Tropical beaches and beautiful temples

David Luekens

Elephants in Asia, Ethically

Humane experiences with Asia’s sacred animal

Elephant riding in Asia may seem commonplace and normal, no different to horseback or camel rides. Too few realize that with elephants — an undomesticated animal and endangered species — it’s much more complicated. That's why we created this guide.

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Thailand, a nearly 1,000-year-old kingdom with a population and landmass to match the UK, is a land of plenty. Old-growth jungle cloaks the mountains. Brilliant beaches rim hundreds of islands. The scent of tropical aromatics — galangal and coconut, finger root and bird's eye chilli — steam from endless markets. As far as the eye can see, rice fields shimmer.

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Bangkok and beyond

Bangkok | Ayutthaya | Kanchanburi
Approx. 4 days
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Wats and mountaintops up North

Chiang Mai | Lanna | Chiang Dao | Fang | Tha Ton | Chiang Rai
Approx. 7 days
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Action and relaxing down South

Phuket | Surat Thani | Khao Sok | Krabi | Railay | Ko Lanta | Ko Muk | Trang
Approx. 10 days
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