Stephen is very responsive, helpful and found a good deal
From start to finish they have been brilliant, it's the first time we have been on a Far East holiday, and I was nervous, but everything form the flights to the hotels and transfers were seamless. We will be using DialAFlight again as they are a first class company that can be trusted to ensure you get a great holiday.
Charles and the team helped me through a bad experience and put my mind at ease and delivered a fantastic holiday - truly amazing, can't thank you enough
Any queries answered, confident in using you for all holidays.
Michelle was brilliant throughout
Looking forward to booking our next holiday next year
Nothing too much trouble. Thanks for your professionalism and kindness throughout - much appreciated
Had the most amazing holiday to Phuket, thanks for sorting it all for us
Have used you many times. Billy has never let me down.
A big thank you
Thank you to the lovely Monica
Very pleased with everything connected with our flight, all the details were correct and made for a great start to our holiday. By far the best flights we have ever been on Qatar Airways.
Adam was so incredibly helpful as was Mason in his absence. Very responsive and reassuring. We were travelling for the first time with a toddler long haul so were very apprehensive.
We had a very straightforward booking but it was handled efficiently and professionally. I had 'shopped around' a great deal before booking, and DialAFlight were very competitively priced.
Always deal with Callum - very professional and eager to help if there's a question
Nice to know you were backing me up
Excellent service throughout the process - we recently flew to Phuket and the whole process was seamless. Would highly recommend DialAFlight
Excellent customer service. Will definitely be using DialAFlight again
Yet another fantastic holiday and your arrangements were top class. I would highly recommend your services, as I did to a few people I met on holiday.
Excellent price for tickets to Bangkok and Phuket with BA. Very nice hotel
Riley arranged the holiday. He was really helpful and a great example of fab customer service.
Always available when an enquiry was needed and even called on the eve of departure
Excellent trip. Collections to and from the airport very well organised. Very happy - once again it's why I use DialAFlight.
Very patient as I had a few panics with the app before I left. Every email I sent was answered quickly and efficiently. I had help booking my seats and they were perfect too. It was my first time travelling to Thailand on my own and I felt really looked after. Excellent service.
Fergus was exceptional in putting our package holiday together. I’ve used DialAFlight numerous times and will continue.
Fab service as always from Guy ...very helpful and really spot on with his advice.
I'm a regular client. You guys are great
Hotel and staff were fabulous - the only downside there were too many stairs. Would have to have a ground floor room if we went there again
Everything was spot on and I was upgraded to an Ocean Suite which was superb
You all know Roger Moore, 007? If you are too young to know what he looks like, he looks like me,' said our small, squat, spectacularly un-debonair Thai tour guide, Captain Alex, with a deadpan face.
While not exactly shaken with laughter at his wry quips, everyone was stirred by the stunning scenery at Ko Khao Phing Kan, or James Bond Island, as this place is more famously known. It became a must-see site due to its double-O heaven setting in The Man With The Golden Gun, when Moore's Bond goes in search of Scaramanga, played with relish by Christopher Lee.
This was all heady stuff for a first-time visitor to Thailand, an exotic land that has also inspired on the big screen the sublime (The Beach) and the ridiculous (The Hangover, Part II).
Many writers, from Somerset Maugham to Graham Greene, have fallen for Thailand's bars, silk, curry and hospitality. Its ancient history, temples, islands and beaches, as well as the gentle people of unrivalled grace, have made it endlessly enchanting.
A small bit of detective work led me to deduce that John le Carré found his original inspiration for The Night Manager - his thriller televised this year - in Thailand after staying at The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bangkok, on the banks of the Chao Phraya river.
I discovered his fascination for the legendary hotelier Kurt Wachtveitl, famed for decades for arranging everything with charm and discretion, just as we saw Tom Hiddleston's character do in the BBC series. More later about le Carré, a drunken night on champagne, and his eternal gratitude to the night manager.
But first back to James Bond Island. This speck in Phang Nga Bay is firmly on the tourist track as boatloads arrive to get their fix of the legendary spy.
Indeed, everyone else on our boat seemed to think they were wannabe secret agents, as the men stripped down to Daniel Craig-style swimming shorts and the women wore Bond-girl bikinis. They also donned their best Bond-villain shades for selfies in front of the limestone outcrops.
Captain Alex's tour included kayaking into sea caves, shopping for silk and a lunch of fresh grilled fish, before driving back to the Banyan Tree Hotel in Phuket, a tranquil base where smiling courtesy is second nature to its staff.
Phuket became a favourite destination of backpackers in the 1960s and 1970s thanks to its sleepy beauty and sensational beaches, and luxury hotel chains soon discovered its appeal.
Many of the villas in the Banyan have a private pool, and you can have spa treatments in your garden overlooking the lagoon. Bicycles make it easy to get to and from the main lobby and its zen-like spa.
The starting point for my trip before heading to Phuket was Bangkok and the splendid Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Leave so much as half an apple in your room and it will be replaced within the hour. As well as supreme service, there is nothing the staff haven't seen, from Billy Idol smashing up his suite to Somerset Maugham fighting off a bout of malaria.
Some simple sleuthing persuaded me that le Carré first came across his inspiration for The Night Manager here. The clues were staring me in the face in the le Carré suite on the tenth floor.
A typed letter from the author is framed on the wall. He thanks the hotel manager for the incredible care and hospitality, having arrived 'tired, dusty and unannounced' after a 'swing through divided Laos' while researching his novel, The Honourable Schoolboy.
He recounts how he met up with a friend in the hotel and drank copious amounts of champagne, which annoyed a journalist from 'a lofty London paper' who was also staying there. 'I fear we may not have seemed as funny to him as we did to one another.' A year later, when The Honourable Schoolboy finally appeared, the same correspondent took time off from his political musing to give it a perfectly dreadful review.
The fact that le Carré bothered to send such a letter to the manager indicates his fascination at how Kurt Wachtveitl looked after him and the dozens of others guests, all seemingly effortlessly.
Incidentally, the room opposite le Carré's is the Barbara Cartland suite, for those who are more inclined to soft romance than spy thriller.
Just outside the hotel, Bangkok shows all its buzz and brashness, with street food, shopping (incredible silver), mai tai cocktails at sunset at bars both grand and grubby.
There has always a sense of being about to enter the land of all possibilities, be it The Beach, Bridge On The River Kwai, or Bond. Just remember not to turn it into The Hangover…
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