Grand Palace complex and houses a sacred statue of the Buddha carved from a single piece of jade. Gap year travellers must dress modestly to be allowed entry.

Scuba Diving

With warm, turquoise seas and coral reefs teeming with exotic marine life, Thailand is the perfect place to try diving for the first time or to complete a PADI Open Water diving course. Whether you are backpacking or volunteering in Thailand, scuba diving is something not to be missed, particularly when it's so incredibly cheap!

Elephant Trekking

This is the best way to get up close and personal with the gentle giants of South East Asia! The lush forests and rolling hillsides surrounding Chiang Mai provide a stunning setting for an elephant-back trek, and offer a pleasant alternative to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. While in northern Thailand you should also try bamboo rafting and take a dip at one of the many hidden jungle waterfalls.

Tiger Temple

Yes, a temple full of tigers! As far-fetched as it sounds, a Buddhist temple in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province has been taking in injured and orphaned tiger cubs since 1999, and now has 18 tame tigers as well as a number of other rescued animals. For a small donation gap year travellers can be led among the tigers and stroke them under the supervision of the monks! While in Kanchanaburi you could also pay a visit to the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and learn the history behind the notorious Death Railway.


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