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Travelscope: Thailand - From Golden Triangle To White Sands

Airs Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: Courtesy of American Public Television

Above: Host Joseph Rosendo visits a coffee, tea and macadamia nut plantation on his Thailand adventure in the infamous Golden Triangle.

In the fourth season of TRAVELSCOPE, award-winning travel journalist and author Joseph Rosendo shares his personal perspective on cultural tourism from spots close to home as well as exotic worldwide locales. Shot in high definition, the series continues to enlighten and entertain viewers with thrilling destinations on five continents and personal encounters with diverse peoples.

Visit the TRAVELSCOPE blog for more cultural discoveries from around the world.

This season, Rosendo treks into the Australian bush in pursuit of kangaroos, koalas and emus, embarks on an elephant-back safari in South Africa, discovers off-the-beaten-path gems in Bangkok, and traces the history, legends and traditions of the medieval festival of Fasnacht in Germany.

"Thailand - From Golden Triangle To White Sands" - From vibrant Bangkok Joseph travels south for a bit of rest and relaxation in the turquoise waters and on the fashionable beaches of the Krabi Peninsula. There he observes the ongoing efforts to preserve nature, indigenous cultures and ancient customs in the face of widespread tourism.

After the short respite he heads north to the border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos to continue his Thailand adventure in the infamous Golden Triangle. From a coffee, tea and macadamia nut plantation to a thriving elephant camp, he uncovers what Thais are doing to transform the Triangle’s ancient opium production to pursuits that will improve the lives of the area’s many Hill Tribe people.

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