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Tour of Thailand – Allthingssonia

Thailand needs to be on each traveller’s bucket listing! With white sandy seashores, historic temples, wealthy tradition, mouthwatering meals, and the notorious full moon occasion, why wouldn’t it’s? There is just too a lot on supply on this tropical paradise for travellers. The beauty of this nation is that it appeals to each backpackers on a funds and travellers with luxurious style.  



Eastin Grand lodge – Bangkok

We arrived in Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok round 11.30pm, collected our baggage and jumped straight right into a Taxi. Getting a Taxi is handy from this airport since it’s a regulated quantity system which suggests honest costs, so count on to pay ~400 THB. Bangkok does presents a great deal of choices to get across the metropolis. Seize, Gojek motorbikes, Metro, BTS (Skytrain), Taxis, Tuk-Tuks, and native buses. I might counsel you obtain the Seize app and attempt to keep away from Taxis and Tuk-Tuks as you don’t need to get caught in a bargaining sport.

We arrived at our lovely lodge, Eastin Grand Resort Sathorn. We checked in, dropped our luggage off after which went straight to the rooftop to take a look at the views. Wow, the view was superb! We sat by the infinity pool and had the very best pad thai ever!

Day 1 – Temples of Bangkok


  • Males should put on lengthy pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. When you’re carrying sandals or flip-flops you should put on socks
  • Ladies have to be equally modestly dressed. Legs coated, no see-through garments, naked shoulders, and so on.

1. Grand Palace

Get up early to attempt keep away from tour teams because it does get very crowded. The second you arrive exterior the palace partitions and enter the gates you’re rapidly struck by the sheer measurement and recognition of what’s Thailand’s most sacred website.

2. Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho)

From the Grand Palace, you’ll be able to stroll to the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho. It’s a should see!

3. Wat Arun

From the ferry level, take the ferry, which prices 4 THB, to the opposite facet of the river. It’s a 3-minute stroll from the doorway. This temple was my favorite, the climb to the highest provides a panoramic view of the river and metropolis – It was merely lovely.

Chinatown & Khao San Street

Bangkok Chinatown is the most important Chinatown on the planet. When you love seafood then that is the place to be. We ended up getting a Tuk Tuk to Khao San Street….. what a journey! You must expertise a Tuk Tuk experience not less than as soon as. They take you from A to B inside minutes, zigzagging by way of visitors. All i’m going to say is maintain on tight!

Khao San Street, the road that may be a haven for each funds backpacker. It’s the primary avenue that involves life at night time, with so many bars, meals stalls, low-cost buckets with alcohol and fried scorpions sellers. Stroll by way of this avenue and be amazed by what’s going on right here. Absolute should see and factor to do in Bangkok.

Day 2 – Procuring

When you love procuring as a lot as me, then it’s important to take a day trip to only go to the shops and discover. The beauty of procuring in Bangkok is that one minute you’ll be able to store low-cost native designs at one of many many markets and the subsequent minute luxurious manufacturers like Louis Vuitton and Chanel in a shopping center close by. We began off in Siam Heart, it consists of many small retailers, some worldwide manufacturers however many small extra unknown Asian manufacturers. We then checked out Siam Discovery which has 5 flooring, and consists of many hip worldwide manufacturers. Subsequent was MBK, this was well-liked amongst vacationers. The middle is filled with small retailers and stalls, largely Thai manufacturers. You even have the Central World, which has eight flooring from Designer items to electronics and so forth. After strolling round for hours, we thought to cease and discover a spot for afternoon tea. We ended up strolling about 20 minutes and ended up in Central Embassy, one other massive shopping center.

We discovered the proper spot for afternoon tea. Sretsis Parlour is the prettiest medieval floral-themed cafe in Bangkok … Stretsis Parlour is unquestionably a must-visit cafe the subsequent time you’re in Bangkok! The cafe could be very fancy from the doorway and much more lovely from the within. Sretsis provides off the European vibe with their curtains, furnishings and interiors. Every thing could be very intricately performed. The espresso was common however I didn’t thoughts paying that further only for the ambiance and the latte artwork. Felt like I used to be having excessive tea in some western fancy restaurant. 

Day 3 – Rooftop bar

I spent essentially the most of my final day enjoyable by the pool. When you’ve got an awesome view like this out of your lodge then why wouldn’t you. It was simply so peaceable within the early hours – a morning swim and day simply to sit back poolside.

