We all know Thailand is famous for its sultry night life, cheap massages, delicious food and its gorgeous beaches. But there is another side of Thailand too and it is the adventure tourism segment that for some reason has remained undersold up until now. Not any more, as Tourism Authority of Thailand has taken an initiative in this regard to ensure more and more international tourists can enjoy this amazing aspect of the country’s tourism offerings.
Last June, the Tourism Authority of Thailand held the Thailand Travel Mart+ Conference in Bangkok. Attending the event were a number of amazing operators from the Mekong region, all of whom are specializing in adventure tourism products.
Chris Ball, the CEO of AdventureHoney, an online market place offering adventure tourism products, was the guest of honor at the TTM+. He claimed that he had seen the best collection of adventure tourism products under one roof, ever. He seemed very excited when he mentioned that he can’t wait to start selling these fantastic products on the website, some of which, he added, will go live on AdventureHoney over the next few days.
He also mentioned that the greater Mekong region is known for some of the best adventure tourism activities. However the problem lies in the fact that tourists often find it very difficult to locate the best of the lot. Many of the best operators don’t have any relationships with the big wholesalers or the overseas travel agents. To further augment the problem many of them don’t even have a website and the ones that do don’t have the infrastructure to accept online bookings.
To counter the problem AdventureHoney provides a hybrid solution to these operators. They allow the tour operator to directly connect with the consumers online. This helps the operators to expand their business and consumers on their part find it easy to locate the adventure tour that they wish to book and book it online.
Khao Yai is one of the areas that are definitely going to be a hit for adventure seekers. Here tourists can undertake a trek through dry evergreen forest within 2 hours by car from Bangkok. This is a UNESCO world Heritage Site and is definitely one that not many tourists coming to Thailand are aware of. Some other really wonderful adventures include tracking wild elephants, exploring bat filed caves, discovering your Zen inside Buddhist jungle temple, overall a wonderful mixture of activities that one can indulge in.
For the truly adventurous, Thailand’s hidden adventure destinations are bound to offer you more than the clichéd activities of massage, Pad Thai and idling on the beach.