Land of Sun, Sea and so much more….
Thailand is a cheap international destination for shopping, backpacking or luxurious travel.
I visited during their summer of a backpacking vacation, visiting Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and Koh Samui.
Lot’s of tours to take – just don’t book your tours in advance. Book it there and negotiate.
Of all the places, Krabi was my favorite – if you are into rock climbing head on to Tonsai Beach. If you are not into rock climbing, do a rock climbing course there.
It’s easy to get around Thailand by bus, train or on low-cost domestic flights.
Itinerary / Routing:
I flew into Bangkok airport and immediately took a local flight to Krabi. Another option for Krabi is bus, or train via Surathanni
From Krabi I took a public shuttle / bus to a hotel in Ao Nang.
From Ao Nang I would take the long boat to/from Railay/Tonsai beach daily; and do tours to other islands (e.g. Phi Phi)
From Ao Nang I took a ferry to Phuket (by mistake I got on the wrong ferry to Kao Lanta initially, but managed to transfer to a boat to Phuket later in the day).
From Phuket I flew to Samui, and from Samui I flew to Bangkok
Bangkok: Best Western Plus Hotel on Soi 20, Sukhumvit – relatively new hotel. Decent for a few nights stay. Easy to access the tram, walk or catch a taxi around Bangkok
Krabi: I stayed in Baan Pulaoon – a nice small, cheap family run hotel, with good rooms, good food (halal), and a short walk to the mosque, restaurants and beach.
I would stay there again, and perhaps with the backpackers on Tonsai beach on another visit.
Phuket: I stayed at Bodega Hostel – highly recommended to meet other backpackers, for a cheap stay and decent accommodation
Koh Samui – Mercure Hotel – nice hotel, but its a bit far from the main center, without easy access to the beach. For convenience I would skip it on another trip.
I did the tour to Phi-Phi and surrounding islands – highly recommended (snorkeling and swimming/diving) included.
The James Bond Island tour was okay. Not much to see/do on the “James Bond” island (except take a few photos). However, this tour included some kayaking which was a little fun.
Rainforest kayaking in Krabi – enjoyable, and a bit of an upper-body workout. It’s good to keep in shape on holiday.