Hayden’s Thailand Tips!


Our team member Hayden Blucher recently went on a trip to Bangkok and Koh Samui in Thailand. This presented a great opportunity for him to explore venues and team activities available within the meeting and incentive sector in Bangkok and Koh Samui.

Hayden visited a range of exciting venues, luxury hotels, preferred suppliers and service providers that offer the best in class event delivery in Thailand. Here, he shares his top recommendations for Bangkok and Koh Samui.

Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles for good reason. Everywhere you go, you’re welcomed by grinning locals! It’s a warm, welcoming culture with an array of delights for all visitors. Home to culinary delicacies and natural wonders alike, the charms of Thailand are endless. Its convenient infrastructure, modern facilities and longstanding presence in the industry makes it an excellent place for MICE Events.

Bangkok

A bustling, colourful metropolis, Bangkok boasts both glistening golden temples and towering modern skyscrapers. This is perhaps the liveliest of the cities in Thailand to visit. Here, Thai culture and Asian modernity converge, resulting in a blend of lights, delicious food and exciting adventure.

Nestled on the majestic Chao Phraya River, Bangkok also has a fascinating history centered around its waterways and canals, where you’ll still find beautiful floating markets.

Where to stay

“Playful Luxury” – SO Sofitel Bangkok

SO Sofitel Bangkok is a contemporary hotel, designed around the five elements (Water, Earth, Wood, Metal, and Fire) – a collaboration between renowned Thai designers and Monsieur Christian Lacroix.
This stylish and luxurious hotel is situated in an upscale living area on Sathorn Road overlooking a stunning view of Lumpini Park, within close distance to main cultural attractions along Chaopraya River and city shopping areas. The hotel is conveniently located near to the MRT subway at Lumpini station opposite the hotel and BTS skytrain at Saladaeng station on Silom Road.

The hotel features 237 themed rooms and suites, 7 meeting rooms, a rooftop restaurant and bar, a market-style restaurant, two conceptualised bars and the latest wellness experience, which enhances the city lifestyle.

Where to go

Bangkok’s ultimate rooftop dining experience – Vertigo

Vertigo offers an al fresco dining experience set atop a roof terrace overlooking the glittering cityscape of Bangkok. Here, at Asia’s first grill-and-bar experience, you can dine on fork-tender seafood and premium steaks while feasting your eyes on the city’s vast skyline.

Moon Bar puts you at ease in an informal setting 61 floors above the city and offers premium drinks, such as the classic Vertigo Sunset, a melody of pineapple, cranberry and lime juices blended with just the right amount of Malibu.

Suggested team building activity

The Tuk Tuk Challenge

Once participants have been split into teams and briefed, the group will conduct a fun filled adventure around the Rattanakosin and Chinatown areas of Bangkok. Take in the sights and sounds of these culturally rich areas whilst in the back of Thailand’s most instantly recognisable modes of transport, the Tuk Tuk.

Koh Samui

Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It’s best known for its palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves and dense, mountainous rainforest – plus luxury resorts and spas.

The landmark 12 metre tall golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple is located on a tiny island connected to Ko Samui by a causeway.

Where to stay

“Signature Thai hospitality” – Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort

Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort offers guests a resort lifestyle imbued with signature Thai hospitality. Sitting on Bophut Bay near the charming fisherman’s village, experience an array of activities and leisure facilities.

Feast on fiery local cuisines, or design a customised meal for a special and memorable experience. Soak up the sun in Bill Bensley designed tropical gardens and enjoy world-class amenities at this peaceful retreat.

Where to go

Dining on the Rocks – Six Senses Hideaway Samui

Six Senses Samui resort has a reputation for serving some of the best food on Koh Samui, and uses fresh herbs, vegetables, and organic greens from the resort’s own gardens.

The award-winning Dining on the Rocks Restaurant is located at the tip of the headland and presents 270 degree views, whilst Dining on the Hill offers regional and international cuisine.

Suggested team building activity

CSR activity with ‘Trash Heroes’

Trash Heroes, the worldwide movement sweeping across the globe, presents a perfect opportunity to engage in some CSR and team building through beach cleaning. They waste as little as possible, reuse as much as possible and work to preserve and improve the spaces they’re in, wherever they may be.

Our team lives and breathes travel, and we know how much corporate meetings and incentives can benefit your business. Like Hayden, many of our team members are widely travelled and work hard to scope out the best experiences for your event. Get in touch with us on 03 9535 3600 for more inspiring tips and ideas – and let us craft an unforgettable experience for you and your team.