Visit Thailand

I have returned from what is unarguably one of the best trips of my life to date. In this post I will be sharing my favorite bits, places I visited and providing recommendations based on my experience. Expect plenty of food porn & beach porn.

Food

Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. It is known for its complex interplay of at least three and up to four or five fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. With most dishes from the street vendors starting from as little at 50baht which is the equivalent of £1 with some change left over. Everything I ate was a symphony on my taste buds and sent me to culinary heaven for a brief moment.

street vendor

Prawn Pad Thai

Prawn Pad Thai

duck and sticky rice

Crispy Pork with sticky rice

Street vendor on the street of Bangkok

Street vendor in Bangkok

Fresh coconut

Fruit Vendor

Fruit Vendor

This dish is aptly called Morning Glory least to say I chuckled everytime I saw it on the menu

This dish is aptly called morning glory least to say I chuckled everytime I saw it on the menu

Typical breakfast

Typical breakfast

Whole Fried Fish

Whole Fried Fish

Thai fried fish

Whole fried snapper with sweet and sour sauce

 

SP Chicken

A must visit if you are in Chiang Mai, reservations cannot be made opens from 10am till 5pm, I recommend getting there early as they can shut earlier than the closing time if they run out of stock. It is that popular that it happens regularly.

img_4938

papaya and crab salad

If you are in the region of Chiang Mai you must go to SP Chicken be prepared to queue for at least 45mins. However the chicken would probably be on of the best things you have ever tasted.

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island is Thailand’s island-superstar. It’s been in the movies. It’s the topic of conversation for travelers all over Thailand. For some, it’s the only reason to touchdown in Phuket. Even with all the hype, it doesn’t disappoint. Phi Phi’s beauty is a large chunk of the allure. The islands, when approached by boat, rise from the sea like a fortress. Sheer cliffs tower overhead, then give way to beach-fronted jungle. It’s love at first sight.

On my second day in Thailand, it was time to head to Phi Phi, an hour forty five minutes flight from Don Mueang international airport to Krabi airport then a further hour long ferry  to Phi Phi Island

Ferry into Phi Phi

Phi Phi

approach into phi phi

Beach in Phi Phi

Beach in Phi Phi

Phi Phi

Phi Phi

Sun rise in Phi Phi

Phi Phi

Phi Phi

swimming

Sunset

Sunset in Phi Phi

Phi Phi

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand. After the complete solitude of 75% beaching in Phi Phi for 3 days it was time to head to Chiang Mai, this was by far the most favorite part of my trip because of the varied activities I was able to do. I had thoroughly washed London out of my hair and got stuck into everything Chiang Mai had to offer. The city is full of history, nature, beauty, charm. I had some of the best Thai meals in Chiang Mai. We were fortunate enough to be in town during one of the most significant festivals of the year, The Festival of light. Tourist were encouraged to participate in the festival which made for a more enjoyable spectacle.

Lanterns in Chiang Mai

Streets of Chiang Mai

img_4849

img_4851

img_4855

img_4860

Our first full day was spent on a tour which started off with, visiting The orchid gardens, butterfly farm, elephant riding, trekking to the fountain in Mae Taeng and ended with white water rafting where our raft almost capsized and I was the only casualty to fall into the river.

Orchid Garden Chiang Mai

Orchid Garden Chiang Mai

img_4873

elephant trek

img_4881

Waterfall

img_4930

img_4932

img_4942

img_4953

img_4960

img_4963

img_4970

img_4977

wat chedi luang temple

wat chedi luang

Top Tip for Chiang Mai, allow at least 5 days to thoroughly explore the city, do a day tour which incorporates various activities as opposed to just one, do a cooking class if you can and explore the city with eyes wide open as there is so much to see.

Bangkok

My Thailand trip started in Bangkok and ended in Bangkok. My least favorite city, as it reminded of everything I hate about big cities; traffic, pollution and utter chaos. The contrast between rich and poor was incredibly glaring with different parts of the city separated by its wealth. The best bit about Bangkok was watching the city go whilst having a drink on a rooftop bar and the hour long massage that made everything that seemed wrong seemingly right.
Bangkok

img_4672

View from Cloud 47 Bangkok rooftop bar

img_4690

View from the balcony of my hotel room

View from the balcony of my hotel room

img_5061

img_5059

img_11121

img_11131

Thank you Max for opening my eyes to the beauty of this country and having all the best ideas for this trip, I cannot wait for our next destination. To all the international friends we made along the way, I cannot wait to visit you in all the proposed countries and I hope you never stop seeking beautiful adventures.

Thailand was epic and I am sure there would be another visit in the future as I was only able to scratch the surface during my short but incredibly sweet visit. Until next time xoxo

barbara

Fashion for me must always contain a mix of individualism, character and an element of fun... My blog is the platform at which I can engage in two of my favorite things I.e. writing and fashion

6 Discussion to this post

  1. Lance Nielsen says:

    Great job of conjuring up the textures, flavors and colours, as always.

    • barbara says:

      It is easy when the subject matter itself is beautiful. I am already thinking on the next location and destination. Ps I cannot wait for your trip so you can tell me all about it.

  2. Biki says:

    Guuurl, first of all, you’ve changed your design, woop! And good to have you back in the blogosphere! These pics are SENSATIONAL especially the food pics. Thai is one of my fav cuisines so I would have been in pure food heaven ‘hur! You mos def have to go again and I have to drag my ass there one day. Ps how gorge are the beaches out there. Have a lovely week Biutiful! Bisous

    • barbara says:

      Ha, I just a little coding whizz tweak a few things and hey presto a cleaner lay out 🙂 Thailand was a dream one that I am yet to wake up from. I cannot shout enough about how epic it was. You will love it. Perhaps we could even go together. I heard there are other beaches that make this one look like nothing. Can you imagine that. Anyways back to the dark and cold reality that is London. Berlin soon no? 😉 Have a fab week gorgeos xx

  3. Keyma says:

    Such an amazing post darling. I lived the experience through your writing and pictures. I hope to visit one day.

    • barbara says:

      I can totally see you beaching all day long. You will love Thailand. I can guarantee that for sure as a fashionista I will say to pack light as you can buy beautiful pieces for next to nothing xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *