Narrated by Johnny Vegas, this entertaining new travel series sends the members of five ordinary British households to review some of the world’s most popular holiday destinations – from an all-inclusive sojourn in Tenerife to a five-star hotel in Dubai.
Each week the same households travel to a different destination and experience identical holidays, before offering their opinions about what is on offer, from the accommodation to the food to the activities on offer.
This week, the action kicks off in Thailand. With miles of tropical beaches and an exotic climate, the country attracts over 26 million tourists each year. Thailand is the most popular destination for Brits visiting Asia, but it also has a reputation for dangers and unforeseen problems.
Our households spend a week on the island of Koh Samui. The trip does not start smoothly for the Chapman-Blackwells from Bradford. Hairdresser Craig has to battle with mosquitos and cope with the very basic beach hut accommodation.
He wants to go home as soon as he arrives – but will the ‘land of smiles’ work its magic and change his mind? Exotic adventurers the Boyles are wowed by the street food available at the markets, while bargain hunter Simon Brearley cannot believe how cheap everything is.
Burnley painter-decorator Pete and his wife Linda reveal themselves to be secret experts, having visited the country 26 times before. Perhaps the biggest surprise is for glamour girl Riah, who finds a new spiritual side to the island, embracing a visit to a local detox spa which offers raw food and coffee enemas.