We took a ferry from Koh Lanta to Koh Phi Phi island and journey took us about 2 hours. From Saladan Pier to Ton Sai one-way ticket cost is 450 BHT (14 USD). During the trip we witnessed some interesting behavior. A few passengers that were travelling on our boat to someplace else, had to switch boats on the open sea. That was unexpected and fun to watch at the same time. Ton Sai Pier is rather small, so companies do not to waste time on mooring and waiting for people to switch ferry, they found a quicker and cheaper way to do it on the water. Fun fact I would say????
Bangkok, as every other big city, offers a multitude of places to stay. From the cheap hostels, to the most expensive and extravagant hotels. You can find many options to where you want to stay depending on your budget. Having the mindset that Bangkok may have crazy traffic, I subconsciously picked hotels close to our interest points. We were very lucky to usually choose clean and reasonably priced places.
Come and check out some of my favorite pictures that I took while traveling around Thailand. I believe that the majestic colors, incredible natural beauty and detailed architecture, all have something for everyone on their visits. These are only some of the wonderful sights that I saw on my travels. I wish I could share my entire experience and every picture I took with the world. It is mostly true that every picture is worth a thousand words, yet some pictures are just difficult to describe with words. Seeing is believing that the world can be so beautiful. Continue reading “20 Photos to inspire you to visit Thailand”
We wanted to spend our second day on Koh Lanta visiting smaller islands within her reach. We bought a day trip at our hotel, which included snorkeling, the Emerald Cave on Koh Mook Island and relaxing on Koh Rok. The whole day with everything included cost us 2000 baht ( $60 ) per person.
Journey from Koh Tao to Koh Lanta took us about 10 hours and had quite a few steps. We bought our tickets from the office at Mae Haad Pier the day before our departure. We decided to try another company – Lomprayah and paid 1300 baht each. The ferry was scheduled for 6 am, so at 5:30 am we were up and ready to go. While entering the boat you are provided with a sticker with the name of your destination. It should be placed somewhere visible. Lomprayah boats are smaller and faster, when you add a very turbulent sea, you will have me suffering from my first motion sickness episode. Trust me it was the longest boat ride I can recall, even though it only lasted about 1.5 hours.
Koh Tao is a real divers’ paradise, well, any water sport to be exact but diving is the life there. Mae Haad Pier is located just in the middle of the town and from the first steps you take it immerses you into a very vibrant place. You will find bars, restaurants, stalls and lots of people mulling around there. We used Airbnb to find a place to stay since hotels can be very pricey and chose a great location right in the middle of town. Just a 5 minute walk to the Mae Haad Beach, lots of scooter rentals, crepe stalls and my personal favorite, an awesome bakery with fresh and warm buns every morning????
Koh Phangan island is located around 7 miles from Koh Samui and the only way to get there is by ferry. It took us 45 minutes to transfer from the Nathon Pier on Koh Samui to Thong Sala Pier. A one-way ticket cost us $5.96 each, which we bought via Ferry Samui site. Ticket or confirmation must be printed, so maybe ask to have it printed at your hotel, like we did. With a printed copy, you need to go to the company office, located across the road from the pier and exchange it for actual tickets. Tickets cannot be redeemed on the Pier, it has to be done at the office. We saw many tourists get turned away to get tickets at their main office.
Bangrak Pier welcomed us with lots of people, extreme heat and very expensive cabs. The best way to discover and move around the different islands is to rent a scooter. And yes, it is possible to ride on it with two people, four backpacks and not fall off ???? Tried and tested! Cost to rent varies from 200 to 300 baht ($6-9) per day. Most places require you to leave your passport as a deposit, some only take a photocopy of your passport. We never had issues leaving our passports at the various local vendors.
I should start with a very important thing to say, which I will probably repeat a lot. Do not reserve anything ahead of time, hotel room, train, and bus nor flight ticket. Why? Continue reading “Short stay with great taste. Welcome to Surat Thani”
To be completely honest, Chiang Mai was not the first I thought of when I decided to go to northern Thailand. It did not mean that I do not appreciate the opportunity to visit and explore the city, but I found out about Chiang Mai while doing research about elephant sanctuaries. Probably most people hearing Thailand instantly connect it with elephants, which is very good, but…