At the end of December 2014, I won the most amazing competition: A holiday for two to Thailand!

I won this ‘Thailand explorer’ trip through The Telegraph and the holiday was with the luxury travel company Kuoni! It was such a fabulous Christmas present and certainly something special to look forward to!

I decided to arrange for the trip to be taken in October 2015 where my guest and I enjoyed a 10 night tour of Thailand staying in Bangkok (2 nights), Ayuthaya (1 night), Sukhothai (2 nights),Chiang Rai (1 night) and Chiang Mai (3nights). The tour was utterly amazing and I am forever grateful to The Telegraph and Kuoni for making such a dream happen for us!

‘Thailand Explorer’

We were incredibly lucky to be with only one other couple and our hotel rooms were often upgraded (not that we needed it). We experienced a comprehensive tour witnessing the beautiful changes in landscape, diverse cuisine and soaking up the culture as we travelled south to north.  We met local people and discovered the beautiful wildlife, nature and renowned landmarks along the way. I think we saw enough Buddhist temples to last us a lifetime!

Our highlights included having dinner overlooking the Chao Phraya River; taking boat rides along the canals of the Thonburi, enjoying a long-tail boat along the Mae Ping River and a traditional rice barge on the Sakraekrang River.  We also enjoyed visiting the hill tribe villages of Akha and Yao in Northern Thailand. Other highlights included having custom made suites and dresses from ‘Thai Silk Village’, Chiangmai and watching the work of the staff at the Elephant Nature Park and being able to wash and feed the elephants! It is also well worth visiting the Coffee Research Project and the Hmong Village of Chang Khienon where we came across very friendly puppies!

All our hotels were fantastic but we particularly recommend: Sukhothai Heritage Resort, The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa and Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection.

We had a face and body massages at Khum Phaya Resort & Spa for 2 hours and it was utterly amazing! The skills of the staff were incredible and the value for money was unbelievable! We truly have fond memories of our trip ‘Thailand Explorer’ and highly recommend this trip and Kuoni. Thank-you so much to The Telegraph and Kuoni for a life time of fond memories and stories!

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