Eric & Caroline Fisher – Thailand (March 20)

We have used Travel With Jules on several occasions to plan and organise our trips to different places in the world. We are amazed with the effort and detail they display not only by making suggestions for our trips, having always listened to our requirements & ideas but once organised and whilst travelling, they never forget their clients.

We have always felt safe and cared for when away with Travel With Jules and this was proven recently when Jules rang us in Thailand and got us back early rearranging our flights under difficult circumstances as Covid-19 broke out. It’s great to use someone who cares and looks after you as an individual rather than just be a number. You get what you pay for!

We started our journey in the north in Chaing Mai and travelled south to Bangkok and on to the River Kwai area. Hellfire Pass was such an atmospheric place! Then on to Phuket where we enjoyed some R&R in Khao Lak, including an overnight excursion to Elephant Hills

 

Chiang Mai street market on the Sunday evening was a real highlight – it was either lucky or good planning that we arrived in Chiang Mai to enjoy the fabulous street market on a Sunday that totally took over 4 streets in the city centre adjacent to our hotel. It only takes place on a Sunday and the selection of goods for sale(negotiation) was excellent varying from jewellery to leather ware to clothing to scented candles and soaps as well as a fabulous assortment of Thai Street Food. We could have spent even longer than we did and also got introduced to Thai Iced Coffee.

The other major highlight was the 2 days spent around the river Kwai and Hellfire Pass. These were rather special both historically and emotionally. We had a really fantastic guide showing us additional sites including a coconut sugar farm, waterfalls and temples inhabited by monkeys. The ‘James Bond’ boat ride around the canals to the floating market was extra special and then the time at Hellfire Pass where the temp was 40 C. The suffering that the prisoners went through came through from the sympathetic way the area was organised and the peaceful and respectful nature of the day. To imagine the hardship that the prisoners went through was quite an emotional journey as was the final trip on the train over the bridge. We were even advised to sit on the East side of the train to save us from the super hot sun in the afternoon. Our guide William was excellent and kept us safe with gel and water and always advised as to dress code and customs.

Our holiday ended on the glorious beaches of Khao Lak where we loved the local foods especially the Hot Plate which was set fire to in the street prior to being served!