The Naked Selfie Issue

The Naked Selfie Issue

Exhibitionism has existed for ages, in many different forms. Every village had its local looney who loved to drop his pants whenever a woman passed by. And even the not so loonies have regretted the times when they pulled out their business in the bar after drinking too many shots of tequila. Those things happened and more often than not they didn’t harm anyone and neither was there any serious harm intended.
Today, exhibitionism has been taken to a whole new level because of that little device in our pocket which has two cameras… You’ve guessed what we mean.
Our smart phone in combination with the availability of the internet has made the action of exposing ourselves to others a lot easier and the risk of getting caught doing so a lot lower.

 

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, now and then you’ve been seeing a very polite message popping up with the request to stop sending us penis pictures. Really, it’s ridiculous, the amount of those pictures we receive on a daily basis. And we wonder why people keep doing this. We are nudists and our goal in life is to visit as much nudist places around the world as possible. Needless to say that we see lots of nudity. In fact, while we were in Thailand, we’ve probably seen more naked people than clothed ones. Then why does someone send us a picture of his penis? It doesn’t shock us, it doesn’t impress us and it’s not like we haven’t seen ten of those in the last half hour. Maybe they think that it’s the standard introduction among nudists, that we just wave our genitals at each other instead of shaking hands… Well… It’s not.
But that’s not what we’re going to talk about.

Why would we take naked selfies?
More and more we see articles in the newspapers about nude selfies that have gone wrong. It goes from teenagers being humiliated among their friends to fully exposed pictures of yourself on some kind of dark porn website. It causes stress, depressions and in some cases even suicide.
And then you wonder, aren’t kids smart enough to know that these things can go wrong? Why do they feel the need of taking naked pictures of themselves and sending them around?
In fact, when we were kids, we did kind of the same.
Even in our very young years, when we weren’t yet sexual active at all, we played doctor with the neighbouring kids. Just because grown ups made such a big deal about hiding what’s in our pants, we were curious about what the others had to hide.
Later at school we dropped our pants behind the gym to compare ourselves with the others and after our first couple of beers we played strip poker or went skinny dipping.

 

If you want your kids to hide something, the worst way to do so is to make a big deal or a mystery of it. This is a huge advantage for naturist kids by the way, they know what’s in other people’s pants, they’ve seen it and for them it’s nothing special anymore. It’s just human.
Today kids are taking naked pictures of themselves and send them around, it’s the same principle as what we used to do. The big difference is that our exposure was on the moment, now you see it, now you don’t. A picture can last a long time and travel far, now you see it, tonight you see it again, tomorrow you show it to your friends and a week later a jealous friend or angry ex puts the image online. And you have no idea where that’ll end up.

The pressure
The need to explore our body and the one of others is very human. The question is whether doing so by sending and receiving naked pictures is a good way to do so.
Teenagers are often very insecure, they want to fit in, they want to be accepted and they are willing to sacrifice a lot for that. In the gangs in South America it’s a custom that new members, often not older than sixteen, have to receive an incredible beating from the other members before they are accepted. Blue and bruised they become part of the gang. And that’s exactly why they stand through this torture, they want to belong. We see a similar thing among student clubs where newbies often have to go through a series of humiliating things before they are part of the club. It’s the group pressure that does the trick.

 

The insecurity of teenagers in combination with their need to belong is one of the major reasons why they decide to send nude selfies to others.
Unfortunately, the number two reason is love. Teenage love can be huge, it can take over someone’s whole life and it completely stops rational thinking. Teenage love is forever, although it rarely lasts. When a teenage girl receives a late night message from the love of her life to show him “a little bit more” before going to bed, it’s often hard to resist. Even when they doubt or reject the first time, often a little bit of pressure is enough for them to cave in. They want to satisfy their lover and they want to hear how gorgeous they are. And of course he’s going to delete the picture immediately after he’s seen it and even if he doesn’t, they’re going to stay together forever, right?

Should we stop sending nude selfies?
Maybe nude selfies are part of evolution? Maybe eventually they will help normalising nudity? It’s hard to tell. Ask us again in a couple of hundred years and maybe we can give you an answer then. And who are we to say something about it anyway? Almost daily we’re putting naked pictures of ourselves online on Instagram.
But there are a couple of things we keep in mind and we think you should do so too.

 

Never ask yourself the question “Who will see this?”, because you just can’t be sure about this. Yes, she’s the love of your life and of course she won’t share the picture with anyone else. Today, maybe tomorrow, but what about in a couple of months when things between you too have gone terribly wrong? Always keep in mind that there might become a day that everyone can see the photo. Your ex-partner, your friends, your grandma and a number of perverts on the internet. Just consider this before you hit the send button.

 

Never let pressure be the reason. Although we’re strong advocates of the normalisation of nudity, you should always do so from your own will. That’s really important. Share with others as much as you want, but only because you want it, not because someone tries to convince you to do so.

 

Show what you want to show. We are nudists and we like to be naked. A lot! Since we also try to show the world that nudism isn’t something pervert or some kind of disease, we often post naked pictures online. But you’ll never see a close up of our breasts or genitals. Because that’s not what nudism is about. It’s about the joy of being naked, with our without other like minded people. It’s not about seeing breasts or vaginas or penises. We can go on and on about this, but we already did so in our article about Full Frontal Nudity.
What we want to say is, that we don’t feel a need to put a close up of Nick’s penis or Lins’ breasts online.

 

And one last tip, don’t send the pictures of your penis to nudists, really, they’ve seen it all before, in all shapes and sizes. You won’t shock them and you certainly won’t impress them.
Celebrating Songkran the nudie way

Celebrating Songkran the nudie way

Have you ever heard about Songkran? Well, don’t worry if you haven’t, until a month of two before we also had no idea what it is.
Long story short, Songkran is the Thai new year. In fact, it used to be the Thai new year, because since 1940 the government has set the official new year’s date to the first of January, to be more aligned with the west. But yet Songkran is still celebrated all over the country and usually takes three to four days, between the 13th or 14th of April until the 16th.

