Sunday, 6 March 2011

a group adventure in thailand...

Mary Myer, one of TWAD's delightful consultants recently travelled with a family group to Thailand and now she shares some words of their experiences...
Thailand –what a wonderful destination to travel through with a family, young and old alike will enjoy soaking up the culture and the sun in this friendly country.

I was recently given the opportunity to travel with my family group there in December, and they are still talking about it. One of the many highlights for the children was a visit to the Tiger Temple just out of Bangkok. This tour can be combined with a trip to the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai. Visitors get the chance to pat, bottle feed and play with four month old tiger cubs. A magical experience! A volunteer program is also in place there.

Our 3 busy days in Bangkok included having made to measure suits fitted for the men; then we flew to Chiang Mai, a beautiful place in the North. Here we were fortunate to spend a full day with “Eddie’s Elephant Camp” learning the commands used to ride and train an elephant. We began with instruction on some basic Thai language before we were welcomed into in a local, private home where a delicious lunch was provided.

Go Mary...
 Everyone had a turn at “driving” the elephant which was hilarious.
Chiang Mai is famous for it’s silk and has some gorgeous handicrafts for sale; ladies if you want any outfits made, here is the place to have it done.

We stayed in 2 and 3 bedroom apartment style accommodation and the highlight was the JW Marriott at Mai Khao Beach, one hour North of Patong Beach in Phuket. The children/teens club offers many varied activities including Thai kickboxing, boot camp and sunset cycling tours into the local village were popular. This resort was family friendly but also catered well for parents wanting a quiet drink at one of the bars at sunset or a romantic dinner.
We spent a full day with John Grays sea kayaking adventure and for me this was the most memorable day of our whole trip. In the afternoon we learnt to make flower arrangements to be given up as offerings to the gods in the limestone caves at dusk. Our cave had about a dozen floating offerings alight with fragrant incense and candles. It was one of those AHA moments in life for me!
Our group enjoyed shopping for bargains in Patong Beach and the many restaurants which were clean and cheap.
An adventure holiday such as this has created priceless memories.
Phone Mary today to discuss and book your Thailand or group holiday: 0416 798 495