Playtime in Pai

The bus to Pai is a bit of an adventure. It’s only about 4 hours on a mini bus but the roads are so windy and hilly some people struggle with travel sickness. A few of us went together to the sister hostel Spicy Pai since we lobed Spicy Thai so much.
Spicy Pai is a little bit out of town and you sleep in huge dorms for 20+ people made out of bamboo. We reunited with a few more from Chiang Mai and took a bike ride down to the night markets in Walking Street. More Markets! I love it!
Food markets are brilliant. Everything from lasagne, sushi, burgers to the usual Pad Thais and green curries.
In was lucky enough that a few lads I knew from the hostel rented motorbikes so we took them for a spin up to The Buddha on the hill. Nice to see the size of Pai at night a lot bigger than I thought and The Buddha is huge.
I was so lucky to meet these guys with motorbikes because the next morning we all got up early and formed a gang of 4 motorbikes and 1 scooter and we rode through amazing scenery and scenic roads with exhilarating speeds. We went to the canyon, the hot springs, the viewpoint and the swing which we names the ‘death swing’. I still got on it though and we got the hang of it.

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Slightly petrified!

Can’t thank the guys enough for biking us around it was one of the best days of my travels.

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Biker buddies Selfie 🙂

Ofcourse when we got back we had to celebrate the day with a Thai massage for 5euro and also others had come to join us from Chiang Mai aswell. We got some more street food and headed back to the hostel for some Hong Thong (Thai rum). Nightlife stays open later here than Chiang Mai so there was many a late night here. Luckily for us the Reggae bar was the late opening and it was just down the road from the hostel 🙂
Was feeling a bit under the weather the next morning and I had a lot of admin to do. Job searching and the likes. We eventually went for a big brunch to send our biker boys off 😦 and me and one of the girls went for a wander around the town. The town is fairly contained and actually not to touristy during the day.
We sat down for a mango fruit shake (My favourite) and while we were there the owner of the bar we had been in the night before asked us to help paint a mural in her new nightclub! We couldn’t say no to that. So we spent a few hours painting a huge mural on a wall and got free cokes and masaman curry in return!

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Our work in progress

We ended up having a few Hong thongs again that night by accident and not home til all hours. Oops! 🙂 Great craic though, I’ve been so lucky in Thailand with the people I have met.
We had a pool day the next day at a local resort but it wasn’t the best day for it. Weather is still very smoggy at the moment, no tanning to be had! 😦
We scootered to the canyon for sunset but again it was very cloudy. We had a wander around the night markets and had an early night.

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Canyon

A few of us were leaving the next morning for Chiang Mai again so we got up early and had a scooter tour. We went to the Buddha, the split, waterfall and the Memorial Bridge. The Buddha was especially nice at that time of the morning, we had it all to ourselves.

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As I got on the bus back to Chiang Mai I definitely feel sad. There is still more I would have liked to have done in Pai and Chiang Mai but I have a feeling il be back. Going back to Chiang Mai for a night in Spicy Thai felt like going home. I have so many friends here now in such a short amount of time.
Spent my last night at the night bazaar in Chiang Mai which is very good and cheap I wanted everything! Had an early night as my flu is getting worse and I want to be all set for the next stop.. Chiang Rai.

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Night bazaar. So cute!

Crazy Chiang Mai

I was very excited for Chiang Mai. Everyone had told me how much they loved it and one of the main activities on my bucket list was going to be ticked here. Elephants!!!
I have to say the hostel here made my stay. The minute I walked into Spicy Thai hostel off my overnight train, I felt so comfortable and at home. Staff are so sound and helpful and it was the perfect place to meet people.
I met a friend for some famous Chiang Mai Keow Soi from a nearby stall for 35bhat. It’s delicious!! Keep thinking I can’t find something else I love and then I find another unreal dish!

