Thailand – Ko Pha Ngnan

We made it to Ko Pha Ngan by the skin of our teeth after a petrifying speed boat journey across from Ko Samui three days ago.  The captain of the boat who literally looked no older than fifteen set about trying to complete the journey in as little time as possible, despite the bad weather and rough sea! All eight passengers on board including us, spend the journey being flung round like rag dolls having to hold on for dear life, with Jay getting greener by the minute with sea sickness!

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Thailand – Koh Samui

We are currently sat writing this in the most stunning private bay, on the island of Ko Samui, staying in ‘Thongtakian Resort.’ After spending early evening lying in a hammock, drinking fresh coconut shakes, watching a beautiful sunset over the sea, we have just finished a romantic candle-lit meal on the beach, with no sound other than the waves lapping the shore and our relaxed conversation. Dinner was followed by the most magical experience ever, lighting our very own paper lanterns and setting them free to float up into the sky and out over the sea, whilst making a wish.

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Thailand – Phuket

After jumping on a cheap internal flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket (Thailand’s most popular Southern Island) we’ve spent the last 3 nights in Patong and feel we’ve experienced the good, the bad and the ugly of this touristic trap. The beach here is really beautiful (even though very busy), with white sands, clear water and ample sun loungers to use. The problem arises as soon as you’ve laid your towel down on the sand, with hawkers coming from every direction to pester you to buy their goods. Forget about having a beach snooze, we found it impossible to relax with “I scream you scream” being bellowed across the beach by the ice cream vendor every few minutes.

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Thailand – Top Things To Do In Chiang Mai

On our first day here we had a wonderful trip to the local Chiang Mai market, which was rather busy, however not a tourist in sight, and pushed ourselves to try some deep fried insects, which is a standard Thai snack by the looks of things! We had a bit of a shock when the Thai national anthem was played patriotically through public speakers across the market, and every person including children stopped still in their tracks and stood frozen on the spot to mark their respect to the King. What a fascinating experience.

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Thailand – Chiang Mai

It was an interesting 17 hour overnight train journey from Bangkok to the Northern city of Chiang Mai.  Despite not getting more than three hours sleep due to the rickety motion of the sleeper train, it was lovely spending time together planning ahead with our trusted Lonely Planet copy, playing chess and learning our first Thai greetings: ‘sawadee ka,’ ‘kob Kuhn ka.’ At 5am sunlight crept in through our curtains and – looking out of our window – we were greeted with the incredible sight of rural northern Thailand; replacing the polluted concrete city of Bangkok was dense green jungle, mountains and small isolated villages, with Thais working in the rice fields, what a sight to wake up to!!

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Thailand – First Steps In Thailand

We barely left our front door back in the UK less than 24 hours ago, and already our minds and senses have been stimulated far more than we had ever imagined since landing in Thailand, Bangkok, this morning.  The sights, sounds and smells of this vibrant city have awoken us from our lethargic jet lagged state, after a lengthy flight, and have coaxed us out of our guesthouse in anticipation of what we may find. We are staying in a large guest house ‘Lamphu House’ just off the famous Ko San Road, popular amongst backpackers and those who wish to be surrounded by like minded travellers. It’s a bustling spot, full of colourful stalls selling clothes, restaurants, massage beauty parlours and small food stalls.

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