Thailand diaries #2: Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya & The Islands

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Now that Marijs is in Thailand, it’s about time that I post part two of my own adventures there. Feels a bit like stealing her thunder as I’ve had ten months to do this and only now get around to it, but I hope it will maybe give her (and you) some more travel inspiration!  I’ve tried to keep it concise, which resulted in a post of more than 50 pictures. Oh well… I guess that just means Thailand is too beautiful.

//Drinks at Mo Rooms//

// Dash. They had amazing Bacon wrapped Shrimp!//

//Horn Bar at Mandarin Oriental. LOVE this place!//

Like many people before me, I wouldn’t really recommend going to Phuket. I did, however, enjoy the trips we took from there: a dinner cruise to the edge of  “James Bond Island”  & ferry to Koh Phi Phi. That place is heaven! I’d go back to Thailand only to spend more time there.

//Dinner at White Box//

The boyfriend and I spent our last week in Thailand on Koh Samui because we really needed to rest.  It seemed like a great place to not move around too much and lie flat on our backs reading a book. Looking back however, we stayed at two different hotels, took a trip to Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan and went to a variety of restaurants and beaches. Ah, we just can’t sit still. We mostly stayed close to Bophut, a (former) fisherman’s village that attracted a lot of French immigrants, which resulted in a really nice restaurant scene. We felt Bophut was a little less flashy than Chaweng and a little less touristy (that’s all relative in Thailand, I know)  than Lamai beach, so it was right up our alley. I’d recommend Bophut strongly to couples, but If you’re backpacking, I think somewhere a little more lively may be nicer.

//Lamai Wanta hotel //

//Scoops//

//The Sundays Sanctuary: Super cheap and very nice hotel! //

//The Pier: great lunch place//

//Zazen//

//Koh Tao//

//The Library at Chaweng Beach//

// 9 Gems: Fancy decor, but we were the only guests there. And I do mean only.//

//Le Cabanon//

//Happy Elephant//

//Koh Pha Ngan//

This post was originally published on Ella & Louise.