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Keow Soi

Hostel organised drinking games together everyone together and onto a buzzing jazz bar after. Everywhere closes at 12 here but that doesn’t stop us staying up til all hours back at the hostel.
I had booked my trip to the elephant sanctuary online. #eagerbeaver
I did the morning session so I was picked up at 6.30am even with only 2 hours sleep It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. We were brought 2 hours out of Chiang Mai to a sanctuary with about 8 elephants including an orphan baby elephant.
We fed them bananas and corn. It was scary at first these giants surrounding you looking for bananas but after a few minutes and seeing how capable the trainers are, I relaxed and enjoyed taking selfies with them and even got a kis

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Got a cheeky kiss!

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Next we got to play in the mud with all the elephants itvwas amazing! Watching them rolling around while we rubbed mud on them, they seemed so happy. Then it was down to the waterfall to playback wash them in the water. It was such a surreal experience. Il never forget

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Elephant Selfie 🙂

it.

I had a much needed nap when I got back and then joined the crew in the hostel to the night markets for some food followed by a cabaret show. Another must do in Chiang Mai. The lady boy shows are unbelievable. They are so talented and the bodie

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Cabaret show

s! Wow!

Had a few drinks after it at the market and then headed back to the hostel to watch a film. This became our usual after pub/club routine!
A big group of us in the hostel decided to book into the same cookery school for a full day course on a farm. I was hesitant about the full day because it was more expensive but we got a discount because there was so many of us. It was the right decision. The course was fantastic! We had A as our teacher and he was so professional but hilarious at the same time. We learned so much, went to a market, tour ofbthe farm and made 7 dishes which we could all individually choose. They even went out and got us beers!  I made papaya salad, spring roll, chicken and basil, Penang curry, Tom yum soup and sticky mango rice. I ate every bit of everything. So tasty if I may so

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Papaya salad & Spring roll

myself 😉

We learned so much and got a recipe book at the end which I will definitely be using. Miss cooking so much! We fell.in love with miniature Thai cooking teacher and obviously he felt the same because he came to join us for drinks in the hostel after!
I was roped into teaching a salsa lesson at the hostel when we got back and ofcourse we hit our usual club for a few hours after the usual Kings Cup at the hostel.
We decided to go to the canyon the next day. We got a taxi truck between us all.so worked out very cheap. The canyon is very different to anything I’ve seen before. Such an unusual landscape. There isn

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Canyon

‘t anything to do only swim and float in a tube or raft on the water. So thats what we did. We spent a few lazy hours there and then back for more Keow Soi.

As it was a lot of peoples lastnight in Chiang Mai we ofcourse had tobhave a good send off. More drinking games and then ended up in a huge water Street party with people spraying water hoses and dancing on the streets. Unexpected but great fun!
On my way to Pai now which is 3 hours away on a bus and I don’t know what to expect. I didn’t expect Chiang Mai to-be s

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Slightly wet at the water party

uch a happening place but then again I was very lucky with my hostel and the group of people I met. I will be back again after Pai so I won’t say goodbye yet 🙂

Bangkok- Food Capital!

I’m not happy that I have to relive my journey to Bangkok from Koh Phangnan. Let’s just say it wasnt the best and I’m not too fussy. 18hours of taxi, boat, bus then another bus I can handle. What I can’t handle is air con in the form of an open side door on the first bus. The overnight bus was over airconned and hardly any recline in a tiny seat. To top if off when we arrived all the hostels were full so it took us a further 4 hours to find a hostel.with space! Rant over!
After a much needed shower we went straight on the search for my first Thai massage. We figured this was definitely a suitable time for it. Most travellers I’ve met so far have said they’ve had numerous massages already but for some reason I always feel too guilty to fork out the 6 or 7 euro on a full body! Silly me!!  We were so lucky to stumble upon Massage in the Garden. We got a full body 1 hour Thai massage and a reflexology foot massage. It was as expected painful at times but Si worth it. I couldn’t get over how talented these women were. Standing on me, stretching and twisting me like a rag doll. She was only about 4foot tall! Amazing. Now I know what all the hype is about. We came out totally forgetting the torture of the night before.