 

Why are we bothering you with the details of an ancient Thai holiday?
Well, Songkran is also known as the “water festival”. Basically this means that there are three days in the year that you are allowed to (or actually supposed to) try to wet every human being that comes within the range of your water gun. Pretty cool right?
Water games are a lot of fun and you have to imagine that April is the hottest month of the year in Thailand with temperatures easily reaching 40°C (that’s over a hundred for you who use Fahrenheit), so we started thinking… What would be the best way to celebrate this? We didn’t have to think  for long, soon we found ourselves writing an e-mail to the Oriental Village to ask whether they had a free room for the weekend. Luckily, there was one left.

 

The arrival
On Friday in the early afternoon, the first day of Songkran, we arrived  at the Oriental Village. We walked up to the gate, rang the bell and… wait for it… Nothing happened. There we were, standing in front of the gate. We rang again and again… Nada. Luckily we had been here before so we knew the workaround to give ourselves entrance.
Even behind the gate, there was complete silence. Nobody there, nobody to check us in and nobody trying to get others soaking wet. Pretty disappointing, as you can imagine.

We walked further towards the swimming pool, still clothed, still carrying that heavy backpack, with the hope to find somebody who could tell us which bungalow we were staying in.
But then, from the corner of our eyes, we saw them coming… an army of naked people with water guns determined to attack the latecomers. We could run but we could not hide and soon we received our Sangkran blessing. The game was on. Happy new year to us!

 

Drive by shootings
We celebrated our first day of the Thai new year the best way we could’ve imagined it. We were with family (well, actually a new, more international family consisting of French, Malaysian, English and Australian naked family members), lazing around the pool, occasionally shooting some water at each other and if it took too long before someone finally shot us on that hot day, we just jumped in the pool to cool down.
Unfortunately we had arrived just too late for the body painting part of the day (body painting on new year? Only at a nudist resort!), but we made up for that in the evening by eating twice as much of the delicious Thai new year’s dinner.

 

The next day, the fight was really on. Unfortunately this time it was with a little bit more clothes as we were going to hit the roads.
When you want to celebrate Songkran, you have two options. Either you stand by the road waiting for passers by and then throw water at them, or you can load your car with all the water you can find and drive around town to aim at those waiting for you with their water guns. Since The Oriental Village is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, it would have been quite ridiculous and incredibly boring to be waiting for passers by. So the back of a pickup truck was loaded with three tons of water, some buckets, about ten water guns and the same amount of clothed nudies who were ready to give those Thais a nice bath.
This may all sound very childish and when we think about it, it actually was, but it’s soooo much fun! We were an army out there, two spotters yelling “left!” and “right” and a team of snipers trying to make the “enemy” as wet as possible, while getting immensely soaked ourselves.

What does this all mean?
In the end, we believe that one of the things that make nudism such a special lifestyle is the social factor. Swimming naked is great, hiking naked is a lot of fun, not having to think about what to wear and not having to do laundry that much is just very convenient, but hanging out with other nudies and talking about their experiences and life visions is just the best.
By activities like the celebration of Songkran (even though part of it was done clothed), people are brought together even more.
This is nothing new by the way, we’ve already said the same thing that time when we had this incredible beach party in Greece, but every time we have such fun activities again, we are reminded of the fact that this is the way forward for nudism. We need more naked beach parties, we need more Songkran celebrations, we need more games, gatherings, tournaments, festivals, whatever… As long as it brings people together.
Because nudism is something we do together and it rewards us with friends for life.
The Naturist Talks: Kim & Peter from Australia

The Naturist Talks: Kim & Peter from Australia

One of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’ll be listening to Kim and Peter from Australia, make sure you’ve been to the toilet and have a fresh coffee because they have a lot to tell.

 

Hello Kim and Peter, tell us something about yourself
Who are we? Well we’re a middle aged couple living in Sydney, Australia with three children and four grandchildren. We enjoy travel and try to as often as possible, getting “Off-Road” and cruising. Peter works in telephony with interests in Photography and Amateur Radio and Kim works in medical administration as well as being a qualified Nail Technician, the type you hit with hammers by accident not the straight steel ones.

So Nudist or Naturist? Well what’s in a name anyway? While there are often long winded and sometimes heated discussions on the web about this topic with some very diverse points of view on the subject, which often have geographical variances, so they seem to be interchangeable. If we had to choose one, say when describing what we do to the uninitiated, we’d go with Naturists as opposed to Nudists. Simply because it softens the impact and more often solicits additional questions on the subject.

 

However if you’re wondering what we’d actually prefer to be called well that’s easy, Kim and Peter as there’s more to us than the whole no clothes thing and a single label seems completely inadequate to describe the multiple layers that makeup a person or couple. Though we’re sure that when discussions about us and our activities are held in our absence people will add their own terminology and concepts to describe us.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
Kim and I have been traveling and living light, or nudist or naturist or whatever term sits with you, for almost two decades now following what could be best described as a somewhat confusing start.

 

Back in 2003 we had planned to go away for a weekend with some friends and had been looking at various accommodation options within a few hours of Sydney. I suggested by email a place called Bardots, which has sadly now closed, as something a little out of the ordinary. In the e-mail I sent I made full mention of the clothing optional nature of the place and while Kim seemed cautiously accepting of the idea I was expecting to have the suggestion laughed out by our friends. Well I was somewhat surprised that it wasn’t, either that or I’d had my bluff called, so two rooms were duly booked and deposit paid with nothing further discussed on the subject.

Then while shopping less than twenty four hours before we were due to check in we had a call from our friends to discuss a few details for the weekend and when they heard we were shopping the question was asked “So is Kim getting a new bikini for the weekend?”. I must admit that while not out of character, given the situation I thought the question a little odd. My response of “Why would we do that? I assumed we just swim nude given the resorts clothing optional.” Was met with a stunned silence of the kind that doesn’t need the sound of a solitary cricket to drive home the fact that something was not quite right.

 

“Are you serious? Wait let me look at the website again….. You weren’t joking!”. To this day I’m unsure if they really thought I was joking or they’d simply not looked closely enough at the web page either way some discussions where to follow. So with our shopping done we headed to our friends place where we split into two groups along predictable lines to “sort out the details” and later that evening it was decided that we’d still go after all the deposit was non-refundable.

