Sunsets, balmy nights, hot weather, cocktails on the beach, endless shopping, delicious food, plenty of activities, moments of peace and reflection, and a good exchange rate, shall I keep going?
It felt like it was only yesterday that I was counting down the days until I was surrounded by all of these wonderful things! I am lucky enough to have experienced it all and now I get to share it with you.
This time last year I was travelling to the Southern end of Thailand for the very first time. I had just become engaged to the love of my life and he was turning the BIG 30. With two great moments to celebrate in our lives we were ready to pack our bags and jet set into a new country. Life couldn’t be better!
When I took my first step off the plane and felt the warm Thailand air push against my skin, that’s when I knew our journey was about to begin. Our airfares and transfers were all organised by Travel Club by Wyndham who provided us with seamless service from beginning to end. We were greeted at the airport by a lady who was so excited to see us. She held a sign up with our name on it with such enthusiasm as if we were celebrities. “Sa wa dee ka” the lady said (which means Hello in Thai, and it was one word I loved repeating during the trip, especially to impress the locals). She didn’t hesitate to inform us on everything we needed to know about Thailand from what to do and places to see. The extra effort and service the Travel Club by Wyndham went to ensure we were looked after was continuous throughout the trip.
We arrived to our hotel late at night, and we were greeted with a welcome drink and a cold hand towel which was perfect for beating the heat and freshening up after our flight. We woke to a beautiful warm sunny day even when we had traveled in the month of July which is considered to be the end of the ‘Cyclone Season’ yet we were lucky enough to only have just a a couple of hours of rain on our trip. My advice is always check for weather warnings before you travel to any country so you are well prepared of any changes. The wonderful climate of Thailand is relatively suitable for travel almost all year round.
We began each day with a buffet breakfast at our hotel. There was a smorgasbord of food from traditional Thai to intercontinental to freshly squeezed local orange juice and pancakes (which my fiancé couldn’t get enough of and wanted to buy a pancake machine when we got home!)
Once we fueled up we would walk into the town of Phuket, alongside Patong Beach to begin exploring the beautiful country.
Everywhere we went we were taking in the surroundings and capturing the moment with our cameras and phones. I can see why this country attracts tourists from all over the world. What’s not to LOVE with its magnificent beaches, beautiful sceneries, first class hospitality, extremely talented local artists and breathtaking temples and all in all being greeted with a smile – which is why I now believe Thailand is called ‘The Land of Smiles.’
Getting around was a breeze and not to mention inexpensive. We caught mostly Tuk Tuk’s which was between 200-400 baht, that’s about $7.00-$14.00 AUD a ride. See what I mean about a good exchange rate! It was so cheap.
We hired Quad Bikes and rode them all the way up to visit the recent arrival to the island, ‘The Big Buddha of Phuket’. It is visible from most of the south of Phuket and the image stands on the top of the Nakkerd Hills and looks down over Chalong, Kata and Rawai. It cost 30 million baht to construct and is 45 meters high. The view while riding up was spectacular. Next to the Big Buddha stands a smaller, golden image that is actually made of brass and there is a shrine near the site’s car park. My moment of PRAY came into place as I started to reflect and –express gratitude for everything in my life. I felt very blessed, especially sharing it with the one I love.
Are massages and manicures an activity? I think they should be but If you think not, we were in heaven at least every second day as we indulged ourselves in the relaxing massage parlors of Phuket and I was getting pampered in the nail salon. Oh, I cannot forget to mention the day trip out to 6 different Island including Phi Phi Island on our own private speed boat. Again the transfer service was impeccable. We were picked up at our resort and it was VIP treatment all the way. We swam in blue water, played volley ball in a secluded beach cove where lunch and beer were being served. We snorkeled our way into caves and said hello to the monkeys on Monkey Island. It was truly mesmerizing – a definite must!
There were many places we stopped to EAT – my absolute favourite dish to this day is Thai Fried Rice served in… Guess what? A PINEAPPLE! It was the most delicious and flavorsome meal I’ve ever had! The presentation was on point and I found myself scraping through the whole inside of the pineapple! Did I mention it was only 80 baht which is about $3.00 AUD!
The delicious, inexpensive food in Thailand will enrich your holiday; the comparison of sweet, sour, hot and salty flavours makes Thai cuisine so distinct and different.
In the evening the streets turn into a buzz with music and entertainment. We heard talented singers in local bars sing the night away and found out some were singing to help fund their way to university. On our last night we released Rice Paper Lanterns into the night sky on the beach and reflected on our incredible journey that we didn’t want to come to an end.
Since I visited we now have a Wyndham Club property called Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort. It’s set on Patong Hill, and lies 3 km from Tiger Kingdom Phuket and 8 km from Patong Beach. Located on 16 acres of hillside, the property boasts views of the Andaman Sea and onsite facilities including four restaurants and bars, conference and events facilities and a five-star day spa offering a range of lavish treatments. There is also a fitness centre with a 35-meter lap pool, fully-equipped gym, yoga room, kids’ club and free shuttle bus services. I am excited to stay here next time I visit Thailand!
Thailand is a culturally enriching experience whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday on the beach or you are into a spiritual journey, you may be an exquisite foodie or you are just looking for nice people to meet – don’t hesitate a minute, as you will enjoy this incredible country with all its rich history and traditions that you will love and appreciate as I certainly did.
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