by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Mice Asia Net : July 2009
thailand LEFT: Elephant trekking in Thailand. Photo courtesy of Johanna Mc Kinnon. Kinnon. BELOW: Stunning beaches and resorts provide delegates with plenty of time to unwind. OPPOSITE: Floating markets in Bangkok are a great experience. Photo courtesy of Johanna Mc appeals at a great price. Another great attraction that meeting and incentive delegates should make time to see is Pak Khlong Talat, Bangkok’s number one flower market. The market shines in a wonderful burst of colour, with stallholders selling a great variety of orchids, birds of paradise, and roses from nearby Chiang Mai. For the more adventurous a cruise up the “River of Kings” to the Floating Market is a must. Meeting and incentive groups have been known to travel to the Floating Market as a team-building exercise where they are asked to purchase vegetables and other delicacies from local growers. Travelling down the river in a longtail boat, past canal-side houses inspires a real buzz of excitement with visitors. Food has and always will be an important part of Thai culture. Meeting and incentive travel planners almost have limitless possibilities for dining – from quality hotel-based restaurants to local eateries, the food is just out of this world. For those who wish to be entertained with cultural performances, the options are also aplenty. The Thailand Cultural Centre, for example, is home to concerts and ballet performances, while local art galleries are filled with Thai antiquities and stunning artworks. Gulf of Thailand For delegates wishing to explore Thailand once the meetings are over, the Gulf of Thailand is well worth it. There is an abundance and vast range of things to see and do in this region. Hua Hin is Thailand’s oldest beach resort area and is a favourite for keen golfers. For those who prefer nature-based experienced Ko Chang offers an abundance of eco-tourism style offerings, while those who enjoy their nightlife, Pattaya can’t be beaten. Elephant trekking Probably no trip to Thailand is complete without an elephant trek. For foreigners it is a little-known fact that Siamese soldiers rode elephants in battles many years ago. Today, visitors can ride elephants, with the most popular area in the north of Thailand through verdant jungles and fast-rushing streams. Andaman Coast But for those who prefer the sand between their toes and the sun on their backs, the best option may be along the Andaman Coast on the islands of Krabi or Phuket. Soft-adventure style activities abound here, with one of the most popular a visit to Phang-nga Bay which is studded with limestone cliffs rising hundreds of metres out of the sea. You can explore this region on two-person kayaks, with guides taking visitors through sea caves which open up into stunning lagoons bordered by the sheer limestone cliffs. Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do, Thailand is sure to have something that will fit your delegates perfectly. Visit www.tceb.org.au to learn more. miceAsia.net 25