Thailand

Pai | Chiang Rai | Chiang Mai | Bangkok | Koh Samet | Phuket | Phi Phi

Thailand

Pai | Chiang Rai | Chiang Mai | Bangkok | Koh Samet | Phuket | Phi Phi

Thailand

Thailand is one of the most touristy countries in the entire world, which is good if you are looking for an uncomplicated vacation where you really don’t have to figure anything out by yourself. You’ll find almost everything you could possibly want there : luxury resorts, stunning beaches, vibrant city life, quiet hippy towns, and so on. What you probably won’t find, especially during the peak season, is a quiet spot where you can actually enjoy the beauty of the country without dozens of tourists surrounding you. Thailand is also considerably more expensive than the rest of South East Asia when it comes to partying, national park entrance fees and other activities, so plan your vacations accordingly. 

Thailand is one of the most touristy countries in the entire world, which is good if you are looking for an uncomplicated vacation where you really don’t have to figure anything out by yourself. You’ll find almost everything you could possibly want there : luxury resorts, stunning beaches, vibrant city life, quiet hippy towns, and so on. What you probably won’t find, especially during the peak season, is a quiet spot where you can actually enjoy the beauty of the country without dozens of tourists surrounding you. Thailand is also considerably more expensive than the rest of South East Asia when it comes to partying, national park entrance fees and other activities, so plan your vacations accordingly. 

Pai

The small town of Pai in Northern Thailand was my favorite place to explore in the country. To get there, you need to drive three hours out of Chiang Mai through the mountains, which you can do by yourself on a bike or in a bus. The famous road separating the two cities reportedly contains over 600 curves, which isn’t hard to believe when you drive it twice. We had a minor scooter accident on the way there as the road was slippery because of the rain, so be careful if you pick the former option to get there. 

Despite the tricky drive there, it is all worth it. The town is located in a valley surrounded by countless mountains, offering a stunning scenery all around. The Pai Canyon was ideal to enjoy a peaceful sunset in the nature away from the crowds. The town itself is quite touristy, but while there isn’t that much to do, you’ll have plenty of nice restaurants and bars to explore if you stay for a few days. 

The small town of Pai in Northern Thailand was my favorite place to explore in the country. To get there, you need to drive three hours out of Chiang Mai through the mountains, which you can do by yourself on a bike or in a bus. The famous road separating the two cities reportedly contains over 600 curves, which isn’t hard to believe when you drive it twice. We had a minor scooter accident on the way there as the road was slippery because of the rain, so be careful if you pick the former option to get there. 

Despite the tricky drive there, it is all worth it. The town is located in a valley surrounded by countless mountains, offering a stunning scenery all around. The Pai Canyon was ideal to enjoy a peaceful sunset in the nature away from the crowds. The town itself is quite touristy, but while there isn’t that much to do, you’ll have plenty of nice restaurants and bars to explore if you stay for a few days. 

Chiang Rai

We stopped in Chiang Rai for a day before we caught our flight to Bangkok, so it would be unfair to judge a city I haven’t had the chance to properly explore. What I can tell you, though, is that the White Temple is by a long shot the coolest temples I’ve ever visited. Also, I strongly recommend trying Hundred Percent, a dessert restaurant where I had one of the best waffles I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. 

We stopped in Chiang Rai for a day before we caught our flight to Bangkok, so it would be unfair to judge a city I haven’t had the chance to properly explore. What I can tell you, though, is that the White Temple is by a long shot the coolest temples I’ve ever visited. Also, I strongly recommend trying Hundred Percent, a dessert restaurant where I had one of the best waffles I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. 

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a relatively big city located in the center of northern Thailand. While it is much smaller and quieter than Bangkok, it is a fun city to explore. I recommend renting a scooter and driving around to the top of the mountain or going for a swim at the Grand Canyon, a place that might not be as great as the actual Grand Canyon but that is still worth visiting with a few friends. If you’re visiting from the south of Thailand, consider taking a flight to Chiang Mai as it is quite far from everything else and the domestic flights in Thailand are some of the cheapest I’ve seen. 

Chiang Mai is a relatively big city located in the center of northern Thailand. While it is much smaller and quieter than Bangkok, it is a fun city to explore. I recommend renting a scooter and driving around to the top of the mountain or going for a swim at the Grand Canyon, a place that might not be as great as the actual Grand Canyon but that is still worth visiting with a few friends. If you’re visiting from the south of Thailand, consider taking a flight to Chiang Mai as it is quite far from everything else and the domestic flights in Thailand are some of the cheapest I’ve seen. 

Bangkok

I’m not going to teach you much about Bangkok since I’ve only spent a day there and you likely already know more about it than I do. What I can say, though, is that I didn’t find the city as chaotic as everyone told me it was. If anything, Vietnam and Indonesia felt much busier, and Bangkok’s many high-end shopping centers and other conveniences made the city look much more like an American city than anything else. 