 

On the way home that night the Kim mentioned what the girls team had discussed and to their credit it was a very thorough and reasoned review of the situation, they’d analyzed the place’s website, discussed the point that everyone will be nude, that they trusted their husbands and besides if it’s really bad we can just leave. So what did we guys discuss? A new amateur radio. Now in our defense I have to say we’re guys and it was a very nice radio. As well as this I think we both simply accepted the futility of us discussing this at all. As is always the case the deciding vote was with our wives and we just have to abide by the referees decision on the matter. We don’t often get away for weekends so when we do we want our wives there to share the experiences.

 

As to the weekend well it was memorable for many reasons and while the whole nudity thing did have a somewhat delayed start as we’d arrived late on the Friday night there was no “immediately nude” event, well there was in our room but that was nothing unusual for Kim and I, no that would wait for the warmth, and full glow, of the following day’s sun.

 

For me leaving the room for breakfast with nothing but a towel to sit on was what seemed right at the time if this was because I’d consciously decided to “just do it” I honestly don’t remember but that’s how I approached the situation. Kim chose to take a towel and wear a sarong which while quite sheer still afforded her some cover, a security blanket if you will, and in no time at all we were joined at breakfast by our friends who’d interestingly enough made similar clothing choices. After breakfast, and probably more cups of tea than we’d normally have, we headed for the pool where the weekend’s biggest lesson was learned.

 

To this day Kim can recall the terrifying feelings that engulfed her just prior to removing her sarong in broad daylight in front of friends and strangers alike. That she did this in spite of these feelings speaks volumes as to her strengths. The fact that immediately following this nothing happened, no one stared, no one pointed and laughed, made it almost an anticlimax really. I have even heard some say that in this situation there was almost a feeling of disappointment, a feeling of “Look I’ve done it! Where’s my applause?” and even “What I’m not worth staring at?”. These feelings soon pass.

 

Unusual is relative, that is to say what one person may find unusual is actually quite normal or mundane for another, and while the day had seemed to us to have been somewhat unusual, something was about to occur that was even more unusual than simply being nude in the company of friends and strangers alike and it happened when we got off our stomachs and headed to the pool. In no time at all we started to play, like children. Here are some 40 something’s, well Kim was still a thirty something, with jobs, dogs and mortgages playing like a bunch of ten year olds kids throwing a ball around. This was something that for us was very unusual. Sure we’d visit the ‘places’ and see the ‘sights’ but this was a change and our travels would never be the same again.

In the end we can credit this decision to rescue our deposit with changing our lives we have made many new friends, good friends, and experienced things most people would never even consider doing. We’ve enjoyed the glaciers of Alaska, the Islands of the Caribbean and Hawaii, the deserts and beaches of the Kimberly’s and even an art exhibition in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra all from the comfort of our own skin.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
I’m not a lawyer so the only answer I can give is “Well yes and no”.
That said we have legalised nude beaches in most states, Queensland with it’s nude friendly climate actually has none and of late there seems little to indicate a change on this point. We have resorts and venues in all states and our laws aren’t overly restrictive. As an example of this we can be nude in our backyard as long as we can’t be seen from a park, school or road, however if the neighbours can see us then that’s OK. They don’t have to look.

 

Above all of this though Australia has space and lots of it. This means finding a deserted stretch of beach or river is easily done or simply a picnic in a quiet place in the bush.

 

What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
Peter: The best things would be the people we’ve met and the experiences we’ve shared with them.
The worst would have to be the perceptions of others, especially those that claim to “know” what really goes on with the inference that as soon as we started taking our clothes off, our promiscuity suddenly shot up, something I believe Nick & Lins have also mentioned. Thankfully these aren’t the people in our lives whose opinions concern us very much.

Kim: I’d certainly agree with Peter on the best things about naturism we have meet some fascinating people many of whom have become good friends.
As to the worst, while I’d also agree with Peter I’d also add cold! Air conditioning set for people wearing layers of clothes isn’t exactly brilliant when nude.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Kim: On the whole I find naturists to be more approachable and definitely more outgoing. This seems to apply even before they get undressed as was demonstrated by Sharron who on seeing me sitting with four peoples luggage prior to a cruise walked up to me and said “you do realise this is a nude cruise?”. We became friends almost immediately to the point that they’ll be joining us for Christmas and New Years.

 

Peter: Yes and we certainly have! Though I’m not sure I know why that is exactly. The standard explanation is usually that without clothes we’re forced to be ourselves rather than some manufactured image we want to project to the rest of society. I however think that the types of people that can look at something like social nudity and see the concept for what it is well enough to make the leap outside their comfort zone are more likely to be the kind of people you’d like to meet. Of course this doesn’t mean you won’t meet some people you’d go out of your way to avoid but we seem to be able to spot them very quickly.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Kim’s Advice: Pick a family oriented venue and perhaps go during a quieter time if possible, such as during the week, as it will feel a lot less daunting. Certainly take a friend or partner along and when you arrive relax into the experience.

Peter: GO AWAY!
Seriously just go away, grab a friend, find a venue out of town or even better interstate and go there. This may seem a somewhat strange sort of advice but if you’ve decided to give it a try for the first time this approach, similar to what we did, has a number of benefits.

 

Firstly it removes, or at least makes harder, the ability to back out. If you’re faced with a six hour drive home or having to arrange flights or alternate accommodation you’ve a lot more incentive to go through with it.
Secondly you’re less likely to meet someone you know. Now I know those of us that are accustomed to social nudity will say this actually isn’t an issue, Kim and I have made many trips to places like this just to meet people we know, but it’s more than likely been a discussion point for the uninitiated and is for them a genuine concern.
Finally if you’re traveling the distance you’ll more than likely stay longer, getting to experience more and get to know the people better.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
Kim: It really is surprising just how natural it can become, so natural in fact that we didn’t realize it until we started to think about this question. Some years back Peter and I traveled to the Kimberley Region in the North of Western Australia. We met up with our friends from our first naturist experience at, quite literally, a hole in the middle of the desert and after a few days of traveling though what could be best described as fairly harsh, yet stunningly beautiful, country we found ourselves camped at a location called James Price Point. This is a place that will live long in our memories, it’s remote location means that it’s facilities were limited to sand, soil, salt water and gravity to stop it all floating away but our campsite atop dark ochre cliffs gave us commanding views over white sandy beaches and the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean to the horizon where it met with the clear blue western sky.

