Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Thailand in a Nutshell

Overall our time in Thailand was very good, thanks to your working with us. The Tamarind in Chiang Mai was a wonderful oasis in the middle of a town we enjoyed. The staff could not have been more helpful or friendly; the room was excellent as was the restaurant. Our guide took us to many interesting places with more on his list that we did not have time for. The Temple was amazing to see as it was our first in Thailand. The one slight negative was that he took us to a hill tribe that was difficult to take – very dirty and the children were very aggressive selling their wares. I did not want to see more but he then took us to the government sponsored village where we could see how they make their crafts and enjoyed that. It was a pleasure to purchase some items as they were not aggressive.

Our guide also recommended a local Thai massage and it was so very good: 2 hours for $25 and a very thorough, deep massage. They even took us back to our hotel. We took a tuktuk to the night market and enjoyed that. Please recommend the Tamarind to all your clients.

Bangkok was different: big city with all the good and bad of a big city. Our guide Mickey set things up for us: we would recommend the long boat ride through the canals to see how people on the river live-excellent tour. We had to cancel the Rice Barge Dinner Cruise as I was having an unsettled stomach and eating on a boat would not have worked. I was disappointed as the city at night must be beautiful.

The City tour was a busy and full day and gave us the highlights of Bangkok. Both dinner shows, one in Chiang Mai, were excellent with delicious food and entertainment. Thank you for booking these. The Dusit Thai was a beautiful city hotel with very good service. I would recommend it to anyone.

The hotel for our last day was a perfect choice: we walked to a local restaurant, went back to the room for a rest and shower to leave for the airport at 11 PM. Mickey was on top of things as the military was moving men and tanks into Bangkok that day and she told us to get to the airport as soon as possible as the roads may be closed later. She sent a car in 30 minutes and we were at the airport before 7 PM. We appreciated her help.

Yes, I would recommend Connecting Asia to anyone touring Thailand. You were patient with my requests and it was a good trip. If I go to Asia again I will contact you.

Nadine Larson
Traveled to Thailand in April 2009

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