From tropical beaches and golden, glittering temples to wildlife, sunset boat cruises and cuisine bursting with fresh flavours – Thailand has it all. It’s a place where the warmth of the sun and Andaman sea is reflected in the locals’ welcoming smiles. It’s a place like no other.

About three hours into the flight, my wife was woken by a commotion at the back of the plane and noticed that our satchel-clinging companion was no longer at our side.