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This is a holiday project for supporters of the Mayo/Roscommon Hospice and if you have not had an opportunity to join in previously, then we hope that by the time you have finished reading through you will want to be part of this great adventure!
The hospice, located in Castlebar Co. Mayo was founded almost 25 years ago to provide specialist care for terminally ill patients from the Mayo / Roscommon area. Prior to this initiative, there was no such facilities in the area. Many of our friends and neighbours suffered in the final days and weeks of their lives. This should NEVER be the case. Thankfully, through the efforts of a small group of dedicated people, the hospice is now able to provide care and compassion to a significant number of people ensuring that they spend their final days in relative comfort. As a consequence, they are able to leave this world with dignity.
The hospice has to raise in excess of €1,000,000 every year to continue its great work and this is where you and we can help!
We have been invited to assist with the fund raising for the new Mayo – Roscommon Hospice and as our family roots are embedded in Mayo, it seemed a very natural thing for us to do. We are really honoured to have been asked to be involved. Actually, we are no strangers to fund raising having supported the various Mayo Associations and others throughout the UK for many years and now hopefully with their help and yours too, we will together be able to raise a substantial amount for this extremely worthy cause.
This however, is no ordinary request for funds. It is instead an opportunity for you and your friends to come away with us on an adventure to Thailand and for everyone that joins the tour, the hospice will benefit. Each participant will fund their own trip and in exchange, we as the tour operator will donate on your behalf €200. The target is just one hundred volunteers or, fifty couples and then, together we will be able to make a serious contribution of some €20,000 Euros to the current fund.
So remember there are only 100 places available on this event! So make sure you book as soon as possible.
The quality of our holidays has always been immeasurably strengthened by the creativity and professionalism of our musicians and other entertainers. Their ability to please a wide and varied audience knows no bounds. They add an exciting dimension to each of our events that is difficult to quantify. And the variety is awesome and covers Country n’ Irish, Ceili, Jazz, Folk, Modern and Jive and it is always delivered at the highest quality level. On this trip to Thailand we will have several opportunities to sit and listen and enjoy a few sessions and indulge in a bit of craic with Tomás Langan and Joseph Deery, John Forde and Kenneth Minnish as well as Pat Jordan.
All the artist have worked with Enjoy Travel for several years and all are very reliable and will fulfill other vital roles by helping to escort the group, supervise the transfers, take care of the equipment etc.
Monday 24th September
Depart Dublin International at 09:25 arrive Abu Dhabi 20:15
And other airports in the UK ( Manchester & London) – Times TBA.
Monday 24th September
Depart Abu Dhabi destination Bangkok
Tuesday 25th September
Transfer from Bangkok International to the Belair Bangkok for 2 nights bed & Breakfast.
Wednesday 26th September
Morning visit to Damnern Saduak Floating Markets
Thursday 27th September
Transfer to the Mida Resort Kanchanaburi (2hrs 30mins) check in to the hotel with Free time for lunch, afternoon visit to the Jeath War Museum and the Bridge over the River Kwai. Ever since the film with Alec Guinness, most people have wanted to march across the bridge on the River Kwai. NOW YOU CAN!
Friday 28th September
Free day in Kanchanaburi.
Saturday 29th September
Morning transfer back to the Belair Bangkok for 2 more nights bed and breakfast, free time for lunch then afternoon visit to the Grand Palace
Sunday 30th September
Full day visit to Pattaya Shelter Project.
Monday 1st October
Morning transfer to Hua Hin (2hrs 50 mins. ) to the Huahin Loft Hotel for 2 nights bed and breakfast
Tuesday 2nd October
Free day in Hua Hin and Cha Am
Wednesday 3rd October
Transfer to Bangkok International (3hrs 20 mins) at 13:30
Depart Bangkok International at 20:35 arrive Abu Dhabi at 00:10
Thursday 4th October
Depart Abu Dhabi 02:35 arrive Dublin International at 08:05
Returns also to Manchester & London Times TBA
PRICE PER PERSON €1549 / £1449
Single Room Supplement €25 pppn (8 nights)
Deposit €400/£400 per person
Thailand lies between Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos, with the Gulf of Thailand to the south. It has a mixed but instantly recognizable culture with strong Indian influences, Chinese traditions, and elements that are uniquely Thai. With its diverse geography, friendly people, and stunning scenery, the “Land of a Thousand Smiles” is a must-see destination in South East Asia that everyone should visit!
