The Isaan region of Thailand could offer an alternative view of the country, claims a travel writer.
Embarking on a trek through the Khai Yai national park, Mr Coplans discovered the region is also home to a whole host of wildlife including tigers, bears, elephants and hornbills – ideal for keen wildlife photographers who may have managed to find a cheap flight to Thailand.
The north-east region also showcases the so-called old Thailand and remains true to the traditional culture of the country.
“I encountered sleepy, small rural towns that depend on farming, not tourism, despite the fact that this area is not only a stunning natural wilderness, but also full of fantastic Khmer temples,” explained Mr Coplans.
Isaan has a very distinct culture and its people have their own Lao dialect called Isaan Thai.
Written by Ruth Norris.