I'm typing this out in the middle of nowhere in Sri Lanka, on the heels of a quickie to Europe and Istanbul, and even I'm struggling to keep up with her.
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EVERYONE AT TRAVELIFE IS LIVING THE TRAVELIFE
Over the past few weeks alone, Gel has been to Sydney, the Gold Coast, Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu -- at least those are the places I remember. She may have gone to a couple more that have just slipped my mind.
As you can see, everyone at Travelife Magazine truly does live a never-endingly eventful Travelife.
A SUCCESSFUL TRAVEL TRADE EVENT IN BANGKOK
From Bangkok, Gel sent in this report:
"Last month, living a never ending Travelife, I flew to Thailand to witness Thailand's largest annual B2B event, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), which is organized by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in cooperation with the tourism industry of Thailand.
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This event was first organised in 2001, with the objective of promoting the tourism and service businesses in Thailand and its GMS counterparts.
I was able to meet top Thai officials and gather and exchange information with representatives of Thailand's tourism industry.
BUYERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
This was a very well attended expo with a total of 397 buyers from 56 countries and 432 sellers from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Yunnan Province of Southern China.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Perhaps the most interesting takeaway from attending this event, for me, was the fact that Thailand has so many products to offer visitors intent on experiencing Thailand: these include biking tours, cooking schools, Thai boxing classes, and health and wellness treatments.
These all fit within the TAT's marketing strategy of promoting "Thai-ness" as the kingdom's unique selling proposition.
A CHANCE FOR THE PROVINCES
This event also provided exposure to emerging provincial destinations, especially to the developments along Bangkok's famed Chao Phraya River, the River of Kings.
Along this river, many properties are either being renovated or rebuilt into exclusive hotels for discerning clients.
All of these have easy accessibility and offer all the hospitable facilities that Thailand is renowned for -- thus, helping to meet Thailand's development strategy of improving its economy via tourism.
After three days of attending the travel tour expo,we explored the province of Hua Hin, which is a three-hour drive from the busy city of Bangkok.
BEAUTIFUL HUA HIN
There are many beautiful attractions in Hua Hin.
But this time we went to the beautiful Wat Bang Kung Temple in Samut Song Kram, which is inside a gigantic banyan tree.
Next stop was the Siam Cultural Park in Ratchaburi province. The park, which was created in 1997, offers a wax museum, an exhibition of Buddha images, displays of Thai houses, and numerous areas for relaxation.
Next on our itinerary was the Swiss Sheep Farm, which also was home to horses and ducks.
After a long day of sight seeing and experiencing Hua Hin, we checked into The Barai Hyatt Hotel Regency, which became our home for the next few days.
I really enjoyed my stay here, as well as my stay at the Amari Hotel in Bangkok. Overall, it was a great six-day trip that combined with a lot of eating, shopping, sight seeing and R&R.
Watch out for Travelife Magazine's exciting cover stories on Bangkok and Hua Hin, for a more extensive in depth story on these beautiful cities of Thailand.
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