I've always wanted to travel around Thailand but have put it off before because everyone on a gap year seems to do it.
I've been trying to think of a different way to see Asia and in particular Thailand and have decided to join a charity trek into the Thailand jungle with the charity Breakthrough. Has anyone else done anything like this before? Do you think this is a good way of seeing the 'real Thailand' away from all the tourists? Hopefully it will be a really unique experience ......
Actually the people go to those places because its REAL. Whats a visit to Thailand if you don't go see the city and all the so called touristic places. Bangkok sleeps at 2 am, there goes its reputation as a party zone. And you cant buy alcohol at 7/11 after midnight.
I am amazed that very few people go see some of the temples in Bangkok. They ignored them coz everyone wants to see the REAL THAILAND, which sounds like a country called LAOS. These temples are practically abandoned for siamese for stray cats to call home. Same thing with Chiang Mai, there are those nice temples that nobody cares to visit anymore.
I am not sure about the Charity trip - I have never heard of it but I am sure it will be great. I assume with the trek you will visit hill tribes. The thing is you really can't visit hill tribes without it being touristy -that is jsut how it is in Thailand up North. I studied in THailand and with my university we went to a hill tribe where tourists aren't allowed to go to so it was a unique expereince but most travellers I have spoken to still love the hill tribe treks.
When I did some travel in Thailand I wanted to steer clear of the touristy places which is hard in Thailand but Um Phang is amazing - it is near the Burmese border.
Enjoy your trip