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Tour of Thailand – Allthingssonia

Thailand must be on each traveller’s bucket checklist! With white sandy seashores, historic temples, wealthy tradition, mouthwatering meals, and the notorious full moon celebration, why wouldn’t it’s? There is just too a lot on provide on this tropical paradise for travellers. The beauty of this nation is that it appeals to each backpackers on a price range 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 implies honest costs, so anticipate 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’d recommend you obtain the Seize app and attempt to keep away from Taxis and Tuk-Tuks as you don’t wish to get caught in a bargaining sport.

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

Day 1 – Temples of Bangkok


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

1. Grand Palace

Get up early to attempt keep away from tour teams because it does get very crowded. The second you arrive outdoors the palace partitions and enter the gates you might be 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 offers 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 earth. Should you love seafood then that is the place to be. We ended up getting a Tuk Tuk to Khao San Street….. what a journey! It’s important to expertise a Tuk Tuk journey at the very least as soon as. They take you from A to B inside minutes, zigzagging by site visitors. All i’m going to say is maintain on tight!

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

Day 2 – Buying

Should you love buying as a lot as me, then you must take a day trip to only go to the shops and discover. The beauty of buying 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 Middle, it consists of many small outlets, 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 standard amongst vacationers. The middle is full of small outlets 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 certainly 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 offers off the European vibe with their curtains, furnishings and interiors. The whole lot 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 probably the most of my final day stress-free by the pool. You probably have a terrific 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 relax 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 obtained a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai however there are simpler and cheaper methods to get there by way of prepare, bus and so forth. 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 glorious and fashionable public transport techniques in place, Chiang Mai’s transportation is reasonably poor. To get round I used The pink songthaew, also called the pink automotive, pink taxi or pink truck. The fare often begins from 20 Baht for a really brief distance, and will 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. 

It’s important to 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 can too take a songthaew (the pink automotive shared “taxi”) to the tip of the highway. 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 might be first greeted with a frightening 306 steps which had been inbuilt 1557. Try the wonderful view from the temple.

As soon as we obtained again from the visiting the temples, we had a number of hours to loosen up and clean up earlier than our cooking class. We had booked the category the evening earlier than after studying all the good critiques. We booked onto Pra Nang Chiangmai Thai Cookery College. The hosts had been so beautiful. The motive force will decide you up and drop you again off to your lodge (they provides you with a time beforehand). As soon as the motive force arrived, we obtained onto the bus and had a number of different decide ups earlier than we arrived on the meals market. Firstly, the host welcomes you after which goes by 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 substances, we went again to the home to start out studying the way to cook dinner genuine Thai meals. You get a number of choices on what you want to cook 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 guide.

DAY 2 – Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

This was on the high of my bucket checklist. 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’d recommend you perform some research earlier than and turn into conscious of the actions that contain animals’ sacrifice. Please don’t journey 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 journey or present. As a substitute, they do their finest to offer them love and care in a secure and sustainable setting.

They provide a number of programmes however we opted for the total day go to which lasted 9 hours. You’re supplied with Karen garments (tribe) as elephants really feel accustomed to the clothes.

One of many first actions you may be doing on the sanctuary is to feed the cute elephants. You possibly can 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 tub begins within the mud tub the place you’ll be able to rub the elephants down with mud. The mud helps defend elephants from the sturdy solar and bugs they usually 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 kind of experiences that you would be able to really see and really feel that the elephants live a contented life.

Visiting an elephant sanctuary is a really distinctive expertise. This isn’t solely a rewarding but in addition thrilling as you’ll be able to really work together with the stunning 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 wonderful day, we obtained 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 quite a bit for the therapy. Nevertheless, there are many spa’s round, cheaper too, however it undoubtedly must be in your checklist of issues to do.

DAY 3 – Yoga & Discover Chiang Mai

I really like yoga so I believed it might be nice to check out yoga therapeutic massage within the park. I obtained the pink truck to Buak Hat Public Park, which price not more than 20 THB. The trainer was wonderful and made you’re feeling so welcome. It was a terrific expertise as I learnt some new stretching strategies and met some very nice folks.

