Thailand

Discovering Ko Phi Phi's best kept secret

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"Sometimes life is full of surprises" they say, and there is probably no time in life when this is more true than when traveling. I was on a two week stint through Thailand when I took the ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi, knowing I would be staying at the Zeavola Resort, a place I was invited to check out to review for you guys. Before going, I had a quick[...]

10 Perfect Places to Chill Out and Relax in Asia

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For those of us who have been backpacking in Asia, you'll know that eventually things can get a little exhausting, and so finding the perfect chill out zone is exactly what you need. I'm talking about a place where days get lost in each other, you forget what time it is, waking up with the sun and going to sleep on hammocks by the river every night. I'm talk[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Chiang Mai

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What was supposed to be a trip for a couple of weeks in Northern Thailand, quickly turned into a six month stay, as I had fallen head over heels for the Chiang Mai vibe. In a blink, I started calling this city ‘my home away from home’, just like all the expats and digital nomads that got stuck here. The many faces of Chiang Mai kept it interesting. From the [...]

5 Places to get Off the Beaten Track in Thailand

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Anyone who has been to Thailand will know it's one of the most vibrant, beautiful and relaxing places on earth. It's also one of the most touristy. And if you go in peak season, many of the top spots such as Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Bangkok's Khao San area will be heaving with young Europeans in Chang vests and neon face paint. I've heard many backpackers[...]

The Travelettes Top 10 Destinations in Thailand

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How many travellers have had their hearts stolen by Thailand? Too many to count we’d guess! We’ve certainly fallen for this beautiful country’s charms again and again, and though the country has changed drastically since the glory days when the first intrepid explorers founded the Banana Pancake Trail, it has lost none of its allure - we just can’t stay away[...]

Travelettes Christmas Calender: Day 9 - Grande Centre Point Ratchdamri, Bangkok

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The winner of yesterday's Freitag Voyager backpack is Ashlee! Congratulations!! We're 9 days into our Christmas calendar and we've given you the opportunity to win lots of amazing goodies from hotel stays in Germany or Austria to some beautiful hand-made goodies. But today we're thinking a little more tropical. Perhaps for 2016 you're dreaming of swimm[...]

Hotels We Love: Kata Rocks, Phuket

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For a while now, I've been fighting Phuket's corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn't offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them: 1. It's easy and relatively aff[...]

Hotels we love: the Mövenpick Karon Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket

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I'm a big believer in budget travel. Make your money go as far as possible (literally) and get more time our of your holiday. Frankly, that is easier said than done in many countries, but there are still some amazing destinations where you can easily travel on a budget without scraping the bottom of the barrel. Thailand for example. Thanks to Thailand sti[...]

Hotels We Love: The Surin, Phuket

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Yes, this is a hotel review. But first, a story. Two years ago, when I was living in Phuket, I spent a day on Surin Beach and because we fancied a little adrenaline rush that afternoon, we decided to go wakeboarding. My partner got in the speedboat and I got dragged out to sea behind them... willingly I should add. And mercifully, I managed to stand and w[...]

Hotels We Love: The Tongsai Bay on Ko Samui

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"Pardon me while I hang out in heaven for the next few days" was my first Instagram photo caption of The Tongsai Bay Resort. When the resort opened its white, pearly gates to me (okay, more like bamboo gates), I entered a world where a relaxing vacation lives in harmony with nature. Ko Samui’s first five star green hotel offered four tranquil days of excepti[...]