So, I'm back with part 2 of A Guide to Island Hopping in Thailand. As mentioned in my pervious post, we island hopped around the southern coast of Thailand for 16 days. We visited 4 places in total and my previous post covers Bangkok and Phuket.
K O H P H A N G AN
Koh Phangan - one of Thailand's smaller islands is home to the Full Moon Party. The island is so small, in fact, we had to get there by boat as there is no airport. We stayed on this island for 3 nights. This was probably one of the more relaxing parts of our trip.
Where to Stay
Whilst in Koh Phangan we opted to stay in a little beach front villa instead of a hotel. We discovered these cute stone bungalows called C Villas - probably one of the most picturesque and peaceful places I have ever stayed. We chose the beach front villa which was complete with a terrace and a small private pool and a waterfall shower. The complex was located just outside Haad Rin, a 15 minute walk to the famous Haad Rin Beach where the Full Moon Party takes place.
What to Do
The obvious suggestion would be the Full Moon Party. However, we weren't on the island at the time of the party. The island was really quiet and there wasn't much tourists which was actually quite nice. Although, we still went to Haad Rin Beach and had drinks and you can still watch some fire shows put on by locals. The beaches on Koh Phangan are beautiful and the sea is warm. As we were only there for 3 nights we didn't do much we spent most of our time on the beach/in our pool. At the beach there was lots of water based activities such as kayaking and jet skiing.
Where to Eat
For being so small Koh Phangan still had some really cool food places. We had an amazing breakfast at Bubba's Coffee - the breakfast tacos are delish! I would also recommend Soho - where we had the best Mexican food. We had a really nice candle lit meal on the beach at Coast, the resort right next to our villa. If you venture to Haad Rin Beach most of the bars there also serve food, although, mostly local cuisine. Before we got back on the boat to Koh Samui we stopped at a New York Deli style cafe called A's Famous and I had an amazing pastrami sub.
K O H S A M U I
I think Koh Samui was my favourite island of our holiday. It was the perfect balance between the craziness of Phuket and the peacefulness of Koh Phangan. We stayed here for 4 nights.
Where to Stay
We stayed at J4 Samui. Our room was small but modern. We had a walk in shower and they even left towels in the shape of swans on the bed (so I can't complain)! The location of the hotel was perfect - one of the main reasons we chose it. It was located in Chaweng, a 2 minute walk from Chaweng Beach. Chaweng is a lively area with lots of bars and you are spoilt for choice with regards to food.
What to Do
There is lots to do on Koh Samui. I would defiantly recommend driving to the other side of the island, to Thong Krut Pier, and renting a long tail boat for the day. We got a long tail boat to Koh Tan Island - an inhabitable island covered in greenery - and we snorkelled in the clear blue water. Afterwards, we took the boat to Koh Madsum. Koh Madsum is a tiny island and it is also better known as Pig Island. This small island is inhabited by pigs! You can come ashore, enjoy a Chang and relax with the piggy's. You can also find lots of Buddhist monuments such as the Big Buddha and Wat Plai Laem.
Where to Eat
There was tonnes of nice food places in Chaweng. The Hard Rock Cafe had a familiar menu although it was a little pricey. We switched between the Coffee Club (I highly recommend the Nutella frappe) and Bondi Aussie Bar for breakfast. We had another amazing steak at The Shack in the Fisherman’s Village. Lastly, if you want amazing pizza at an amazing price then Spago Italian Restaurant is definitely worth a visit!
So, that was my final instalment of A Guide to Island Hopping in Thailand. You can find part 1 here! If you have visited any cool places in Thailand let me know in the comments!
Happy Sunday x
Why hello there! I know I have neglected this blog for a while but at last, my masters degree is over and I now have the time to write again. When I submitted my dissertation in October my boyfriend and I went on holiday the very next day, to the magical country of Thailand, in Southeast Asia.
I have to admit this was one of my favourite holidays to date. We island-hopped around the southern coast for 16 days visiting 4 different places in total. The climate, culture and landscapes were all something I had never experienced before - which I think made it all the more exciting.
This blog post will be 1 of 2 (because there is just sooo much to write about). A guide to island hopping in Thailand - a little insight into our trip.
B A N G K O K
We stayed in Bangkok for 2 nights at the beginning of our holiday and 2 nights at the end as our flights to/from the UK landed/departed from the Suvarnabhhumi International Airport.
Where to Stay
When we arrived in Bangkok, at the beginning of our holiday, we stayed in the infamous Tower Club at Lebua - which many of you probably recognise from The Hangover Part II. I cannot recommend this hotel enough. The customer service, the rooms and hotel facilities were amazing and we absolutely loved staying here. We had a room on the 59th floor with one of the best views of Bangkok, looking over the Chao Phraya river.
When we returned to Bangkok, ahead of flying back to the UK, we stayed in the Sivatel Bangkok. Again, a luxurious hotel with amazing staff. Although, our room didn't have a balcony, but with floor to ceiling windows we still had another incredible view of the city. The hotel was complete with an infinity pool which looked out onto the Bangkok skyline.
What to Do
Bangkok is one of the craziest cities I have ever visited. If you are looking for street food, loud music, and lots of bars I would recommend a visit to Koh San Road - known for being home to some of the best nightlife in Bangkok. During the day, if you're searching for something more idyllic, I recommend you take a canal ride on a long tail boat. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, to the Temples of Bangkok. We visited Wat Pho and Wat Arun - The Temple of Dawn. The architecture is amazing and Wat Pho is home to the reclining Buddha. The temples are a place of worship, and we even got to sit in on a monks' prayer session. If you're looking for something a bit different, and more adventurous, you should take a river taxi to the suburbs of Bangkok and visit the Aeroplane Graveyard. The aeroplane graveyard is a wasteland with an assortment of aircrafts that you can climb up inside and explore.
