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Mice Net : June 2009
educational With a new day dawning we were ready for our next adventure, this time to the River Kwai and the River Kwai Museum. It’s easy to get swept away with the history of this place, especially remembering what these prisoners of war had been put through. Having remembered not to wear red or bright colours our group was ready to venture into the famed Tiger Temple. We formed a line with other visitors to walk with a monk and his tiger, following the pair into a sandstone canyon where more tigers were waiting. In the canyon we were led by one of the guides to each tiger. It was a truly surreal experience. Back on the bus everyone spent plenty of time looking at their photos in awe. Did we really just pat wild tigers? Still reminiscing about our day it was time to frock up for an evening of extravagance. Starting at the famous bar Sirocco we had a bird’s eye view of the city skyline. Located on the 63rd floor of the Labua State Tower, Sirocco is beneath a huge golden dome that can be spotted from many parts of the city. Our next stop was bed. No, not bed... The Bed Supper Club. We jumped on the sky train and in no time were sipping champagne and feasting on a menu full of Asian and Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Lounging back on a bed that stretched the length of the room, it sure was a relaxed way to dine. And if you still felt a bit tense there was a Thai masseuse on hand to get rid of any shoulder tension. Our morning the following day started like no other... breakfast at a construction site! And this wasn’t just any construction site, but the workings of the new Sofitel Bangkok. Ingeniously staff managed to serve delicious pastries and champagne in style amidst fluoro vests and hard hats. To complete our unique tour we ended up at what will be the champagne lounge where a team-building challenge awaited. We were invited to spraypaint our own message on the bare walls of the bar to win a bottle of bubbles! With some free time we roamed the shopping district before checking out of the Four Seasons and heading to the train station to board the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express to Chiang Mai. Stepping on to the train was like stepping back in time and with a decadent cabin to ourselves we were in for a voyage of extravagance. Our adventure started in the bar car with a celebratory glass of champagne before some free time to get ready for dinner. We all felt slightly underdressed. It’s the kind of journey where gloves and fascinators, bowties and top hats fit in nicely with the old world charm. Leisurely chugging along we passed an old temple covered in monkeys, rice fields and waving locals. Before too long we met up again in the restaurant car to dine on a delicious three course meal which included scallops and Thai green curry. This experience is one of a kind, and whether it’s just a one night voyage or 14 day adventure, I highly recommend this journey for groups. Upon arriving at our destination we headed off to check out the Four Seasons Chiang Mai. A site inspection was the first part of our visit and after exploring the beautiful property, we sat down for an extraordinary “chef’s table” lunch. With our tummies full (again) we zoomed over to check into the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi for a quick change before meeting with some local suppliers. This property is spectacular and is spread over 60 acres (thank god for golf buggies!). We checked out the accommodation and ballroom before sitting down to a Thai feast. Before we knew it our last day had dawned and we were back on the coach to explore Chiang Mai before our return home. Our first stop was attending a traditional monk ceremony where a row of monks were presented with offerings and then blessed us, tying beautifully crafted red bracelets on our wrists. This was a good thing considering our next challenge where, in pedal-powered rickshaws, we raced along the streets of Chiang Mai to our final stop. In a small building we were greeted by girls from the local ladies’ prison who are a part of a rehabilitation program where they learn the art of Thai massage which they will hopefully use when they finish their prison terms. mice.net would like to thank Destination Asia, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises, Four Seasons Hotels and Mandarin Oriental Hotels for hosting this familiarisation.