An effective way to shut off your time in Bangkok is by watching the sundown from a rooftop. Go to the notorious Skybar and have a 360 levels view over the entire metropolis at 48 tales up within the sky.


We received a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai however there are simpler and cheaper methods to get there by way of prepare, bus and so on. Chiang Mai is the most important metropolis in North Thailand and is a land of misty mountains and adventurers – It was for positive my favorite metropolis.

In contrast with Bangkok, the place there are wonderful and fashionable public transport programs in place, Chiang Mai’s transportation is quite poor. To get round I used The crimson songthaew, often known as the crimson automotive, crimson taxi or crimson truck. The fare normally begins from 20 Baht for a really brief distance, and may by no means exceed 100 Baht as a result of that’s the worth vary of a personal tuk-tuk or taxi already.

Day 1 – Temples of Chiang Mai & Thai Cooking Class

Monke’s Path to the Jungle Temple & Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. 

You must hike to the temple Wat Pha Lat. Given its virtually hidden location within the jungle, Wat Pha Lat sees far much less tourism than different temples within the metropolis. We hiked to the temple from Suthep Street however you may as well take a songthaew (the crimson automotive shared “taxi”) to the top of the street. It’s a average 45-minute hike from the place to begin.

You haven’t really arrived in Chiang Mai till you’ve been to Doi Suthep Temple. As you’ll be able to see above, you’re first greeted with a frightening 306 steps which had been in-built 1557. Try the superb view from the temple.

As soon as we received again from the visiting the temples, we had just a few hours to calm down and clean up earlier than our cooking class. We had booked the category the night time earlier than after studying all the good evaluations. We booked onto Pra Nang Chiangmai Thai Cookery College. The hosts had been so pretty. The driving force will choose you up and drop you again off to your lodge (they will provide you with a time beforehand). As soon as the motive force arrived, we received onto the bus and had just a few different choose ups earlier than we arrived on the meals market. Firstly, the host welcomes you after which goes by way of every ingredient you’ll need for the category. You additionally get an opportunity to go searching and store.

As soon as we had all of our components, we went again to the home to begin studying easy methods to prepare dinner genuine Thai meals. You get just a few choices on what you want to prepare dinner, I selected the soup, Thai inexperienced curry and sticky rice and mango for dessert – It was scrumptious! You additionally get to remove a recipe ebook.

DAY 2 – Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

This was on the high of my bucket listing. I simply love elephants and after this expertise i fell in love with them much more. Elephants are the icon of Thailand however sadly these lovely animals have been abused for tourism and brought out of their pure habitat. I might counsel you perform some research earlier than and turn out to be conscious of the actions that contain animals’ sacrifice. Please don’t experience them!

Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is run by the individuals who have a real concern for the animals’ welfare. They don’t promote any elephant experience or present. As a substitute, they do their finest to present them love and care in a protected and sustainable setting.

They provide just a few programmes however we opted for the complete day go to which lasted 9 hours. You’re supplied with Karen garments (tribe) as elephants really feel conversant in the clothes.

One of many first actions you can be doing on the sanctuary is to feed the cute elephants. You’ll be able to spend about an hour to feed the elephants. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary will provide sugar canes and bananas so that you can feed the elephants.

After about an hour of feeding and interacting with elephants, you get to wash with the elephants. The bathtub begins within the mud tub the place you’ll be able to rub the elephants down with mud. The mud helps shield elephants from the robust solar and bugs and so they love rolling round in it.

After the mud tub, you’ll go over to the river the place you’ll be able to rinse off the elephants and your self. The elephants take pleasure in this much more. As soon as bathing is all performed, elephants will stroll out of the water and transfer alongside on their approach. That is a type of experiences which you could really see and really feel that the elephants live a contented life.

Visiting an elephant sanctuary is a very distinctive expertise. This isn’t solely a rewarding but in addition thrilling as you’ll be able to really work together with the beautiful elephants. When you get to know them, you’ll completely fall in love with these nature’s cutest & friendliest giants, I positive did.

After an extended superb day, we received dropped again off to our lodge. We had been so drained and in want of a therapeutic massage, so we discovered a spa which was strolling distance from our lodge – Zira Spa. The place was lovely. It was an opulent spa so we did pay rather a lot for the therapy. Nevertheless, there are many spa’s round, cheaper too, but it surely positively needs to be in your listing of issues to do.

