Thailand is one of my favourite destinations that I have recently travelled to. It had been on my bucket list for so long, and when I finally went it didn’t disappoint. There are so many exciting places you can visit and activities you can do. For a lover of water based activities like me, I absolutely loved going scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing. It was my first time ever trying scuba diving, I was slight terrified but also so excited! Check out the video for full footage of all the cool fish we saw!
We were in Thailand for 10 days, and were primarily based in Phuket, which we used as base to go on day trips in the area. We then took the ferry and spent a couple nights in Koh Lanta, and then a couple nights in Koh Phi Phi. We went to Thailand in October, which is theoretically wet season, but don’t let this deter you! We had a great time anyway, and the occasional rain never disturbed our plans.
We were based in a hotel in Karon Beach, where we spent 5 nights. While in Phuket we spent time going to places like Kata Beach to go surfing, or going to the Karon View Point. Surfing and view points are two of my favourite things while travelling to new places, so we just had to do it! Surfing in Kata Beach is great, the waves were big and it wasn’t busy. We rented boards for a couple hours for the equivalent of £5. We primarily used it as a base to go on day trips, for example we did day trips to Phang Nga Bay and to the Similan Islands.
Phang Nga Bay:
In Phang Nga Bay we did an amazing cruise of the Bay, going to the main spots such as James Bond Island, but also to lesser known parts of the Bay, which we even more incredible. We went kayaking in hidden lagoons, where the kayaks from our boat were the only ones around. At one point we even squeezed through a tiny cave, and had to deflate our kayak to be able to fit! (You can see this moment in the video!) And then had to rush back before the tide went back up and locked us in the lagoon.
We did a day trip to the Similan Islands, and while this was beautiful and I highly recommend it, I would not do it as a day trip if I could do it again. Most tours organize over night stays, and if I were to go back I’d definitely do it like this, since the trip from Karon Beach and then back took us hours, especially in the evening traffic, and didn’t end up getting back to our hotel till after midnight. That being said, the Similan Islands were stunning, with some of the clearest water I have ever seen. We went snorkeling and even saw a turtle!
We then got a ferry to Koh Lanta, which only took a couple hours with a stop over in the Phi Phi Islands. In Koh Lanta we did a snorkeling trip to beaches and islands in the area, on a long tail boat. We saw loads of fish, and had lunch at a beach that was a proper tropical paradise, and our long tail boat was the only one there! It was a great day, until we then had to sail through a tropical storm in a long tail boat to get back to the harbor. We got very wet but it was quite the experience, and we got back all in one piece.
Phi Phi Islands:
After Koh Lanta we went back to the Phi Phi Islands, where spent two nights in Koh Phi Phi. This was my favourite part of the whole Thailand trip. I loved the island vibes, with cute little shops and restaurants everywhere, and the fact that you could walk everywhere. I went scuba diving here for my first time ever. I was slightly terrified, but my boyfriend is a keen diver, so I got talked into trying it, and I’m very glad I did! Once you overcome the initial fear, it’s a really great experience. I actually found being completely immersed in water very relaxing, floating around looking at fish, with just the sound of water and air bubbles coming from the tanks around you. We also found Nemo! (check out the full footage in the video!)
While in Koh Phi Phi there were a couple other must see stops: the view point and Maya Bay. Having seen the movie The Beach, and knowing the beach where it was shot was just a short sail away from Koh Phi Phi, I simply had to go. We got a long tail boat just for our selves (I was a bit dubious after the storm in Koh Lanta but the weather was looking better here) and were really lucky in that when we got to Maya Bay, the beach was completely empty! The sky was very overcast which is what might have put other tourists off, but we had a great time chilling there. I enjoyed the lagoon on the other side of the island even more, since the water was calmer and you could snorkel properly. We went to the viewpoint in the evening the same day, it was quite busy, but we found a good spot to sit and watch the sunset.
I had a really great time in Thailand, and would love to go back when I have more time, and see more of this beautiful country.
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