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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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