 

Within moments of us setting up camp the single word ‘beach’ was spoken and even though there were other campers, in the vicinity acknowledgment of the idea was given by the group simply stripping off, grabbing towels and heading down the roughly hewn steps in the cliff to the beach and then into the warm welcoming waters of the Indian Ocean. That nobody stopped to ask “what should we wear” showed us just how relaxed and natural nudity had become for us in these situations.

 

While we were swimming we noticed there was a ‘lifeguard’ on duty. Stationed at another campsite this vigilant individual stood there with his binoculars surveying the area of beach we’d chosen to use, obviously watching for potential threats to our safety, until we returned to the safety of our campsite. While the two other campers in the area paid little or no attention to our beach activities this guy seemed trans fixed by it all while we remained unconcerned by his constant gaze.
That night as we discussed the days activities around our campfire we came to the view that if your life had reached the point where watching a group of middle aged people skinny dipping from such a distance that even binoculars would have been of little use in rendering a clear image of the event was the highlight of your day then perhaps it was time to get a new one.

 

Peter: Most of what we’ve said relates to social nudity that is being naked around friends and strangers alike. What we haven’t mentioned is being nude and how that is. While on the surface you may think there is little difference between wearing little and wearing nothing, there is in fact a large difference in the way you experience your surroundings.

 

Whether the environment is the warm waters of the Mediterranean or all the cool floors and harsh escalators of the National Gallery, being nude changes greatly the experience. It makes it more intense, more personal and yes it can sometimes even add a feeling of exposure.
It is said that a picture is worth 1000 words, so may I offer for your consideration the following 2000 words. These photos were taken less than 30 seconds apart and show us in front of a glacier in Alaska. Obviously the first image was for a more Conservative audience while the second was for those more accustomed to us and our preference for traveling lighter.

 

 

The light robes we are wearing in the first image did not provide much in the way of additional warmth and in the second image you can clearly see that we were subject to a greater level of sensory input it was clearly a far more immersive, but not uncomfortable, experience. Of course this is what you want when you travel. However if you would have rather been standing inside the air conditioned vessel looking out through a panoramic window I would question why you were there at all, after all could you not have just saved yourself the time and money by watching the travel channel on the big screen at home?

 

Thank you so much for your participation Kim and Peter!

 

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
Naked Wanderings presents… NUDE!

Naked Wanderings presents… NUDE!

During our travels around the world we meet a lot of other nudists and what kind of surprised us  was so often the question “Oh, is there a nudist resort in … ?”. Also on Naked Wanderings, after we published a review about this or that resort, visitors thank us for the tip because they had no idea the place existed. That sounded a bit strange to us, because if we had been able to find those places, others must too. On the other hand, researching nudist spots is pretty much the only thing we do all day, next to writing blog posts and chilling with our naked butt in the sun of course.

 

Clearly there was a need for a website where you have an overview of all nudist accommodations around the world, a place where people can search for the perfect destination for their next nakation. And just like that, the idea for NUDE was there!

 

What’s NUDE?
Of course we wanted to have a cool name, but also something meaningful. After several long nights infused with sometimes too much alcohol, we came up with the name NUDE.
“Meaningful”, you ask?
Most certainly, NUDE is short for Nudist’s Ultimate Destination Explorer. How about that?

 

A complete (or as complete as possible) overview of all nudist accommodations around the world was the basic idea, but we wanted something more. NUDE had to be a platform where the owners of nudist places and the travellers could find each other, inform each other and eventually work together to create amazing nakations.
What we needed was interaction.
From the traveler side our idea was pretty simple, in fact, it’s not even our own idea. We just used what Tripadvisor has been doing for so many years: The possibility to review a place. Because let’s face it, you can read a lot about a certain place on the internet and look at all the beautiful pictures, but the most valuable info often comes from someone like ourselves, a previous visitor. By reading about their experiences and by the tips and tricks they often give we know exactly which time of the year to go, which camping spot to choose and what to order from the restaurant’s menu.
Tripadvisor is the main resource for millions of travellers around the world, we want NUDE to become the main resource for those who like to travel with less clothes.

 

On the other side, we wanted to give the owners of the nudist places full control over their page on NUDE. Not because we’re lazy (or maybe just a little), but because we believe that they are in the right position to provide an updated description of their place, they have loads of pictures and so on. By controlling their own page, they will also have the possibility to respond to reviews as the owner.

NUDE and You
What will NUDE do for you? Well, we’ve said it before, we want NUDE to become the place where you find the perfect place for you to get naked. But that works in both ways of course, because the heart of NUDE will be the reviews, we hope that you (and all our other visitors) take the time to write something about the places you’ve visited. Only then will we become what the name already says: the Nudist’s Ultimate Destination Explorer.

 

We can keep talking about how cool NUDE is and all the things you can do with it, but why not have a look for yourself?
You can go to the website by clicking one of the many words NUDE in this article or just by following the link: http://www.nudexplorer.com
Enjoy!
Remember that researching a place is already a fun part of your nakation!
And while you’re at it, why not write a couple of reviews and help us getting this thing started?
The Naturist Talks: Marc from Belgium

The Naturist Talks: Marc from Belgium

One of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Our guest for today is Marc, a nudist from our home country Belgium.

 

Hello Marc, tell us something about yourself
I am a single 49 years old hetero, living in the capital of Europe, Brussels.
I like reading, travelling, sauna, nature walks, contemporary art and van life.
I have a van that I use for travel in summer period.
I work as a independent consultant.
I am also an art model for drawing groups and a sculpture class.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I like going to sauna, which is naturist in Belgium, since more than 25 years. I am also a big fan of skinny dipping, both enjoying the feeling of freedom during the swim and the quick drying afterwards without swimming gear.
After a holiday in Spain some 5 years ago, with lots of naturist moments, skinny dipping, … I was more and more naturist at home too. Given I am a host on Couchsurfing.org, I did some research and I started to introduce my couchsurf guests into naturism. In the mean time, it are about 125 people who stayed at my home and practiced naturism for the first time. Of course I also have more experienced guests, for whom it is not the first time.
Since a few years, I also try naking aka nude hiking. I did it this in Spain, France, Belgium and Slovenia.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
It is legal in sauna and there is a few hundred meters of beach at the seaside.
Public opinion is still reluctant towards naturism, especially for men (” a naked man is a pervert, a naked woman is daring”). There is also a big mix up between naturism and sex. Both are practiced nude, but there is a huge difference, as naturism is in principle non-sexual.
A big complement I received a few times from my couchsurf guests, is that they feel more safe here at my home (nude) than at other couchsurf places clothed..

 

What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
For me naturism is the feeling of freedom. No boundaries, literally and figurative.
The public opinion about naturism can change in a positive way. I am sure that the positive stories of you are helping a lot with this. On the second place, one need good weather to practice naturism outside, and a higher heating bill in Belgium..

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
It is not so easy to make naturist friends. On the one hand, it seems to me that naturists “out” themselves often at a later age. And I also have the impression that the gay community is more open about naturism than average society.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Just give it a try. Try at home for yourself, e.g. after sauna, in a warm house (or in summer). Then in a small group of people. Then you can go to places where there are many people like campgrounds, saunas, or beaches.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
As written, I am also a art model for art classes and drawing groups.
In one session for the sculpture class, the teacher is showing something about proportions of my body versus what they are modelling, and he is holding a knife (used for sculpturing) above some sensitive parts of my body, and it was a hilarious moment, because if he would have dropped the knife…

 

Thank you so much for your participation Marc!

 

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Nudism on Venus

Nudism on Venus

In many parts of the world it seems like the majority of the nudists are men. Or that’s what people kept telling us. To be honest, we had our doubts. Our naked adventures in the past were almost exclusively in Belgium (mostly saunas), in the Netherlands (mostly beaches) and in France (mostly campgrounds) and most of the time we never felt that there was a huge difference in gender. Men and women were almost everywhere we went equally divided. Actually, we started this blog because we rather noticed a difference in age, which that was the aspect we wanted to investigate.
As soon as we started Naked Wanderings, we also started receiving messages about issues with too many men (and as a result, issues about venues where single men got excluded). This was strange for us at first, until we noticed where those messages were coming from.

 

Apparently we can be very lucky in Western Europe that there appears to be a decent amount of women to be interested in naturism as well. But that’s not everywhere the case. In the UK there’s still quite a difference, in Ireland as well and also in what we used to call the “country where everything is possible”, the USA, female nudism still seems to get a lot more frowns than male nudism.

A fight for women’s rights
Men have always gotten away with things more easily than women and we don’t think that this is a sexist thing to say. It’s the truth. In the past, men could work, get a promotion, go to a bar and basically decide everything what ever happened in the family. Women.. They had to stay home and take care of the kids. Luckily, times have changed, but even now we can see a lot of differences. Some may call it “less important ” stuff, like the way that men can smoke in the streets without any problem but women who do so are often frowned upon. Men can get completely off the world drunk but from women such behaviour isn’t really appreciated either. And when one of those drunk men climbs up a table, calls the whole bar together with the announcement that he’ll show them something they’ve never seen before and then pulls down his pants… Imagine a woman doing so… Exactly.

 

But the feminist revolution only started in the beginning of the 20th century, after ages of women’s oppression. So they had (and still have) a lot of catching up to do.
We have traveled to parts of the world where women still have to cover everything in the neck-wrist-ankle triangle because those parts are not supposed to be shown, while their husbands walk next to them in shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops. World wide equality… we still have a long way to go.

Sluts, whores and a lot of other negativity…
In Europe and the USA, we’ve always felt a bit superior to other continents. At one point in history we’ve ruled all of the other countries and in a certain way we (or our government) often still do. But we try to show them the way, look at us, women don’t have to stay at home anymore, they get real (and sometimes even equally paid) jobs and they can become managers if they want to. Oh, the modern we are!
Sadly, this is only partially true. Is it historically? Is it still related to the whole hunter-berry picker thing? Men and women are not treated the same, not in the Middle East or Asia  or Africa, where the examples may be more abundant, but neither in Europe or the USA.

 

A guy who had sex with more than twenty women is often considered a hero. A women who has let herself loose a couple of times too often turns out to be a slut.
It doesn’t take much to be called a slut these days and girls, especially teenagers, have to watch their steps because the border between being “cool” and a “whore” is very very narrow. And we’re not talking about actual sex here, boys have always claimed to have the biggest one (by the way, according to SaucyDates.com, the average exaggeration is about 5.6%), but when a girl happens to be big breasted and proud of it, we’re all like “oh my god, what a whore”.

Who’s to blame?
Of course men take a lot of the blame, although we’re living in the 21st century, men often still think that they can possess a woman. We noticed this immensely while traveling in Muslim countries, where sometimes a bit of a naked ankle is enough to be a slut. But this happens everywhere, several men we know need to have their say about what their wife is wearing, how much skin she shows and which bathing suit or bikini she puts on. Let alone that they would allow her to be naked around others. They don’t have an issue with nudists, they would even consider going to a nude beach themselves, but they don’t want their wife to be seen naked by other men.

 

Although it’s easy to blame it all on men, they are certainly not the only factor. Women are often even worse. Slut-shaming happens very often among women as well and the link between sex and nudity, which unfortunately still exists, makes many women afraid to confess to their girlfriends or female colleagues that they enjoy nudism. Or even fear the reactions so heavily that they don’t dare to give it a try, although they would like to.

 

And then there’s the pressure from the media, from advertising, Hollywood and the porn industry. In the past, one had to go to a museum to see some female nudity, today, naked women are everywhere, in magazines, commercials, movies and of course abundantly on the internet. But these women are not your girl next door, they are actors and models whose actual job requirement is to have “perfect” shapes. Of course this puts a lot of pressure on your neighbour girl. How can she ever expose her naked body to others, to strangers, knowing that these strangers are seeing all those gorgeous naked women on a daily basis?
Body confidence workshops are a big thing these days because never before have so many women (men too, by the way, but less) have felt so insecure about how they look.
And then again, we know a great way to increase your body confidence… Nudism!

 

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The Naturist Talks: Howard from the UK

The Naturist Talks: Howard from the UK

One of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Our guest for today is a lifelong naturist and photography enthusiast from the UK.