Where to Eat
There are food carts on every street corner in Bangkok. If street food is your thing I definitely suggest heading to China Town. But, if your looking for something a little more sophisticated we had the best tapas at El Tapeo.
P H U K E T
The next stop on our travels was Phuket. Phuket is Thailand's largest island and, I would probably say, one of the most westernised. We spent 4 nights here.
Where to Stay
We chose to stay in Patong, near Patong Beach. Patong is home to Bangla Road, the centre of Phuket nightlife. We stayed at Naina Resort and Spa, a short 10 minute drive from Bangla Road. The resort was all on one level, and it almost resembled a farm. It was quiet and idyllic, tucked away down a narrow road. Our modern room opened up onto the poolside and was complete with a bath. The staff were really friendly, and the buffet breakfast, overlooking the rice fields, was amazing (although we only managed to wake up in time for breakfast once).
What to Do
If house music and drinks on the beach - with the best view of the sunset - are for you then I highly recommend Cafe Del Mar. We had the best day here! For the thrill seekers out there, we zip lined through the Phuket jungle at the Flying Hanuman adventure park. If you are not staying on the Phi Phi Island's during your time in Thailand I would definitely suggest a day trip to Phi Phi from Phuket. We got the 9am ferry, and it took a slight detour past Maya Bay - which is currently closed to the public. Once we were on Phi Phi we rented a Kayak and paddled our way to Monkey Beach - a beach that literally has monkeys on it! At night time, you should try and fit in a trip to a Muay Thai stadium for a fight. Muay Thai is one of Thailand's oldest and most famous sports. Lastly, Bangla Road is definitely worth a visit. There are lots of bars and even some huge clubs. We went to Illuzion - ranked 33rd best club in the world - and saw Nelly perform live (and then missed our flight the next day).
Where to Eat
As I mentioned, Phuket is pretty westernised. Lots of American and Australian food options. One of our favourites was the Coffee Club, for their breakfast. We had an amazing burger from Prime Burger and had the best fillet steak from Mojo Grill and Bar. Again, near Bangla Road there are tonnes of food stalls serving up the best of Thai street food.
So, that was the first half of A Guide to Island Hopping in Thailand. I will post part 2 next month. In the mean time, if you are looking for more travel related content you can view my 48 Hours in Paris - My Top Travel Tips blog here.
Happy Sunday x
Finally, I'm back. Again I had to take a lil break from posting on here because I have been so busy! Studying a masters, working part time, being an intern, having a boyfriend and trying to have a social life is actually difficult, who knew?
Anyway, in amongst all of this uni work I (somehow) managed to escape to Paris for 2 days to celebrate my younger sisters 21st birthday. I had never been to Paris before but it is one of my sister's favourite cities. I was lucky to have her as my tour guide as we had such limited time so I have decided to share some of my top travel tips for anyone who only has 2 days to explore the magical city of Paris.
So as you’ve guessed from the title (or if you follow me on Instagram) I was in Dublin this weekend with my boyfriend and I had the best time exploring this cute city and trying out the Irish nightlife. Our weekend was jam packed and it felt like we didn’t get a chance to just relax.
Anyway here are some of my highlights.
The Guinness Storehouse
We debated whether or not to visit the iconic Guinness storehouse as none of us drank Guinness so didn’t know whether or not the tour would be worth it. On the Saturday the weather wasn’t too great so we decided to go as we would be inside but I’m so glad we did. Inside it is nothing like I expected it is defenitely worth the money. The tour spans over 7 floors - which you can walk round at your own leisure - of interactive information points and ends with a free pint of Guinness in their sky bar with the best view of Dublin.
(I honestly thought I would be walking round an old factory with a tour guide).
I have just recently returned from the best 5 days exploring the sunny city of Barcelona with my 2 best friends - as we get older we still incist on having at least 1 summer holiday a year together. For the past 3 years Ibiza has been our destination of choice but this year we decided to have a break from the White Isle in exchange for the City of Gaudi.
Of course we tried to see all of the classic tourist attractions whilst on our short trip to Barcelona. One of my favourites being the Cathedral de la Segrada Familia. The sheer size of the cathedral took my breath away and the architecture is stunning. A magnificent building that still hasn't been completed. I can't imagine how grand it will look when it is finished.
I've been home from Croatia for 2 weeks now and I still have the holiday blues! I had the best time ever at Hideout Festival and would definitely recommend it if house and techno music is your thing. I loved how the festival is so fast paced. I was out for most of the day at pool parties and out all night at beach clubs - usually till around 6am. The 30+ degree heat during the day meant I was always in swimwear and sunglasses but the cooler temperatures at night made it easier to get made up. I love getting colourful outfits for holidays like this as for those of you who know me my usual wardrobe is mostly black! Metallics and sequins featured heavily in my Hideout wardrobe - you can have a look at what I wore below.
It's that time of year again when everyone is beginning to jet off on their summer holidays to somewhere with a more exotic climate. I am counting down the days till I will be soaking up the sun - cocktail in hand. My first destination of the summer is the mesmerising beaches of Croatia for Hideout festival.
With under 2 weeks left until I will be boarding the plane I'm beginning to think about the dreaded packing of my suitcase - surely I'm not the only one that hates packing!
So I am going to share some of the essentials I will be packing for my latest adventure abroad.