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The Land of Smiles for more positivity

14th May 2021 - 2:30pm

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.

#Traveltradetogether

Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.

 

There are undoubtedly special places in this gorgeous world of ours, but some blossom a little more flamboyantly than others. Thailand is one of those. The Land of Smiles is aptly named. The locals never stop smiling and you can’t stop smiling yourself as it’s so wonderful to be there!

 

Tourism Authority of Thailand in London does the finest job in maintaining top billing for their stunning country and the iconic presence of Chris Lee, marketing guru, is the Kingpin. Charming, efficient and plain adorable, Chris is a man with a mission to keep Thailand as top holiday destination. Another man on a mission is Onur Gull who manages to promote Turkish Airlines at every opportunity and with good reason. A super company, Turkish Airlines flies to the most destinations worldwide and offers really competitive prices.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit in Thailand and each corner throws up something beautiful, exotic and magnificent. Bangkok conveys the excitement, colour and joy of a global capital city. Open-air markets redolent with cooking smells; the waft of jasmine and orchid; loud banter and barter and the ceaseless flow of humanity are the nub. And then there are the Wats. Bangkok is awash with pagodas and temples, each more stunningly beautiful than one can imagine. Stupas are carved in intricate design; tiny ceramic tiles are lovingly inset in the walls; marble stairways seem to lead all the way to heaven and every crevice is painted and gilded. Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, are simply awesome.

 

Chiang Mai in the north of the country is a real gem with a small city ambience that is still intrinsically Thai. In the mountainous area above Chiang Mai, I’ve had the privilege of visiting the Hmong Hill Tribe where the men are polygamous and the extra women are handy for tilling the fields. Hope it doesn’t catch on here! I’ve been to Hua Hin, sailed under the Bridge over the River Kwai and been to an Elephant Sanctuary.

 

Each iconic island (or Koh) is an indulgent, tropical paradise where pleasure is optimum. Koh Racha, Phi Phi, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are luxurious barefoot boltholes. To sail on Phang Nga Bay (Strait of Malacca close to Phuket) on a glassy turquoise sea with jutting limestone karst outcrops is heavenly. To snorkel is sublime.

 

Thailand awaits you – and me, hopefully! #traveltradetogether


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Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Travelbiz Award Winning Reporter) delivers more sunshine.

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