As some of you may have realised I've spent the past month galavanting round Thailand, which was one of the main reasons I've been so quiet on the blog front lately. This time last year i knew i wanted to take a big long trip away from home this summer, but had a bit of a pickle deciding where. I naturally came to Thailand as the conclusion as:
1. Its (extremely) cheap
2. Its hot and sunny
3. I'm half thai and therefor have half my family there to visit
4. Thai culture is amazing and the landscapes are seriously stunning
So on 16th June my boyfriend and I packed our bags and set off for our 24hr trip to Bangkok! An overview of our itinerary basically went: Bangkok -> Hua Hin -> Phuket -> Khao Sok -> Krabi -> Koh Phi Phi -> Koh Phangan -> Koh Tao -> Chiang Mai -> Petchabun -> Bangkok and home! Writing that list out of all the places we visited definitely didn't feel like a lot at the time, however feels like we visited quite a bit now I'm staring at those places written in front of me! We also tried to fit in Koh Samui, the national marine park and Pai, however we couldn't possibly fit everything in with the time restraints that we had.
Obviously i'm not going to sit here and type out everything we did, otherwise i'd be here all day! However I would seriously recommend seeing 'Muay Thai' in Bangkok and ONLY Bangkok as all the touristy areas of the southern islands like to put on 'thai boxing shows' and advertise it as genuine boxing, however it is literally just a boxing show for tourists! The Muay Thai in Bangkok is genuine and you can definitely tell as the stadiums are huge and packed out full of thai people! Hua Hin i would definitely recommend for the amazing night markets and Patong in Phuket literally has the craziest nights out! I would also recommend kayaking through the beautiful Khao Sok national park and staying in a cabin by the gorgeous lake, which the water is so clean you can actually drink straight from it. Krabi is surrounded by the most beautiful islands which you can snorkel round and of course, Koh Phi Phi is home to the beautiful Maya Bay which was the filming site for the film 'The Beach' and became a life goal of mine to visit all those years ago after watching the film.
I also took an SSI diving qualification course and had the BEST time with Big Blue Diving school in Koh Tao, which is the cheapest and in one of the top 20 places to dive in the world! I have a few tips and advice posts coming up to do with travelling and Thailand so I'll save minute details for those posts, however I just wanted to give a general overview of the best trip of my life so far just to give any ideas to those of you thinking of travelling over there. We filmed all of the trip so here is the vlog I put together, condensing a months worth of footage into 3 and a half minutes! Please give it a like and subscribe to my channel! I'm only a beginner, however I have uncovered a hidden love for photography and film making, so i'm hoping to create many more videos like this and keep improving.