San Khoo has been with Peregrine since 1995. He’s been to 97 countries and is a bit of a legend around the office thanks to his colourful stories and ability to make friends anywhere in the world.
San started out with Peregrine as a tour leader, later he moved into the office as operations manager for South East Asia and China, always taking regular trips to keep an eye on things and also fulfil his love of travel!
Peregrine started taking trips to Thailand in 1982, but back then it was mostly treks through northern Thailand.
“Thailand was, one of our first forays outside of Himalaya. At the beginning we were primarily a Himalayan trekking company, so I guess as an extension of that we started do northern Thailand treks.”
San thinks the Amazing Thailand tour is a brilliant introduction to the country, showing you all the highlights and providing some wonderful encounters with elephants to end things with a bang.
“In Bangkok, traffic is such a bun fight that it’s impossible to get around by bus. So we use local transport instead. From our hotel go down to the canals and board a canal boat. It’s great because it’s really only the local people who know about the canal system. We take these canal taxis to the Grand Palace and after that we head to see the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.
“From there, we go back down to the river and take a big river boat to the Oriental Hotel area and then ride the Skytrain back to our hotel. So you’re using all the different modes of transport that the local people would use, as well as seeing all the sights.”
San says a lot of people can get intimidated by Bangkok, especially first time travellers who are on their own. He said many people also see it as simply a stopover on their way to the beach so they miss out on seeing the incredible Grand Palace.
“Hopefully this trip is a way to allay people’s fears about Bangkok, because it can be such an exciting city."
Ancient cities and elephants
This is also a great trip for history buffs, because you visit the old imperial cities of Ayuthaya and Sukhothai.
“The first capital of Thailand was Sukhothai, the second was Authaya and the there was also a third called Thonburi. The capital was then moved to Bangkok in 1782. So you really get a great insight into the ancient cities. It’s a lovely change of pace from the wonderful chaos of Bangkok.”
San thinks one of the real highlights comes in the last few days of the trip. “You’ll love the chance to visit the Lampang Elephant Conservation. It’s incredible, and you can really get up close to the animals. And you finish up in Chiang Mai with a bit of a trek towards Chiang Dao. Here you get to take another elephant trek to a local village.”
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