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2Created to oer clients a bespoke, discerning and 100% tailor made travel management solu:on; Marmalade Toast bespoke travel & des:na:on management believe that each and every customer has a unique set of travel requirements. As such our travel solu:ons are tailored to suit your every travel need.
We believe in pushing boundaries and being innova:ve. We are obsessed with connec:ons and possible rela:onships and the benets that these will yield for our clients. We believe in open lines of communica:on, ensuring that we speak frequently to both you and our suppliers to ensure that your travel requirements are fully understood and your expecta:ons surpassed. We believe that your travel should be seamless, and that your every need is taken care of.
Our Management Team:
Lance Liebenberg, Managing DirectorWith an illustrious career in public rela:ons and
event management, looking aJer some of South Africa's most famous and inuen:al, Lance was our proverbial customer. A corporate traveller who spent his life on the road living on planes and in hotels. AJer successfully seOng up his own pr & brand strategy rm, he soon saw a gap in the travel market for his own clients who would benet from a tailored travel
service to suit their individual needs. He is currently the Managing Director for both LLC+PR and Marmalade Toast, and divides his :me between South Africa and Asia.
David van den HeeverTravel DirectorAJer successfully obtaining a higher qualica:on
in travel, David worked in the :cke:ng department for a well known youth travel provider before moving to Malaysian Airlines. He quickly moved up the ranks in the industry and had an incredibly successful career as a senior travel consultant for some of South Africa's largest travel consor:ums, including an in-house role for Investec Private Bank. David's exper:se lie in understanding the corporate traveller and their oJen :me sensi:ve requests and needs - he has been with Marmalade Toast since its incep:on and con:nues to look aJer the company's pla:num clients.
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.Samuel Johnson
marmalade toast, bespoke traveland destination management
Southeast Asia & Indochina From white sands and palm lined beaches, to terraced rice paddies and tea plantations Southeast Asia and the Indochina region is an incredibly diverse product, an absolute feast for the senses. The people, culture, food and vistas throughout Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore have touched us at our very core and had a profound impact onour lives.
3Introduc)onThe Royal Kingdom of Thailand, p4
Bangkok - City of AngelsHansar Bangkok, p6Hotel Muse, p7Metropolitan by Como, p8Mandarin Oriental, p9
PhuketAmanpuri by Aman Resorts, p13Le Mridien Phuket Beach Resort, p14Private Villa: Baan Lom Talay, p15
Koh SamuiW Retreat Koh Samui, p19Banyan Tree Samui, p20The Library, p21Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, p 22Le Mridien Koh Samui, p23Private Villa: Ban Suriya, p24Koh Phangan: Anantara Rasananda, p26Yachting: The Naga, p27
KrabiPhukay Bay by Ritz Carlton, p29
Chiang MaiThe Chedi, p31The Rachamankha, p32Le Mridien Chiang Mai, p33
Chiang Rai/Golden TriangleAnantara Elephant Camp & Resort, p36
Destination GuideThe Royal Kindgom of Thailand
4The Royal Kingdom of ThailandLand of SmilesFrom The Lonely Planet Thailand Guide
Friendly and fun-loving, exo:c and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand beams with a lustrous hue from its gaudy temples and golden beaches to the ever-comfor:ng Thai smile.