 

Hello Howard, tell us something about yourself
I will be 69 years old this year, 2018, I am now retired apart from my photography which I can do when and where I want. I had quite an alliterative career, being a photographer, postman and publican. Upon retirement I took and passed a course on massage so I am now a qualified masseur which I do on the odd occasion as the take up for it is a lot less than I imagined it would be.
I live in Wensleydale, which is a beautiful part of England, with my wife and our children are all grown up and doing their own thing. We used to go to swims and saunas and naturist holidays but now my wife has retired from naturism so I am a single man in the naturist world.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I became interested in naturism in my early 20s but circumstances meant that I could not follow up this interest. Nude beaches were unknown generally and the odd one that was whispered about was usually very remote and as I didn’t drive then I was at a big disadvantage. Later, in my 30s, my wife and I went to our first event which was an organized evening at a leisure centre. When we got there I wasn’t sure of the reaction we would receive as newbies but all was OK, nobody stared at us or seemed to notice us but it was a bif venue and there were 300/400 people there. I was lucky enough to win a holiday to Vritomartis in Crete, a naturist hotel. A lot fewer people there but even better I thought as we mixed with the other guests on a daily basis. I realized here that after a while the fact that everyone was naked was forgotten.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Naturism is legal here in the UK. There is a common misconception that it is illegal to be nude in public which it is not per se but an individual can be arrested for other offences so it is not advisable to walk around nude. There are now public beaches which are designated as clothes free and various events around the country where you can swim/sauna/Turkish bath yourself and now some yoga sessions too, nude of course. I think that most people look upon naturism as quirky at best and some go down the unhygienic route and many in my opinion are too scared of their own bodies to give it a try.

 

What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
The best thing about naturism for me is to be able to take my clothes off, enjoy the freedom that that brings and do this with like minded people.
The worst thing is having to get dressed again.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
When we went as a couple, myself and my wife, we made friends easily and would meet up others at the swim or sauna etc that we were at. Now as a single man I feel uncomfortable on my own. I put this down to me as there are always single men at naturist events. There have been a few times when I have gone to a swim with a female friend and it is so much better.
I have looked at naturist type friendship sites but don’t feel confident to contact anyone for a few reasons.
So I know many people but not as friends is the way to describe it.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Just go ahead and enjoy it, it will surprise you how good it is.
The first time can be a bit nervous but you will not be stared at, everyone looks at everyone else just like in a clothed pool/sauna/beach.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
I have introduced a few people to naturism and many more have been interested but can’t/won’t make the step to nudity. One male friend of mine wanted to give it a try so I persuaded him to come along to the next swim. It was at a leisure center with wave machines, slides, sauna etc. We got there and I got my kit off and went to the pool, my friend appeared with his swimming shorts on explaining that he didn’t feel that he could go the whole way. This was not frowned on as newbies often did this and would only become a problem if an individual always refused to strip off.
So we did the pool and slides and my friend disappeared, I wasn’t sure what had happened as he didn’t say anything but then he reappeared and now nude. I asked him why the change of mind. He said that he felt the odd one out.
He left the area soon after so I don’t know if he is still a skinny dipper.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Howard!

 

Side Note: Howard published the book Until Now which is available here

 

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Getting naked in Thailand

Getting naked in Thailand

Thailand has been a famous tourist destination for decades. The mix of year round great temperatures, blinding white beaches, incredible fauna and flora and delicious food attracts millions of holiday makers every year. And yet, few know that since a couple of years the country has quite a lot to offer for the naked traveler as well. With five naturist resorts (as we speak) and at least two more to come, the country can easily beat any island in the Caribbean when it comes to nudist opportunities. And it’s a lot cheaper.

 

We have been thinking a lot about the right angle for this article. Since we’ve visited all five of the resorts that are currently affiliated with Naturist Association Thailand, at first we wanted to make a top 5. But that’s not as easy as it seems because every resort is so different that they almost become incomparable. So we’re going to tackle this in a different way… We’re going to take you on a naked trip around Thailand.

 

First stop: Phuket
The international airport of Phuket has direct connections with several Asian cities, Australian cities and even Dubai or Doha. If you’re coming from further away, you’re likely to have a stopover in Bangkok first but the connection times are often great. That makes Phuket an ideal first stop for your nakation in Thailand.
And what makes it even better is that Phuket will give you the chance to dust those months in the office off your shoulders and start enjoying sun, sea and cocktails. Pretty good start for your holiday, right?
The first layer of that equal tan you’ve been longing for can be arranged at Lemon Tree Resort, currently the only naturist resort in the Phuket area. Other than spending your days baking next to one of the 2 swimming pools, you could opt to spend half a day at the nearby Nui beach, which is known to receive naturists or you could go on a trip organised by the resort to a nearby uninhabited island where you can spend your whole day laying with your naked ass on the beach and taking occasional skinny dips in the emerald Andaman sea.

Pattaya
Phuket tends to get busy during high season and after those first days of getting used to the Thai weather it’s time to have some more relaxing time. Get over to Phuan Naturist Resort just outside of Pattaya. One of the biggest resorts in the country lays in a relaxed neighbourhood where you can optimise your tan even more and relax by the huge swimming pool, read a book or play some badminton or billiard. If you’re traveling with kids, this is also a perfect place to stay because of its size and its proximity to several water parks, a dolphin show and other activities to keep the young ones busy.

And then it’s time to hit the nightlife, move your suitcases to Chan resort which is in the centre of Pattaya city but still in a quiet street so your rest is secured. Get a couple of beers next to the pool in the afternoon and then investigate the nightlife at Walking Street for which the city is infamous. If go-go bars, clubs and massages with happy endings are not your thing, the city still has quite a lot of decent restaurants and bars where you can enjoy a beer without a half naked women sitting on your lap.
Pattaya is something you have to experience, some stay for a couple of hours, others stay for years. In any case, you can always find refuge from the heath inside Chan resort and try to remember last night while further enjoying your nakation.

TIP: Every last Sunday of the month, Naturist Association Thailand arranges a day trip to an island where you can be naked on the beach and in the sea. We’ve been there and we can very much recommend it. Transportation goes from Barefeet Naturist Resort in Bangkok, but if you don’t like waking up at 6am, you’re better off to leave from one of both resorts in Pattaya.

 

Chiang Mai
Thailand is praised for its beaches and its nightlife, but we believe that the north of the country is even more impressive. Beautiful villages, cities and ancient temples can be found together with amazing nature around the Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai area. Our advice would be to set up base in Chiang Mai, because… indeed… There is a naturist resort. Make sure that you have a fixed plan if you really want to explore the area, because The Oriental Village has been known to suck its visitors up and not let them go. Many of the others we’ve met there never left the place during there whole stay. The combination of several facilities, a great restaurant, amazing relax areas and the enormous openness of the resort (there are no walls!) makes it an amazing place to relax. Google Images can show you what the area is about anyway, while you’re chilling naked next to the pool.

