We travelled to Thailand by bus from Malaysia and spent 1 night in Surat Thani to then catch a ferry to Koh Samui. We spent 10 days on this island enjoying white sand beaches, wonderful temples, delicious food and simply having fun. We snorkelled and kayaked in Ang Thong National Marine Park, played football golf for the first time, Justin went Flyboarding, you name it this island has it all.
Meeting some great people along the way and gaining a good feel of what the Thai islands were all about we then headed to Koh Phangan for 5 nights. We happened to land their at the time of the Full Moon Party so the island had many tourists but we found it big enough to find peace away from the party scene when needed.
From Koh Phangan we travelled to Koh Tao, our favourite of the three islands for a 2 night stay. The waters are bright blue and crystal clear, filled with aquatic life, warm, and calm. Snorkelling in these waters was among our most enjoyable day tours in Thailand, however to see this you would need to watch our video as we did not take any photos underwater, only video footage. We also found Nang Yuang, which is a famous picturesque spot in Thailand that we were searching for it’s location since we had arrived.
Bangkok was next on the list where we spent 7 nights enjoying the energy and vibe of the city while getting our visas in order for the next countries we would be visiting. It’s a very busy city which we were still able to find peace from, by walking through Lumpini Park, eating delicious food and visiting temples along the river canals. At night time however is when the city really comes to life, there is much to see and do from a movie at Paragon Theatre to an interesting walk down Koh San Road and/or ‘Soi Cowboy’ (sorry, no pictures for these streets)
Finally we ended up in Chiang Mai where the old city is surrounded by a moat and while biking around, we discovered a new favourite Thai dish called Khao Soi. If you find yourself in the North of Thailand, this dish is a must try! Chiang Mai also has the biggest and best night market we have ever seen. We visited more beautiful temples including the Silver Temple which is the only temple made completely from silver. Lastly, this place will always be remembered by Kristin as the place she fulfilled her wish of visiting the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary which rescues abused and mistreated elephants from all over Thailand and neighbouring countries.