As promised, here is the blog post for the second lag of our summer trip to Thailand. I recently went out for coffee with my co-workers’ daughter who is planning a month-long trip to Thailand this spring with her boyfriend and sister. Talking to her about her trip got me very excited for my own Thailand trip. Yes, you read right! I’m going back to Thailand this summer, but this time with my roommate. The plan is to go explore the Northern part of Thailand, before going off to explore three other South Eastern Asian countries. More details on that soon!
In the last post, I told you guys all about my time in Bangkok and just how much I loved it. I could have stayed in Bangkok for longer, but the islands were waiting for us in the southern part of the country. After our first two nights in the city, we caught a flight through Air Asia to Krabi where we took a bus for 100 baht (roughly $5 Canadian) to Ao Nang. Ao Nang was definitely one of my favourite spots. It was a good combination of the beach life, but also had a small-town feel. I found out while searching for a coffee shop first thing in the morning that things did not open till later in the morning, around 9am.
We stayed at Ao Nang Sunset Hotel which I would highly recommend. The hotel is square shaped like a court yard with a pool in the middle. We never got a chance to go swimming, but the staffs were wonderful and super accommodating.
After a couple of days at Aonang, we took a boat to Koh Phi Phi Island. This island is a huge party island, so make sure to bring some hear plugs with you. The whole time we were there, there was a party down by the beach. We stayed at Phi Phi viewpoint island, which was not particular very clean and would not recommend it. They did however have a pool with a beautiful view of the island. Make sure to take a hike to Koh Phi Phi viewpoint. The hike is not all that difficult, mostly a series of stairs. Because it was so hot when we were there, the heat made it strenuous. The view makes it all worth it though, especially if you go in time to catch the sunset.
From Ao Nang, we took another boat to Railay and stayed at Sand Sea Resort, which was by far our favourite stay. The rooms are so beautiful! The island is very much a couple island and seemed as if most people were on their honeymoon. If you’re a single traveller hopping for a travel romance with other single travellers, Railay may not be your best bet. However, it’s a really cute island and you’ll be sure to find tons of monkeys around. We did another hike at Railay to a lagoon. The hike, more like rock climbing, was not easy! It was probably one of the hardest climbs I’ve ever done. Tough, but worth it!
A fairy took us from Railay to Ko Lanta where we stayed at Gooddays Lanta Beach Resort. Ko Lanta was another one of my favourite places. It felt less touristy and more like a home. We made friends here. I cannot remember the names, but there were two restaurant not too far from out resort where we eat a lot and came to know the workers there well. We even attend a quarter moon party at a reggae club where we made friends at. Koh Lanta was far more relax and, for me, it felt like I was home.
Throughout the whole trip, I thought I would never get a chance to meet an elephant ethically, but we did. If you know me, then you know I’m obsessed with elephants, but in Thailand, elephants are not treated very well. They are made to do unnatural things like painting or getting tourist to ride them. We found a place in Koh Lanta where were able to feed and bath the elephants without riding them.
The end of our trip was near at this point. After taking a ferry from Koh Lanta to Krabi, we took a flight back to Bangkok to spend a night before travelling back home. I absolutely loved Thailand and are very excited to go back and visit Chiang Mia in a couple short months. The plan is to visit the elephant sanctuary and go on a couple of hikes.