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

Evening Bazaar

Chiang Mai Evening Bazaar is the primary neighbourhood for buying and nightlife. It’s a must-see whereas within the metropolis. They arrange often about 18:00 and the festive power continues unabated till about 22:30.

Evening Bazaar can be house to a variety of lodging, from price range guesthouses to luxurious five-star. If you wish to be in the midst of Chiang Mai’s busiest industrial part, staying in Evening Bazaar received’t disappoint. One of the best items on provide listed here are often garments, from hand-tailored Thai silk to the most recent ‘designer’ fashions to the “Similar Similar However Totally different” t-shirts.

The weekend strolling markets are to not be missed. These markets are massively standard with locals and guests alike and a whole night could be spend to wandering the 1km lengthy market and the encircling streets whereas selecting conventional Thai snacks alongside the way in which.

The Evening 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

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

You possibly can go to Loi Kroh Street, within the pink mild district of Chiang Mai, for locations which can be slightly extra raunchy. It was near our lodge so we went to test it out. They’ve a number of 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 payment 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 obtained a flight to Phuket, which was round 2 hours. Phuket is house 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 (fastened fare) you’ll be able to catch from the airport. It took us simply over an hour to get to our lodge. There are lots of lovely inns in Phuket however after some analysis I fell in love with Avista Hideaway Phuket Patong – MGallery and it undoubtedly 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 – Buying and Temples

We obtained the shuttle bus from our lodge and stopped off on the Jungceylon buying centre which is downtown Phuket and reverse Bangla Street. It’s a large advanced with 200-plus different shops – it has every thing you want. Its undoubtedly value trying out. We additionally discovered a tremendous restaurant – D Wine Italian Bistro & Wine Bar. I ordered the salmon pasta which had vodka sauce, surprisingly it was in all probability the perfect pasta i’ve ever had.

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

Go Go to The Massive Buddha

The Massive Buddha is without doubt one of the most well-known sights in Phuket. At 45 meters tall (148 ft), it’s the third-tallest statue in Thailand and could be seen as distant because the Outdated City. The views from the Massive Buddha are spectacular as properly, as you’ll be able to see from the images above. It was beautiful – I’d undoubtedly advocate you go see it. You probably have time, I’d additionally advocate to go see Wat Chalong and Karon Viewpoint as they’re so shut to one another, you would go to all three locations on the identical day.

Verify Out a Evening Market

We then headed to Phuket evening market – drivers advice. It’s a weekend market open from 16:00 hours to 22:00 hours.. You might simply spend a few hours right here. It t is a must-visit as it’s a one-stop store for just about every thing you want, from scrumptious avenue meals to souvenirs and handicraft items for a really affordable worth.

Social gathering On Bangla Street

As you will have heard, Bangla Street in Patong is celebration central in Phuket. It’s loud and sleazy in elements so it isn’t for everybody, however in the event you’re trying to celebration 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 test them out. Should you’re trying to celebration then I’d advocate Phantasm – it’s the most well-liked Nightclub on Bangla highway in Patong Seashore. It’s free entrance and the music is a combination of dance and RnB – undoubtedly vibe.

Get a Therapeutic massage

Getting a therapeutic massage on a tropical island must be on everybody’s must-do checklist. One of the best time to get a therapeutic massage is if you’re partying away and your toes start to harm particularly in the event you’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 obtained a 20 minute foot therapeutic massage, it was wonderful. Nevertheless there are a lot of parlours round so ensure you test it out as there’s no higher approach to loosen up 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, that means much less time to take pleasure in every thing 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 the case of Thailand Island hopping, there are such a lot of choices and attainable itineraries. There are such a lot of excursions from Phuket to Phi Phi islands, not even mentioning the excursions supplied by inns (which are typically about 50% dearer) so I’d recommend you guide on-line. All of the excursions in Phuket provide complimentary lodge pick-ups. All of the excursions to Phi Phi provide 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 seashore. Then you’ll 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 loosen up on the seashore earlier than heading again. The islands actually are as lovely as folks say.

