There are two kinds of people in this country, one who have been to Thailand and the other who are planning to. There is no third one. The reason is: Thailand is one of the most visited countries in South East Asia. One of the closest travel destinations for India, Thailand has a lot to offer.
From Backpackers to Honeymooners, from Business Travellers to Solo Travellers, from Family vacations to Bachelor Parties, the country has something for everyone.
Well, I am boasting so much about this place because when I visited Thailand last year, I was totally taken aback by the place. I completely misjudged the place by what I heard about it over the years.
Thailand is very rich in culture. People here practice Thai Buddhism. Although a very modern country in terms of infrastructure, people in Thailand follow their religion religiously and are quite superstitious also.
Two things touched me most in Thailand are its beauty and food. Now, when I say beauty, I literally mean it. The country has famous beach destinations like Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi, besides many virgin and unexplored Islands with serene beaches. When I planned my trip to Thailand, I was sure to visit some unexplored islands as well.
Phuket: The first leg of my trip was Phuket and I checked in to Novotel Hotel at Karon Beach. Karon in the southernmost part of Phuket is less-crowded and less explored by tourists.
People prefer to stay at Patong largely because it houses most of the hotels and resorts. Secondly, food is cheap and easily available in Phuket. All sea food fans will surely have a delight.
Local conveyance by Tuk Tuk is common here, but you should have the skill of negotiating with the Tuk Tuk drivers for proper charges. However, I will suggest hiring a motorbike and moving around the island. That’s probably the best way to see Phuket. You might end up discovering something no one knows! The place is full of surprises.
While I had plans to visit the Promthep cape, the southernmost Tip of Phuket, I came across the Flea Market near our hotel and I shall say I was lucky enough to try out the local food here. I got a chance to do some shopping too.
Later I headed towards Promthep Cape. The place was so beautiful. It was very peaceful and relaxing. I spent quite some time there seeing the sun going down, and then got back to the mainland for party night.
On my way back, I halted at another view point just to take in as much as I could from the sea. The most happening part of the island is in Patong. It’s crowded and mad but if you are interested in shopping and partying, this is the right place to be.
Generally, while checking in a hotel, they swipe your credit card as a security deposit. If, in case, you don’t end up using the free hotel services such as Housekeeping/Room cleaning etc, you get additional points, which you can redeem within your stay in the hotel. Make sure you use them.
Koh Yao Yai: My travel from Phuket to the next Island Koh Yao Yai was through a speed boat, supposedly the fastest route and it cost me around 800 baht for two.
Well, for me, Koh Yao Yai was the best part of my trip. The Island was so peaceful and calm that I felt like there is no one around me. It houses a few resorts only and I would suggest everyone to visit this one resort – Santhiya. This place was house of luxury and beauty. I think even the pictures won’t do justice.
I went through a soulful retreat for the 2 days I was there. The stay here was a bit expensive but was completely worth it. If I ever again visit Thailand, I am for sure staying in this resort.
Then I travelled from there to the Phi Phi Islands through a speed boat, but this time it was quite expensive, cost around 2400 baht. You have option of using a private boat provided by the resort.
Phi Phi: My last leg of the trip was in Phi Phi. This island is more commercialised and hence you see more tourists here. We got down at Tonsai Bay. The resort we booked here was not at this bay and the only way to reach our resort was through the long tail boat.
I had booked a half day island tour, there was an option for a full day tour too but I did not opt for it purposely as the whole day in the sea would be too exhausting.
I covered four islands including Maya Bay which I personally didn’t like much because of being overcrowded. There were just too many people; it felt like a shopping market, although the island was quite beautiful.
I would say Thailand has a lot to offer with its mesmerizing beauty and rich culture. There are numerous other islands here which are unexplored and yet amazingly beautiful. I had a lot of fun in this 7-day trip and got to know a lot about this part of the world.