Thailand in 2 months

Tag: Destinations, Thailand, Travel itineraries   
April 20, 2011   1 Comment

It was our first visit to Thailand and we stayed 2 months. We absolutely loved the country, it’s natural beauty, tasty food, nice people and how set-up it is for westerners to enjoy themselves and get around the sites. From chill out to adventure and culture to hedonism, Thailand has it all.

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  • Bangkok
    We flew into Bangkok and spent a day or two touring the plentiful sites in this massive city. A well negotiated tuk tuk was invaluable.
  • Gulf of Thailand
    After a good coach and catamaran trip we arrived at our first Island stop – Koh Tao. We chilled out for a few days before doing an open-water diving course.

    We then took another boat to Koh Phangan, which was more beaching, plus more adventure and exploration by scooter to lovely waterfalls. We stayed much longer than intended as we loved the chilled ambience and pace of life on the Island. A trip to Ang Thong Marine Park was fantastic.

    To complete the set, we hopped over to Koh Samui but didn’t stay long as we found it a full-on tourist resort, with little charm.

  • Andaman Sea
    Back on the Thai mainland, we bussed to the natural beauty of Khao Sok, where we signed up to a 3 night 4 day package of activities such as elephant rides, trekking, canoeing, and exploring the wondrous Ratchapraya Dam / Chieo Lan Lake. A great place.

    Carrying on westwards we hit the Andaman coast and stayed at Khao Lak, wiped out by the 2004 tsunami and rebuilt without much care. Another tourist hot-spot, especially full of Germans! However, it’s a good base for a boat trip around the perfect Similan Islands.

    Our final island was Koh Phi Phi, a mix of jaw-dropping scenery and western party town, but with glorious quiet spots to be hunted out around the Island. A trip to Koh Phi Phi Don (the beach from The Beach) summed it up: a special place but hard to enjoy with hundreds of people everywhere. The snorkelling was out of this world though.

  • North Thailand
    A flight from Phuket to Chiang Mai unlocked the brilliant North Thailand for us. Chiang Mai made quite a mark on us, we loved it. It has a nice feel.

    Getting more remote we stayed a little off the beaten track near Sappong, stuck up close to the Burmese border. A rewarding trip. After that we stopped off at Pai, where we chilled along with everyone else, enjoying the atmosphere.

    From Pai it was more buses until we got to Chiang Rai, which failed to leave a very positive impression us, although we did like it’s hospital. From Chiang Rai we went to the Laos border town of Chiang Khong, but didn’t stay there, instead moving immediately on to Laos.

As our first introduction to Thailand we felt we’d covered some good ground, but with so many more islands, especially those in South Thailand, some other important cultural centres, plenty of natural parks and so many hilltribe people and villages to discover, plus a burning desire to return to Chiang Mai, we’ll definitely be back.

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One Response to “Thailand in 2 months”

February 21st, 2014 @ 9:57 am

2 months must have felt like… paradise!
There are some countries that require a longer stay, otherwise you get that empty belly feeling of not having seen it all, the “I missed something” feeling.
I felt this in Spain and Portugal.

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