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Want to do it all again 🙂

The first thing I noticed about Bangkok was the food. Street food everywhere!! All different aswell, way more variety than the islands. Lucky for me the girl I was with,Gemma, was also a foodie so we bought lots of things to share so we could try. We tried green banana pancakes, grilled banana, sticky mango rice, some sort of fried green tofu and I’m sure there was more. We were in our element and all so cheap!

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The don't look it but they were so good!

Gemma had been here before so she knew the river boat was a good way to see the place easily and cheaply. We stopped off at Chinatown which was endless markets of everything and anything, cool to see. We couldn’t find little India but we found the flower markets at another stop which were also huge. After hopping off and on the boat a few times we were feeling the tiredness so we headed back for a rest.
Where our hostel was on Samsen Road there was plenty of street food choices for dinner. After all the snacking I wasnt too hungry so a papaya salad did the job. So tasty!
We took a sober stroll down Koh San Road which is an experience. It’s a party strip on steroids!! We wernt able forbade madness that nightso we got the usual 20bhat pineapple and headed for home to sleep like a baby!
We were delighted we were in Bangkok on a weekend because it meant we could go to Chatachuc market. The biggest outdoor market in the world! So worth a trip! The vintage section stole the show I wanted everything! You could walk this market forever there’s so many sections. People say you can barter here but we found most vendors were very rude and strict on not changing prices. Im on a strict budget at the mo so I stick to what I needed. Got some cheap flip-flops, one vintage shirt and tried the coconut ice cream 🙂

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One of the many entrances!

We hopped on a local bus back and decided to go to nearby Rombuteri for a cheap dinner. I’m on a mission to try all the famous local dishes. Tonight was sukiyaki. It was really nice. We met some Chileans at the restaurant so we decided to go for a few cheap cocktails at a local caravan bar. I much prefer this area to Koh San Road. Maybe I’m getting old! :/ Ofcourse as you do I was convinced to get a 2 euro foot massage on the way home. It was so good but getting it on the side of the street is definitely not as relaxing!

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7/11 cheap drinks with dinner #classy

Next day was admin day we had buses and trains and hostels to book and research to do. Traveller problems I know! 😉 We ventured out for lunch and ended up getting a free meal that was so delicious for some Chinese celebration?! Happy days. We had a look at the Koh San markets where most of the vendors were seriously cranky so we decided wed escape the heat in the hostel WiFi.

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Delighted with our free food.

It was me and Gemmas lastnight together so we went for another cheap but delicious dinner and then found Cinema House. A gorgeous bar with huge couches and cushions that plays films and wine was affordable for once. So we treated ourselves to a glass of wine and chilled with a film for the night. Exactly what we wanted.
Gemma left early the next morning. I was waiting for the night train so I did some boring banking and job searching, took a stroll on some.streets I hadn’t been. I really like it here. Every street is a hive of activity and the people are so friendly. If you stay away from Koh San Road it doesn’t feel that touristy at all.
I fit it two more dishes to took list for less than a euro each! So I’m pretty proud of myself. 🙂

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Pink soup! 35bhat!

I couldn’t face another bus just yet so I decided to go for the train. I think.that ticks off all modes of transport by night at this stage. I have my lower bunk with a window and I should be in Chiang Mai by 12 tomorrow. Excited for Chiang Mai I have heard great things.

Last island stop..Koh Phangnan

Hitting 9months travelling now. I can’t believe it. As much as I am missing everyone at home and especially this week with a friends wedding at home and things like that, it makes me miss home a bit more but at the same time I’m in no rush. I am loving this experience and I will gladly keep going for the 12 months if my money can stretch that far.
I have to say I wasn’t excited about Koh Phangnan. I knew the half moon party was in a few days and wasn’t sure if I wanted to go. Luckily I had met a girl jn Koh Tao that I was meeting up with when I got there so that helped me settle in.
We stayed the first night in Vegabond hostel. Nice, cheap hostel near the pier but it was very quiet. The staff brought us on scooters to the Top Rock Bar for sunset soon after I arrived and it was beautiful. One of the best sunsets I’ve seen on my trip.

