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Date: 04/05/2011

From Elephants to Tents: Travelling round The Golden Triangle

For those exploring the world on backpacker travel insurance, Thailand remains one of the most popular destinations. However, while Bangkok remains as vibrant and much-loved as ever, tourists are heading off into the north of the country, looking for what has been described as the authentic Thailand.

In the past, a trip to Thailand meant saving up pennies and taking out single trip travel insurance to experience the exotic sights and sounds of the country. Nowadays, Thailand is more accessible but remains much sought-after, being the UK's top long-haul destination. A visit to the area known as The Golden Triangle is one which is often ignored for better-known tourist hot-spots but the region is one which has best preserved the Thai traditions and offers visitors a unique insight into a truly different way of life.

While the region offers many luxury hotels, with hilltop pools offering panoramic views over forests and distant mountains, many tourists opt to spend a few nights under canvas. But this is unlike the kind of tent that many journeying on backpacker travel insurance will have been used to, as the accommodation is luxurious and high class, combining the ambience of camping with the comfort of hotels.

A trip to the Golden Triangle would not be complete without the ultimate Thai experience, the opportunity to ride an elephant. With the animals used frequently as both a mode of transport and for domestic work in Thailand, elephants are very used to human company and surprisingly docile. While mishaps are virtually unknown, it would be advisable just to check with the provider of the single trip travel insurance policy that cover is included. Those adventurous visitors who want to get up close and personal with the gentle giants are offered the chance to learn how to command an elephant and enjoy a ride down to the river for a dip – but be prepared to get wet...very wet.