Thursday, 27 June 2013

Thailand Part Two

Hello my Little Ones,
So this is part two of my adventures in Thailand.
We woke up after the half moon festival at 7am ready to get the first ferry across to Koh Tao. However I wasn't feeling particularly great that morning due to the beverages had the night before. Now this ferry trip was not as smooth sailing (see what I did there) as the last ferry! Cue travel sickness tablets being taken last minute on the boat, unfortunately they didn't work. I was extremely sick and Nikki also didn't feel to clever either; but after over an hour on the boat rocking around we finally made it!!!
Koh Tao was the smallest of the islands that we stayed at, however it was the most beautiful.
As we were only in Koh Tao for two days we decided our best option was to go on an excursion so we got to see all that the Island had to offer! Most of the excursions here are all involve snorkeling or diving as this island is the one of the best places in Thailand to do this.
 Now I'm not the best swimmer but I must say I did really enjoy the experience, however after thinking I may have seen a shark I decided I would rather stay on the boat and be the photographer.
Whilst on the trip we were taken to a lovely little island called Koh Nang Yuan. This is a little island about 5 minutes from Koh Tao and had the most beautiful beach I've ever seen in my life! We decided that we were going to climb up to the viewpoint to see the island fully. After my last try of climbing up to a view point I was more determined this time to make it to the top!

 



 

This is my favourite photo of the entire holiday, I'm planning to get it put on canvas for my room as I love it so much.

 
All in all Koh Tao was more of a relax compared to all the hustle and bussle of the first two islands. I enjoyed wondering the little streets at night and just basically chilling out with the girls having a few giggles in the room and by the pool!

Next up was our final stop of the holiday, massive sad faces for all of us, which was the capital Bangkok. But we had to make our way back for one night in Koh Samui before catching our flight to the big city.
This night in Koh Samui was eventful to say the least! We turned up at our last minute booked hostel to find we were right above a club and the room was tiny! However our main mission for the night was to do some shopping as this is where we had seen the best fake designer bags! So off we set down the main road all excited to find some good bargains when all of a sudden all the lights went out all the way along the street and in all the shops and bars. We were in complete darkness! Most of the little shops and restaurants don't have back up generators so they can get the lights back up working, so we tried to look at some of the stalls and shops by torchlight. However we couldn't really see and thought the best option was to get something to eat then hopefully after dinner the lights would be back on.
How wrong we were!
Over two hours later there was still no lights hardly anywhere, but that didn't stop me finding a bargain. I managed to find myself two really good knock of Mulberry Bayswater style bags. One in black and one in grey! I love them both so much!
We got back to our room hoping that the hostel would have a back up generator, so we could have a shower and get some sleep. Unfortunately it didn't so we were in the hottest room ever trying to go to sleep before getting up at 4am for our flight, with really loud music being played from the club downstairs. I can't say it was my best nights sleep!!!
 
But we did eventfully make it to Bangkok to our very posh hotel with the most comfiest beds ever!
 
Our first day in Bangkok however did not go at all well. Yes we got scammed by a tuk tuk driver!
The plan was to go to Chinatown as I really wanted to have a look at all the market stalls as well as reading that the food there is some of the best in the whole of Bangkok. Due to this we ended up stopping off at the 7eleven and buying a bottle of vodka as well as loads of sweets and crisps for a girls night in the hotel room.
This is what they call drowning your sorrows.
 
We woke up the next morning with our determined faces on ready for a day of sightseeing around the palace and temples, as well as hopefully making it to Chinatown. And we actually did make it! The Grand Palace actually cost a lot of money to get into and Big Budhha was shut that day so we decided it wasn't really worth it. But we did visit Wat Pho and The Golden Mount.
The Reclining Buddha
 
Our fetching green robes!
 
 




Can you spot Cole
 


 

 
The Grand Palace Grounds
Climbing The Golden Mount in the heat wasn't fun!

 
The view was worth it though.
 
 
And we even made it to Chinatown! This was a feast for the eyes, ears and nose. We were all so amazed by everything here and kept telling each other to look here, look over there. It was definitely my Bangkok highlight. Whilst wondering the market stalls we found a box of 12 OPI style nail varnishes in a set for a bargain price of £2.50. I was amazed by this and we all bought a box each.
 



 

 
 

 
 

 


 
 
 

 
 
After this it was back to the hotel to get glammed up for an evening of cocktails, all you can eat buffet and then we were going to hit one of the markets to get some last minute bargains which included a Michael Kors watch and bag, a Chanel bag and the whole range of MAC make up brushes. This was definitely a successful shopping trip to end the holiday.
 
The next morning we woke up all bleary eyed trying to shove everything into our backpacks as it was time to go home. I was actually so upset by this that I nearly decided to just stay out here forever as I loved it so much.  This was definitely the best holiday and experience I ever had in my life; and I got to do it with my two best buds!!!
 
So that's it my holiday to Thailand...I hope you enjoyed!
I will be trying to make a little vlog of the trip as well on YouTube as I did take some videos.
 
Until next time...
 
 

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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Thailand Part One



Hi Lolitas,
So I recently got back from one of the most amazing holidays ever to Thailand. I was even more fortunate that I got to go with my two best friends from school, Cole & Nikki. It was just what I needed as I had gone through a bit of a rough time before it, unsuccessful operation on my arm and a break up, so I was definitely looking forward to escaping everything for a couple of weeks and focusing on myself.

Here’s a little pic of us on the plane! All ready and raring for our 16 hour flight!



The flight was long and if wasn’t for the fact I could watch Les Miserables on the flight I think I may have resorted to drinking a lot of free booze.

Once we landed we made our way to our hotel for the night which was right next to the airport as we had another flight at 6am in the morning. This hotel was stunning and was just what we needed after being crammed in a plane for so long.