Last stop: Bangkok
It’s almost time to go home, you’re completely relaxed, your skin is golden and you’ve gained a number of new naturist friends and memories that will last a lifetime. But there’s one place you still have to visit: Barefeet Naturist Resort in Bangkok.
Bangkok is one of those huge Asian metropoles which certainly has a couple of interesting sights. It’s your last chance to take one of those jumping photos in front of a golden pagoda or to get drunk on cheap Thai beer at Khao San Road and sing “Wild thing! You make my heart something!” one last time in a karaoke bar where nobody knows you. Bangkok has incredibly great shopping as well, so it’s the perfect place to buy souvenirs for those at home. Or you could spend your last couple of days having great conversations with Gregers and Dao and the other guests at Barefeet Naturist Resort while promising yourself that the next time you’re in Thailand, you’re actually going to visit some things.
Because of its proximity to both the international and national airport of Bangkok, the great atmosphere at the resort, the nice hot tub and so many other things, Barefeet is your ideal last stop.

TIP: Naturist Association Thailand organises a yearly event called NATCON which attracts more than hundred participants. Visitors from all over the world get together to talk about naturism and engage in fun activities. The perfect occasion to make your nakation more memorable than any other.

 

When & How
There’s not a bad time to go to Thailand, it never gets too cold to not be able to get naked, although in the north the temperatures do drop after sunset.
November to March are high season with more tourists and higher prices. July to October are low season because of the monsoons, but those aren’t more than occasional showers and could actually be welcoming during a hot day. The months in between are often the best to visit if you like to get away from the crowds but still want a great tan.

 

The easiest way to move yourself from one naturist destination to another is to fly. There are a number of low coast airlines in the country which will get you about anywhere for less than 50$. If you travel with hand luggage only, it’s often half that price.
If your budget is tighter, Thailand has a great bus system with lots of night buses and a train line which is a bit slower than the bus but more comfortable. The choice is yours!

 

Coming Up!
With our itinerary you should be able to keep yourself busy (and naked) for at least 2-3 weeks. If you’re planning to visit the country next year, you may want to ask your boss for an extra week off because there are 2 new resorts coming up!

 

Number one will be Peace Blue Naiharn, a brand new place in the south of Phuket owned by the friendly owners of Lemon Tree resort. The place will be bigger and better than their current one, they promised us. Yes, it’s already on our bucket list for next year.

Top of the bill, however, should be The Oriental Beach Village, the new project of the owner of The Oriental Village, which will be in the same style as his first resort, focused on openness and tranquility but with one major difference… It will be at the beach!
The Oriental Beach resort will be located on the island Koh Kho Khao at only 90km from Phuket airport and less than 25km from Khao Lak. A naked paradise on earth, what else could we ask for?

If the current offer of naturist spots in Thailand had not yet convinced you, these last two resorts must have certainly drawn you over the line. So what are you waiting for? Contact your travel agent and your boss and tell them that you HAVE to go to Thailand! Yes, next week.
The Famous Nudie

The Famous Nudie

One of the foundations of nudism is that everybody is the same. Without clothes you can’t see anymore if the person in front of you is in fact a hobo who comes to the club for the free showers and snacks or a CEO of a multinational company who asked her driver to drop her off at the corner of the street because she didn’t want to be seen coming out of her Bentley.
Impressions on first sight move away, you can only get to know people when you’re actually talking to them. That is of course, if you’re not Brad Pitt.

 

What would you do if you were relaxing next to the pool at your regular nudist club when suddenly Brad Pitt walked in, put his clothes in a locker and asks whether the seat next to you is free before putting down his naked butt?
In fact this scenario is not very likely to happen, because although some websites say that Brad Pitt is a nudist, the only quotes we could find about him talking about the subject are about being naked at home. Brad is a home nudist. Which is completely okay by the way.
But next time on the beach you could run into Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis or Heidi Klum.
Would you go over and introduce yourself?
Would you ask for a selfie before realising how stupid this question is?

 

We haven’t been fortunate enough to meet a celebrity at a nudist venue, but who knows maybe when we’re in the USA. We wonder how we would react.

Presidents, scientists and writers
Some famous nudists we’re certainly not going to meet over there are any late presidents of the USA, but there are quite a few who did like the nudie life.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the nation and the face of the one hundred dollar bill, once wrote that he began every day with an air bath. Apparently that’s not the kind of bath we used to take when we were kids and afraid of the soap but what he did was hanging out in his room naked for about an hour while reading or writing. Benjamin was also an avid skinny dipper, just like Theodore Roosevelt who used to take his entire tennis group naked into the Potomac river. Also John Quincy Adams has been known to dive naked into that same river before starting another day of running the country. Others on the list are John F Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson and Richard Nixon. Our man inside told us that even The Donald likes to let it all out in the White House, but that could be fake news.

 

Scientists have been doing research about the influence of nudism on the human wellbeing for years and history has shown that several of them engaged in the lifestyle as well. The most famous were probably Charles Richter, who gave his name to the earthquake measuring system and was known as a life long nudist and Alexander Graham Bell who invented that function for which the phone was actually built in the beginning: Calling.
Next to the famous blogging couple Nick & Lins, nudism seemed to be practiced among several other writers as well. Walt Whitman praised the joy of being so close to nature when he was naked and Mark Twain taught the world that modifying nudity is more obscene than the nudity itself. The list of other famous nudie writers also includes Robert Heinlein and Ernest Hemingway

Movie and pop stars
In 2004, Hellen Mirren was awarded by British Naturism with the “Naturist of the Year” trophy and two years later she starred in the movie The Queen as… the Queen. Is this a coincidence? We don’t know, but we prefer to believe that she was preparing for her role. In any case, she thanked BN and her quote “I do believe in naturism and am my happiest on a nude beach with people of all ages and races!” went around the world. Many thanks for that Helen!
The diversity in nudism is prominent among movie stars. Brad Pitt, as we mentioned before, is a home nudist and so is Kevin Bacon who prefers to live naked around the house with his wife and kids, except “when the nanny is around”.
Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber, rivals when it comes to women but sharing an interest in skinny dipping during their holidays can often be found on the Bahamas or Ibiza, but nudie movie stars who might ask you to watch their stuff when they turn around to get rid of those tan lines include Alicia Silverstone, Cameron Diaz, Christy Brinkley, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis, among many others.

