Sharon's Trip to Thailand

By Sharon Martin

Sharons Trip To Thailand

 

Last year I travelled with my husband to Thailand and spent 3 nights in Bangkok, 3 nights in Koh Samui, 4 nights in Ko Phi Phi and the last 3 nights in Phuket. We flew with Etihad from Dublin via Abu Dhabi to Bangkok and for the internal flights we used Bangkok Airways. From the airport we took a hotel’s transfer to arrive in Bangkok city and to our hotel which took around an hour. Also, for Koh Samui we took the hotel’s transfer to bring us to the hotel which took 45 minutes.

Location

Thailand, nicknamed the Land of Smiles, is a country which is rich in culture and tradition and is home to beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan cities like Bangkok. While in Bangkok we spent 3 nights in the 4 star Novotel Bankgkok Sukhumvit. In Koh Samui we spent 3 nights in the 4 star Mercure Koh Samui resort. In Ko Phi Phi we spent 4 nights in the 3 star Phi Phi Villa Resort. Finally, we spent 3 nights in the 4 star Galleri by Katathani in Phuket. All the hotels we stayed at have amazing rooms with incredible views, pools and restaurants and gave off a really relaxed holiday atmosphere.

What I Loved

The beaches were all beautiful and I particularly loved Bangkok with its mix of culture and cosmopolitan areas. My visit to the Grand Palace was great too as it was like being transported to the past.

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Activities & Places to See

  • Fall in love with Bangkok and its traditional monuments and museums like Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, the Grand Palace, the temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Arun, where you can find characteristic floating markets like Damnoen Saduak about 100km from Bangkok.
  • Relax on some of Koh Samui's numerous beaches like Chaweng and Lamai Beaches. Also visit the magnificent Namuang Waterfall and taste the fresh seafood in Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village.
  • Explore Phuket and its surrounding areas like Kata Noi Beach, where you can see astonishing scenery; visit the colossal Phuket Big Buddha; go to the south of the island and relax on Nai Harn Beach, or live a life of luxury at Surin Beach and explore Ohang Nga Bay and Khao Phing Kan, also known as James Bond Island.

Shopping

Thailand has plenty of shops where where you can buy beautiful souvenirs to take home. Bangkok has shopping malls everywhere, and I would definitely recommend visiting some of them such as Icon Siam, Terminal 21, MBK Center and Central World. Phuket also has some lovely shopping malls like Jungceylon which has over 200 brand-name outlets and Chillva Market, a cool night market with vintage vibes and a wide variety of food, fashion and souvenirs on offer. The Premium Outlets are a great spot for finding brand-name goods at discounted prices, while Turtle Village is the place to go to find unique Thai souvenirs and clothes.

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Food & Bars

There are a lot restaurants and bars in Thailand, many of which offer local Thai food and international options as well so there's something to suit everyone's tastes.

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Beaches

Thailand is full of beaches. Some of the most popular are Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui, which has bars and restaurants which become a night club during the night; Kata Beach, Patong beach, Freedom Beach , Surin Beach and Paradise Beach in Phuket. All of the beaches are very beautiful and are great for tourists, as they offer facilities such as restaurants, bars, beach chairs and more.


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