Thailand’s Top 5

Thailand is high on most people’s wish lists to visit… & so it should be! Thailand flights are never too expensive, & landing in Bangkok will open up the whole of the stunning South East Asian peninsula to you. We’re taking a nostalgic look back to the first country we backpacked & our favourite 5 stop-offs.

Chiang Mai – Jungle Trekking

Chiang Mai is a charming city, set high into the northern highlands of Thailand. The centre is encircled by sturdy city walls & a moat, guarding temples & history galore within this ancient city limit. As fun as it is to wander the streets of Chiang Mai & soak up some culture, the main attraction for tourists should be a jungle trek through the mountainous landscapes surrounding the city. Typically two night & three days, a trek in this region gives you an insight into the life of Thailand’s rural folk & tropical vistas galore. A night in a tribal village, camp-fires, showeing in a waterfall, incredible landscapes, eating fruit from the tree, staying in a rice paddy, & good people. NOT to be missed!!

Trekking in Chiang Mai

Trekking through the Northern Thailand’s rugged jungle landscape

 

Swimming with Sharks

Koh Tao is Thailand’s premier diving destination, with reefs teeming with sea-life encompassing the entire island. Many tourists who can’t afford a diving course wrongly skip out on Koh Tao. It was actually our FAVOURITE Thai island and we couldn’t afford one day of diving!

Exploring the numerous beaches & bays is awesome, but the kicker for us was swimming with reef sharks in the aptly named Shark Bay. At dusk, feeding time for these fish-eating fiends, we swam out into the shallow bay, floating above a graveyard of coral below. Within minutes we saw several sharks, stealthily sidling along the ocean floor. Although they are completely safe to swim with, seeing a 6 foot shark still gives you the hibbidy jibbidies!

Snorkelling with Sharks

Who needs a cage to swim with sharks when you can pick up this stellar equipment!

 

Koh Phi Phi’s Beach Bars

If you want to relax on the beach, drinking a cheap beer, in a chilled out bar, staring out at beautiful ocean landscapes, stunning sunsets, & exotic fire-dances for entertainment,… then Koh Phi Phi‘s your place. Our favourite spot was Carpe Diem, looking out onto Phi Phi town’s famed bay on a quiet beach front on comfy cushions. Bliss!

Carpe Diem - Koh Phi Phi

Cushions in Calm, at Carpe Diem

 

Moon Parties on Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is famous for one thing, and one thing only… The Full Moon Party! Such is the success of this world famous event, organizers have added “Half Moon” & “New Moon” parties to keep the alcohol flowing all month long! We went to a half moon party, deep in the jungle of island’s interior, covered head to toe in luminous body paint, bucket & straw in hand. It was an absolute blast! The hype is valid… the party is crazy… Get involved!!

Half Moon Party!

Painted & plastered at the Half Moon Party

 

Sunset Spots

Whether your looking west into the expanse of the Andaman, or into the Gulf of Thailand, sunsets from the Thai islands are pretty spectacular. We regularly climbed up to viewpoints as dusk set in for a cheeky happy hour beer & a multi-coloured sky of striking hues. Our favourite sunset spot was probably Koh Phi Phi’s. The countless steps might kill you, but by God is worth it!

Koh Phi Phi Sunset

An Incredible Sunset from Koh Phi Phi’s Viewpoint

 

Getting down to the Thai islands from Bangkok can be an overnight affair on one of the numerous sleeper buses (14-16 hours), or you can check the cheapest flights to Krabi (on the west) or Surat Thani (on the east) to save yourself some time, stress & sleep. 

And for more information on Thailand’s tourist hotspots, Tourism Thailand has a tonne of tools and tips to help you plan your trip.

 

 

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