Destinations - Abu Dhabi & Thailand

"I can honestly say this was an amazing trip which would have lots to offer any traveller.."

Sophie from our Carmarthen branch tells us in her own words about her luxurious trip to Abu Dhabi & Thailand.

Words: Sophie Wright, The Travel House Carmarthen

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During the Summer I had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi and Thailand, two destinations I have always wanted to visit and have heard so many wonderful things about. On the 25 May 2016 I boarded the flight with Etihad from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, I was very lucky as I was upgraded to business class, this was amazing. When I was ready for 40 winks my seat converted into a bed, this made the journey exceptional and I would recommend the upgrade to anyone looking to travel long haul. On top of this the food was amazing and I was able to select my meal from an a la carte menu provided by the hostess. This was quickly followed by a glass of wine.

On arrival in Abu Dhabi I was directed to my transfer which took around 30 minutes to reach the Yas Viceroy. This was a beautiful hotel with very spacious deluxe rooms, each with a different view. Some of the rooms looked out over the Marina while others had a fantastic view of the F1 racetrack. The hotel boasts a number of restaurants which offer a variety of cuisines. There is a wonderful rooftop bar which is perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring. The hotel also has its very own nightclub called Rush, a nod to the racetrack it's located alongside. This is the perfect place to stay for a very central location that allows you to be close to all main attractions.

During my stay I was able to visit the St Regis Saadiyat Island, this was a beautiful resort and I would definitely stay here if I get the opportunity to go back to Abu Dhabi. The sight of the hotel is breathtaking. There is an amazing beach, numerous swimming pools, some of which are adult only and a great selection of restaurants with a wide range of options to choose from.

Abu Dhabi has some fantastic attractions available. I was able to visit the Yas Water Park and Ferrari World. For clients wishing to take in these attractions the Travel House are able to pre book these prior to travel.

My next stop was dinner at the 5* Fairmont Bab AL Bahr, this was a lovely hotel with beautiful views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The food was delicious with a whole host of different restaurants to dine in but I chose to dine at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill which was exceptional.

Soon enough it was time to leave Abu Dhabi and fly to Bangkok. Once I landed at Bangkok airport I boarded a transfer which took around 1hr 30 minutes to the 4* Rembrandt hotel. Dinner was held at the Mexican restaurant and it was simply delicious. There is also an Italian restaurant on site which was equally as lovely.

The hotel was in a fantastic location, close to the centre of Bangkok but out of the way of the hustle and bustle.

I decided to partake in an excursion called the "Village of Love Food Tour" located in Bangkok it was around 4 hours long. I experienced real Thai food, from iced tea to Thai green curry and fried bananas, an absolute treat. I also took a trip to the Bang Rak Wet Market were there was every manner of Thai foods sold. It was great to see the daily hustle and bustle of the locals and how they live their daily lives.

From Bangkok I transferred down to Pattaya, this took around 2 hours. My home for the next 2 nights would be the Cape Dara Resort this was a lovely hotel and right on the beach around 15 minutes from the centre of Pattaya . I was able to find a lovely restaurant on Walking Street called the New York Diner, prices are very reasonable and a meal here would cost around £6.

I took an excursion to Koh Samet Island, from the hotel the transfer to the pier took about 2 hours and then it was a 45 minute ferry transfer followed by a local transfer to Sai Kaew Beach. There are plenty of water sports to enjoy here from banana boats to paragliding. The trip is worth the journey and you get to experience much more of the area.

After my stay at the Cape Dara I transferred to the Centara Grand Mirage which took around 10 minutes. This hotel is perfect for families with its 6 pools, a lazy river and plenty of water slides. There is a games room for older children, which does come with a small charge. The games room features 4 Playstations an Xbox 360 and a Wii each with its own flatscreen TV. For the smaller children there is a ball pit and play area.

My last stop was the Sanctuary of Truth, the entrance fee is 450 Thai Baht (the equivalent of £10). This was an amazing experience and a highlight of my trip. You are able to interact with and hand feed the animals or take an elephant tour around the sanctuary.

I can honestly say this was an amazing trip which would have lots to offer any traveller. I would love to return in the future and explore many more regions of Thailand.

To find more about Abu Dhabi and to book your holiday please call us on 01267 221700

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