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Sunset at Top Rock

On the way back we stopped in the famous Thonsala markets. Food and shakes were so good and so cheap! I had my new favourite Thai dish, Egg wonton noodle soup.

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My new favourite!

There was a floating party that night and we got free passes through the staff so we went for a look. Leto just say I’m happy I didn’t pay the 300bhat to get in. Bad transe music and everyone on drugs, not my idea of fun! We made the most of it before taking the long walk home.
We decided to move into Haad Rinn the next day to be more central. We stayed in Lazy House Shenanigans which had a pool and great social area so items a better base before the half moon to meet people. We explored Haad Rinn and couldn’t believe how quiet it was. There doesn’t seem to be many people around at all. The beach is actually quite nice so we chilled there for a while. Got some cashew nut chicken for dinner and took a night off the drink but still went with the others in the hostel for look at a nearby party. Again nothing too exciting but had a laugh.
Since we were so fresh the next day we rented scooters. I was a bit nervous as there is some very steep hills to be tackled so we couldn’t share a scooter. It was completly fine, I’m a bit of a pro now! The other beaches up north and along the west are so quiet and relaxing I can see why people like this island.

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Salad Beach

We stopped for a shake and a spring roll on the way back. We were going to wait for the night markets to open but then I realised my bank card was missing 😦 So I had to go through the painful process of ringing the bank and all that fun stuff. I was doing so well 9 months and I hadn’t lost anything important! These things happen and I brought a credit card just incase this did happen.
We squeezed in a cheap Pad Thai from a local stall and got a bucket of gin and tonic to get the night started. The preparty at our hostel was well done. They had a bbq (we couldn’t afford so got cheap street food) and then live music and a dj after with glow paint galore which was impossible to get off the next day!

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All painted up!

The half moon was much better than I expected. Thank God because it was 1000bhat for a ticket! It was a huge festival type event and we got two free drinks aswell. Music was much better than I thought and the atmosphere was amazing. I’m glad I went.

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Half Mooning 🙂

As expected the next day was very chilled out. A long breakfast followed by a swim on the beach and we all went to watch The Revenant which was on in a nearby restaurant/bar. Exactly what we needed a bit of Leo to finish the night! 😉
I was sad leaving as I made good friends here as usual! But I’m ready to leave the islands and get inland for a bit and explore the rest of Thailand. Itl be a long 18hour taxi,  boat and bus journey to Bangkok but all part of the adventure.

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Hangover day on the beach

East side islands..First stop Koh Tao

It would have made a little more sense to go to Koh Phangnan first but it just so happened by accident that the half moon party was coming up on Koh Phangnan and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go or not yet.
Someone had mentioned Jizos hostel which was right in the centre of the town on Sairee beach so I tried there first and got a bed. Rooms were crazy small but location was handy and there was a good social area to meet people.
A quick stroll is all I needed to realise this place is heaving with loud speeding scooters driven by locals and tourists. Definitely louder than the other islands.
The beach was nice but again very taken over by bars and restaurants so there isn’t much beach left to enjoy.

It sounds like I didn’tike Koh Tao but I actually did it’s got good street food, good nightlife and it’s easy to meet people here but I think the other islands have more to offer. To be fair I didn’t rent a scooter and explore so I’m sure the other bays on the island are gorgeous. We were going to rent a scooter but were turned off by so many horror stories, bad roads and abundance of injuries that we were seeing everyday from scooter accidents here.
A few of us got a taxi boat for 200bhat each return, after my hardcore bartering, to Koh Nang Yuan. It’s another 100 to get onto the island which is a pity but it’s well worth it. The viewpoint is beautiful and the beach is so unusual it has to be seen, great place to sunbathe and snorkel too.

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View of Koh Nang Yuan

I took it easy that night with a stroll on the beach and a local green curry because I had an early morning dive the next day and had to be up at 5.30am!
I decided to book my dive with Roctopus after researching a bit on Trip Advisor and they were very nice. It was 1800bhat for 2 fun dives which is about 40euro. So I couldn’t not do it even though the budget is getting to be a bit of a worry at this stage :/
My first dive started very badly. The sea was rough and I havnt dived in months so I was a bit panicy and rusty but the instructor was so patient and nice and once I got down under I loved it and the second dive was even better! I saw lots of new fish aswell as a blue spotted ray and a black and white snake!

