Postcard from Our Traveler: We Had a Fabulous Time!

Just a quick note to let you know that we had a fabulous time! It could not have been more engaging, fun, enlightening. Even the flooding in Bangkok was interesting. The guide Nyi Nyi Naing was with us the entire time and was absolutely fantastic!

This was the best trip we’ve ever taken. Will try to call you this or next week. Thank you.

Regards,

George B.
Belvedere, CA

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George and his family ventured on a custom trip to Myanmar and Thailand. This was their second trip to Asia, planned by Travel Specialist, Eric Kareus. Learn more about custom Asia trips by speaking with an Asia Transpacific Journeys Travel Specialist, 800-642-2742.

Travel to Thailand and Cambodia: Top 10 Things to Do

Here are a few of our favorite things to do in while traveling in Thailand and Cambodia.

10. Thailand: Interact with the locals in hill-tribe villages of the Yao, Akha, Chinese Haw, Lahu and Lisu.

9. Cambodia: Be one of the first to cross the newly opened border into southern Laos by boat and explore the pristine Ramsar wetlands.

8. Thailand: Learn to ride an elephant in Northern Thailand.

7. Cambodia: Travel by by boat from Phnom Penh to the Mekong Delta.

6. Thailand: Kayak through the caves of Phangnga Bay.

5. Cambodia: Enjoy cocktails at the studio of famous photographer John McDermott.

4. Thailand: Go on an exciting food tour of Bangkok.

3. Cambodia: Trek through the Virachey National Park.

2. Thailand: Stay in an exclusive luxury tented camp on the Thai-Burmese border.

1. Explore the Angkor complex by bicycle.

For more ideas for travel to Thailand and Cambodia, check out our website or call one of our travel specialists at 800-642-2742.

A Staff Postcard: Elephant Hugs from Thailand

Simone Farbus, Air Travel Manager at Asia Transpacific Journeys was a guest of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and China Airlines recently.

I was hugged by an elephant in the Land of Smiles!

The Land of Smiles is a designation that the Tourism Authority of Thailand has adopted as its motto.  It’s a nickname the country has deservedly enjoyed unofficially for decades.

My first trip to Thailand was in 1978 with a couple of friends—taking a Spring break from our busy government jobs in Hong Kong.  For years I said it was the best vacation I had ever been on.  I had never before traveled to anywhere quite as captivating or welcoming as Thailand.

Almost exactly 30 years later I returned this year, happy to find that the people were still smiling, the food was even better than I recalled, and the country as diverse and unique as I remembered.

It’s easy to fully decompress in Thailand.  I watched elephants paint better pictures than I could, spent an afternoon with tigers, sampled a dozen different fruits in the orchards where they grew (including the famous odiferous durian fruit), and watched the sun set over a still ocean, all in one day.  Nowhere else can you get quite the variety of activity.

I traveled from the north to the south of an amazing country, captivated by its music and dance, its flora and fauna, its tastes and smells. When I returned with my many photographs my children asked me what the best thing was.  “Being hugged by an elephant,” I replied.