Experience the Best of Thailand

Jennifer DeSimone
January 16, 2024

I was in fifth grade when my school put on the production of "The King & I", where the story takes place in Siam - the location of modern day Thailand.

I was transported to this magical place but it had always felt like a childhood dream. I could never fully grasp the magic of a place like Thailand could be real.

As I got older, I became captivated by the thought of going to Thailand.

I'd daydream about the bustling markets, eating pad thai from street vendors, visiting the giant Buddhas in Bangkok, and island hopping in the long stretches of paradise. 

I would envision myself in the the Thai jungle, visiting the elephants in the North...and I could close my eyes and see the crystal clear water beckoning me.

Last summer, my dream became a reality and I traveled to Thailand. It was even more more magical than I'd imagined.

The Buddhas were bigger, the elephants were gentler, and the beaches were the most beautiful I had ever seen.

And the pad thai? Your local Thai restaurant's signature dish doesn’t even begin to compare. 

Digging into my first pad thai

Now it's your turn to visit this magical place.

With the new Under30Experiences trip to Thailand, you'll be able to explore the best of Thailand in 10 incredible days.

Here's a look into what the experience looks like...


Walking by the giant 150 foot Reclining Buddha

Your trip will start in the cultural metropolis of Thailand: Bangkok.

Brimming with 14 million people and enriched with history, you will spend time at the Royal Palace and travel along the Chao Phraya River. 

You will experience the markets that Bangkok is known for and have the chance to taste local delicacies, as well as explore Ayutthaya Historical Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Further reading: How to Extend Your Stay in Bangkok, Thailand

Chiang Mai

Visting temples in Chiang Mai

We will continue the trip North and by taking the train to Chiang Mai, one of the top destinations in the world.

Nestled in the Thai mountains, we'll blend culture, social impact, and conservation through lunch at local eateries.

We'll also listen to monks chanting evening prayers, hiking off the beaten path waterfalls, and exploring many of the temples that dot the city.

With the elephants at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Your visit to Chiang Mai will end by spending day amongst the Asian Elephants at an elephant sanctuary. You will learn why elephant riding is harmful and may even have the chance to jump in the river along side these gentle giants.

Railay Beach

Our trip will then continue south to Railay Beach, which is only accessible by boat. 

Surrounded by large limestone cliffs and completely car free, you will find beauty in the middle of the Andaman Sea. 

Start your time on the beaches watching the sun setting or kayaking along the shore. 

Is adrenaline your thing? Rock climb the towering limestone cliffs, said to be among some of the world's best rock climbing.

Always wanted to be Leonardo DiCaprio from the movie “The Beach”? Now is your chance as we island hop via long boat around some of the most pristine islands in the world.

Enjoy the waters at the beach

End your trip back in Krabi, allowing you the freedom to stay in the region or fly back to Bangkok for your flight home.

Are you ready to say YES! to Thailand?

Check out the entire Thailand trip itinerary.

Let the experience begin!

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Jennifer DeSimone
Currently based in Austin, Jennifer is the Chief of Community for U30X. She has a passion for creating connections, community, and opportunities for more empathy. In her spare time you can find her on her yoga mat, whipping up something yummy in the kitchen, or reading a good book.


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