Last summer my best friend and I visited Thailand. We spent 3 weeks there and made our way around Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Krabi and Phi Phi islands, it was incredible! If you’ve ever thought about travelling to Thailand, do it! And make sure you check out these places whilst your there…
Sky Bar, Lebua State Tower
If you’re a fan of The Hangover movies, then you’ll recognise this bar from the second film. Whilst in Bangkok we knew we wanted to visit a rooftop bar and decided on the Sky Bar which is situated on the 64th floor of the Lebua State Tower. You are treated like royalty as soon as you step foot into the building and the views are literally breathtaking. We got stuck in traffic and ended up missing the sunset, however I would 100% suggest visiting in the evening as Bangkok is pretty spectacular at night.
Khao San Road
Many travellers argue that Khao San Road is too touristy to stay on nowadays, but I loved it. I had been warned by so many people that I wouldn’t be a fan of Bangkok and assumed that the famous road would be way too overwhelming for me- how wrong I was! On our very first night we were probably completely jetlagged but still joined in with the huge street parties taking place between all the market stalls. Regrettably I wasn’t brave enough to try one of the deep fried scorpions, so we stuck with street pad thai instead (the best pad thai I had during our trip). Staying on Khao San Road is an experience in itself. There’s great food, music, people and you can also pick up some extremely cheap souvenirs.
Ark Bar, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
Scuba Diving in Koh Tao
Koh Nang Yuan
Off the coast of Koh Tao is a famous island named Koh Nang Yuan. We took a 10 minute long tail boat to the island and climbed to the top just to witness the view. There is only one resort and restaurant on the entire island, there’s also no roads so the only way to get about is by your legs. Parts of the island are joined up purely by a strip of beach which makes for an amazing view from the top. It’s a hell of a climb and I thought I was ready to die, but it’s so so worth it once you get there.
Don’t really know where to start with Phangan. We travelled with a tour (more about that in a second) and stayed in a resort called Shiralea, which was run by a group of English guys. As much as I was loving this new culture, it was nice to eat a full English, watch sky sports and hear British accents. We had the best time at Shiralea, I’m literally laughing thinking about it all now. When we first visited Phangan with our tour, we went to the half moon party and then we came back a week later on our own to do the full moon party. Again- everyone warned us that these were a bit too touristy to enjoy but they were the best nights ever. I pictured some unorganised rave in the middle of no where, but there were hundreds of bars open that backed onto the beach playing good tunes. Also the food stalls were to die for. Picture any food you’ve ever craved after a night out- it was there. I loved every moment in Phangan and I pray I get to go back one day.
7/11 & Roast
Centara Grand Beach Resort, Ao Nang, Krabi
We decided to up our game and stay in a dead posh resort for a couple of nights when we were in Krabi. You could only reach Centara by a shuttle boat and it was like a mini village when you got there. There were different swimming pools that all looked onto the beach and several different restaurants. Unfortunately, I was ill whilst we were there and spent the majority of the day in bed. I couldn’t even eat breakfast which was sooo disappointing as it was the biggest breakfast buffet I’d ever seen. We were treated like queens at Centara and I wish I could go back and make the most of it.
Long Beach, Phi Phi
Phi Phiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Defo one of my favourite islands. We were staying on Long Beach and had to get a taxi boat over there from the main island. Our hotel was so cute and overlooked the beach which was great. As we checked in we were warned to keep our doors shut as the monkeys know how to open the mini bar. Long Beach is the most beautiful beach I’ve ever been to, the sea was amazingly clear and the fish were so tame you could literally touch them. At night we would taxi boat over to the main island of Phi Phi and go to a funky restaurant/bar that had a big screen for movies and served wicked Mexican food. I don’t think you can go to Thailand without visiting Phi Phi. All the locals are so lovely and you get a crazy good tan.
For the Samui/Tao/Phangan portion of our trip we travelled on a Contiki tour and I am so glad we did. We met some fab people that we’re still in contact with now and I have too many memories to even recall. If you’ve ever wanted to travel to somewhere like Thailand, I urge you to do so with Contiki as I had so much fun and our tour guide Matt was the best. It was such a laidback tour, you could literally do as much or as little as you wanted and everyone got along. If you fancy a look at exactly what I got up to, check out Contiki’s Thai Island Hopper East trip.