Did you know that it is the 50th largest country in the world with an area roughly equal to that of France. With rugged mountains to the north and world-famous tropical beaches to the south, it is without doubt a land of pristine beauty.
Thailand is split into four distinct regions. Despite the overarching strength and unity of Thai culture, each region has its own unique cultural and geographic features.
Northern Thailand shares its border with Myanmar and Laos. This region is mountainous and filled with thick forests and river valleys. Its culture is heavily influenced by Burmese culture and it carries strong influences from the historical Lanna kingdom.
Northeastern Thailand, also known as Isan, is largely isolated from the rest of Thailand by a large mountain range. A Lao-speaking majority, as well as a primarily agricultural society, characterize this culturally distinct region.
Southern Thailand, located on the Malay peninsula, is home to many of Thailand’s beautiful pristine beaches and resorts. With a more tropical climate, this narrow land mass is home to many fishing communities.
It is the region of Central Thailand that is predominant, though. This region is the seat of Thailand’s modern-day capital city and where we will be headed to start our Thai adventure. Bangkok with its fertile plains, has also long been the economic center of the country, producing the majority of Thailand’s rice. Central Thailand is also the area that has the greatest population density, and the greatest concentration of the ethnic Thai majority. It is the political, economic, and cultural center of Thailand.
Much of Thailand’s culture comes from the ethnic Thai people. One of the most important influences on Thai culture has been Buddhism. Many of the traditions and beliefs of the people in Thailand stem directly from Buddhist principles. Hinduism has also made important contributions to Thai culture, and the close links between Thailand and India can be seen in art, literature, and in many Thai customs. The cultures of nearby Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and China have also played an important role in forming the traditions of Thailand, as have indigenous belief systems such as Animism.
Of Thailand’s nearly 70 million people, roughly two thirds are from Thai ethnic groups. Although the ethnic Thai people can be divided into dozens of different subgroups, their traditions, languages, and cultures differ only slightly. This leads to a population with a strong sense of shared traditions and cultural identity.
The remaining third of the population is made up primarily of Chinese, as well as various minorities including Vietnamese, Khmer, Hmong, and Mein. Even among these diverse ethnic groups, the Thai language is widely spoken and understood, and the Thai script is often used in place of traditional writing styles.
Since the 1950s, Thailand’s government has made efforts to preserve and strengthen the sense of national culture and national identity. During the 1980s and 1990s, however, Thailand saw a resurgence in local culture and traditions. Although there is still a strong national identity, local food, dances, music, celebrations, and beliefs have begun to play a more important role in Thai life.
Thai culture, is deeply influenced by religion. With around 95% of the country being Buddhist, the belief system and values of Buddhism play a huge role in day-to-day life. Throughout the country, the most important values that Thai people hold to are respect, self-control, and a non-confrontational attitude. Losing face by showing anger or by telling a lie is a source of great shame for Thai people.
In general, displays of emotion in public are viewed in a very negative light. No matter how frustrated or upset a person might feel, he or she will always strive to maintain a positive and friendly attitude, a sense of humor, and a smile.
Respect for elders and for those in higher social positions is also important. Hierarchies of social status characterize nearly every interaction. Children are expected to respect their parents and teachers. The young must show deference to the elderly. Those with highly prestigious positions in society, such as doctors, important public figures, and monks are almost revered.
Family is central to Thai life. Although many newly-married couples will set up their own households, it is not uncommon for extended family to live with them. Often, grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles will all live in the same household and help to raise children and provide for the family. Children are expected to show great respect for their parents, and they maintain close ties, even well into adulthood.
Although Thailand’s family life and society has been traditionally male-dominated, women are granted considerable respect. Recent laws and legislation have allowed women more freedom to move out of traditional roles and into professions such as politics, medicine, and business. Respect and equal rights for women has, in recent decades, become an important part of Thailand’s law and values.
Another concept that is very important in Thai culture is sanuk. Sanuk is a wide-reaching idea that embodies the playfulness and sense of humor that is so central to life in Thailand. It could refer to a spontaneous and joyful meeting with someone on the street, or a humorous pun made at just the right moment. The sense of humor and joie de vivre captured in sanuk is central to the Thai way of life.