Sand between your toesThailand's beaches are mythical: tall palms angle over pearlescent sand, coral gardens ourish in the shallow seas and beach par:es are liberally lubricated with alcohol and fun. With a long coastline (well, actually, two coastlines) and jungle-topped islands anchored in azure waters, Thailand is a tropical getaway for the hedonist and the hermit, the prince and the pauper. And in between the kissing cousins of sea and sky are drama:c limestone mountains standing sen:nel. This paradise oers a varied menu of playing in the gentle surf of Bang Saphan Yai, diving with whale sharks in Ko Tao, scaling the sea clis of Krabi, learning to kite board in Hua Hin, recupera:ng at a health resort in Koh Samui and feas:ng on the beach wherever sand meets
Sacred SpacesThe celes:al world is a close condant in this Buddhist na:on, where religious devo:on is a colourful and ubiquitous spectacle. Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas frame both the rural and m o d e r n l a n d s c a p e w i t h exuberance. Ancient banyan trees are ceremoniously wrapped in sacred cloth to honour the resident spirits, fortune-bringing shrines decorate humble noodle houses as well as monumental malls, while garland-festooned dashboards ward o trac accidents. The Thai's ongoing dialogue with the divine anchors the day-to-day chaos to a solid base of tranquillity. Visitors can join in on the conversa:on through medita:on retreats in Chiang Mai, noisy religious fes:vals in northeastern Thailand, peaceful underground cave shrines in Kanchanaburi and Phetchaburi or scenic hilltop temples in northern Thailand.
A Boun?ful TableNo macer what draws you to the country rst, a Thai meal will keep you hooked. Adored around the world, Thai cuisine expresses fundamental aspects of Thai culture: it is generous and warm, outgoing and nuanced, refreshing and relaxed. And it is much more delicious in its na:ve seOng. Each Thai dish relies on fresh and local ingredients f rom pungent lemongrass and searing chillies to plump seafood and crispy fried chicken. With a tropical abundance, a varied na:onal menu is built around the four fundamental avours: spicy, sweet, salty and sour. And then there are the regional dierences, which propel travellers on an ea:ng tour of Bangkok noodle shacks, seafood pavilions in Phuket, Burmese market stalls in Mae Hong Son, and luscious tropical fruit everywhere. Cooking classes reveal the simplicity behind the seemingly complicated dishes and mastering the markets becomes an important skill.
Parasols were important symbols of social status in Ancient Siam. French records from the 16th century indicate that only certain subjects were granted permission to carry paper parasols by the KingTh
5As the poli+cal, economic, cultural, culinary, and spiritual capital of Thailand, Bangkok features both old-world charm and modern convenience, at +mes served up in an apparently chao+c manner, but always with a gracious smile.
Invariably, every Thailand holiday includes a visit to the kingdoms capital city, Bangkok, or Krung Thep, the city of angels as it is known to its inhabitants. Many tourists who travel to Bangkok are immediately overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city and the vast number of acrac:ons Bangkok has to oer. Indeed there is a wide variety of Bangkok sightseeing opportuni:es spanning more than two centuries of rapid development following the citys founding in 1782 by King Rama I, the rst king of the present Chakri dynasty. Since that auspicious date, Bangkok has swelled to a cosmopolitan, 21st century city of more than ten million inhabitants. While the immensity of the city and its bustling streets can be in:mida:ng at rst, those who spend some :me in Bangkok are quickly enamoured by the myriad of acrac:ons Bangkok contains, from exo:c temples, which underscore Thailands strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday. Bangkok features acrac:ons guaranteed to please visitors either simply passing through the city or spending their en:re Thailand holiday in Bangkok. Nearly every Bangkok holiday includes a visit to Thailands Grand Palace, arguably the premier Bangkok sightseeing acrac:on. Situated in the heart of Bangkoks Racanakosin Island, the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace are conveniently located nearby Bangkoks most spectacular temples, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and Wat Pho, which features an enormous reclining Buddha and was home of the rst Thai massage school in the kingdom. These iconic des:na:ons are top
acrac:ons to all visitors who travel to Bangkok looking to appreciate Thailands unique cultural tradi:ons. In fact, there are more than 400 func:oning Buddhist temples throughout the city and its not uncommon when you travel in Bangkok to spot saron robed monks collec:ng morning alms or traveling throughout out the city, including along the Chao Phraya, the River of Kings, which passes alongside the Temple of the Dawn.
The winding Chao Phraya is connected by numerous canals from which Bangkok has earned its nickname the Venice of the East; when you travel around Bangkok, a cruise on the Chao Phraya, a visit to a oa:ng market, or an explora:on of the ci:es