Day 3 – Lay on a Seashore

Laying on a seashore and doing completely nothing is without doubt one of the finest issues you are able to do in Phuket. It’s house to lengthy stretches of white sand seashore which can be among the many finest in Southeast Asia. There are lots of to go go to however I’d recommend Paradise Seashore – It’s 8 minutes away from Patong Seashore. Paradise seashore is a privately owned seashore that’s run by a preferred seashore membership. They host Phuket’s Full moon, half moon and new moon seashore celebration’s in addition to a variety of sports activities and leisure actions. You may also 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 possibility to remain in one of the crucial luxurious inns ever – Vana Belle, which is nestled in a secluded cove on the pristine white sands of Chaweng Noi seashore. Vana Belle interprets to ‘lovely forest’ and as you arrive you instantly discover it’ll stay as much as its title. It’s the is the type 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 personal pool.  On this explicit suite solely the bathe and bathroom are hidden behind glass doorways. Bathtub and double sink washbasin are in the identical open area as the place the mattress is. I discovered the Pool Suite very properly designed!

Day 1 – Temples

In fact, the Massive Buddha shouldn’t be an insider tip, as it’s one of the crucial vital and fundamental sights in Koh Samui. After you have made it previous the 70+ steps, you may be rewarded with a stupendous view of the Bo Phut seashore.

Make sure you try the close by Wat Plai Laem after the Massive Buddha – a worthwhile go to.

Ark Bar Koh Samui

Should you’re on the lookout for evening out, I’d recommend you try Ark Bar. Ark Bar Seashore Resort is nearly an establishment in Samui. Situated proper on the seashore, within the central space of Chaweng, a restaurant, bar and nightclub describes itself because the one-stop celebration 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 obtained 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 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 referred to as “Talay Nai” which is related with the ocean by underwater caves. Later we visited the park’s precept islands, and explored their pure caves and beautiful rocks formation by kayaking across the fantastic nature of Angthong Nationwide Marine Park and climbing as much as the mountain’s high to check out the unbelievable panorama view – undoubtedly add it to your checklist of issues to do.

Fisherman’s Village

Fisherman’s village is situated within the North of Koh Samui within the Bophut space. You will see that many fashionable eating places on the seashore and a small collection of inns lining Bophut seashore. The evening market is open from 5pm-11pm each Monday and Friday. It attracts large numbers of buyers from throughout the island for the wonderful number of all kinds of products and naturally wonderful meals! I purchased some cool souvenirs (keep in mind to haggle), then obtained some meals at a restaurant on the seashore. It’s a terrific evening out with a really full of life ambiance.

Coco Tams

Coco Tams is strictly one thing you’ll suppose you’ll discover on a tropical paradise island. It isn’t only a seashore bar with coconut and palm tree decorations. You possibly can swing whereas ready in your drink on the bar – how wonderful. It’s a really chilled vibe. When the solar begins slowly happening you’ll be able to get comfortable 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 celebration in type. I discussed Ark Bar, Coco Tams previously- they’re undoubtedly value trying out. There are such a lot of cool golf equipment in Chaweng however in the event you’re like me and love RnB and Hip Hop then I’d recommend you try Hush Bar. It’s well-known for its low cost buckets from 9pm til midnight. There’s a special DJ each evening, spinning a mixture of Hip Hop, RnB, UK Storage.

Day 3 – Seashore Day

As our lodge was situated on Chaweng Seashore, we thought we’d have a day to loosen up earlier than we hit Full Moon celebration. We obtained a buggy all the way down to the seashore bar, I ordered a rooster caeser salad with a strawberry daq – the view was unreal.

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

Full Moon Social gathering

Years earlier than I got here to Thailand associates of mine informed me in regards to the Full Moon Events they celebrated on an island. I heard some loopy tales, like leaping the hearth rope and lots of different issues… I knew that I needed to embrace the Full Moon Social gathering in my Thailand journey even when it was the evening earlier than we had been flying out. The Full Moon Social gathering 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 motive force will even decide you up out of your lodge and take you to the boat. There’s a Full Moon Social gathering timetable with dates however in the event you can’t make it there’s a half moon celebration you’ll be able to look into, it is usually purported to be excellent.

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

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