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Meaningful Ways to See Thailand with a Bang(kok)

Getting to travel the world is a great privilege, even if it's a hard-earned privilege for some. Thailand is one of the most popular countries to visit for a variety of reasons, especially with younger generations. Apart from the party culture that can be found in some locations, it also has incredible amounts of natural beauty, friendly people, fascinating culture and delicious food. You could go to Thailand simply to hang out in bars and go to raves every night. However, many people prefer a more meaningful brand of travel. You can take a different approach to your time in Thailand if you like getting under the skin of a country.


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Volunteer
One way to experience the authentic side of Thailand is to volunteer. You can give your time and energy, and perhaps your expertise, to benefit the local community. There are a few different ways you might decide to volunteer in Thailand. One of the things you can do is work with children in various ways. You could be teaching them English, how to play football, or how to use a computer. As well as working with Thai children, you could also be working with minority groups, such as Cambodians. You could also seek out conservation projects to help protect Thailand's natural wonders.
Learn Some of the Language
The Thai language perhaps isn't the first one anyone thinks of learning. But if you're going to spend some time in Thailand, it's polite to learn at least a few key phrases. If you go beyond the niceties of please and thank you, you can also make it easier to connect with local people. You might find that it's easier to get along with a bit more of the language and that it opens up new experiences for you. You could take lessons, try to teach yourself a little or just attempt to pick some up from the locals.

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Connect with Locals
The previous two things can both help you to connect more with local people on your travels. Some people have the tendency to only socialize with fellow travelers. However, if you take the time to get to know some locals, you could get a much more authentic view of Thailand. A little bit of the language will get you a long way, as people are sure to appreciate your effort. Volunteering is a great way to spend time within a community too.
Do Something You Love
If you want to really connect with Thailand, it can help to explore one of your passions while you're there. For example, it's a great time to work on your writing or photography skills. But it doesn't have to be something creative. You could also explore the country by bicycle if you love cycling when you're at home. Doing something you love while you're in Thailand will help you see what the country has to offer.
Thailand isn't just for partying. If you're planning a visit, make sure you explore all the wonderful things there are to see and do.