Visit the Kingdom of Thailand in Southeast Asia on a study trip! Take a tour of the largest cities in Thailand such as the capital Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Khon Khaen, Samut Prakan or Nakhon Ratchasima and visit their sights. Admire the Baiyoke Tower II, the Old Parliament Building, the National Theater, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Golden Buddha, the Marble Temple, the Heavenly Palace or Vimanmek Palace in Bangkok; the Buddhist temple complex Wat Phra Singh or the National Museum in Chiang Mai; various national parks and the three brick buildings in Khon Khaen, and other attractions that will be remembered. Explore the mountainous north, the “island world” of Thailand to the approx. one hundred islands belong to, the coasts with their dream beaches or the national parks in Thailand. Also worth seeing are the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ban Chiang, as well as the historical parks of the ruined cities of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya. As part of a study trip through Thailand, experience the centuries-old traditional culture, the religious sites, the diverse nature, the colorful flora and fauna and the modern in the big cities!
Tarutao National Park
Breathtaking abundance of animals and plants
The Koh Tarutao National Park is located in the south of Thailand and is the largest of 51 islands. In 1974 Koh Tarutao was declared a nature reserve. The national park, which covers an area of around 1,400 square kilometers, is located in the border area between Thailand and Malaysia. Most of the islands have no people. The head center of the nature conservation authority has settled at Punta Bay tao in order to guarantee the protection of the fantastic island world. Here tourists can find out about excursion options and pay their entrance fee. Black visitors can expect high fines. An absolute highlight, for example, is a boat trip to the so-called crocodile cave, which impresses its visitors with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites
Free slide shows provide information about the natural diversity
In the tourist information center there is also a free slide show every evening, which gives an unforgettable impression of the breathtaking natural diversity of Ko Tarutao. The hiking trails through the interior of the largest island have been reclaimed by nature and overgrown with an almost impenetrable flora. Animal species as diverse as crab-eating macaques, monitor lizards, pythons, lories and langurs live on Ko Tarutao. There are also over 100 species of birds that breed here as well. The biodiversity of the flora is almost immeasurable. More than 850 different flowering plants live on Ko Tarutao.
Holiday paradise for snorkelers and divers
Sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of Ko Tarutao between May and September. Active holidaymakers will find ideal conditions for diving and snorkeling in front of beautiful tropical beaches. From November to April, ferries run twice a day between the main island and Pak Bara Harbor, which is about 40 miles north of Satun. During the rest of the year, commuting comes to a virtual standstill due to the monsoons. The bungalows, long houses and small huts that are available to tourists during the travel season are also closed.
Erawan National Park
Exotic park with famous waterfalls
Erawan National Park was established in 1975 as the 12th national park in western Thailand and covers an area of 550 square kilometers, approximately 130 kilometers from Bangkok. It is one of the most famous national parks in Thailand. The main attraction of the park is the Erawan waterfalls with their emerald green ponds, named after the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology.
The uppermost area of the falls is said to resemble the head of an elephant. Much of the park consists of mixed deciduous forests and arid evergreen forest. The landscape is characterized by limestone hills, plains and streams. The hills protect the terrain from the eastern monsoons, resulting in less rainfall on average.
Exciting hikes with wildlife observation
Due to the limited number of hiking trails, the game viewing opportunities around the falls are very limited, monkeys are often seen, and turtles can occasionally be seen in watercourses. Deeper in the woods, visitors can spot other exciting animals such as wild elephants, sambar deer and wild boar.
Some of the famous birds in the park are the crested short-toed eagle, black-necked monarch, the blue pipe thrush, and the gray peacock pheasant.
The Erawan Waterfall is on the east side of the park, an easy walk from the visitor center with its restaurants, shops and bungalows. The huge waterfall is named after the top step, which in Hindu mythology resembles the three-headed white elephant. The waterfall has seven large and some smaller levels. All steps are accessible via a series of paths and walkways up to the 6th floor. There are many emerald green ponds full of fish for visitors to swim in along the trails.
Good infrastructure for visitors
Erawan National Park is usually very busy every day, especially on weekends and holidays. During the annual Songkran Festival from April 13th to 15th, the waterfall turns into a fairground with water fights. It is not recommended to have non-waterproof electronic devices such as sensitive cameras or cell phones with you during the celebrations.