 

In the music world there seems to be a lot of non-sexual nudity as well, Robbie Williams announced to consider himself a nudist and so do Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion and the late John Lennon of course. Christina Aguilera told People magazine that she and her husband practice “Naked Sundays”. Wasn’t this a tip we’ve given in one of our articles about how to start with nudism? We’re glad to have you as a reader Christina!
Another talent well worth the mention is Billy Connolly, the Scottish comedian who went bungee jumping in New Zealand butt naked. That’s on our bucket list too!

 

Even more
If we believe the statistics, about five percent of the world population can be considered some kind of nudist, so we shouldn’t of course be surprised that there are many famous nudies out there as well. And we believe that there should be even more. Celebrities often suffer from a lot of stress, the media is constantly focusing on how they’re looking and sometimes their wish to be just like everyone else, just for a couple of hours, must be much bigger than ours. Great reasons to take the step into the nudie life!

 

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Review: The Oriental Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Review: The Oriental Village in Chiang Mai, Thailand

When we walked through the gate of The Oriental Village, the only word that immediately came to mind was: “WOW”. What a beautiful place, something we could have never expected when the taxi driver dropped us off in front of the building at the end of the road. Maybe it was the tropical garden that did the trick or maybe it was the nice row of white cottages, but we felt that it was something more. It took a minute to realise what, but then we noticed…
“Where are the walls?”
Exactly, The Oriental Village doesn’t have a wall around its property and neither does it have a fence, a hedge or anything. It’s plain open. It’s magnificent.
The next couple of days we’ve been watching new visitors arriving because we wanted to see the look on their face. This is something extraordinary, we can tell you. Especially in Thailand. Next to the resort are just fields and fields and maybe a local farmer working on those fields but he could not care less about your nudity. This is wild Thailand.

 

Location
In order to be able to build such in place in a country like Thailand, you have to be at least a bit away from the crowds. The Oriental Village is located in a small town called Ban Mae Len, don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it, we doubt that most Thais even have. It’s the typical 10 houses, 3 shops, a temple and a lot of fields kind of village.
But, at about 20km away you’ll find the famous city Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is your best option to get to first when you’re planning to visit The Oriental Village. The city has bus connections with everywhere in the country, there’s a train connection with Bangkok and even a well connected airport.
From Chiang Mai you can either arrange private transport (we recommend Uber or Grab) or you could use the pickup service The Oriental Village offers.

Accommodation
The Oriental Village provides the choice between three types of cottages: Budget, Standard and Superior. All cottages come with air conditioning, a fridge, a TV and an inside and outside shower (here’s a tip: if you like outdoor showers as much as we do, shower during the day. In the evenings it often gets too chilly).
The difference between the types of cottages is mostly the size of the cottage, the size of the bed and the size of the TV. The deluxe and superior cottage also come with a DVD player.
One of the things we liked a lot was that the fridge is refilled daily with water, beer and soda, all at the same prices as at the bar. So if you feel like an afternoon beer you don’t have to get your lazy naked ass all the way to the bar but you can just take it from your fridge without fearing to have just blown half of your life savings.

Facilities
A swimming pool where you can skinny dip while watching over the Thai fields? That’s quite unique! But there’s more. The Oriental Village has a beautiful garden to wander around in with several “meditation hut” type structures where you can get zen if you still need to or otherwise just go for a nap. In case you like to get busy after an afternoon of baking next to the pool there’s a fitness area, a table tennis table and a petanque field and to relax your muscles after all that intense sporting, the massage service is just what you need.
The town doesn’t exactly have plenty of nightlife options and although there’s a place or two where you can get lunch, your best bet will be the Oriental Village restaurant. Delicious Thai and western food is served at very reasonable prices.
A light breakfast (coffee, tea and fruit) is included in the room price, the heavier stuff (bacon and eggs or Thai food) has to be paid for.

Surroundings
Fields, fields and more fields. That’s about it when it comes to sights in walking distance from the resort. A much better idea is to take one of the available bicycles, which will get you to the nearby San Khamphaeng Hot Springs or the Mae Kampong waterfall and then there’s of course the beautiful Chiang Mai city but you’ll need to have transportation to get there.
Other tourist attractions in the area include several elephant farms, a tiger camp and the “Flight of the Gibbon” adventure park. Transportation to these attractions and other tours in the area can be arranged via the staff of the resort.

 

Staff
Paulo, the owner, is a French expat who left his home country about thirty years ago in search for adventure in Asia. He has been all over the continent and gained a load of experience about how to run a very successful business. You’ll often find him wandering around the resort, checking up on people and having occasional chats with his guests, but during rush hour you’re most likely to see him helping a hand in the kitchen.
But like in most places in Thailand, the person who you get in touch with the most is a woman and in the case of The Oriental Village she comes under the name of Nui. Nui will check you in, make sure everything is as you wish and answer all your possible questions. Then there’s also a very good cook and a number of other staff who take shifts in the restaurant and the cleaning.

Guests
Most of the other guests at The Oriental Village were European couples. We’ve met a very nice Dutch couple, a German couple, a French couple and an Indian couple. There were also a Dutch single man and a very adventurous eighty-something English guy. The Oriental Village attracts visitors from all over the world and everyone seems to have the time of their life. Many visitors we met never left the property during their whole stay.

 

Summary
The staff, the restaurant and the facilities should be enough to go to The Oriental Village, but it’s the location that really does the trick. It has a huge WOW-factor and we think that it’s a must visit place during everyone’s naked trip around Thailand.
Paulo is also planning to open a second naturist resort in Thailand by the end of the year, it will have the same setup as The Oriental Village with a focus on relaxation, tranquility and openness. But this one will be a beach destination. For us that’s reason enough to come back to Thailand!

 

More info and reservations: http://www.orientalvillage-chiangmai.com
The Oriental Beach Resort: http://theorientalbeachvillage.com/en/
More photos: On our Facebook
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Disclaimer: We have been invited as guests of Chan Resort, but of course all opinions are our own. We are super confident you will like this place as much as we did!