Thailand

Formerly the kingdom of Siam, Thailand is at first glance electrifying and perhaps terrifying. Try zigzagging through Bangkok’s streets on a bicycle, cliff diving off towering limestone rocks into the Andaman Sea, or begging a street cart vendor for anything to calm the Thai chilis burning your tongue when you first taste spicy som-tam. Yet within this frenetic country lies a profound sense of stillness and respect for inner peace, renewal and tradition, perhaps best embodied by the country’s emphasis on the art of Thai massage and reflexology. With Excursionist, chase down the kingdom’s often overlooked gems like the prehistoric paintings of Pha Taem Park, the ruins of the beautiful Khmer-influenced Phanom Ruang temple, the magical valleys of Mae La Nae and the great silk-weaving and pottery traditions of Chiang Rai.