DAY 3 – Yoga & Discover Chiang Mai

I like yoga so I believed it will be nice to check out yoga therapeutic massage within the park. I received the crimson truck to Buak Hat Public Park, which price not more than 20 THB. The trainer was superb and made you’re feeling so welcome. It was an awesome expertise as I learnt some new stretching methods and met some very nice individuals.

We then headed over to Tha Phae Gate which is a superb perception into historical past of Chiang Mai as an outdated metropolis, it’s a should see for historical past lovers and other people watching,

Night time Bazaar

Chiang Mai Night time Bazaar is the primary neighbourhood for procuring and nightlife. It’s a must-see whereas within the metropolis. They arrange normally about 18:00 and the festive vitality continues unabated till about 22:30.

Night time Bazaar can also be dwelling to a variety of lodging, from funds guesthouses to luxurious five-star. If you wish to be in the course of Chiang Mai’s busiest industrial part, staying in Night time Bazaar received’t disappoint. The very best items on supply listed here are normally garments, from hand-tailored Thai silk to the newest ‘designer’ fashions to the “Identical Identical However Totally different” t-shirts.

The weekend strolling markets are to not be missed. These markets are vastly well-liked with locals and guests alike and a complete night may be spend to wandering the 1km lengthy market and the encompassing streets whereas choosing conventional Thai snacks alongside the best way.

The Night time Bazaar and strolling streets could also be the most well-liked spots amongst guests to pattern conventional Thai favorites and worldwide avenue meals, however there are many different markets to discover with genuine tasty treats.

Nightlife in Chiang Mai

When you simply need to finish your day with a drink, Chiang Mai has all kinds of various venues to supply, nevertheless golf equipment are a really uncommon factor to seek out as there are strict alcohol legal guidelines and enforced closing instances at midnight.

You’ll be able to go to Loi Kroh Street, within the crimson gentle district of Chiang Mai, for locations which can be a bit of extra raunchy. It was near our lodge so we went to test it out. They’ve just a few bars and a boxing stadium. We determined to take a look at a Muay Thai battle which was fairly entertaining, they do attempt to rip you off with the doorway price so watch out.

The go-to place is Zoe in Yellow. The world hosts a wide range of bars that cater to everybody. Followers of rock music will take pleasure in head banging at Pentatonic Rock Bar, whereas Reggae lovers get their repair at Roots Rock Reggae Bar.

Tackle: 40/12 Ratvithi Street, Chiang Mai


We left Chiang Mai and received a flight to Phuket, which was round 2 hours. Phuket is dwelling to lovely white sand seashores alongside its southern and western coast and a spattering of smaller islands simply off the mainland.

The transport in Phuket could be very costly. Taxis and Tuk-Tuks management transportation on the island and have been recognized to cost extortionist fares. There are metered taxis and limousine taxis (mounted fare) you’ll be able to catch from the airport. It took us simply over an hour to get to our lodge. There are numerous lovely resorts in Phuket however after some analysis I fell in love with Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong – MGallery and it positively didn’t disappoint. The lodge has 3 swimming swimming pools, a buggy service that can assist you get round and presents a free shuttle bus service.

Day 1 – Procuring and Temples

We received the shuttle bus from our lodge and stopped off on the Jungceylon procuring centre which is downtown Phuket and reverse Bangla Street. It’s a enormous advanced with 200-plus different shops – it has all the things you want. Its positively price testing. We additionally discovered an incredible restaurant – D Wine Italian Bistro & Wine Bar. I ordered the salmon pasta which had vodka sauce, surprisingly it was in all probability the very best pasta i’ve ever had.

We then managed to discover a taxi driver who agreed to take us round for just a few hours for an affordable worth. Our first cease was the Massive Buddha.

Go Go to The Massive Buddha

The Massive Buddha is among the most well-known points of interest in Phuket. At 45 meters tall (148 ft), it’s the third-tallest statue in Thailand and may be seen as far-off because the Previous City. The views from the Massive Buddha are spectacular as effectively, as you’ll be able to see from the images above. It was beautiful – I might positively suggest you go see it. When you’ve got time, I’d additionally suggest to go see Wat Chalong and Karon Viewpoint as they’re so shut to one another, you possibly can go to all three locations on the identical day.

