Magazine article Geographical

Geographical Travel

Magazine article Geographical

Geographical Travel

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This month we present a special report on wildlife-watching holidays that explores the way in which they've evolved and their impacts on both the environment and the people who take them. We then set off to investigate the wildlife-watching opportunities available in the frigid realms of Franz Josef Land and the clear waters and steamy jungles of Thailand and profile Canada

PHRA HAKHON KHIRI, PHETBURI, THAILAND

Shrouded in fragrant frangipani trees, the magnificent palace of Khao Wang looks out serenely over hustling Phetburi from its vantage point on Phra Hakhon Khiri, or Holy City Hill, to the west of the city. Combining Thai, Chinese and Western architecture, it was built by King Mongkut in 1858 and is part of a complex that includes an observational tower and an impressive white stupa.

Phetburi itself is a historic provincial capital that lies 160 kilometres south of Bangkok on the banks of the River Phetburi. It is often overlooked by tourists hurrying to relax on Thailand's famous islands in the Gulf of Thailand and the Strait of Mallacca. …

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