A re-charge holiday is my kind of holiday | Koh Samui Thailand

Don’t just dream about a beach holiday in Asia, win it!

Nikki Parkinson Life, Travel 16 Comments

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About time eight years ago I woke up each day to the sun rising over the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. I’d give the sun a cursory glance, snap a photo and roll over again in my gazillion-thread-count white sheets.

Sun rising over the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui

The sun, the water? It could wait.

I was on my HONEYMOON and I had well and truly slipped into island time.

You could blame it on the humidity, you could blame it on the number of times I’d availed myself of the spa’s extensive menu or you could blame it on the world record I was attempting to set for the number of fancy schmancy drinks one could possibly consume in a 24 hour period … whatever was to blame I was one very blissed-out lady.

Cocktail hour comes around quickly when in Thailand

See while I LOVE being energised by travelling to exciting cities (dare I mention New York City without falling into a slump of post-holiday blues?), it’s the very thought of a tropical beach holiday that gets me gazing wistfully off into the distance, mentally planning where I’d go and … importantly what I’d pack. It’s my version of the re-charge holiday … which is a technical way of expressing my desire to spend time doing as little as humanly possible. I’m good at that … see photo below 😉

A re-charge holiday is my kind of holiday | Koh Samui Thailand

Back to the present. It’s about two minutes into that wistful gazing that I realise no amount of this Bold and the Beautiful type behaviour is going to get me closer to that tropical holiday.

Enter the iPad. My iPad is my little friend, who keeps me company on the couch (don’t worry, Mr SY is there too … on HIS iPad … I know, the romance) and offers me a window from which to browse the big wide world of travel possibilities.

Travelworld’s free online magazine is the latest app to help fuel my need to sit beachside sipping something colourful with a paper umbrella in it:  Travelworld Travel Escapes.

Remember back in the day before this thing called the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T?

If I was up for a bit of holiday dreaming and planning I would go into our travel agent and ask for a stack of glossy brochures.

Sometimes I was a bit naughty … I’d take home the brochures knowing full well the closest my teeny tiny cadet journo salary would get me to sipping cocktails poolside was if I filled up an inflatable pool in the backyard of our share house and poured myself a cask wine in a fancy glass.

But, hey, a girl’s got to dream, right?

So, now that my dreaming is helped along by apps like this, there is more chance of that tropical beach holiday becoming a reality. The app is an online magazine showcasing really good deals but also offering click throughs to videos and photos, as well as insider info. Don’t know about you but it’s that info – and a good visual feast – that I need to help me make a decision about a holiday destination.


If a beach holiday in Asia seems very much like a pipe dream for you right now (damn those things called household budgets!), then this might make you smile.

Travelworld is giving you the chance to win 5 nights accommodation for two people in either of these Club Med Asia Resorts: Nusa Dua, Bali; Cherating Beach, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand. You just need to download the free app here, click on the competition link in the September/October 2012 edition of the magazine and submit your full name, state and answer the question (in 25 words or less), “Why is experiencing Asia on your travel bucket list?”. Conditions apply.

Travelworld: Win 5 nights in Asia

So, tell me? Is a tropical Asian beach holiday your thing? Where have you travelled to and what can you recommend there?

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Comments 16

  1. Thailand is one of my favourite places in the world to visit … it’s so cheap, the food and shopping is amazing, the people are friendly, and it’s not too far away. But I would be happy holidaying anywhere in Asia, I’m always up for new experiences.

  2. Coconut Island is by far the most peaceful Island I have visited in Thailand. The scenery the activities, the food and the people were all so perfect. I would defiantly recommend to stay at Coconut Island. The best activities in Thailand was visitinThe Similan Islands from tropical fish to the biggest turtles. No words but AMAZING

  3. The Patong Merlin Hotel in Phuket (get a pool view room!) is somewhere we’ve been 4 times so far, the happy hour at the multiple hotel bars and the location (opposite the beach) is fantastic. If you want a little more quiet and romance somewhere we really like and have been to twice is the Chaba Cabana Beach Resort and Spa in Koh Samui. We were in Waikiki, Hawaii in August staying at the Outrigger Waikiki in a partial ocean view room (ocean view was lots more) and that was also amazing (Dukes downstairs is unbelievably awesome – we ate there every day!), we hope to one day visit some of the other islands. Lots more island destinations on our bucket list 🙂

  4. The club med in Cherating Malaysia is amazing, I’ve been there twice. Such a big resort, you can find areas to be totally by yourself or head to the bar to join the party (drinks are included in the price) – I envy the lucky winner of this comp.

  5. I love Thailand, back in my Travel Consulting day’s, we stayed at the devine Sheraon Grand Laguna Phuket (with music piped into the swimming pool) for only $50 a night and got to feed a banana to a baby elephant at breakfast each morning…..those were the days!

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