Our trek from the Andaman Sea to the Gulf of Thailand was quite a gnarly adventure. One relaxing week around Koh Lanta helped prepare us for a bit faster pace at Koa Tao Island. We also needed to move back towards Bangkok to receive our next round of immunizations and extend our 30-day Thailand tourist visa.
We decided to take an 11:30am bus to Krabi and then onward to Suratthani and Ko Tao. Our bus was packed with about 12 travelers, but luckily we had A/C for the first two and a half hours. At Krabi, we waited in a garage-like travel agency for a few hours for a Suratthani transfer bus. With left Krabi in a new van with a slightly smaller set of travel companions. Our new driver threw us a curveball by dropping us off separately at a travel agents’ office for a transfer ride in Suratthani. We waited a few hours in the muggy, mosquitoey air for a lift to the Suratthani pier. After a bizarre pickup truck ride with the agent and a young chubby Thai boy, we were dropped at the pier around 7pm. The pier scene reminded us of a mini Bangkok with tons of street food vendors, motor bikes and young night goers. We now had four hours to kill before our long night ferry ride to Ko Tao. Continue Reading
Our original two night stay at Emerald Lanta Resort turned into seven adventure-packed days. For 1500 baht ($50), we had very basic bungalow accommodations (A-20) including breakfast. For the last five nights, we were able to upgrade to a much nicer bungalow (A-14) for 1300 baht ($43) without breakfast. Most vacationers were couples or families from Sweden, England, Holland and France. We were the only Americans besides one dude from Los Angeles who wrecked himself in a motorbike accident. Continue Reading
I’ve had the best birthday ever traveling to the Ko Phi Phi Islands…..where the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed. Sailing through Ko Phi Phi Don & Phi Phi Ley are even more magical then one can imagine. The stunning scenery, rising sea cliffs, and dazzling lagoons are among the most beautiful in the world. After taking a one hour ferry ride from Ban Saladan in Koh Lanta to Tonsai Bay at Ko Phi Phi Don pier, we hopped onto a traditional longtail boat which Continue Reading
The 8 hour journey from Bangkok to Koh Lanta Island in Southern Thailand was well worth the reward that awaited us at Pra-Ae Beach!
After enjoying our last Thai style breakfast at Shanti Lodge, we hopped a meter taxi to Bangkok’s International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to catch our flight to Krabi in Southern Thailand. Our next destination is Koh Lanta Island! Continue Reading
After traveling across the globe from San Francisco to Newark to Hong Kong, and finally Bangkok, we have finally settled into our new life in Asia. It’s been a long first three days in Bangkok since we arrived here on 1/3/11. We are staying at a cute family style guest house called Shanti Lodge, nestled away from the tourist area in downtown Bangkok. The exchange rate is currently 31 baht for 1 USD.
Our days in Bangkok have been filled with amazing Thai cuisine for around $1 per meal, long walks around the city passing through the ancient Wat temples and bustling markets as you turn every corner of the city, bumpy boat rides along the river and canals, and last but not least relaxing Thai massages for under $8. Thailand is definitely a culture of Continue Reading