Hemant Kaushik Hemant Kaushik

Exotic reports on Thailand

Hemant Kaushik, senior consultant with Exotic Holidays, recently returned from an inspection trip to check out places of interest, hotels and activities in Thailand.


He visited the Northern region of Thailand from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. ‘Thailand is really a beautiful country and caters well for tourists as it is safe, well planned and organised,’ says Kaushik. The highlight of his trip was a tour of the Golden Triangle, the meeting point of three countries – Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. ‘In Chiang Mai – also called the City of Temples – the main highlight was the temple – Wat Suan Dok, which is 700 years old with great history and architecture.


Every evening the whole city is lit up with roadside markets and restaurants. ‘It could be one of the best destinations in Thailand for shopping clothes, antiques and in fact everything. The other temple to visit would be Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is great for its aerial view of the city. You can get to it by climbing its 309 steps and get a good cardio workout at the same time or take a cable car,’ he says. ‘In Chiang Rai, the Elephant Care Centre is a must see. The care centre was set up to provide care for elderly elephants retired from logging and camps. ‘The boat trip from Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai to Chiang Rai city is a valuable experience. ‘I visited the Imperial Golden Triangle Resort and had great views of Myanmar and Laos from the hilltop restaurant.’

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