Active types of tourism are popular all over the world, and Thailand is no exception in this regard.
Trekking is one of the most popular types of active tourism in Thailand, accessible to all ages. Thoughts and souls calm down on the track, and fresh air and magnificent landscape of undiscovered wild places of Thailand will remain in the heart forever. In addition, trekking provides the necessary moderate aerobic activity.
Tracks vary in length - from a one-day easy excursion to challenging weekly or more routes that require serious physical training.
Almost all active tourism lovers who come to Thailand choose for the first time a hike along the refugee trail to the mountainous part of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son in northern Thailand.
While most will have an unforgettable trip, the rest will have a very poor experience, both due to below-average operators and unrealistic expectations. It happens that tourists are led by long roundabout paths to a "lost in the jungle" village, and then it turns out that an expressway passes near its outskirts, and the village itself is packed to overflowing with tourists. Resourceful tourist business in the north of Thailand organized a sensational tour to visit ... long-necked women. Perhaps you should abandon this excursion, for an amazing sight awaits you: about 40 women of the lower group of the Padong tribe, according to an incomprehensible old tradition, forced to wear heavy hoop bracelets on their ankles, wrists and neck, appear here to the eyes of tourists, like animals in a zoo. And if you're lucky, you can take pictures of these ladies heading to the market in Mae Hong Son in the morning.
Since there is practically no village left in Thailand, not far from which no transport highway would pass, the length of trekking routes, as a rule, does not exceed 20 km.
The same applies to nutrition. In mountainous areas, they eat mainly boiled rice with vegetables: not too satisfying, but cheap. But even in the poorest village you will find eggs, canned sardines and boiled water. Here are some tips that active tourism beginners in Thailand should keep in mind when choosing their path. Despite the fact that we are talking about Thailand, but these recommendations for the organization of active tourism will be important as well for any other region.
In Thailand, every person with a dog can be a trekking operator. A few years ago, TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) tried to bring order to this industry and even succeeded a little in this. However, as a rule, several of these "operators" are still hanging around the hotels. You should also keep in mind that just because your hotel says that this agency is organizing hikes does not mean that they are actually organizing them. This often means that they will simply attach you to a group organized for a hike by a separate company, receiving their interest for this. It's a waste of time to question the hotel manager about a hike they are allegedly organizing and to which he is not really involved.
While shopping, go in and ask "Do you organize your own tours?" If the answer is no, move on. It is quite possible that, having entered the next door, you will find not an intermediary, but the direct organizer of the tour and get the best service for less money. The agency should look professional. You should be given to familiarize yourself with the reviews of tourists who have already hiked from this company. You can also be offered a family tour (professional agencies always have it). Also, pay attention to the fact that the agency has a TAT license - this gives great chances that the tour will be interesting and rich.
The most popular place for trekking tours in the north of Thailand is the city of Chiang Mai. The second most popular are Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai. The fairly high quality and cheapness of tours from Chiang Mai is explained by the large number of departing groups. Departing from other cities, you may face the problem of not having enough tourists to form a group, as a result of which you will have to take not a group, but an individual tour, which, of course, is much more expensive. Tours also vary significantly in programs and duration - hence the significant price range.
In 2021, tours for February 23 are in high demand, despite the coronavirus and all its consequences. People have missed travel, and low prices for tours in Russia and in the near abroad only stimulate demand. In this article, we will tell you about the most popular and interesting resorts where you can go to relax together on the February weekend.
The pandemic and the need to take PCR tests to travel abroad are pushing the time to go on vacation to Russian resorts. In February, ski resorts look the most impressive and intriguing. You don't have to be able to ride. Nature, mountains and the atmosphere of winter outdoor activities are the best option for a holiday in February.
If active tourism is not about you, then take a look at foreign destinations, which will be open by the end of February. But planning will be a little more difficult, since almost everywhere a test is required on the eve of the trip, and if it turns out to be positive, then the trip will have to be abandoned.
In Russia, you are free to choose what you like best. Someone flies to the other end of Russia to finally put a tick in their travel portfolio and see the beauty of Lake Baikal with their own eyes. Someone flies to the still wild, but even more interesting Kamchatka.
Many people just go skiing. Ski tours in winter are in great demand among fans of this type of recreation. Many are afraid of the word mountain lodges, but many come simply to ride on the fifth point, walk in the mountains, drink hot wine and eat various goodies.
The bulk of offers on the hotel market in Krasnodar Territory. Gelendzhik, Anapa, Tuapse, Sochi are the most popular destinations not only in 2021, but in recent years in general. They say that it is even better to rest here in winter than in summer. Because there are still fewer tourists, the infrastructure is doing better, and the crowded beaches are not deterred.
When choosing a resort, you need to define your goals.
Buying a tour in Sochi is an excellent choice if you want to walk along the seashore, see Olympic facilities and have an inexpensive rest with your other half in newly built hotels. It will be possible to go to Krasnaya Polyana to admire the mountain landscapes for 1-2 days, but it will be difficult and costly to ride back and forth every day. One way trip takes at least 1.5 hours. Therefore, Sochi hotels are almost 2 times cheaper than Krasnaya Polyana.
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