Some thoughts for all interested in spending time in Thailand. First of all, go there! All of you. Single, married, with kids, retired....go!
Thailand has it all. Mountains, beaches, delicious food, and some of the greatest people. For Thailand, tourism is a hug part of their economy and they care deeply about making sure your time there is wonderful.
You could go to Thailand and stay at a nice resort and have a wonderful time, but we recommend a different direction for your stay. Thailand is a very warm and welcoming country and walking the streets and riding scooters down their streets helps you not miss all the life and joy this country has to offer.
Stephen and I had two weeks in the country and stayed primarily in the South around Phuket and Krabi, with a few days in Bangkok. This was great for really exploring areas, but if you wanted to do a week near the beach and a week up in Chang Mai, that would be doable as well.
We highly suggest Koh Phi Phi Island and the surrounding islands as a great stop to snorkel, sunbathe, and scuba. It is a very tourist focused island, but getting out on the water helps separate you from the crowds and there is plenty of beauty for all the experience. Longtail boats are the local taxis and every ride feels exciting and new.
We use TripAdvisor for many things. One of which is hotel recommendations. This service is amazing for many reasons, one being that you have many opinions given and you can filter to your specific price range and desires. One hotel that stuck out for its amazing service and amenities was Frutta Hotel in Patong. Patong itself is not my favorite city to visit. Very crowded, full of seediness, and the beach wasn’t that great. But Frutta is located perfectly outside the madness and has the best staff. Staying there was a delight and renting a scooter for the day to head south to the beautiful beaches of Karon was the best way to spend our days.
If we can encourage a few things to do in Thailand:
- Rent a scooter and drive until you are lost. Exploring the coastline and inland villages is like a dream.
- Eat street food like it’s your religion. It’s safe to eat, cheap and really good.
- Get a message every night. Ask your hotel a good near by place and go. Again cheap, good and the only time you will probably every do this.
- Play outside. Whatever is your preference do it. Swim, climb, dive, bike...do it.
Here’s the thing. Getting to Thailand can cost you a bit of money but once you are there, your money goes a long ways. $15-20 rooms, $3 meals, and $8 hour long massages.
This country is beautiful and has tons to offer.
See photos from our trip at instagram.com/thepeachtruck