Green Thailand Awaits; RAMA GAIND Discovers an Eco Treat

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WITH worldwide awareness of climate change and global warming, there has been a dramatic change in consumer attitudes, travel habits and prerequisites for discerning holidaymakers.

Focus is now on responsible travel where the environment is conserved and the wellbeing of the local community is further enriched.

Beckoning travellers to one such destination is a[approximately]Amazing Thailanda. No longer is the a[approximately]Land of Smilesa attracting tourists who just go swimming in crystal-clear waters, lie on white sandy beaches and participate in water sports. They are looking for a more meaningful vacation experience.

According to the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Suraphon Svetsreni, Thailand received 19.2 million visitors in 2011. The number of Australian tourists visiting the kingdom last year a more than 850,000 a was an increase of 22.35% on 2010.

The authority has realised the importance of ecotourism and, along with the Thai tourism industry, has been pursuing green initiatives in an effort to maintain the delicate balance between tourism promotion and environmental protection to ensure long-term sustainability.

One of the tour specialists, Royal Silk Holidays, offers a perceptive Flavours and Fragrances tour package of the Central Plains to Samut Songkram and Petchaburi. After experiencing one such enlightening journey, here is a list of the 10 must-see highlights, starting with a luxurious stopover in Bangkok and ending with total recreation in Hua Hin and Kanchanaburi.

1. Redefining space, style and luxury accommodation in a tropical oasis edging the Chao Phraya River, the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa offers deliciously lazy days or days filled with adventure cushioned by indulgence. Uncover the capitalas best backstreet cuisine and hidden cultural highlights with Anantaraas streetwise guru Chettha Khambunditkul.

2. On arrival in the province of Samut Songkram, visit coconut plantations at Amphawa. Or take a boat ride to see agricultural villages along the Mae Klong River. …