Thailand seems like so long ago now especially with getting back into routine, but me and Ryan have spoken about it near enough every day since we have been back – that’s when you know you’ve had a real adventure! I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while but with the festive period I’ve been a busy bee, but now I can finally share with you our travelling experience…
I’m also including this video so you can watch the experience as well as read about it.
We touched down in Bangkok around 11am and wasn’t due to check into our hotel until 14:30, fortunately the staff had the room ready for us to check in right away. I’m not going to review all the hotels on here because it would take faaaar too long but let me just say Chillax Resort was amazing. I actually felt like a real-life princess, the bath was gorgeous as well as the bed well the whole room and hotel to be honest.
Once I stopped admiring the room we went to explore Bangkok, we got a massage although I did try a massage in every place I have to admit Bangkok was the best one I received. Another day spent was enjoying our rooftop pool with a much-needed cocktail (or ten) yup it probably was ten because I fell flat-out in the sun which was a rookie mistake! A highlight for both myself and Ryan was most definitely The Sky Bar and although it is not something we budgeted for it was totally worth it. Arriving at the Sky Bar we assumed we was dress for the occasion but Ryan got turned away because he was in shorts. WAIT FOR IT…. before we knew it there was a lady on the street undressing Ryan and putting him into some beige trousers which was absolutely hilarious – it was one of those you had to be there moments. After Ryan spruced up we finally got to admire the beautiful views and drink the most amazing cocktails, – it was just a perfect setting with perfect company. We also had a meal there which came up too £250.00 sooo it is ridiculously expensive but we kinda just went with oh well we’ve saved all year and we’re only here once. We visited the floating markets which we thoroughly enjoyed and on the same day we went to the Erwan waterfalls which were beautiful. Oh and little tip instead of paying for your feet to be eaten by fish just visit the waterfalls.
We stayed a couple of days in Chang Mai and this was one of my favourite places in Thailand. If you want an adventure then Chang Mai is where you will get one, from day one just strolling around the town and visiting temples I loved it. I wasn’t too fussed about going to see a Muay Thai fight but for the sake of Ryan I went and guess who absolutely loved it? ME. One of our favourite moments of our adventure was visiting the Elephant Sanctuary because as well as it being extremely fun it was very educational which provided us with reassurance.
After spending the day with the gorgeous and such friendly elephants I decided I wanted to go on a night safari which was an unreal experience travelling on an open tram amongst tigers,lions, giraffes, bears etc was just astonishing. If you seen any of my snaps from Thailand you’ll know how much I was obsessed with the pancakes and I have to say Chang Mai night markets did the best and also the tastiest street food. It was actually really nice to not sit in a restaurant but to just stroll looking at the markets and tasting all different foods.
Arriving down South was different and it was the first time we had seen a beach on our backpacking trip just in time for the weather hey… maybe not. The rain poured for a night but ain’t no rain was gonna ruin our fun – we was well equipped in our rain coats and off we went. If you are ever in Koh Samui go to Ark Bar we met so many lovely yet crazy people there and ended up exploring other clubs with them. The nightlife is Koh Samui is fabulous and it is actually quite difficult to have a quiet night there – I should know after attempting to go for a pancake and ending up watching a band until 3am.
When I said I wanted to go to Thailand I explained to Ryan that I wanted to stay in huts sometimes and do the whole travelling experience and his reply was you’ll hate it. Ok ok so after a rocky boat ride we arrived in our bungalow/hut and there we have it probably the first time I have ever agreed with Ryan yup he was right I definitely wasn’t ready for the hut. If you watch the video you’ll see just by how rough I look in that part of the video that the hut was a bit of a shock and what was even more of a shock was waking up to a lizard in bed with me… I mean I thought that kinda thing was for ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’! Being honest, I don’t regret staying a couple of nights in the hut because it was something I have now ticked off my bucket list and we still had the best time. In Koh Phangan the pool party was a fun night for us both and we also loved the beach there and relaxing together.
We all know what Koh Phangan is famous for don’t we?! FULL MOON PARTY what an experience! I went all out for the party and got blue braids I mean if you can’t have blue hair for a full moon party when can you? The beach was packed, the music was pumping, the buckets were flowing and more importantly the food options were incredible.
Another day another boat, we arrived in Koh Tao with one hungover guy and a very dodgy eye (the eye was mine) I left that hut with an eye infection which was a bit dull but like I said nothing was ruining my dream. I really liked Koh Tao probably because I was back in a nice hotel… jokes aside it was a gorgeous island almost as if you are in a jungle I mean a frog did jump on my foot. We didn’t get any nice weather in Koh Tao which made it difficult to explore and get pictures. In all honesty I was a bit gutted about the rain and wished we could have stayed longer to get the real feel but after putting a positive spin on things we went to a bar played connect 4 and met wonderful people and had one of the best nights in Thailand – see positive thinking works!
Originally our plan was to go to Phi Phi islands from Koh Tao but we warned to go via Phuket and stop there for a few days until the weather got better. Phuket was a place we both looooved – Bangla Road you did not fail to impress! Just as well we visited Phuket when we did because we were blessed with the glorious sunshine. Being in Phuket it was an essential that we went to visit the Tiger Kingdom and oh my good grief what a beautiful and amazing experience. There were a few options we could have chosen from but I really wanted to see the big Tigers and honestly those pictures are something I will forever be grateful for.
A sentimental moment for us both was the love tree at the Big Bhudda, the sun was beaming the views were spectacular and it was just really special. We also found an absolutely fabulous restaurant in Phuket with a beautiful setting called the K Restaurant and the food was amazing – very romantic – if I do say so myself.
Phi Phi islands
The island tour is another must especially if you want beautiful beaches and perfect photos. Our first stop was snorkelling with all different kinds of fish. Who needs to watch Finding Nemo when you can see the fish for real hey? Our favourite stop was the second stop Bamboo Island simply because it was just stunning and that is where found our paradise.
Being honest I cannot remember all the places we stopped that day because I forgot to take notes but what I do remember is that it was all breath-taking. Visiting Monkey Beach was a bit manic but hilarious especially when they all attacked Ryan and we had to paddle in the sea to get away! I now know where the phrase cheeky monkey comes from for sure.
Being in Maya Beach was also stunning and something we will never forget. We braved lobster and other seafoods in Phi Phi and also went to the beach parties etc.
All in all our adventure was just everything and more. I absolutely loved visiting all different places and usually I just go on sun holidays in one destination so this was different. I loved immersing myself into local culture and discovering the unexpected. Visiting different airports and stepping off a plane to reclaim your luggage and knowing your not going home, but in fact to a different destination was thrilling.
This is not the only parts of our travelling diary and I could have gone into so much detail but I’m conscious there is already too much information here. This week I’m going to be uploading some more travel posts.