Someone recently asked me: “Of all the places in the world you’ve been to, which is your favourite?”
“Thailand!” I answered, without a moment’s hesitation.
But just why do I love Thailand so much? Known as the ‘Land of Smiles’, this beautiful Southeast Asian country is renowned for….
Think endless white sand beaches and tropical islands, swaying coconut palms and gentle lapping waves. Remember “The Beach” that made Leo DiCaprio and indeed Thailand so popular? While over 30 million tourists visit Thailand each year, incredibly, it is still possible to escape the crowds and find your own little piece of paradise.
If there is a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.
Food, Glorious Thai Food
I absolutely love Thai food and will choose it over any type of cuisine. I was in food heaven when travelling in Thailand. Perhaps not the most waistline friendly food… all that satay (peanut) sauce and coconut milk, but somehow I managed not to gain too many extra pounds. Perhaps all those chillies speed up the metabolism!
Our hotel resort offered one-to-one cookery lessons with their resident chef, who showed us how to turn these lovely ingredients…
…into these tasty dishes…
There are over 40,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand, with around 34,000 still in active use by the Thai people today. The temples are beautiful, impressive and spiritually significant…
If you like being pulled and pushed, pummelled and slapped, and stretched into previously unknown yoga positions, you’ll love a traditional Thai massage! Nothing kinky, please note… the only happy ending is the fact that the pain is finally over. But you do feel wonderfully relaxed afterwards and very energised. Try a coconut oil massage to soothe sun-kissed skin…
- I’ve travelled to Thailand twice – in September 2012 to Koh Samui island (in the Gulf of Thailand) and December 2013 to Koh Lanta Yai island (the Andaman Sea side).
- Flights on Thai Airways from London Heathrow via Bangkok to Koh Samui and to Krabi (followed by a private car transfer plus speedboat) for Koh Lanta.
- I stayed at the boutique Sala Samui Choengmon Beach on Koh Samui and the fabulous, adults’ only luxury Layana Resort and Spa on Koh Lanta. I’d highly recommend both!