A couple of years back I spent an amazing month in Thailand. Throughout my time there I fell in love with a completely different culture which is bonkers, beautiful nature, great people and food that was SO GOOD. Thailand is also ridiculously cheap compared to the west; try £3 for a slap up meal that will stuff you and £10 a night for a 3 star hotel.
This route takes two weeks and takes in 6 unique destinations. The route includes one week on the main land starting in Bangkok and one week island hopping through the Gulf of Thailand where I literally found my favorite place on earth, Koh Tao (until i find somewhere better, obviously).
Return Flights London – Bangkok, 6th June – 20th June
STA Travel u/26 fair
Bangkok 3 nights
Bustle bustle bustle. Bangkok is thriving. It’s modern skyline mixes seamlessly with the traditional way of life and the ancient temples that dot the city. Sure, you can visit the Temples like Wat Arun and the Grand Palace. However, what you really want to do is take a trip to Lumphini Park which has an awesome zoo as well as a lake which you can peddle around – just watch out for the giant monitor lizards that have taken it over and can reach up to 8ft long! Also visit Siam Park City for an awesome day of splashing around in wave pools and slides. At night take a trip to the markets and visit one of the lady boy shows if you dare.
Kanachanaburi (2 nights)
Just north west of Bangkok lies Kanchanaburi. This small town has a host of surprises that will thrill. The first is Erawan waterfalls (pictured), this is a series of waterfalls in the middle of the forest that flow into each other and are turquoise blue. In the surrounding forests there are monkeys and some of the rocks have formed natural slides! When youre not splashing around check out the original Bridge Over the River Kwai and Hellfire Pass which are modern day reminders of World War 2 and are absolutely enthralling.
Taxi: For around £20 you can hire a private taxi, split between a few people this can work out very cheap and comfortable.
Train: From Bangkok Thonburi Station leaving at 7:50am or 1:55pm. Duration 2 1/2 hours and costs £2. You can turn up to the station and buy the ticket there. The train route is BEAutiful.
There’s not really any hostels in Kanchanaburi – Business Opportunity if I ever saw one, so get a hotel;
Hua Hin (2 nights)
Hua Hin is a popular beach town that still retains the small town vibe. Hua Hin Beach is nice but has many sellers so head further north or south to avoid them. There’s a lot of beach activities such as jet skiing that if you haggle, can be quite a reasonable price. Black Mountain Water Park is a great day out and has a myriad of slides, a lazy river and an Infinity pool. When it comes to eating out, there are hundreds of good restaurants just a short stroll from your hotel, check out Joes Bar for a personal touch and a game of connect 4 with the host!
Mini Van: To Hua Hin this will take around 3 1/2 hours. You can book these through your accommodation in Kanchanburi and will cost you around 400THB (£9.20) each.
Hotels; Check out Booking.com there are so many good ones!
Koh Tao 3 nights
Ok, this is literally my favorite place on earth at the moment. This small island in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand is beautifully lush, rocky and has great bays and beaches. Not only this, it has some of the worlds best diving and snorkeling sites; you literally take your first step into the sea and you’re surrounded by fish. Definitely hire a moped/quad-bike to explore the island and all its bays which can easily be done in a day. Visit Tanote Bay where in the middle of it there is a big rock with a death defying climb and a crazy ass jump.
Book a package through Lomprayah including a bus from Hua Hin to the pier, then a catamaran across to the island of Koh Tao. This costs 1050 THB each departing Hua Hin at 8:30am and arriving at Koh Tao at 14:45. Most hotels have a pick up from the harbor on Koh Tao to your accommodation included – check this with your hotel.
Koh Phangan 2 nights
Koh Phangan is known as a bit of a party island, and yeh you can go to Full Moon if that’s your thing. However, this island is mostly paradise on earth. It’s beaches are out of a postcard, its hotels are majestic, its fishing villages are a marvel and if you pick the right spot it often feels like you’re the only ones there. Book a fishing trip through your hotel with local fishermen fr an authentic experience. Fancy watching a Thai tradition? Head over to Diamond Muay Thai to watch some boxing hopefully a KO! The rest of the time you can chill on the islands perfect beaches Thong Nai Pan Noi is my fave!
Ferry: A 1hr 10min boat ride to Koh Phangan will cost you 500-600THB (£11) booking through Lomprayah. Your accommodation on Koh Tao should provide a drop off service to the port for a small fee. Arrange your accommodation in Koh Phangan to pick you up, as there are plenty of taxis at the port but they usually overprice.
Koh Samui 2 nights
The largest and most populous island of the three is Koh Samui. The island has a bit more bustle to it but you can easily find a quite beach that you will practically have to yourself, my favorite is Maenam Beach on the North of the island. To explore nature in its fullest book a trip to Angthong National Marine Park where you can kayak or hike to explore the rich environment. For a 5* Star cooking and drink making experience visit the Thai Experience for an awesome few hours where you might get a little tipsy!
Ferry: From Koh Phangan to Koh Samui book through Lomprayah and it will cost you 300THB (£7) for the 30 minute ride. Try to arrange a shuttle service from the port in Koh Samui to your accommodation prior to arrival for best prices but there are taxi services available upon arrival.
You can fly back to Bangkok from Koh Samui through Bangkok Air for 3300 THB (£76).