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Inside our 'An evening of travel inspiration with Responsible Thailand' event

We certainly packed a lot into our Thailand event. If you missed the evening, or want to catch up on the highlights, you’re in the right place…

Catch up on our Thailand event (Shutterstock)

On a dreary, December evening, over 400 hundred of you tuned in to be transported to the tropical climate, pristine beaches and thick jungles of Thailand. And what an evening it was!

Our very own Lyn Hughes gave us a cheerful welcome before handing over to Governor Yuthasak Supasorn, the Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand who told us the sustainable future of travel in Thailand. We listened to the heard personal stories about travel in Thailand from journalist Martin Symington after finding out the winners of this year’s Responsible Thailand awards. And as if that wasn’t enough, Audley’s Thailand experts answered all of your Thailand travel questions and one lucky winner even won a £500 travel voucher towards a dream trip to Thailand.

We certainly packed a lot in, so if you missed out on the evening or want a recap, you can catch up on all the highlights plus a full recording right here...

Watch the full webinar...

Where has Martin Symington been in Thailand? 

Martin mentioned so many incredible places in Thailand and showed us some stunning photos that made us want to hop in a plane and go there right now! Here is a list of all of the places Martin mentioned, so you can discover them for yourself...

  • Phang Nga Bay.

  • Phuket.

  • Krabi.

  • Koh Samui.

  • Koh Phanak (the island in Phang Nga Bay reached by sea canoe).

  • Pha Mon; Ban Muang Pam; and Ban Jabo. These are the three villages with homestays on the G Adventures Hilltribes Trek). 

  • Chiang Mai.

  • Chiang Rai.

  • Hloyo – the Akha village north of Chiang Rai.

  • Akha Mud House Mae Salong – the eco-lodge in Hloyo.

  • Koh Kut.

  • Soneva Kiri (Luxury eco-hotel on Koh Kut).

  • Ban Cham Chiao – The community based tourism (CBT) fishing village in Trat Province. 

  • Chang Tune – The CBT village in Trat hinterland (ruby sifting). 

  • Khao Sok National Park is where I hope to go on my next visit to Thailand! 

See the winners of this year's Responsible Thailand Awards here

The experts at Audley answer your questions: 

Please note, all itineraries referenced in the answers are samples only and Audley can tailor the experience to your individual specifications. 


When is the best time to visit Thailand? 

The best time to visit Thailand is during the cool and dry season between November and early April, when temperatures range from 29°C to 34°C. However, the climate varies throughout the country and you can visit all year round. Find the perfect time to visit to suit you and what you want to do here. 

Which islands should I visit to escape the crowds? 

By the very nature of what we do at Audley, we try and avoid the crowds wherever possible, which is the benefit of tailor-made itineraries. Which island will very much depend on what you're looking for and the time of year you're looking to travel. We have some sample itineraries here, but everything we do will be tailor-made for exactly your requirements, and getting off the beaten track is definitely something we can help with! One of my personal favourite islands in Thailand is Koh Samet It's close to Bangkok, so no need for flights (great for reducing your carbon footprint!) and there are some beautiful hotels which are great most of the year round. 

What would you recommend for the north of Thailand? 

Northern Thailand is my personal highlight of the country. The people are so warm and welcoming. Our Northern Thailand Adventure tour is a good example of some of the amazing things you can do here. 

What eco-friendly accommodation would you suggest? 

There are so many incredible places to stay in Thailand. To name just a few: Green Gecko is a great place to stay if you want to explore northern Isaan. For a stay close to Bangkok, we'd recommend heading to Paradee Resort which is located on the plastic-free island of Koh Samet which is just three hours from the capital. Or for a stay near the Cambodian border with Thailand, head to Soneva Kiri on the island of Koh Kood. 


What ethical elephant sanctuaries do you recommend visiting?

The Responsible Thailand site has a list of ethical elephant sanctuaries. You can read more about Audley's responsible travel approach in Southeast Asia and find out the sanctuaries we recommend here. 

What do you recommend for someone visiting Thailand for the first time? 

For someone who hasn't been to Thailand before, we would highly recommend our Thailand Cultural Discovery tour. Wildlife lovers should definitely try the Thailand Beach & Rainforest Escape tour. 

Can you give me some good places to go trekking? 

You can see our favourite treks in Thailand here. 

What would you recommend for Isan? 

We have some fantastic Isan itineraries here.

Favourite place in Thailand? 

One place I fell in love with all over again was  Kanchanaburi. It has an amazing yet sad history. It's in the most beautiful part of Thailand. There's a great elephant sanctuary there, too. 


What did you have to say? 

Really interesting, thank you all. 

Thanks for another great evening. 

Wishing I was in Thailand right now! 

Thank you so much for a great evening. 

I am very envious of your travels Martin! Thanks for sharing. 

Thank you Martin, I enjoyed your talk. 

This is amazing news, I am so glad to hear Thailand is taking this chance to review how tourism works for them. 

Thailand looks like heaven! 

A look inside the evening...

The evening started with a warm welcome from Lyn Hughes

The evening started with a warm welcome from Lyn Hughes

We heard from Governor Yuthasak Supasorn

We heard from Governor Yuthasak Supasorn

We met the winners of this year's Responsible Thailand Awards

We met the winners of this year's Responsible Thailand Awards

Martin Symington inspired us with his stories

Martin Symington inspired us with his stories

The experts at Audley answered all of your burning questions

The experts at Audley answered all of your burning questions

We’d like to say a big thank you to Martin Symington, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and to Audley Travel for all of their support and expertise.

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