Beijing to Lhasa

My wife and I have recently returned from travelling which incorporated in late April the Beijing to Lhasa journey organised by World expeditions.

For the Beijing to Xian sector we were guided by Qui Ming who we called Milly.

I would like to record what a pleasure it was to have Milly as our guide.

We have travelled extensively in the past and had many guides. Milly stands out as the one we will remember for the exceptional way she looked after our group.

Milly's knowledge, and her ability to explain things, could not have been better. In fact she had so much she could tell us that there was never a moment when she wasn't being asked a question.

She chose where we dined, and ordered for us, after ascertaining what people liked or disliked and we were never disappointed. The restaurants were usually local, not tourist only places, and we appreciated that.

When we had time to ourselves she enquired if there were things we specially wanted to do and made sure we knew how to get there and back and what to expect. On one occasion when all in the group wanted to visit a Houtong she arranged it and came with us in what should have been her time away from us.

We were a group ranging in age from about 40 to 70. She appreciated that, at times, some were getting physically tired and she would vary what we doing to accommodate that.

Above all I will remember with pleasure her sense of humour, her always cheerful demeanour and the extra things she did for us beyond what is not normally expected.

Milly is an exceptional guide and I would recommend her to anyone going to China.



Michael & Kay Alexander | New Zealand
 

Thailand

Thailand

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Unlike many of its South-East Asian neighbours, Thailand has never been colonised by another country – a fact that Thai people are particularly proud of. Known as Siam until 1949, Thailand is a country with a rich history, fascinating culture, and great geographical diversity that includes rainforest-clad mountains in the north and beautiful golden beaches in the south.

Thai people are known worldwide for their friendly smiles, natural grace and kindness. The majority of the population follows Theravada Buddhism, the oldest form of Buddhism that was originally developed in India and based on the four noble truths that Lord Buddha had realised in order to become enlightened. Many young Thai men become monks for a period in their lives – usually between school and getting married – and this gives great spiritual prestige to the family concerned. The Thai people are also very patriotic and show great respect and love towards their royal family – most places of business have at least one picture of the Thai king on their wall.

Thais are also very modest and they tend to dress very conservatively. Women particularly should try to cover their shoulders and wear long, loose-fitting clothes (this is often the most comfortable clothing to be wearing in the heat anyway). Nudity, even on the beach, is frowned upon and considered very disrespectful to the local people.

The main language spoken in Thailand is, of course Thai, but there are many different dialects of this, along with the hilltribe languages. It is a good idea to pick up a phrase book and try to learn a few simple phrases, which will be greatly appreciated.


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The Weather in Thailand

The dry or cool season begins at the end of October and lasts until the end of February. It is necessary to take along a warm jumper or fleece during the cool season, as nights can be cold. The hot season lasts from March to June and light cotton clothing and hats are recommended. The rainy season starts in June and ends in October.

It is cool in the winter months of December and January and appropriate clothing should be brought for the early morning and evenings.

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