After spending a week in Thailand, Thomson’s Travel Editor takes a look back through her photographs to find the shots that best sum up her trip…
I took this photo at Paradise Island, which is off the coast of Krabi. We travelled here by speedboat – it took about half an hour to reach. It’s completely deserted, save for a couple of makeshift coconut stalls and a clutch of these long tail boats. Just after taking this shot I paddled in the Andaman Sea, which is like a big, warm bath.
We travelled to Khao Lak today, an area completely wiped out by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. This police boat was carrying the royal family when disaster struck, and it was swept inland until it rested in this spot. The area has now been made into a memorial park.
I took hundreds of photos today, because I didn’t want to forget a single minute of it. After all, it’s not every day I get to trek through the jungle on Sawadee the elephant, watch a baby elephant named Jennifer Lopez play the harmonica, and kayak along a forest-framed river. And that was all before 4pm!
This shot was taken at the Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach, a hotel from the Thomson A la Carte collection. It’s got views like I’ve never seen, and you can soak them up from one of these stylish booths built into an infinity-style water feature.
No, you’re not looking at a Thai palace, but I’m going to have a hard time explaining this place. It’s a little bit Vegas-style shopping, a little bit zoo, and a little bit West End all in one go. It’s called Phuket Fantasea, and it’s probably the only place in the world where you can buy diamonds, see Bengal tigers and watch glow-in-the-dark acrobats flying through the air all in one night. This, believe it or not, is the park’s theatre.
You might recognise this shot – I took it at Maya Bay, a beautiful beach on Koh Phi Phi Lee, part of the Phi Phi Islands. It’s famous for its starring role in Danny Boyle’s 2000 blockbuster film, The Beach, and it’s graced a thousand postcards since its movie debut.
We spent our last day in Patong, Phuket’s party capital. It’s a chaotic place, full of beeping yellow tuk-tuk taxis, open-air bars and shopping markets. It’s loud and busy, and the atmosphere is brilliant.
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Author: Elle Hammond
Published: December 6, 2013
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