My mind wanders to where I’ll head when the coast is clear. There’s no question for me, it’s Thailand.
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Some of my favorite hotels in the world are in Thailand. Most recently, we tried the Waldorf-Astoria Bangkok and loved it. The suite was amazing, but I’d go back solely for the french toast in the mornings and crab fried rice from room service.
My family also loved the Park Hyatt and its incredible infinity pool. The level of service and luxury for a fraction of the cost found elsewhere in the world is a strong force to resist.
On our last visit, we also tried the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit and were very impressed with the level of quality and detail to the property for half the cost of the Park.
But maybe it is time to cross some others off the list. Hyatt’s partnership with SLH has opened the door to utilize Hyatt points at some amazing properties. I have always wanted to stay at the Mandarin Oriental which has been out of our price range and away from the things we like to see and do. However, with the opening of Icon Siam across the water, maybe it is finally time to stay there.
Arguably some of the best food in the world is in Thailand. I may not be able to eat at Gaggan any more since its closure (though Chef G has opened a new establishment) but the city has plenty of excellent food on offer.
Some of the best food isn’t even in a restaurant but rather from a charcoal-fired wok right on the sidewalk. To that end, even the food courts at the city’s many malls are incredibly impressive. For just a couple of dollars,
Thailand Feels Like Home
There’s something about the oppressive heat that flows into the cabin as soon as the airplane door opens. While that may not sound refreshing to most, it means I am home. People are friendly, the weather is great and my family has such fond memories across Thailand.
Thailand was the destination my daughter first flew to long-haul. It’s where my wife and I chose to move to when we had a chance for a sabbatical. It’s where we have spent most Christmas breaks over the last six years and it was our first destination in Asia.
I am not sure when we will be able to get back to Thailand, though we are hoping for a trip in August. But whenever we are able to venture out again into the world, it will be to Thailand if possible.
What do you think? Where will you travel first when the world re-opens? Will you try someplace new or return to an old favorite?