Danielle and Greg are repeat clients who wanted a new adventure. I recommended Hong Kong and Thailand, since I had just traveled there and really, really the destinations. The couple started in Hong Kong, moved on to the beach destination of Phuket, Thailand, then explored the northern city of Chiang Mai, and ended their trip in Bangkok.
Hi Cindy! We had a wonderful time as usual, thanks for your help!
We truly enjoyed Hong Kong, it felt like such an international city and it was extremely easy to get in and out of. We went out at night in the Soho district and the following day we went up Victoria Peak and took a ferry across the water to Kowloon to see the fancy shopping etc.. we had heard that a must do was high tea at the Peninsula, but by the time we arrived the line was very very long so we skipped it, next time 🙂 The Butterfly on Wellington was perfect, walking distance from the train and a nice, modern feel, the rooms were ok, very small, but that’s what you get in the big city!
Thailand was amazing, we truly enjoyed the beautiful beaches of Phuket, we actually ended up doing the Phi Phi island tour and albeit touristy we really enjoyed our day of snorkeling and visiting small amazing beaches. Patong beach was alot of fun, very very crazy, I think if I went back I would go a little more low-key, but we had a good time! Additionally, I didn’t realize the tours were negotiable once you arrived Thailand, I think you can book them for about 1/2 the price of what you would pay online, keep that in mind for future clients! Our third day in Phuket we rented a private long-tail boat and went to some more secluded beaches which was wonderful and very inexpensive.
Chiang Mai was every bit as wonderful as you said, we really enjoyed Patara Elephant Farm and the people were amazing as were the elephants. Our hotel – Baan Boo Loo – was the most amazing part of the trip, it’s a B&B in a local area inside the Old City and the manager Orn treats you like houseguests, she cooked for us all day (included), washed our clothes, gave us advice etc…it could not have been better, HIGHLY recommended. Orn took us around herself to the different temples including Doi Suthep which was amazing too! We shopped alot in at the night market in Chiang Mai and enjoyed Muay Thai.
Bangkok started off on a bad note, On8 had their air conditioning quit so they moved us to their sister property – President Solitaire. The good news was that it was in a great area not far from On8, the bad news was that On8 looked really nice and modern and President Solitaire felt a bit old and worn out, especially the rooms, nothing seemed to work. No big deal, but a little disappointing, in the future definitely recommend On8, not President Solitaire FY I :). We LOVED the floating markets, Tiger temple and Bridge over River Kwai, Tour with Tong was great and we saw alot our last day that we really enjoyed! Bangkok itself was ok, I kind of felt the same way you did, a bit much and traffic was horrible :).