Imagine a place with white sandy beaches, from party islands to pure relaxing areas, sun all day long and many interesting people to meet. This is what travelling through Southern Thailand is about! I got off the plane and fell in love with it immediately. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful seasides in Cambodia and Vietnam before but Thailand beat them all, no doubt.
is a pretty big island with a quiet atmosphere, chilling beaches in one hand and on the other hand you can have crazy parties, too. You just have to ask around where to hang out tonight and it won’t take you a long time to find high visited bars even with live music almost every day. I spent my first two nights in chillouthouselanta (at Long Beach) which I would definitely recommend to anyone who thinks of visiting Koh Lanta! Friendly staff, free drinking water and you literally sleep in a tree house (pretty adventurous). Unfortunately, I tried to extend too late for my third and last night on the island. So the hostel was already full booked and I needed to find another hostel which I honestly didn’t like… not even worth to mention. However, I feel safe to tell you that you will have a wonderful memorable time in Koh Lanta BUT don’t forget a mosquito spray, just saying.
Koh Phi Phi
is way smaller than Koh Lanta. It’s a beautiful little island (about an hour away from Koh Lanta) but don’t expect to arrive there alone. You will find many many tourists there and the beach goes crazy at night. Party inevitable. I didn’t spend a lot of time there (2-3nights are enough, for sure) but I enjoyed my whole stay. If you want to go there, be aware that you will need a bit more money than on the mainland. During the day you can relax on the beach or do a boat trip to go snorkelling, diving or heading to other even smaller islands around Phi Phi. One highlight of this island is the View Point, for sure. There are signs anywhere so you won’t be able to miss it and it’s so much worth to visit it. As earlier you go, the less people you will find there … Tourist hotspot during sunset.
is one town where the ferry leaves to the islands. I stayed there for 3 nights and I loved it. Countless delicious and cheap street food (especially on the night market at the pier), one of the very best fruit shakes Thailand’s and even wonderful sights and beaches around. Two highlights and actually more or less MUST-DO’s are visiting Railay Beach and hiking to the Khao Ngon Nak View Point. Railay Beach might be busy, therefore, I recommend to wake up early to get there (trust me, it’s worth it). Khao Ngon Nak View Point is around 40 mins away by scooter and a bit hidden. Maybe I will write a blog entry in the near future about how you can get there 🙂 It’s a kind of exhausting hike, especially when you are not used to doing it at 35°C. However, the big advantage is that you won’t find many tourists on the trek AND it’s so beautiful up there!! I met an inspiring guy from England on the top as he left his home roughly 8 years ago and moved to Australia to start his own business. I even hung out with him again on the next day in Krabi town. I’m so happy to meet these people on my journey. For me, there is no Good Bye any more. Just a see you there or see you soon … which makes travelling so special.
I’m so glad that I can share all these memorable moments with you guys. Follow me on Facebook to see some more adventurous photos. I know already that I will come back to Thailand and its wonderful islands soon. Pretty sure you will love it, too 🙂
All the best,