Adventure to the Land of Smiles – Part 1

We’ve got a Friday treat for you – Meri-Katre Siim, Operations Executive at Holidaysplease, has agreed to share all her amazing experiences on her recent business trip to Thailand. This blog could potentially get Meri transferred to the marketing department! Here is part one…

I was offered a great opportunity to join the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) FAM Trip from 7th -14th October 2016. They had planned an exciting itinerary, which would take us around three destinations – Phuket, Khao Sok and Bangkok.

Our small group of 9 met for the first time in London Heathrow in Terminal 2 where we boarded the overnight flight to Bangkok with Thai Airways B777. It was my first time flying with Thai Airways and I was pleasantly surprised by the great legroom and selection of entertainment offered on-board. We had to take a 1 hour flight from Bangkok to Phuket through a thunderstorm, which made the beginning of our trip rather exciting already!

In Phuket, we were greeted by the local DMC, Diethelm Travel, who provided comfy minivans for our 1 hour transfer to our first stop – Kata Beach Resort.

Next morning, we had a lovely breakfast buffet overlooking the beautiful Kata Beach. During the day we got to visit the Kata Karon View Point (with views of Kata Noi, Kata Yai and Karon Beaches), Chalong Temple (largest temple in Phuket) and Phuket Old Town with its colourful Sino-Portuguese houses. During lunch, we enjoyed delicious Thai cuisine in the most amazing setting – at the hilltop Tunk-Ka Café & Restaurant.



Chalong Temple in Phuket















After the scenic meal, we arrived at the Amatara Wellness Resort – a luxury resort aiming to offer happiness through relaxing treatments, diet and healthy activities. This is a unique place where you can do a ‘restart’ for your health with a personalised plan devised by professionals. The hotel is set on a hillside, overlooking the turquoise Andaman Sea, also having its own private beach area. All the room types have got a sea view. I loved the earthy colours and wooden furniture in these spacious rooms. This resort offers a great range of activities, a kids club and a lovely library where you can enjoy a glass of the finest whiskey while reading a book. We had a chance to try out The Signature of Amatara Massage at the luxury spa, which left us very relaxed – most of us had a nap during our way back to Kata beach! Here are some pictures I took at the Amatara Wellness resort.



Amatara Resort Beach


Pool Area at Amatara






























The same evening we had the site inspection at Kata Beach Resort. This hotel has the advantage of being situated just a few steps away from the sea and it felt more secluded than the other Kata Beach hotels, as the busy areas like shops and local restaurants were across the road from us. I stayed in a Deluxe Room where I had a beautiful morning view from my balcony. As we learnt from the general manager, all rooms at this resort will be refurbished by 2018. It’s a great resort for both families and couples, as most of the room types are interconnected and many provide much needed silence and privacy, like the Pool Access Room. On our last night in Phuket, we had a hosted dinner with fabulous cocktails at the Beach Bar & Restaurant at Kata Beach Resort.



My room view at Kata Beach Resort











Breakfast area at the Kata Beach Resort





















The next morning we started our 3.5 hour journey to Elephant Hills Camp in Khao Sok National Park…

My adventure continues in Part 2, but you’ll have to wait until Monday!

—Meri-Katre Siim

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