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Soaking Up (or Just Getting Soaked) at Songkran

Songkran, the famous Thai New Year festival, is upon us once again. From Monday, this infamous festival where thousands of Thais celebrate the end of the dry season by ‘cleansing’ themselves with water… in open warfare! Not only is it one of the most celebrated Buddhist festivals in Thailand, Songkran is also the world’s largest water fight.

Although Songkran is celebrated in most Thai cities, Chiang Mai and Bangkok are the two best places for the super-soaking festivities. We asked two STA Travel staff to give their personal accounts of this crazy, wet and seriously interactive festival.

I had a blast at Songkran, Thailand.

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Cruising the winding backwaters of Kerala, Southern India

Last week we introduced you to Alyce, one of our new India Tailor Made specialists, in her blog about her whirlwind tour of India’s Golden Triange and Rajasthan. She’s here to help you plan your perfect trip to India, based on exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it and how you want to do it.

This week, Alyce is back, to take us through her favourite experience in India so far, cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional Indian house boat.

Alyce, and our other India Tailor Made specialists Thomas and Nick, have been trained to create bespoke and personal trip itineraries in India, so we sent them on their own adventures there to make sure they are super clued up and ready for your call. Here’s Alyce’s favourite memory of her trip to India’s beautiful south…

Take a traditional Indian house boat for a relaxing cruise down the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, India.

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Win a Safari Adventure for four to South Africa!

As amazing travel prizes go, we may well have outdone ourselves with this latest competition. We’ve teamed up with our friends over at Jack Wills to offer you the chance to win an amazing safari adventure for you and, not one, not two, but three of your mates, in South Africa!

If you’ve ever dreamed of spotting Africa’s Big 5 in the wild, don’t miss out on the chance to win this incredible once in a lifetime opportunity, and, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a whole heap of amazing extras being thrown in too, including £500 to spend on Jack Wills clothing and a camera.

Win a safari trip for two courtesy of Jack Wills.

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Are You Extraordinary? Jack Wills and STA Travel Want You!

‘Standing out from the crowd’, ‘doing something different’ and ‘pushing yourself to go further’, just a few of the mantras that STA Travel was built on, and has since promoted for over 35 years.

Now, we’ve teamed up with Jack Wills to promote these virtues and celebrate the talents of amazing young people in the UK, as part of their Young Brits competition and reward their impressive, proactive achievements with some, quite frankly, blooming brilliant prizes.

To find out more, head over to the Jack Wills website, or if you want some insider tips on what kind of thing the judges will be looking for, check out the video below.

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My Whirlwind Tour of India’s Golden Triangle and the Highlights of Rajasthan

This month, we’ll be introducing you to Tailor Made India trips, born from our vast knowledge of India itself and the understanding that, while an adventure here is without a doubt one of the best travel experiences you could ever wish to have, putting a trip together, can be hard work and pretty confusing.

That’s why we’ve spent that past few months training 3 of our best Travel Experts in all things India. It’s safe to say, Alyce, Thomas and Nick were all completely India obsessed before and are now ready for the challenge of helping you create a specific and completely personal trip to India that ticks every single one of your boxes.

This week on the blog, Alyce is here to share the experience of one of her trips there, and explain why she has fallen completely under it’s spell.

Alyce (L) at the Amber Fort, Jaipur.

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