A Culinary and Cultural Experience in Thailand

A Culinary and Cultural Experience in Thailand

A Culinary and Cultural Experience in Thailand

The writer and photographer at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. - Aurelie Biehler.

The writer and photographer at the Royal Palace in Bangkok – Aurelie Biehler.

Aurelie Biehler is in charge of operation management at Nezasa, and recently returned from a research trip to Thailand where she embarked on Nezasa’s A Journey Through Northern Thailand itinerary. This is her story about her experiences there.

What struck me at first on arriving in at the airport in Bangkok, Thailand, was the heat and humidity. However, I soon forgot about it as I was greeted by the welcoming smile of my private driver and entered the air-conditioned car which would then take me into the city itself.

Along the way, I couldn’t help but feel terribly excited to meet our local operator in person – the very people I work with every day – and get to explore Thailand through their experienced eyes. My journey through northern Thailand was an experience I planned on making memorable.

My trip kicked off with a scenic boat ride along the shores of the Chao Phraya River – gliding through water lilies accompanied by the cries of happy children before reaching the spectacular site of Ayutthaya. Despite the weather being a little foggy, my guide directed me to the picture spot, where I took an amazing picture which all of my friends are naturally jealous of. One amazing site led to another as we then arrived at the Sukhothai Historical Park – an even more magical monument. I was taken aback by the mastered balance of temples, numerous Buddha statues, water canals and lily ponds. Thanks to my extremely knowledgeable guide, I also grasped the cultural significance of Thai architecture and all of its underlying connotations.

The following days were filled with even more spectacular sites and amazing Thai cuisine. Being a little scared of crazy spices, I was thankfully well instructed by my Thai colleagues who taught me what foods to associate with what spices. However, I did give them quite a laugh when I accidentally added far too much pepper and literally started to cry after eating.

Wat Yai Chai - the Reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya. (AURELIE BIEHLER PHOTO)

Wat Yai Chai – the Reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya. (AURELIE BIEHLER PHOTO)

Of course, as Operations Manager of Nezasa, I was in Thailand with the aim of getting a better understanding of Nezasa’s offering and making it more appealing to our clients. In doing so, I had the opportunity to visit multiple hotels, around eight per day. However, I must say that being in contact with our local team 24/7, I was very impressed in how passionate and dedicated they were in choosing the best for our customers.

On the final day of my trip, we visited the region of the Golden Triangle – home to the borders of Laos and Myanmar conjoining with Thailand. I will never forget such an amazing sight – surrounded with mountains, lush forests and the brightening smile of my Thai colleagues.

You can experience what Aurelie experienced by booking your own itinerary with Nezasa here.

A traditional boat passes one of the fascinating attractions on the riverbanks of the Golden Triangle, at the convergence of the Laos, Myanmar and Thailand borders. (AURELIE BIEHLER PHOTO)

A traditional boat passes one of the fascinating attractions on the riverbanks of the Golden Triangle, at the convergence of the Laos, Myanmar and Thailand borders. (AURELIE BIEHLER PHOTO)

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