Travel to Thailand and Cambodia: Top 10 Things to Do

Here are a few of our favorite things to do in while traveling in Thailand and Cambodia.

10. Thailand: Interact with the locals in hill-tribe villages of the Yao, Akha, Chinese Haw, Lahu and Lisu.

9. Cambodia: Be one of the first to cross the newly opened border into southern Laos by boat and explore the pristine Ramsar wetlands.

8. Thailand: Learn to ride an elephant in Northern Thailand.

7. Cambodia: Travel by by boat from Phnom Penh to the Mekong Delta.

6. Thailand: Kayak through the caves of Phangnga Bay.

5. Cambodia: Enjoy cocktails at the studio of famous photographer John McDermott.

4. Thailand: Go on an exciting food tour of Bangkok.

3. Cambodia: Trek through the Virachey National Park.

2. Thailand: Stay in an exclusive luxury tented camp on the Thai-Burmese border.

1. Explore the Angkor complex by bicycle.

For more ideas for travel to Thailand and Cambodia, check out our website or call one of our travel specialists at 800-642-2742.

How Cuisine Influenced My Thailand and Vietnam Travels

By Stacey Schultz, Asia Transpacific Journeys’ Marketing Director

Much of my original fascination with Thailand and Vietnam travel started when living in San Francisco with such great access to a variety of Asian cuisines, most notably Thai, Vietnamese and Indian.

Within walking distance from my house in Noe Valley was Swatdee Thai. Swatdee translates to “hello” and the proprietor of the restaurant was one of the most welcoming restaurateurs you will ever meet.  During my visits there he taught me the basics of Thai culture, so when the time came to plan a Thailand and Vietnam vacation, I took my love of Asian food and canvassed the country in search of the best curry, pad thai, and pho.

Here is one of my favorite Thai recipes:
2 cups. coconut milk
1 cup crushed pineapple
2 tbsp. red curry paste
1/4 cup nampla (fish sauce)
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
8 oz. raw shrimp

Combine all but shrimp and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Serve over rice.

Do you love learning about and trying new cuisines? Have you always dreamed of an exotic tour through Southeast Asia? We’ve designed our Cuisine and Culture of Thailand and Vietnam tour for travelers like you.

This trip features an in-depth cultural immersion liberally spiced with culinary adventures such as cooking demonstrations, meetings with chefs, market shopping, preparing and sampling your own creations, and delectable cuisine at some of Asia’s best restaurants. To talk to a Thailand and Vietnam Travel Specialist, call us at 800-642-2742.

A Staff Postcard: Elephant Hugs from Thailand

Simone Farbus, Air Travel Manager at Asia Transpacific Journeys was a guest of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and China Airlines recently.

I was hugged by an elephant in the Land of Smiles!

The Land of Smiles is a designation that the Tourism Authority of Thailand has adopted as its motto.  It’s a nickname the country has deservedly enjoyed unofficially for decades.

My first trip to Thailand was in 1978 with a couple of friends—taking a Spring break from our busy government jobs in Hong Kong.  For years I said it was the best vacation I had ever been on.  I had never before traveled to anywhere quite as captivating or welcoming as Thailand.

Almost exactly 30 years later I returned this year, happy to find that the people were still smiling, the food was even better than I recalled, and the country as diverse and unique as I remembered.

It’s easy to fully decompress in Thailand.  I watched elephants paint better pictures than I could, spent an afternoon with tigers, sampled a dozen different fruits in the orchards where they grew (including the famous odiferous durian fruit), and watched the sun set over a still ocean, all in one day.  Nowhere else can you get quite the variety of activity.

I traveled from the north to the south of an amazing country, captivated by its music and dance, its flora and fauna, its tastes and smells. When I returned with my many photographs my children asked me what the best thing was.  “Being hugged by an elephant,” I replied.