These virtual travel experiences will transport you to Thailand

Siobháin Spear
Apr 14, 2020

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is rolling out a video series that enables viewers to experience the destination from home.

Whether you’re seeking foodie adventures, five-star serenity or sacred spaces that glisten in the golden sunrise, Thailand is a destination that knows how to deliver an action-packed getaway for every type of traveller. But with most of the world on lockdown due to COVID-19, Thailand is – like most other destinations – reeling from the impact the pandemic has had on tourism.

Rather than sitting still, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has decided to ‘Bring Thailand to the World… Virtually’ by launching an Instagram video series so that travellers can experience elements of the destination from their homes. Available throughout April, the virtual content will feature the best of Thai culture and heritage through tutorials that you can try at home.

1. Taste of Thailand

Thai cuisine is an expression of Thai culture; it’s rich, refreshing and relaxed. Dishes rely on fresh, local ingredients and ooze flavour, which is exactly why Thai cooking classes are so popular for visiting tourists. In order to bring the cooking classes to you, Chef Nine from Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok and Chef Sonia from 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai will each present cooking masterclasses online to teach viewers how to prepare popular and flavourful Thai dishes including Thai Pineapple fried rice and Pad Thai to enjoy at home.

2. Online Muay Thai camp

Two men Muay Thai  boxing

Looking for a new workout that lets you combat stress while discovering the principles of an Asian sport? It’s time to practice the principles and discipline of Muay Thai, or literally ‘Thai boxing’. This discipline is known as the “art of eight limbs” as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. Viewers can discover the ancient art of Muay Thai through a digital training camp conducted by world-class Muay Thai practitioner and owner of Krudam Gym in Bangkok, Dam Srichan. It’s an excellent strength and conditioning exercise.

3. Home skincare treatment tutorial

You might not be able to relax at a spa and get rid of those aches and pains with a Thai massage right now, but you can recreate some simple skin care techniques. In the virtual video series that aims to transport you to Thailand, wellness experts Gift and Jib, from Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort, combine nutrient-packed ingredients – such as turmeric and honey – to formulate a simple and natural facial mask for viewers to keep their skin healthy at home.

4. Traditional Thai dance for kids

A virtual trip to Thailand doesn’t just have to be for the adults of the household; you can tire the kids out with a traditional Thai dancing session in your living room – or out in the garden while you supervise with a Mai Tai. Thai dance combines elegant movements with colourful ceremonial attire and traditional music, taking several distinct forms, making it a great form of exercise for children. Watch out for the online class by a member of the Thai dance troupe, SiamSmile Group, which will cover a variety of dance forms to emulate at home, while also creating a cultural immersion through expressive movements.

5. Fruit and vegetable carving

A watermelon carved into a flower using thai fruit carving techniques

If COVID-19 has offered us the fortune of anything, it’s the fortune of having additional time on our hands to do all those things we have always wanted to try. The edible art form of traditional Thai carving is a major part of Thailand’s history and very much respected. In the past, carved fruits and vegetables were showcased during major banquets, and today the art form is a popular custom practised during the Thai New Year, Songkran. Watch out for this workshop that will get your creative juices flowing; a Thai carving master will teach you this unique craft so that you’re ready for your summer garden parties.

Viewers can tune in to the ‘Bringing Thailand to the World… Virtually’ video series on the Instagram page of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in the Middle East.

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