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Thailand – Bangkok and Khoa Lak

During the summer holidays this year, I travelled to Thailand with my family. We started the holiday in Bangkok where we stayed in the Chatrium Riverside Hotel, from the hotel we were able to access the main pier which linked to the sky train. While we visited Bangkok we went on a guided tour around the city. On this tour we visited Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This was a great experience and helped my family and I experience the culture of Thailand. We then visited the Grand Palace. Our tour guide was fantastic and catered for our every need. We enjoyed a river cruise along the canals followed by a walk through the flower market. During our stay in Bangkok we enjoyed many meals at Asiatique, the riverfront in Bangkok. This area was a short walk from the hotel and had a large range of restaurants that catered for every taste, including a few fresh seafood restaurants. On our last day in Bangkok we visited the traditional Jim Thompson house, located near Siam Square. Here we were able to learn more about the history of Bangkok and about the silk industry in Bangkok. On the way back we managed to stop at the siam centre and the MBK centre which is home to many affordable shops as well as many high end retailers as well.

For the majority of the holiday we spent our time in Khoa Lak near Phuket. We stayed the the Sands hotel. This hotel has many features to offer everyone in the family including a kids splash pool complete with slides and a lazy river, an adults only pool and a large main pool with views straight out onto the beach. The hotel staff were extremely welcoming and friendly and did everything to make sure your holiday ran as smoothly as possible. As well as a range of different pools there were also three different restaurants all catering for different tastes and a four different bars, including two swim up ones. Within Khoa Lak itself there were many restaurants and bars. A personal favourite of mine and my family’s was Spinach which serves traditional Thai food. The food was delicious and the prices were exceptional for the quality of food. We visited this restaurant twice during our stay and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a taste of traditional Thai cuisine. Due to Khoa Lak being a series of villages there were many things on offer. On a few occasions we visited the other end on Koah Lak and ventured into the night market where there were many souvenirs on sale along with clothing and other novelties. There were also many vendors serving food from carts which all seemed very popular with the many tourists flocking to the market. Whilst in Khoa Lak we visited the nearby waterfall of Ton Chong Fa, although the journey there was very bumpy and the walk up to the waterfall was steep it was worth it. The waterfall has many levels which you can walk up and you are even able to swim on one of the levels, this was a once in a lifetime experience and made the journey up to the waterfall worthwhile.

During the second week at Khoa Lak we visited the mangroves and ‘James Bond Island’ where they filmed the famous James Bond Film ‘Man with the golden gun’. In the mangroves we were lucky enough to spot monkeys hiding in the trees. We also had the chance to canoe around different through different caves near James Bond Island. On our way back from James Bond Island we stopped off at the floating island where we enjoyed our lunch. After lunch we walked around the village, finishing off at the ‘floating stadium’ which gives local children a chance to play football. To round off the tour our guide took us to Wat Suwan Kuha, a Buddhist temple located within a cave, this temple was amazing and we even got to feed the hundreds of monkeys that loiter around the outside of the cave. This tour was absolutely brilliant and is perfect for anyone looking to get the most out of their holiday. Although we went on many trips out we were also able to spend a lot of time in the hotel and round the pool. The Sands offers rooms that had access to a separate pool which was never busy. This was a brilliant feature and allowed my family and I to stay in the pool until very late.

After ten days in Khoa Lak we travelled back to bangkok for another three days. During these three days we went to the night market in Patpong, which sold everthing imaginable. We also went on a river cruise from the Saphan Taskin Pier which allowed us to see most of the key sights of Bangkok. From this trip we were able to get to China Town, this gave us a taste of day to day life for many people. The streets are packed and crowded and every street is filled of shops and vendors selling everything from furniture to makeup. China Town was one of the highlights for me and I would definitely revisit it. On our last night we visited a restaurant called ‘never ending summer’, this was one of the best restaurants of the whole trip and everything served was delicious. Overall Thailand was one of the best places I have ever visited and I would revisit it if I ever have the chance to again.

Megan Schofield

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