I wanted to really immerse myself in the culture whilst I was there, meeting lots of amazing new people and eating food from the street vendors, the fried fish and mango sticky rice are a must…as well as some of the best restaurants.
Thailand is a friendly place and on my travels in the north of the country, I was welcomed with open arms, it really opened my eyes to how kind people can be. I had some great experiences and I would not trade them for anything in the world.
For the final two weeks I wanted to utterly relax so I booked myself into an amazing luxury villa in Kamala, Phuket.
I had never done this before and although it was recommended to me by my friends who had previously stayed there, I did not know what to expect.
I walked into the villa and from the first second I arrived, I was treated like royalty. Nothing was too much trouble. The customer service was impeccable. The bedroom was spotless and the bed in my room was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in, it was like sleeping on air. The amazing villa chef cooked any meal that I fancied from the menu, nothing was too much trouble. It not only looked like something from a five-star restaurant, it tasted incredible too. The infinity pool overlooked the sea and when I was not swimming, I found myself staring out to sea, it was like a relaxing day dream.
The villa was close to the beach, which I visited a couple of times throughout my stay but the villa was so great, I did not really want to leave.
I had a facial and a massage at the villa, the concierge kindly arranged this for me and at that time I was the most relaxed I have ever been in my life, which is incredible as I have a hectic life at home and find it hard to switch off sometimes.
It certainly was a holiday of lifetime and I was so sad to leave, the villa team had become like family in the couple of weeks I was there. The goodbyes were sad.
My trip to Asia has changed me. My attitude towards other cultures has changed and I am a lot more open to trying and eating different foods.
If I can give you any advice, whatever luxury means to you, I believe it is important to indulge yourself in things that you love, whether it is a handbag you have always wanted, visiting a family member you have not seen for years and if travel is your thing I seriously recommend Asia and specifically, Thailand. If you go there you will not be disappointed.