Verify Out a Night time Market

We then headed to Phuket night time market – drivers suggestion. It’s a weekend market open from 16:00 hours to 22:00 hours.. You can simply spend a few hours right here. It t is a must-visit as it’s a one-stop store for just about all the things you want, from scrumptious avenue meals to souvenirs and handicraft items for a really cheap worth.

Occasion On Bangla Street

As you might have heard, Bangla Street in Patong is occasion central in Phuket. It’s loud and sleazy in components so it isn’t for everybody, however if you happen to’re trying to occasion it up in Phuket, then that is the place to do it. It’s la higher and greater model of Khao San Street in Bangkok.

There are some cool bars so go examine them out. When you’re trying to occasion then I might suggest Phantasm – it’s the most well-liked Nightclub on Bangla street in Patong Seashore. It’s free entrance and the music is a mix of dance and RnB – positively a superb vibe.

Get a Therapeutic massage

Getting a therapeutic massage on a tropical island needs to be on everybody’s must-do listing. The very best time to get a therapeutic massage is once you’re partying away and your ft start to harm particularly if you happen to’re in heels. There are many therapeutic massage parlours on Bangla Street the place you’ll be able to stroll into with out an appointment – I received a 20 minute foot therapeutic massage, it was superb. Nevertheless there are numerous parlours round so be sure you test it out as there’s no higher option to calm down on an island than by getting a therapeutic massage.

Day 2 – Island Hopping

Phuket is surrounded by lovely islands and coastlines, however they’ll take a while to succeed in. Utilizing bigger ferry boats to succeed in Phi Phi, Phang Nga, Krabi or the Similian Islands can price you many hours, which means much less time to take pleasure in all the things that these locations have to supply. With a speedboat, you’ll be able to zip throughout the waves in a fraction of the time.

In terms of Thailand Island hopping, there are such a lot of choices and doable itineraries. There are such a lot of excursions from Phuket to Phi Phi islands, not even mentioning the excursions provided by resorts (which are typically about 50% costlier) so I might counsel you ebook on-line. All of the excursions in Phuket supply complimentary lodge pick-ups. All of the excursions to Phi Phi supply just about the identical itinerary.

A brief cease at Maya Bay made well-known by the 2000 movie The Seashore, starring Leonardo DiCaprio only for a fast picture as it’s now closed off by authorities. Subsequent is the Viking cave and Monkey seaside. Then you should have the chance to go for a swim and snorkel within the Nationwide Park. You then cease off in Phi Phi for some lunch and calm down on the seaside earlier than heading again. The islands actually are as lovely as individuals say.

Day 3 – Lay on a Seashore

Laying on a seaside and doing completely nothing is among the finest issues you are able to do in Phuket. It’s dwelling to lengthy stretches of white sand seaside which can be among the many finest in Southeast Asia. There are numerous to go go to however I might counsel Paradise Seashore – It’s 8 minutes away from Patong Seashore. Paradise seaside is a privately owned seaside that’s run by a well-liked seaside membership. They host Phuket’s Full moon, half moon and new moon seaside occasion’s in addition to a variety of sports activities and leisure actions. You may as well go to Karon Seashore, Kata Seashore and Freedom Seashore – they’re simply as lovely.


The ultimate cease was Koh Samui. It’s recognized for its palm-fringed seashores, mountainous rainforest, plus luxurious resorts and posh spas.  I had the prospect to remain in one of the vital luxurious resorts ever – Vana Belle, which is nestled in a secluded cove on the pristine white sands of Chaweng Noi seaside. Vana Belle interprets to ‘lovely forest’ and as you arrive you instantly discover it’ll dwell as much as its title. It’s the is the form of place the place you’re pushed round in golf carts. Vana Belle is a Luxurious Assortment resort so I knew the lodge was going to be good, however what I skilled exceeded each expectation I had in regards to the resort.

Because it was our final cease we opted for an opulent suites with our personal non-public pool.  On this specific suite solely the bathe and bathroom are hidden behind glass doorways. Bathtub and double sink washbasin are in the identical open house as the place the mattress is. I discovered the Pool Suite very properly designed!

