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A sun-kissed Thai breeze sways by The Holiday Place

To give us some training on all the latest Thailand has to offer visitors over the upcoming new year, The Holiday Place recently welcomed the Thailand Tourist Board along with Unique Travel Representation and Select Representation to our London office. During their insightful training session, we were briefed on some of the country's most beautiful, off-the-beaten-path beaches as well as introduced to the latest updates to some of its most popular hotels and resorts. Read on to find out what's new, hot and special in Thailand this coming 2017.

A sun-kissed Thai breeze sways by The Holiday Place

Despite Thailand now observing an official year-long mourning period since the death of its late King Bhumibol Adulyadej took the country by surprise last 13th October, there's plenty for visitors to see, experience and enjoy whilst remaining respectful of the national grieving protocol.

After the official suspension of festivities 30 days following the late ruler's date, most attractions are back to being fully open and beyond being too loud, boisterous or otherwise inappropriate, there's not many ways a tourist can go wrong in Thailand.

Assuring us of Thailand's warm hospitality, remaining as welcoming as ever throughout the coming year, Emma Arnott, Marketing Executive at the Tourism Authority of Thailand talked to us about some of the country's most fascinating attractions, ones she highly encouraged us to recommend to our holidaymakers.

She talked to us about the richness of the culture in Thailand's northern region, alive with buzzing street markets, stunning temples and lush scenery. We were told of the rich wildlife to be found in Chiang Mai, the north's mountainous capital and Chiang Rai, also home to an Old City with vestiges dating back to the Lanna Kingdom and Buddhist Temples going as far back in time as the 14th and 15th century.

In the south, Emma strongly recommended a stop at the Khao Sok National Park, a wildlife haven shrouded in dense untouched jungle and home to rare species such as the hornbill bird, gibbons and tigers. From the beauty of its man-made Cheow Lan Lake to the stunning karst formations, the park also offers visitors unique experiences at Elephant Hills, a luxury tented camp hotel offering elephant encounters, trekking adventures and exploration activities.

Before she concluded her training, Emma talked her way through amazing, crowd-free beaches in Thailand for the ultimate escape artist, recommending those to be found in the less visited islands of Koh Lanta, Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi.

Next, it was Marcus Leach's turn to update us on the newly renovated Chaba Samui resort in Koh Samui, a beautiful boutique beachfront hideaway, offering fantastic facilities and services that include free Wi-Fi, two swimming pools with kids' section, a children playground and fitness centre with sauna room as well as a massage centre.

As Senior Sales Manager at Select Representation, Marcus also took us through another highly popular resort, this time in the lovely Phuket. The perfectly located Old Phuket Karon Beach Resort, blends heritage with modern touches and a lively atmosphere to offer memorable stays. Its location puts guests only steps away from fabulous shopping, restaurants and nightlife while the resort itself is a serene haven to escape all the noise and bask in simple, yet sophisticated luxuries.

In Khao Lak, Marcus drew our attention to the Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa, a wonderful all-inclusive resort with plenty to offer families, couples and solo travellers alike. Its rejuvenating spa and privileged setting surrounded by lush nature and flanked by a sandy beach means a relaxing, worry-free stay for everyone.

Then it was Andrew Morgan's turn to enlighten us about the Thai properties he represents as Director at Unique Travel Representation. Andrew came to talk to us about a bunch of the Thailand hotels and resorts he represents. For families, he recommended the Phuket Orchid Resort and Spa as well as the Beyond Resort Krabi (which he also says is great for couples) while for adults-only seclusion and romance he points to the Beyond Resort Khao Lak and the Beyond Resort Karon in Phuket. He also highlighted the Rawai Palm Beach Resort as a popular choice for travellers that was also great value for money, and the Kata Beach Resort and Spa in Phuket, another fantastic hideaway for guests seeking charm and a spark of authentic Thai hospitality.

With that wrapping up their visit, we can only hope for future ones to follow soon so that we're kept on the loop on everything Thai-related. Welcome back anytime guys!

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