Community-Based Tourism in Trat, Thailand

Overhead view of the Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism Community in Trat, Thailand

Overhead view of the Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism Community in Trat, Thailand

The ease and prevalence of travel has made our world a small one. Many countries rely on the tourism industry to boost their economies and work to attract travelers with a variety of accommodations and chain restaurants. But how much do we really get to experience a destination when we stay in a cushy hotel with other international travelers, eat familiar cuisine, and speak in our native tongue? I recently had the opportunity to immerse myself in a place very different from my own and see what it truly means to “live like a local.”

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A Golf Getaway in Pattaya, Thailand

Looking out over St. Andrews 2000 Golf Club in Thailand

Looking out over St. Andrews 2000 Golf Club in Thailand

I never need an excuse to go to Thailand, but when I received a text message from the good folks at Jetset Extra asking if I was interested in playing golf in Thailand, well, there are some things to which I don’t say no.
 The trip took place in March, one year after the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomed me and other journalists from around the world to Bangkok and Ayuttaya for training at a sword-fighting school and Muay Thai boxing camp. This year’s trip, again chaperoned by my TAT guide Suriya, was indeed a lot less physical.

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A Secret Bangkok Beach Getaway

The infinity pool overlooking the ocean at the Evason Hua Hin

The infinity pool overlooking the ocean at the Evason Hua Hin

We’re lounging poolside at the Bangkok Shangri-La Hotel, sipping Pinot Grigio while dealing with this champagne problem: Where should we embark on a last-minute side trip and city escape? We had three days before our return flights home. Our wish list: beach, sun, yoga, great food, pool, and spa—all with hassle-free transport to and from the Bangkok airport.

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Bangkok (Not So) Dangerous

Taken from Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), with a view of the Grand Palace in the distance across the river

Taken from Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), with a view of the Grand Palace in the distance across the river

Bangkok is a town that comes with some baggage. Its reputation as a bastion of wild (and often seedy) nightlife has been fed by movies like "The Hangover II" and "Bangkok Dangerous." Likewise, its recent political protests have added to the misconception that Bangkok is a place best avoided, or at the very least passed through quickly on the way to somewhere else.

But give Bangkok some time and attention and you’ll find something for everybody. If nightlife and naughtiness is your thing, yes, Bangkok is world class. But the city also has fine hotels, top-notch shopping, numerous cultural and historical sights, and, for my money, some of the best food in the world. All hosted by friendly locals who give Thailand its nickname: "The Land of Smiles."

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Fighting the Good Fight, Thai-Style

Entrance to the ceremony grounds of the Wai Kru Ceremony in Ayutthaya, with a statue of Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom

Entrance to the ceremony grounds of the Wai Kru Ceremony in Ayutthaya, with a statue of Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom

There are many reasons I find myself getting lured back to Thailand. While tropical weather, exotic beaches, luscious mountains, incredible food, and world-famous hospitality are surely enough to keep anyone coming back to “The Land of Smiles,” the opportunity to get kicked in the face is not high on my must-do vacation list. Yet, that is precisely why I’m here.

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