Thailand

Thailand, A country in southeast Asia, is one of the most spectacular places I have ever seen. I spent 2 weeks there in February 2013 and must admit, I will definitely be returning. Firstly we spent 5 nights in a beautiful hotel in Koh Samui, named Asia Spirit Lodge and Spa. The staff here were absolutely fantastic, they would do anything possible to make your stay welcome. Not only are the staff extremely friendly, they also have the best view on the island. You can wake up to some stunning views all you need to do is draw back the curtains. The food there was brilliant, they did a custom menu for valentines day with a set 3 course meal, this was a very nice touch on what proved to be a great stay in Samui. Asia Spirit Lodge and Spa offer a free taxi service around the local area and they can taxi you around the island for a small charge.

We took part in a few excursions while we were there, we visited the Tiger Zoo, this was ok for a few hours, but that is all it lasts for, some of the tigers looked dehydrated but we could have just visited on a under staffed day. We also went around the Angthong National Marine Park, there were some spectacular views on this day and we even saw some white dolphins!. The final trip we took part on while in Koh Samui was the island safari. They take you around the entire island, stopping at the popular and meaningful places including The Big Buddha, Namuang Waterfalls and The Magical Garden.

We had to depart Koh Samui after our fifth night, I was very upset, this was my first big holiday and I didn’t want to leave. Everything was perfect and to see it all come to an end was very upsetting. Anyway, the Koh Samui airport is a beautiful outdoor airport which gives you a feel for Samui as soon as you land. We left here and made our way to our next destination, Krabi. Although the flight was a little bumpy, we arrived in one piece. After stepping off the plane, a wall of heat just hits you, so be prepared for some warm weather! We stopped in a resort called Aonang Resort. This place is really nice, but it didn’t really live up to the standard that we had in Koh Samui. We went on 3 excursions here, all with the same company, Andaman Camp and Cruise. This company offer a truly amazing service, our tour guide on every trip was Sonia, she knew plenty of things about the tours we were going on and kept us well informed. They provided food and bottled water every day and made sure you were happy. I definitely suggest you use this company if you are planning on going to Krabi. The sunset tour that Andaman offer is one of the best views you will ever see. You get your own private BBQ on the beach while watching the sun go down, before jumping back on the boat and heading back to your hotel. The other trips we participated in were the Hong Island / Four islands trip (Sunset tour), Bamboo Island and Phi Phi Islands. All of these were brilliant and I would definitely use them again.

After our 3 days in krabi came to a short end, we departed to Bangkok. This city is absolutely huge, We stayed at Cape House which is located on 43 Soi Langsuan, I must add, these apartments are really well designed. We had a beautiful view of the Four Seasons Hotel and it was a 2 minute walk to Lumphini Park. It was a really nice atmosphere around here, you can even take a pedalo out if you are really interested. We spotted a few Monitor Lizards in Lumphini park, quite scary at first but they don’t come anywhere near you. We visited Cabbages and Condoms for a meal while we were in Bangkok, the restaurants food is average, but the atmosphere is quite therapeutic, they have their own store and own branded items, including cook books and other gifts, all at reasonable prices. There was the main shopping malls in Bangkok right down the road from our hotel, which also held one of the Maddam Tussauds chains. This was a great day out, also be sure to visit the Chatuchak Market, this is the equivalent of Ingoldmells market, but everything is extremely cheap. There is one thing I will say, unless you are willing to spend a lot of money, keep off of the wine! it is probably the most expensive thing we purchased while we were in Thailand.

A small recap. The things that were absolutely brilliant and I would recommend are:

1. Asia spirit lodge and spa – Koh Samui

2. Island safari – Koh Samui

3. Angthong National Marine Park

4. Andaman Camp and Cruise

5. Chatuchak market – Bangkok

6. Maddam Tussauds – Bangkok