Hello hello! Sorry this is SO delayed but here’s a little bit about our experience in Thailand!
Everyone starts their honeymoon off in Bangkok, right?
Well at least thats how we did! To start off our trip, we flew about 16 hours (with EVA Air) from JFK Airport to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport where we had a layover for a few hours. It then took us about four more hours to fly to Bangkok. When we arrived it was around 11pm at night and we were exhausted. Luckily we realized Thailand not only has Uber but Grab cars as well (in certain parts). This made getting to our hotel Novotel, about 25-30 mins away, really easy, convenient and the best part, cheap. Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 was a great place to start our honeymoon.
It was clean, pretty cheap, in a great location, had a cool sky deck to hang out on, awesome pool overlooking the city, a great gym and good food. Novotel also isn’t too far from the main attractions either. There’s a huge shopping mall right down the street, just a few minutes walk down. We took Grab cars (a few dollars each ride) to and from the the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho and China Town (on different days). Once we got to the main attractions we’d spend most of our time just walking around, exploring and eating. When it came to food, we realized there’s no need to eat expensive in Bangkok. You can walk down any street and find cheap fruit, amazing Pad Thai for $1 (Nick ate so much Pad Thai he can no longer look at it) and an array of rices and noodles for also under a few bucks. We only spent 2 full days in Bangkok (not including travel days) but we definitely could have planned for more time. There was so much to do and see (and eat!).
From Bangkok we flew into Chiang Mai (with Thai Airways). We arrived on a Friday and left on a Sunday. Super quick stop but it was really all we needed because we went solely to go to an elephant sanctuary for the full day we were there. The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was about 1 hour long. We stayed at a great Airbnb in the Old City for again, really cheap and in a great location to food (yessss). There are so many elephant places you can go to throughout Thailand (especially in Northern Thailand) but we really wanted to spend the day at one where the elephants were retired/rescued from working. Google Phajaan if you have a minute/aren’t faint of heart and it will change your mind about riding an elephant. Nick researched throughout Thailand and Chiang Mai and felt like the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary was the best choice. It’s a low-key place that’s just trying to let elephants enjoy their days the best way they can, by being elephants. So no riding, only feeding bananas and bathing them. We had an awesome time. It was incredible to see such a massive animal that close up. As huge as they are they’re such calm animals. An experience both of us will never forget. Because we spent all of our time (1 full day) with the elephants we didn’t really get to experience all Chiang Mai has to offer. I guess that means we needto head back in the future!! 🙂
We then flew from Chiang Mai to Phuket (with Bangkok Airways). Phuket is one of the places we could definitely head back to and explore for longer. We had 3 full days
and we absolutely filled them. We rented a motorbike (please do this if you go to Phuket).
Yes, the driving in Thailand iscrazy and navigating it on a motorbike can seem a little daunting but it’s the best way to get around Phuket in our opinion. It’s also just a lot of fun. Our Airbnb was only a couple blocks away from Bangtao Beach, another perfect spot to explore. It was just a minute or two drive from numerous night markets where you can legitimately get anything and everything. I’m talking amazing food fromdoughnuts to smoothies, fish, kebabs and everything in between. A lot of them also sell clothes, underwear (very weird), speakers, souvenirs, shoes and other miscellaneous items. Phuket was great because you could hop on the motorbike and just explore. Not a fan of Bangtao Beach? Looking for something more private and quiet? No problem. Hop on the motorbike and explore the hills. Drive a few miles north and you’ll find a private beach tucked away by rocks and trees called Banana Beach. The beach isn’t really your thing? Hop on the motorbike and go explore the rubber tree forests. Maybe you’re looking for more of a party-like scene? Drive about 30 mins and you’ll find a long strip of bars and restaurants in Patong. The great thing about Phuket, it has something for everyone.
Phi Phi Island
After Phuket, we headed for Phi Phi Island by ferry. The ferry ride for the two of us costs about $55. This included a ferry ride for two from Phuket to Phi Phi Island and then from Phi Phi Island to Krabi. (We would be doing the following ride a few days later.) It was about a 4 hour trip total. We arrived an hour early to make sure we got a good spot on the boat. We were on the water for a little under 2 hours. And then it was about an hour to get off the ferry, wait for a private boat and travel to our hotel. We stayed at HIP Seaview on Long Beach. A hotel that is a trek to get up to because it’s basically on the top of a mountain but nonetheless has one of the most incredible views. Make your way down and you’ll find a great stretch of beach, other hotel bungalows and plenty of restaurants to eat at each night. HIP Seaview was great because we could feel as secluded as we wanted. If we wanted to stay in our bungalow on top of the mountain, we could. If we wanted to head down and go to a different place for dinner, we could. If we wanted to take a boat to another close by island, we could and we actually did. This is another thing we would definitely recommend while in Thailand. Specifically in Phi Phi Island. Rent a private long boat to take you around for 3-4 hours or even the full day. It was about $45-50 for 4 hours and it was totally worth it. We were able to dictate exactly where to go and how long we wanted to be there for. We used the time to snorkel, spent some time at monkey beach, pulled up to Maya Beach for a few minutes and then quickly figured out we liked exploring better than staying in any one place. So instead we asked our driver to take us around Ko Phi Phi Lee, the island that Maya Bay is located on. We circled around the island, snorkeled, swam and found many different spots to explore. We ended our Phi Phi trip with Thai massages on the last night. This is a must when traveling to Thailand. We figured the time to do it was now because it was probably going to get more expensive when we got to Krabi. Tot
al we spent about 700 Baht (or about $22) for both Nick and I. I know this was definitely not the cheapest option you can find in Thailand but for where we were and where we were going, it was the best deal.
We then took another ferry (already paid for and not as crowded as the other) over to Krabi which took anhour and a half. We stayed at an incredible resort called Rayavadee, which was onthe more expensive side but after 2 weeks of traveling throughout Thailand, a nice resort was everything we needed to unwind. The grounds of the resort were just incredible. So much to explore and walk through. The food was outstanding. When I say food I mean the buffet breakfast that was included with our stay because we found cheaper options for lunch and dinner every day. But again, breakfast… perfectly cooked steak and eggs every morning. The staff probably thought we were nuts because our breakfast took about 2 hours every day. We never wanted to leave! For other meals we walked a few mins down Railay Beach to an ally filled with food options. Railay Beach also has a lot of other great features as well. Caves, rock climbing, long boats congregating on the shore, a slew of water activities,
you can find all of this on a great stretch of beach! While we were in Krabi the weather wasn’t the best. It rained on and off but it worked out because it forced us to relax for the short time we had there. Which is reallyyyy easy to do at Rayavadee. We took in the beauty of the island and the resort. Oh and went extreme rock climbing without ropes on the last day, but I’ll save that for my next post, so stay tuned!!
The 14 days we had in Thailand were used to the max. There is so much to do and see and so many variations between the north and the south. We wanted to make sure we had as many experiences as we possibly could with the time frame we had. Even still we feel as though we could go back and explore even more! Our hope is that through our posts, our videos and our pictures we encourage someone to visit Thailand! And if you need any help or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!