Spencer was chosen as our Fan of the Month for June 2014 by becoming joint winner of our Photo Contest. His Lovely photo called Sun Sand Sea, taken on Koh Samui, got 31 votes
Tell us where you’ve travelled in Thailand?
I’ve been to Thailand twice so far (2004 and 2013), both times to Bangkok and Koh Samui, although I stayed in a different hotel and resort each time.
What are your favourite places?
Bangkok is a favourite of mine because it’s extremely crazy, exciting and dynamic and has something for everyone. It’s no wonder it’s considered one of the best cities in the world. However, spending quality time on Koh Samui and exploring (on moped if possible) all that it has to offer is heaven. I love visiting temples and so the island is ideal for that sort of thing. For my next trip I’d like to see what the other tropical islands have to offer.
What and where was your most delicious meal in Thailand?
I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad meal in Thailand, but some of the most memorable include a freshly caught barracuda covered in herbs and spices at a beachside restaurant I went to during my first trip to Koh Samui, a mouth-watering shark dish I ordered at a restaurant called Luna Hut in Maenam (located north of the island), and a very tasty authentic dinner served during an evening of traditional Thai dance at Silom Village in Bangkok; all very different but all very Thai and all very tasty.
Would you rather be on the beach or by a pool?
With the soft white sand between my toes and exotic views to die for, I’d much rather be on the beach having a massage (or two).
What are you top 3 must-sees/do in Thailand?
A visit to the Grand Palace is an absolute must. It’s truly awe-inspiring and totally blew me away when I first saw it. A ride in a tuk-tuk has to be done, of course. If you’re planning on going to Koh Samui for a holiday I recommend seeing the colourful Wat Plai Laem featuring the magnificent 18-arm statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. Although the Big Buddha shrine is the most popular attraction on the island, Wat Plai Laem is equally impressive and makes for some great photo opportunities.
Your perfect holiday in Thailand would be…?
To experience as much Thai culture as I can and to visit as many historical sites as possible and then to finish off soaking up the sun on a tropical beach admiring the breathtaking views and getting to know the locals.
What’s your top tip for first-time travellers to Thailand?
Thailand is a wonderful country with a diverse culture and breathtaking scenery, therefore, I would advise anyone travelling there for the first time to immerse themselves fully in all that it has to offer – see as much as possible and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, you’ll be glad you did.
If you could go to Thailand with anyone, who would it be?
I would like to go to Thailand with all my family but especially my mother. In 2013 we lost my father to Lewy Bodies Disease. Prior to his illness my parents spoke of visiting Thailand one day. I’d love for my mother to experience this incredible country first hand as I know she would absolutely love it. She’s had a lot to deal with within the last few years and deserves to be spoilt and pampered at one of the incredible spas Thailand has to offer. One day, mum!
Share a favourite photo from your recent holiday in Thailand
This photo is not my particular favourite from my recent holiday to Thailand but it does include me in it. It was taken on 5th September 2013 at Way Plai Laem – a must-see attraction on Koh Samui.
What’s the one thing that makes you want to go back to Thailand again?
The way Thailand makes me feel when I’m there is the reason I want to keep going back. I feel excited and full of life. Thailand is a great seducer of the five senses and I’m willing to be seduced by her charms time and time again.