Thailand

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[...]

A Travelette finds Nemo – Underwater love in Thailand

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I'm sitting at the Emirates lounge in Bangkok with a plane home to catch in an hour. The only good thing about this scenario is that I can drown my sorrow in the bottom of a bottomless champagne glass. And the fact that there is fast wi-fi so I can plan my next adventures. Other than that I am absolutely miserable due to the fact that yesterday I was swimmin[...]

Trekking in Chiang Mai - of blue toes and serenity

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"I'm cooking," my friend Julia declares and tries to cool herself with a self-made banana leaf fan. "You are boiling, not cooking," Jatoo, our guide, corrects her. His English is not only excellent, he is also a very brave man; I wouldn't have quibbled with her over semantics in the state we are all in. We are well into the third day of hiking in the mountai[...]

Travelettes Guide: How to travel Thailand in one month

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I've said it once, twice, thrice, too many times to count: Thailand is one of my all time favourite destinations in the world to backpack and travel in. I'm definitely not alone here though as Katja, Annika and Alex all share this love for the land of smiles and paradise beaches with me. It's a place that when I think of it, it gives me a funny feeling in my[...]

Koh Yao Noi, Thailand - island life at its best

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Sawatdee ka! From my Instagram feed you can easily detect that I am in Thailand at the moment, which admittedly came a bit as a surprise to me. I never wanted to go to Thailand, ever. I thought it was for tourists, which of course I am not, I am a traveller. Big (snobby) difference! You hear the stories, you see the pictures: dirty, sleazy Bangkok, crowded, [...]

Chiang Mai: Thailand's Rose of the North

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Here at Travelettes, our love for Thailand is undying and forever more. Sorry to sound pretty gushy about that country, but it’s definitely a fav of ours. Sure, there’s Bangkok with Khao San Road and its never-ending bustling fun; sure, there’s the sandy partying of the southern islands; but how about some northern culture in the serene and stunning city of [...]

The other side of Koh Pha-Ngan

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Think Thailand's Koh Pha-Ngan is all about neon paint splattered gap year students throwing some shapes under the full moon and spacing out on shroom mountain? Well, hold your horses cowgirls, there's more to this infamous Thai island than super-strength buckets and passing out on the sand at 6am. I love Koh Pha-Ngan long time. I've loved it since way back w[...]

15 fun things to do in Bangkok

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I'm pretty sure that every blogpost I ever wrote about Thailand and Bangkok in particular was essentially just one big love fest. It's true that the most popular of destinations in Asia is simply always guaranteed to provide a good time, pretty much regardless of weather, company or budget. It's a bit like a disneyland for adults with fun people, amazing foo[...]

The 10 Commandments of Koh Tao-ism

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So January, my dreary nemesis… we meet again. As the whirling backdrop of festive fun and social engagements fades into the distant glow of Christmas past, January strikes with early mornings, old routines and no more chocolate for breakfast. Boo. Perfect time then to skip the country, throw those boring, sensible New Year’s resolutions to the wind and turn [...]