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Thailand Backpacker Trail – Famous Stop on the Southeast Asia Trail

Thailand is one of the most popular stops amongst backpacker's covering the Southeast Asian route. Loved for its culture, cuisine and beautiful sights the country has many destinations to explore.


Chiang Rai – Home of the Iconic White Temple

The most popular of Thailand's northern cities; Chiang Rai is just emerging as a backpackers stop. The place still retains traditional values and a local feel that's sensed in the strong regional character existing amongst its residents. In Chiang Rai, you enjoy the beautiful surroundings made up of mountains and rivers; part of the Golden Triangle that denotes the convergence of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar this region is loved for its Nomadic Hill Tribes and of course the popular White Temple. Wat Rong Khun draws hundreds of visitors curious to observe the intricate architecture and glowing white facades of the temple. Chiang Rai offers a good selection of hotels and restaurants although nightlife is quite subdued.


Chiang Mai – Temples and the Old City

Enjoy well preserved Lanna traditions within this ancient city that once served as Thailand's capital. Today Chiang Mai is the capital of the northern territory and is deemed one of the country's most beautiful and friendliest cities. Here you experience Songkran to the fullest extent. This is the traditional watery festival that marks the Buddhist New Year, celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of April. Within the Old City, you will discover ancient temples as well as hotels and good restaurants while the nightlife is centred around backpackers well-loved within this vintage city.


Pai – Relish the Landscape

No backpacker journey is complete until you have walked across stunning environs; Pai offers just that. A small town of just 3,000 residents Pai offers that authentic rustic feel. The place is a haven of rolling hills, bubbling brooks, gorgeous waterfalls and crystal clear springs. Home to the famous Long Neck Karen hill tribe the place is fascinating to explore. Due to the village's growing popularity amongst backpackers, facilities too are on the increase with hotels and restaurants springing up to cater to the wandering tourist.


Bangkok – For the Best Fun

Capital city and metropolis of Thailand Bangkok if not the first most certainly will be your last stop on a trail of discovery. Here you can look forward to some laid back time, great food, mind-blowing budget shopping and an absolutely thrilling nightlife. Consider booking a service apartment in Bangkok for the best in comforts as well as a hassle free stay. Some absolute musts to try in the city are clubbing on vibrant Khao San Road, exploring the Golden Palace and discovering the Jade Buddha. Look forward to the night markets and touring the Chao Phraya River while Sukhumvit close to Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites is the best place for shopping, delicious street food discoveries and all forms of fun entertainment.


Ko Samui for Full Moon Parties

Party central Ko Samui is the iconic beach destination amongst backpackers to Thailand. Famous for full moon parties, a riveting nightlife and loads of sun surf and sand, Ko Samui and its surrounding islands are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving and boating.