Thailand is somewhere where I will constantly want to travel back too. Every single time I go back, I find somewhere new to explore, a new dish I haven't tried, or a new journey with a friend that I will never forget. I've been going to Thailand since I was in nappies, and more recently travelling back to do the backpacker thing, or to get a yoga teaching qualification!
This time round in Thailand, I travelled with a friend of mine who isn't so into backpacks, but with some gentle persuasion I managed to get her clothes stuffed into a 13kg backpack! Success! Our route went like this:
Dubai - Bangkok - Koh Samui - Koh Phangan - Koh Phi Phi - Phuket - Bangkok - Dubai
We had 10 days booked, and we ensured we flew between islands to save time and hit as many destinations as possible. A lot has changed over the years in Thailand and the islands have become a lot more 'eighteen year old binge holiday' places. Therefore, when looking to book in Thailand, make sure you hit locations which are away from the strip (unless you are into that), and spend that little bit more for an amazing hotel or private villa!
We, on the other hand, hit a hostel in Koh Phangan for Full Moon, called Slumber Party, the hostel was clean, served free delicious food before every night out, and had a power hour of free vodka! We couldn't complain one bit! If you do visit Koh Phangan, even as a budget traveller, grab a cab or scooter and head over to the hippy side of the island where you will find more yoga, amazing secluded beach bars and my all time favourite beach - secret beach!
After a couple of days at the hostel, whilst also being some of the oldest, we were quite glad to leave it behind and head over to Koh Samui, where we secured a secret deal through booking.com! We stayed at the X2 Samui, where we had our own private pool villa, and all inclusive spa treatments! Unreal! We didn't even make it out of the hotel, as it was more a luxurious stop over to celebrate my best friends birthday!
So onto another plane we jumped, we rode through a treacherous boat journey, and arrived in Koh Phi Phi! This was once upon a time, one of my favourite places - no cars, bikes, and travelling the island on foot! But it has become quite a dirty, party place and I don't think I will be travelling back any time soon. Although the food was great in the cheaper Thai places, and we did do an incredible booze cruise with Bob's Booze Cruise. But all said and done...it was time to leave and hit up another insane secret deal in Phuket! The Twinpalms Phuket, here we lazed by the pool, slept in the gigantic bed, got massages, drank prosecco at breakfast and obviously hit a pingpong show after a brilliant cookery class! (If you do want to do a cookery class, by best advice is to head north to Chaing Mai, where the cookery classes exceed all expectations!)
We ended our trip in Bangkok, hitting up the floating markets and vintage markets and experiencing a party TukTuk back to our hotel! I can't wait to visit Thailand again at some point, but in the mean time...the rest of the world is calling my name!