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Why we love Thailand and how to win a dream trip there in an incredible competition!

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Easily one of Asia’s most popular and well loved travel destinations, for many years Thailand has long held a fascination with gap year backpackers, exotic holiday makers and travellers on voyages of self discovery. Unique, beautiful with a healthy dose of interesting quirks and mysticism thrown into the mix, I visited Thailand as a South East Asia backpacker many years ago and the country has since left a huge imprint on my heart. The heady aroma of Bangkok’s night market, the sights of the paradise-like islands, the taste of Thai green curry and the cacophony of traditional hill tribe songs lingered with me, long after I took the flight home. If you too want to visit this intriguing anomaly of a country, now you have a chance to not only just visit, but to travel there on a trip of a lifetime in a competition prize living out your chosen dream Thailand itinerary….

How to win an all-expenses paid dream trip to Thailand

Thailand trip competition

Tourism Thailand have launched a fun and engaging online competition which gives you the chance to choose your own dream Thailand trip from these six themed itineraries:

  1. ‘The Royal Project’ (Culinary and Food)
  2. ‘Luxurious Honeymoon’ (Luxury Romance)
  3. ‘Well-being Trail’ (Health & Wellness)
  4. ‘Life on the Green’ (Golf & Leisure)
  5. ‘Splendid Yacht’ (Yacht Chartering & Island-hopping)
  6. ‘Extravagant Eco Shell’ (Luxury Eco & Natural Accommodation)

Thailand holiday

So firstly you’ve got to decide is whether you want to spend your trip indulging in a Thai massage at a Chiang Mai spa or to island hop on a yacht, tough huh? Next you just have build your own unique itinerary within your chosen theme at the Amazing Stories Tourism Thailand site either by using the options already listed or by adding your own. The itinerary doesn’t take long to build at all – in fact the hardest part is choosing between all the amazing locations they have on the list or that are available to visit. After your itinerary has been created, you just need to share it on your social media platforms and then you’re entered! Easy!

Bangkok Palace

You can have up to two applicants per team and a total of 6 teams (or 12 applicants – one team per topic) will then be selected to experience the itinerary for real with fully sponsored tickets, accommodation, food and transportation.

In addition to this, the winners will also be treated to a special prize which fits in with your chosen theme. For example, luxury sailing and snorkelling in Pattaya (for the yachting itinerary theme), a luxury Spa at Banyan Tree Spa Bangkok (for spa and wellness) or an exclusive show from Iron Chef Thailand (for the food theme). The total value of all six prizes being a not too shabby 3m Baht (or £65k in our money)!

We’ve promoted many competitions on this site over the years, but this is easily one of best and we’ll be very envious of the winners, Thailand is seriously beautiful! Entrants will then be selected by December 2016 with a view to arranging the trip by mid-January 2017. You will just be asked to shoot and share a short video of your dream trip and experience in Thailand.

To recap, to enter the competition you need to:

Thai Beach

1. Register on the Amazing Stories Tourism Thailand website  and form a team of two people.

2. Choose your preferred itinerary theme of six choices.

3. Create your dream Thailand itinerary within your chosen theme lasting for two nights, three days.

4. Share your dream trip on your social media channels…..and keep your finger’s crossed!

Watch this video to find out more…

Our dream Thailand trip

We’re big fans of eco and green travel so we opted for the ‘Extravagant Eco Shell’ (Luxury Eco & Natural Accommodation) theme. This is our chosen itinerary:

Day 1 – North of Thailand

Boon Lott Foundation

Boon Lott’s Elephant Foundation – We’d spend the day at Boon Lott’s Elephant Foundation a sanctuary where rescued, formally abused and retired Thai elephants roam freely within 500 acres of forested land. It’s a place we’ve heard so many great things about and many travellers love the fact you can be really hands on in the sanctuary including collecting the elephants food from the jungle and walking the elephants down to the river to take a swim – adorable!

Proud Phu Fah

Proud Phu Fah – We would then opt for a stay at this beautifully located eco resort in Chiang Mai. Proud Phu Fah claims to both respect and make the most of nature with a touch of a hip boutique vibe thrown in. As well as fitting in with our ethos it looks like an ideal place to unwind and take in the lush green surroundings after a long day at the elephant sanctuary.

Day 2 – Central Thailand

Khao Yai National Park

Kho Yai National Park – There’s no better way to discover the natural beauty of Thailand than in one of its protected National Parks, so on day two we’d spend it exploring Kho Yai a National Park, located mostly in the Nakhon Ratchasima Province. It’s home to 50 kilometres of hiking trails, acres of unspoilt monsoon rainforest and a large amount of rare wildlife including the country’s last remaining wild tigers, gibbons and elephants.

Koh Munnork Private Island by Epikurean Lifestyle

Koh Munnork Private Island by Epikurean Lifestyle – Then we’d take a well earned rest at the dreamy Koh Munnork Private Island by Epikurean Lifestyle, the only private island beach resort in Thailand. Surrounded by untouched forest and pristine white sand beaches, we’d make the most the most of the idyllic setting with a cocktail watching the sunset on the private beach.

Day 3 – South of Thailand

Turtle Thailand

The Thai Muang Turtle Sanctuary – Following our eco theme itinerary, we’d visit the turtle sanctuary at Koh Lak an island which is home to four species of turtle. Nearly all species of sea turtle are endangered, having been threatened by both human interference and climate change and this centre works to educate visitors and protect these beautiful creatures. Here they have tanks where you can see adorable hatchlings being reared as well as adults turtles, all of which are eventually released back into the wild. Visitors can even release a baby turtle into the sea themselves in return for a donation.

Idyllic Concept Resort, Koh Lipe

Idyllic Concept Resort, Koh Lipe – We’d end our dream Thailand itinerary staying in this beautiful resort which is nestled on Koh Lipe’s pristine Sunrise Beach. The resort overlooks the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea and offers 16 bungalows designed in a sleek contemporary design set amidst a lush tropical backdrop – pure bliss!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Tourism Thailand, please note the prizes in the competition are to be confirmed. You must be over 18 to enter the competition.

With roots in Bavaria, a home in England and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 35 countries on trips and living in both Dublin and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations away from the crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not travelling, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, wandering the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting around for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world - Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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