A couple of summers ago, my friend and I embarked on a month long adventure in Thailand. After our friends recounting numerous incredible stories about the place, we decided that we needed to experience this beautiful country for ourselves.
Our route took us through the idyllic islands and then we made our way up north to Chang Mai which allowed us to see another side of Thailand…
As we were keen to experience the world famous Full Moon Party, we headed straight for Koh Phangan. We arrived a few days before the night itself and there were loads of build-up parties and entertainment on the beach in the run up to Full Moon.
The party itself was great fun; we had bought the mandatory florescent t-shirts earlier that day, and proceeded to cover ourselves in paint before heading down to the beach. After a few buckets, we danced our way into the early hours…although we didn’t quite make it till sunrise!
Koh Tao had a far more chilled atmosphere than Koh Phangan and we spent most of our time relaxing and recovering from Full Moon.
In the daytime, we managed to fit in a snorkelling trip around the island which was a great way to see more of the area and wildlife. The evenings comprised of watching amazing fire dancers on the beach. Watching them spin blazing balls of fire around their heads while moving across the sand was rather hypnotic!
Koh Phi Phi
After making our way around the eastern islands, we headed west to Koh Phi Phi. We loved this island as it had a great atmosphere and was so different from the places we’d already explored.
So far, we’d been really lucky with the weather since June-July is typically the country’s monsoon season, but the rain caught up with us at the end of our stay on Koh Phi Phi. One evening, as we made our way out for dinner, we decided not to bother with umbrellas as it wasn’t raining. By the time we got to the restaurant, we looked as though someone had chucked buckets of water over our heads! Not quite how we’d envisaged our evening…
Taking the time to travel up north to Chang Mai was definitely worth doing. We spent time wandering around temples and Thai markets which was a great way to immerse ourselves in the Thai culture.
One of the best things about the area was the opportunity it gave us to get up close with the wildlife. We trekked through the jungle up to a waterfall and also got the chance to stroke tigers… one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done.
Our final port of call was in Bangkok, where we stayed on Khao San Road. This meant we were amongst other tourists, yet still in close proximity to attractions such as the Grand Palace.
On our last night in Thailand, we decided to take a trip to the Sky Bar – the hotel featured in The Hangover 2. Although we didn’t have much money left – we could only afford to buy one bottle of water between us – we still had a great evening and the view of the city was unbelievable.
From sunning ourselves on Thai beaches to stroking tigers in Chang Mai, this trip created so many unforgettable memories.
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