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Delighted after ny 2nd dive 🙂

I was fairly shattered when I got back and to rent taxis to any other bays was expensive so we decided to just chill at the beach for the day. Tough times! 😉
We were given flyers for happy hour buckets so after a cheap and tasty Panang curry we decided to have one and watch the fire shows at Lotus bar on the beach. The shows arnt as big as Phi Phi but the throwers are seriously talented.

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Fire on water at Lotus Bar

Course after a bucket we decided to go for a walk to the other bars and have a look. Ended up in a beer pong tournament with some New Zealand Mauris. I don’t even like beer!
I was meant to get a bus to my boat at 9am the next morning but I had a temporary loss of passport problem. First time in 9months that has happened me. Scared the bejesus out of me! So I had to change to the 3pm boat. I didn’t care I was so relieved I.had my passport!
Oh well more beach time for me 🙂 Next stop Koh Phangnan.

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Whisky buckets,always a good idea at the time!

Celebrating Visa in Krabi

I was dreading coming to Krabi because I had researched so much about buying a visa extension and so much of the info online contradicts itself. I really didn’t want to do a visa run so my hopes lied on me being allowed buy a visa extension as I only got 15 days coming in on land.
A few from Phi Phi were also going to Krabi so we stayed in a modern, central hostel Pak Up. It’s a school that was renovated into a hostel so I felt at home! 🙂
We arrived late in the evening so we took a visit to the night markets. Food is much cheaper here than the islands. We had a few drinks from 7/11 on the porch with others from the island and had an early night.

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Trying out the night markets

I got up early and got a scooter taxi to the immigration office. Ofcourse because I had been so worried all I needed was a passport photo, passport and 1900bhat and I was in and out in 10minutes!! So expensive but 15days in Thailand is just not enough. I still have all the North to go yet.
As it happened Corina and another friend I had met were coming to Aonang for the night so I decided to join them as it’s just a quick 20mins by public bus from Krabi town.
Aonang is a busy, touristy town built beside an ok beach. (I have very high standards now!) I had a look around the shops until my friends arrived. We got some good cheap Street food and went to a local hostel for an hour free vodka! Dangerous! We had to celebrate the visa obviously! 😉 We continued into Centrepoint where all the bars are and the buckets appeared so it turned into a very late night.

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Me and Corina we keep saying goodbye but it's never for long!

I was getting a night bus and sleeper boat the next day so I just had a lie on the beach, wrote some postcards and got a really cheap glass noodle Pad Thai from the street stalls and a 30bhat pineapple for dessert. Loving the food here!!
I was definitely nervous and apprehensive about the journey ahead especially the night boat my myself. I couldn’t have been more wrong the sleeper boat was so comfortable and clean and spacious. Better than a lot of my hostels! Arrived into Koh Tao at a nice time of 6.30am.

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My top bunk in the sleeper boat

Time for Koh Phi Phi

At first glance I understood why Phi Phi has been so popular with tourists. The blue sea, gorgeous landscape, and lots of narrow streets full of restaurants, bars, tourist shops etc.
I didn’t have a hostel booked so u had a bit of a sweaty walk with all my bags in the heat because everything was full as it was a Saturday. Oops! I was so lucky to come across O2 hostel which is just one big dorm room with Aircon, WiFi, clean toilets etc for 300bhat. #happydays as the average price per night here is approx 400 to 600.

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Koh Phi Phi

I met my Argentinian friend again and we decided by accident to take the wrong, long way to Long Beach and the other beach beside it. It’s a nice beach but I have a high standard now and it didn’t amaze me! 😄 After a swim and a chill out we took the nice walk back by the sea.
We met some more South Americans for dinner, so many of them here I’m getting to practice my Spanish again! Food is expensive enough here but there are cheaper options (look for the plastic chairs!) I got a chicken Pad Thai for 60bhat which is quite good.
We checked out the beach which was crazy! Music pumping from a long line of bars,fire skipping ropes, fire limbo etc. Great atmosphere. Everyone’s drinking buckets on the beach and enjoying the free fire shows which are amazing. Some seriously talented people working here!

