We recently returned home from what was, without a doubt, the best trip ever!!! We enjoyed absolutely every activity we participated in, every hotel, and every wonderful location. It was so much more than we expected!!! All of our guides were pleasant, personable, knowledgeable and flexible. They certainly did all they could to make this a trip of a lifetime. They took us to see everything we expressed an interest in and then some!!
Our hotels were outstanding!!! We were upgraded at nearly all of the hotels, and they were worth the trip on their own. The Oriental was so nice, they celebrated my birthday with a cake, a bouquet of flowers, a note from the manager and head of housekeeping, and finally an invitation to a cocktail party held on my birthday!! What a memorable day. Raffles in Siem Reap was elegant and colonial with the most amazingly huge pool I have ever seen in a city hotel. The Hotel de la Paix in Luang Prabang was so contemporary and beautiful, it was a real surprise. In fact Luang Prabang was a very pleasant surprise. The Chedi in Chiang Mai was gorgeous!!! The Dusit Thani in Pattaya upgraded us to an incredible room on a private floor with an enormous balcony and an outdoor shower!! All of the hotels were convenient and we were able to do things on our own because they were close to everything.
I wish I could give you a specific activity and call it the highlight of our trip but that would be impossible!! There was something nearly every day that would fall in that category. But there were 2 days that were truly highlights – the day in Siem Reap when we saw the smaller temples, went on the tethered balloon ride over Angkor Wat, and then went for an evening cruise on the moat with cocktails and canapés. What a DAY!!! The second fabulous day was in Chiang Mai when in one day we visited: an elephant camp (I love elephants) and went on a long elephant ride through the hills, an orchid plantation (gorgeous), hill tribes (very interesting), and then Tiger Kingdom (a sanctuary not on the itinerary). We felt truly lucky to have been able to enjoy so many wonderful things on one trip.
Thank you so much for everything, it was incredible and I know trips like that do not just ‘happen’. You did an amazing job putting this together and we appreciate the effort it took to make this trip absolutely wonderful!!!
Thank you, thank you!!
October 31, 2019
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