When you take a trip to one of Thailand’s many beautiful Temples you are visiting a place that is an essential part of Thai life. People will go to the temples during Buddhist holidays, important festivals, birthdays, marriage ceremonies and funerals. They go there to pray to the Buddha for things such as good health, good fortune and wealth and to seek advice from monks.
Most of the population in Thailand is Buddhist and it is believed that Buddhism was introduced to Thailand 2,200 years ago, which is why there are tens of thousands of Buddhist temples. There’s so much to learn and experience from visiting a Temple, also called a ‘Wat”.
On our trip you get to visit the city’s most iconic Doi Suthep Temple and get an introduction into Thailand’s distinct Buddhist culture. As well as being a place of spiritual and social importance, temples are architecturally stunning, ornately decorated and colourful. Which is why, on our trip you also get to climb the steps of the stupas at Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai and explore its beautiful courtyards.
Thailand has a history of traditional folk dance and music performance. There is a total of six different forms of Thai dance: the khon, li-khe, ram wong, shadow puppetry, lakhon lek, and lakhon. The traditional folk dances in Thailand have roots in indigenous tribal cultures along with colonial influences from Burma and Indonesia. One of the main aspects of this dance performance is how graceful the choreography is and the impressive and detailed costumes worn by the performers.
On the first night of our trip you get the opportunity to watch a traditional folk dance and music performance.
Thailand is no doubt an elephant country. These majestic animals were in the past, trained and worked in the lumber industry and on public works. These days, the elephants are given a much better life in sanctuaries in the Chiang Mai region. Visiting these sanctuaries gives you the chance to learn about how attitudes have changed towards the treatment of elephants in Thailand and how sanctuaries there are trying to improve their lives.
On our trip you get to travel outside the city to the heart of Chiang Mai’s countryside to begin a one-day service project working with elephants. You’ll learn about the history of the sanctuary, take on a variety of tasks, including feeding, playing, bathing and interacting with the elephants.
Thailand’s Chiang Mai is home to the eco-tourism attraction, the Elephant Poo Poo Paper Factory. They make paper products from elephant poop fibres. Visiting the factory gives you an insight on how paper is made in a sustainable way, and will introduce you to the long and rich history of traditional paper-making and handicrafts production.
On our trip you take a visit to the factory and find out why the paper is so environmentally friendly and watch how it’s made.
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