Following the success of our first guide award ceremony in Vietnam last year, this year we invited the best guides from across the Southeast Asia region to join us for a weekend in Bangkok.
Audley’s Southeast Asia Manager, Natalie, explains:
The guides were selected based on the questionnaire responses we receive here at Audley after clients have travelled with us. We were delighted this year to be able to welcome guides from Burma and the Philippines who had been unable to attend last year.
Once the 30 guests had arrived from all over Asia we were taken on a walking tour of Chinatown, before having lunch overlooking the river. An afternoon of presentations and workshops followed before the gala dinner complete with traditional Thai dancers. No visit to Bangkok would be complete without a visit to a night market so we went to the new Asiatique to shop until midnight.
The following day saw us visiting the famous Chatauchak weekend market where some shopped and others enjoyed a foot massage or a spot of people watching.
The winners were:
Ms Sally Letuli from the Philippines
Mr Raymond Chan from Malaysia
Mr Yap Soon Heng (Eric) from Sawarak
Ms Faridah Fatah from Singapore
Mr Srey Omnoth from Cambodia
Mr Komsan (Jerry) from Thailand
Pattanavadee (Patty) from Thailand
Hathaichanok (Natalie) from Thailand
Mr Agung Rake from Bali
Mr Thongdee from Laos
Mr Yan Yan Aung from Burma
Ms May Htwe from Burma
Ms Nguyen Thu Hang from Hanoi, Vietnam
Mr Ly Quoc Anh from Saigon, Vietnam
Mr Ton That Hoang Vinh from Hue, Vietnam
Mr Tran Duc Kien from Sapa, Vietnam
The Chatrium Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok
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Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel, Chaing Mai
Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, Koh Samui
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