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Fire spinning on a tightrope!

I took the day trip the next day to Maya Bay. I was hugely disappointed. It’s a tiny beach with hundreds of tourists jammed on to it and lines of loud boats making the water dirty. I would not recommend! Thankfully I met a lovely girl on the trip and we made the most out of the snorkeling stops and we had a look at a viking cave and monkey island.

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Viking Cave

Corina joined me again here after the trip so we made the most of some more beach time on a smaller beach before Long Beach which is very nice and much quieter. More cheap food and buckets in true Phi Phi style.
I was meant to get the ferry the next day but ofcourse that didn’t happen. Me and Corina are just putting off the goodbyes and I was also waiting on money transfers etc so couldn’t buy a ferry ticket. We enjoyed a nice chill day with some others on the beach and did the short hike to the viewpoint for sunset which was well worth it. Fantastic view.

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Sunset at Viewpoint

We took it easy after this at Banana Bar where you can relax on the rooftop and play cards and watch films. Perfect for tired heads like us! Finished the night off with some fried ice cream that we were dying to try. Just watching them make it is worth the money!

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Fried ice cream

Pit stop in Koh Jum

Koh Jum was definitely not on my list of destinations before I left as I didn’t even knowing existed. It won’t stay that way for long though like the rest of the islands. My friend I have been travelling with was going to Koh Jum for a few nights so I last minute decided to join her for a night. Compared to south America iv noticed I am able to slow down a lot more and just take it as it comes. I have a bit more time and flexibility because I want to make the new year festival in Laos. So I’m going to make the most of the extra time and relax and enjoy each place a bit more rather than hopping quickly from place to place.

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Our bungalows in the hills at the beach

Corina had booked a fab bungalow inset in the hills at the beach. Most resorts here are like this here but all spread out. We had to do some long tail boat hopping to get on the boat for our resort. We couldn’t believe it was a real system. Hilarious!

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Boat hopping!

We rented a scooter from a woman who didn’t even take our names and scooted around the whole island in less than an hour! There is only one real village which was tiny, friendly and unspoilt by tourism. We got the most delicious noodle soup ive ever had and backtracked to the other two of the island which was a beach with one small guesthouse on it.

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Quiet beach at our resort

For dinner we didn’t want to venture far because the street isnt lit up at all so we went next door which was 3 tables outside someone’s house. I asked what ‘Morning Glory’ was and the husband of the house went especially to the shop to buy this green vegetable just so I could have it!

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Morning Glory

We were curious to check out the bar next door which was a dark, poorly lit path into the woods. It was a bar of bamboo where everyone sat on the floor listening to free mic sessions and we were all invited into the same circle to chat and relax. It was like some sort of hippy commune. It was entertaining anyway!!
I was sad to get the boat the next morning as I could easily have sat back in that bungalow for a day with a book but it was a bit pricey by Thailand standards and I was eager to check out Koh Phi Phi. So happy I stopped over though, such an unspoilt, unknown authentic Thai island which is becoming very hard to find.

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Scootering into the village

Loving Koh Lanta

As I got off the ferry at Koh Lanta pier I was greeted by a swarm of tuk tuk drivers asking where I was going and I thought ‘ I am not going to like it here’.
I could not have been more wrong. Once I got to my really nice hostel ‘Let it Bee’ near Long Beach and had a stroll to the beach I felt a Completly different vibe. Everyone is so friendly and relaxed and the beach is beautiful.

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Long Beach sunset

I found the famous Pad Thai stall and had to get it. He’s stationed outside a mini mart where people gather and eat and drink cheap drink from the mart until late. Loved it here, great place to meet people. I ended up here 3 nights in a row and the Pad Thai was amazing Aswell! I booked myself into a four island tour the next day as I heard the cave was a must see. I wasn’t disappointed. We had two snorkeling stops, lunch on an amazing beach and swam into a cave with a beach inside. So cool to see!

