In 2006, I had a short stopover in Bangkok but never had a chance to get out of the plane and explore the airport at least. As the plane continued on its journey towards my final destination, I looked down and thought, “Bangkok, next time I’ll stay a while.”
Before 2010 closed in, I’ve been contacted by a PR representative of TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand, asking if I would be interested in participating a ‘familiarization’ trip for 5 days to Thailand on February 2011!
Of course I immediately slapped myself to check if I was dreaming.
What is a ‘familiarization’ trip (also called fam trip)?
It’s a method for the city, resort, state or country to get positive publicity. It’s entirely a business arrangement. The entity invests time and money to bring journalists and/or photographers to visit. Once back home, the participants are expected to write their stories and/or images about the destination.
Travel + blogging, ah, two things I absolutely love…
Naturally, I said, YES!
So, me and the blog are leaving on a jet plane on the night of February 20 and will come back to Dubai on the night of the February 25. In between those dates, I will be out and about in Bangkok and Hua Hin, Thailand – two destinations chosen for me (and other 3 participants) to explore.
Sounds exciting? It will surely be! So anyone up for arm chair traveling, sit back and watch this space. Also? If you have been to Thailand before, I’d appreciate travel tips, do’s and don’ts!