I’m not going to teach you much about Bangkok since I’ve only spent a day there and you likely already know more about it than I do. What I can say, though, is that I didn’t find the city as chaotic as everyone told me it was. If anything, Vietnam and Indonesia felt much busier, and Bangkok’s many high-end shopping centers and other conveniences made the city look much more like an American city than anything else. 

Koh Samet

Koh Samet is a quiet island located a few hours drive away from Bangkok. It is not on most tourists’ itinerary as it isn’t located near the busier party islands of the south, but there still are many resorts to please people with any kind of budget. Unless you’re with a group of people or want to be all by yourself for a while, I would recommend avoiding Koh Samet as it felt much harder to find people to hangout with there than elsewhere in Thailand. In my opinion, the island wasn’t as beautiful as the ones down south, and the prices were much higher than average for Thailand. However, if you ever find yourself on Koh Samet, don’t miss out on Naga Bar, a great place with delicious drinks where you’ll be given a pot of glow in the dark paint to use on whatever you can find inside the bar. 

Koh Samet is a quiet island located a few hours drive away from Bangkok. It is not on most tourists’ itinerary as it isn’t located near the busier party islands of the south, but there still are many resorts to please people with any kind of budget. Unless you’re with a group of people or want to be all by yourself for a while, I would recommend avoiding Koh Samet as it felt much harder to find people to hangout with there than elsewhere in Thailand. In my opinion, the island wasn’t as beautiful as the ones down south, and the prices were much higher than average for Thailand. However, if you ever find yourself on Koh Samet, don’t miss out on Naga Bar, a great place with delicious drinks where you’ll be given a pot of glow in the dark paint to use on whatever you can find inside the bar. 

Phuket

It is difficult to be fair when judging Phuket since not only we got heavy rain for the entire four days we spent there, but also because we were there the week following the king’s death in October 2016. Therefore, many bars were shut down and the streets were much quieter than they probably usually are. I’ve heard great things about the island of Phuket, but unfortunately wasn’t able to experience it properly. We did take a boat tour to the famous James Bond Island, which in my opinion just doesn’t compare with Vietnam’s Halong Bay. Add that to the fact that we stayed in Patong Beach, Phuket’s party destination where shemales grab you by the cock in the middle of the street and sex workers play ping-pong with their vaginas, and I don’t think I have to explain why I will not be returning in that area any time soon. If you ever end up there, do NOT miss out on Number Six, a cheap local restaurant with some of the best Thai food I’ve ever had. 

It is difficult to be fair when judging Phuket since not only we got heavy rain for the entire four days we spent there, but also because we were there the week following the king’s death in October 2016. Therefore, many bars were shut down and the streets were much quieter than they probably usually are. I’ve heard great things about the island of Phuket, but unfortunately wasn’t able to experience it properly. We did take a boat tour to the famous James Bond Island, which in my opinion just doesn’t compare with Vietnam’s Halong Bay. Add that to the fact that we stayed in Patong Beach, Phuket’s party destination where shemales grab you by the cock in the middle of the street and sex workers play ping-pong with their vaginas, and I don’t think I have to explain why I will not be returning in that area any time soon. If you ever end up there, do NOT miss out on Number Six, a cheap local restaurant with some of the best Thai food I’ve ever had. 

Phi Phi

Who says traveling through South East Asia for three months says food poisoning, and unfortunately for me, it happened to me as we were on Phi Phi island for a few days. I had heard before that you have to be particularly careful on that island because of how dirty the water is, and despite being extremely careful with everything that entered my mouth, I was sick for three days and could barely move to go to the toilet and back to my bed. 

That being said, Phi Phi is a beautiful island where you’ll likely meet a lot of tourists and party hard. The island is located near the very popular Maya Bay, a place we did not go to because of the average weather we had while in the area. During the only afternoon of sun we had, we kayaked to monkey beach and hiked up the mountain to check out the most famous viewpoint around. Nothing breathtaking in my opinion, but still well worth a quick look. 

Who says traveling through South East Asia for three months says food poisoning, and unfortunately for me, it happened to me as we were on Phi Phi island for a few days. I had heard before that you have to be particularly careful on that island because of how dirty the water is, and despite being extremely careful with everything that entered my mouth, I was sick for three days and could barely move to go to the toilet and back to my bed. 

That being said, Phi Phi is a beautiful island where you’ll likely meet a lot of tourists and party hard. The island is located near the very popular Maya Bay, a place we did not go to because of the average weather we had while in the area. During the only afternoon of sun we had, we kayaked to monkey beach and hiked up the mountain to check out the most famous viewpoint around. Nothing breathtaking in my opinion, but still well worth a quick look.