Day 1 – Temples

After all, the Massive Buddha shouldn’t be an insider tip, as it’s one of the vital essential and primary sights in Koh Samui. After you have made it previous the 70+ steps, you can be rewarded with an exquisite view of the Bo Phut seaside.

Make sure to take a look at the close by Wat Plai Laem after the Massive Buddha – a worthwhile go to.

Ark Bar Koh Samui

When you’re searching for a superb night time out, I might counsel you take a look at Ark Bar. Ark Bar Seashore Resort is sort of an establishment in Samui. Situated proper on the seaside, within the central space of Chaweng, a restaurant, bar and nightclub describes itself because the one-stop occasion vacation spot within the prime vacation vacation spot in Samui Island – and this description couldn’t be extra correct.

Day 2 – Gulf of Thailand Tour

Our day journey to the Ang Thong Marine Nationwide Park was one of many highlights throughout our time in Koh Samui. We received to spend a day within the Emerald Inexperienced Lagoon of the Gulf of Thailand on a velocity boat for about 45-minutes while island-hopping. First, we arrived at Koh Wao for snorkeling by way of the gorgeous nature and clear blue waters. Koh Mae Ko, you’ll be able to hike as much as the highest with a spectacular view over the emerald saltwater lake known as “Talay Nai” which is linked with the ocean by way of underwater caves. Later we visited the park’s precept islands, and explored their pure caves and beautiful rocks formation by kayaking across the great nature of Angthong Nationwide Marine Park and climbing as much as the mountain’s high to check out the improbable panorama view – positively add it to your listing of issues to do.

Fisherman’s Village

Fisherman’s village is positioned within the North of Koh Samui within the Bophut space. You will see many fashionable eating places on the seaside and a small number of resorts lining Bophut seaside. The night time market is open from 5pm-11pm each Monday and Friday. It attracts enormous numbers of consumers from throughout the island for the superb number of all types of products and naturally superb meals! I purchased some cool souvenirs (keep in mind to haggle), then received some meals at a restaurant on the seaside. It’s an awesome night time out with a really vigorous ambiance.

Coco Tams

Coco Tams is strictly one thing you’ll assume you’ll discover on a tropical paradise island. It’s not only a seaside bar with coconut and palm tree decorations. You’ll be able to swing whereas ready on your drink on the bar – how superb. It’s a really chilled vibe. When the solar begins slowly happening you’ll be able to get cozy on the Lazy boys whereas sipping your Mai Tai and listening to groovy lounge or home music.

Partying in Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the island the place you’ll be able to occasion in model. I discussed Ark Bar, Coco Tams previously- they’re positively price testing. There are such a lot of cool golf equipment in Chaweng however if you happen to’re like me and love RnB and Hip Hop then I might counsel you take a look at Hush Bar. It’s well-known for its low-cost buckets from 9pm til midnight. There’s a special DJ each night time, spinning a mixture of Hip Hop, RnB, UK Storage.

Day 3 – Seashore Day

As our lodge was positioned on Chaweng Seashore, we thought we’d have a day to calm down earlier than we hit Full Moon occasion. We received a buggy right down to the seaside bar, I ordered a hen caeser salad with a strawberry daq – the view was unreal.

Don’t neglect to have a recent coconut or pineapple cocktail – they style so good.

Full Moon Occasion

Years earlier than I got here to Thailand buddies of mine informed me in regards to the Full Moon Events they celebrated on an island. I heard some loopy tales, like leaping the fireplace rope and lots of different issues… I knew that I needed to embrace the Full Moon Occasion in my Thailand journey even when it was the night time earlier than we had been flying out. The Full Moon Occasion is on Haad Rin Seashore at Koh Phagnan.

We had been considering of getting a lodge however then came upon that boats run ever hour from the island so we ended up reserving a ship from Koh Samui to Ko Phangan. The driving force can even choose you up out of your lodge and take you to the boat. There’s a Full Moon Occasion timetable with dates however if you happen to can’t make it there’s a half moon occasion you’ll be able to look into, it’s also purported to be superb.

This night time is all about alcohol, occasion, dancing, and medicines. Higher watch out doing medicine as there are very strict anti medicine legislation and police enforcement. Lots of people will attempt to promote you medicine so simply be careful. One other factor to be careful for is the buckets with alcohol – they’re very robust. It was an superior night time although, met some actually cool individuals, the vibe is simply loopy so simply let your hair down and have enjoyable!



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