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Beach in a cave

My friend Corina I travelled Malaysia with came to join me the next day. I introduced her and some others to the Pad Thai stall and had a few drinks with other travellers until all hours. Sampled the Thai rum, actually quite nice.
We rented scooters the next day.we were a bit nervous as we hadn’t driven one in a while but it was so worth it. The island is beautiful. We went with 3 others to the national park. It was nice but not worth the 200bhat entry fee.

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National Park


We stopped at some lovely view points and also went to old town to have a juice looking out at the pier. Old town was a very cute little town. Loved it and the people are so friendly.
After a much needed rest and shower we got some more cheap tasty Thai food and joined everyone at the Treetops bar for live music and everyone dancing in bare feet and singing along to 90s covers. (My flip flops were robbed!)
As fragile as we were the next day we still made it to the animal sanctuary for a tour. So interesting and the do great things there. We wanted to bring all the dogs home! Got a papaya salad for lunch,all the rage here but I’m not fully convinced, then some chillaxing on Long Beach for the evening. The beach is gorgeous, great vibes and great spot for the sunset.
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Sunset on Long Beach


I was meant to stay two nights on Koh Lanta and I spent 4! Between the people I’ve met and the beauty of the islands Thailand has surpassed my expectations so far. Hopefully it will continue the same. 🙂
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Scooter gang Selfie 🙂

Thailand first stop…Koh Lipe

As usual Koh Lipe wasn’t on my list of places to go before I left but along the way I had been told it was some peoples favourite island so I couldn’t not go! #FOMO
Got the quite expensive but comfortable 2 hour ferry from Langkawi. The island doesn’t have a dock yet so a wooden taxi boat picks you up from the ferry and drops you on the white sand on Pataya beach. I was hoping I might sneak a 30day stamp here but I only got 15 days so may have to do a visa run at some stage. Stupid emigration rules! 😦
The minute I landed on the beach I knew I would love it here. There is only one walking Street which is full of shops, stalls, restaurants etc so I found my Shanti hostel easily. Again expensive by Thailand standards but the cheapest on the island.

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Sunrise beach

I met an Argentinian guy at my hostel that had come on the same ferry so we went for some food before deciding to explore all the beaches on the island. First beach was Sunrise beach. Not the best beach for swimming but it’s lined with really chilled wooden hut bars and cafes where everyone is lying back on beanbags soaking in the views.

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Cosy cafes

We continued left through pretty inlets and mini resorts to find Sunset beach. This was my favourite. Much quieter and calm sea for swimming, only one cafe and a few taxi boats. After walking as far as we could around the island we came back here for a chill out and a swim.

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Discovering more beaches

We headed back to Walker Street for food. My first Thai meal was a papaya salad which was good but small portions unlike Malaysia. So we ofcourse fit in a famous Ko Lipe pancake after.

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To finish off the night we joined the droves drinking and chilling on the beach infront of the cool bars and restaurants that lined Pataya beach. I was happy I brought my Langkawi vodka with me. #cheapnightout
It was a Saturday night so the beach and bars were all busy and there were fire throwers also. Loved it such a good vibe here.
The next day I booked my ferry and got Street fruit for breakfast. A few of us rented snorkles and went snorkeling on Sunrise and Sunset beach. We saw some nice fish but nothing too amazing. Still fun though. There was a lot more chilling on the beach and some street food for lunch.
A few of my friends I met in Malaysia arrived and we all went for dinner and a few drinks on the beach again. Beach was a lot quieter tonight but still good fun and cheap!
Even though all the people I met were staying another night on Ko Lipe I decided to head to Koh Lanta the next morning and maybe stay an extra night there as I have heard good things about it and I want to a day trip there, plus the accommodation is half the price. So il reunite with them all tomorrow for a night or two. Decided on the slow ferry to Koh Lanta as it’s a lot cheaper than the speed boat. It’s meant to take 5hours but I won’t hold my breath. Wish me luck!

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Sunset beach