Rumour has it that a certain global football competition has just started in Brazil and it’s going to be wall-to-wall football mania for the next few weeks.
If you’re a soccer fan, that’s brilliant. But if you’re not so enthralled with the beautiful game, then you need to distract yourselves with some quality ‘me-time’ pursuits.
Here are some of our suggestions for guys and girls who wish to avoid the World Cup this summer…
Image of Koh Lanta beach, Thailand. Photo credit: ©Tourism Authority of Thailand.
1. Pamper yourself
Why not schedule a relaxing night in? Light some divine-smelling Sranrom scented candles, run a luxurious bath scented with Sranrom bath oil, then settle in for a wonderful, pampering soak? Sranrom uses carefully selected Thai plants and herbs to create a sense of well-being.
Then, kick back on the sofa to watch your favourite film set in Thailand, perhaps Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Hangover 2, The Railway Man or James Bond in Man with the Golden Gun.
2. Treat yourself to a Thai massage/Spa treatment
A Thai massage is a ‘must-do’ when you’re travelling in Thailand but you can also get a great Thai massage here in the UK – it’s a wonderful way to treat yourself.
To see if there are any Thai spas near to where you live, a good place to start looking is The Very Thai UK website, which has a good directory of Thai spa and massage businesses across the UK and Ireland.
3. Cook up a Thai feast
How about inviting your friends round for a Thai feast? You can try out some yummy Thai recipes courtesy of Kay Plunkett-Hodge from her Kaycooks blog – including many gathered during her Thailand Academy trip last year.
More inspiration can be found on the eat travel live website run by John Gregory-Smith. His Top 10 Thai Recipes includes Pad Thai noodles, Thai Green Chicken Curry and stir fries – yum!
Most UK supermarket chains now stock Thai ingredients so it’s fairly easy to cook Thai food from scratch but they also stock Thai Taste Meal Kits which make it really easy to rustle up an authentic taste of Thailand – leaving you more time to chill-out with your friends.
And to accompany your Thai banquet – don’t forget to stock up with some Singha or Chang beer and a bottle of Monsoon Valley Wine.
4. Immerse yourself in Thai culture
Thai festivals are a regular feature on the calendar of many local towns around the UK & Ireland during the summer months and provide a great day out. Visit Very Thai UK for a list of events.
If you live in the south east, then why not head to the annual celebration of Thai culture at the Hook Arena in Epsom, Surrey? It’s on all day on Sunday 29 June, from 10:00am until 6.30pm. Activities include Thai food and dancing, Muay Thai, crafts and a parade.
5. Start planning your next trip to Thailand!
Planning your next trip to Thailand has to be time well spent! Browse online and plan your ideal itinerary. You can also check out some of our past blog posts – for example we have a categories of posts called Top Tips and Things to do in Thailand which should give you a few extra ideas.
Don’t forget to check out the stories on our Thailand Reunited app on Facebook as well – and enter our fabulous competition to win an amazing romantic holiday for two in Thailand! Entries close end of October 2014. (NB: You’ll need to ‘Like’ our Facebook page first – Thailand Fan Club: UK & Ireland.)
We’d love to hear how else you’re escaping football fever this month so add a comment below to share your tips too!