Excuse the mess of the room, we were so tired by this point we were ready to collapse but we still managed to fit a cocktail in to toast the start of the holiday.
Next day it was up at 4.30am to go and catch a flight down to Koh Samui.

I can’t really remember much of the flight due to be so sleepy after travelling for nearly 24 hours.
Once we got to Koh Samui it was a taxi to the hostel where we would be spending the next three nights. The hostel was okay, nice and basic but we weren’t too thrilled about sharing a bathroom. But we weren’t there to spend the whole time in the hostel, we were here to explore all what this island had to offer!!
The first day was spent exploring the main strip and the beach as well as popping into a little travel agent to book an excursion for one of the days. As it was our first proper night of the holiday we decided to get glammed up and go out for a nice dinner and then hit the bars. I think the pictures pretty much sum up how our night went!



The best day in Koh Samui was when we did the excursion around the island, we got to see Big Buddha, Grandfather and Grandmother rock, the mummified monk, The Secret Gardens and we got to meet and ride some elephants. We also saw an elephant show as well as crocodile, snake and parrot show; however we didn’t particular enjoy it as we felt the animals were being treated a bit badly. Here’s a few pictures to sum up the day.
Big Buddha
My new buddy








GrandFather Rock (yes it is what you think it is)
The Mummified Monk





















 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That evening we went to the best restaurant, I personally think, of the whole two weeks; Ninja Crepes. It was a little open planned authentic Thai restaurant that had the best food ever! We all picked a few things off the menu and shared them. What I loved most about this place was the fact that it had an open kitchen and you could see them cooking the food as well as getting all the delicious smells wafting through.


Pad Thai, Sweet & Sour...mmmm









 
 
 
All in all Koh Samui was a great start to settling into the Thai lifestyle. Which is basically laidback so much you could sleep all day. However we did feel like it was basically a more hyped up version of Magaluf or Kos etc due to all the bars etc; but we still had an awesome time.


The Beautiful Pool

 
Next we had to try and make it across on the ferry to Koh Phanagan where we had planned to stay the most amount of time, 5 nights. We were all a bit anxious about getting the ferry as we all suffered a little bit from sea sickness. However the ferry crossing was quick and smooth. Once we arrived we went to our next hostel, Beach Village Backpackers situated in Ban Taai. All I can say about this place is WOW!!! We had a little shared beach hut right on the beach and next to the swimming pool. Whilst staying here we made friends with a German girl called Vicky, who had just finished travelling around Australia for ten months. She was really lovely and she joined us a lot of the time on nights outs and trips.
Our Little Beach Hut






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The hostel also had some really cute doggies, that Nikki was totally in love with!
 

 


Koh Phangan was packed full of things to do!! We went on three excursions in three days as well as hitting the waterfall party and the half moon festival.
I’ll start with the excursions first!
One excursion was to the Angthong National Marine Park. This is basically 40 islands spread out over a section of the Gulf in between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. We were able to go snorkelling, kayaking, climb up to the view point where you can see all 40 islands (I only made it half way, climbing rocks in flip flops in 40 degree heat aint my thing!) as well seeing The Emerald Lagoon, which was actually featured in the film The Beach.

Nikki & Cole Snorkelling

On the walkway at Emerald Lagoon


Emerald Lagoon. Unfortunately you can't swim in the water here

The viewpoint. By this point I had been nearly attacked by a snake whilst
Cole and Nikki were seeing this amazing view.

Of course we had to write our names in the sand!



The other two excursions we did were quite similar. They included lots of different activities including zip lining over the jungle, archery, seeing one of the waterfalls (which currently had no water due to being dry season), elephant trekking, a visit to the temple, snorkelling (which were only able to do one day as the heavens open onto us as we were on a traditional Thai long boat, to say we were wet would be an understatement)

My highlight was the zip lining and the elephant trekking. The zip lining was an amazing experience. I had never done anything like that and was a bit dubious if I was going to be able to due to my little T-Rex arm but I was! The feeling of dangling like 100 plus feet in the air over the canopy was unbelievable. I wasn’t able to take any photos as I was too scared I’d drop my camera but I can assure you the view were amazing.

Nikki was so scared, bless her!

The elephants at the sanctuary we went to look liked they were well looked after, although I cant 100% guarantee that as I can only go by what we saw. This trek was my favourite out of the two we did. The elephant walked through a massive lake, the water was nearly up by my feet & I was on the biggest elephant!

People who know me really well, know I love elephants and have frequently asked my mum if we can get a pet one for the garden. This was a dream come true being able to meet a real life elephant up close and be able to touch them, feed them and ride them! I was in love with them. I can’t remember what this guys name was but I called him Fred!
 
 
 

Now onto the parties!!
The parties in Koh Phanagan are a surreal experience full of bright clothing, neon paint and buckets of samgson rum. We went to the waterfall party first,  after a few vodkas in the room we got the taxi deep into the jungle. Once we got there we got all painted up by some lovely talented Thai ladies.
Before we left


Totally in the party mood now!

All painted up!!

 
The atmosphere at this parties are amazing, even better then a festival. Unfortunately the music wasn’t really up any of ours streets. So we only lasted about 3 hours before we left as we had to be up early the next morning.
 
The other main party that we were told we had to go to as we were missing the full moon party, was the half moon festival. Now this was set right in middle of the jungle, when we got there it was swarming with people all wondering around with their little buckets filled with different mixtures of alcohol. Once agian like the waterfall party the music wasn’t great but this time we had drunk quite a bit of alcohol before we got there whilst we painted ourselves with some neon paint that we had bought.
The enterance
Being creative with the body art


All painted and ready to party!!





























We literally danced all night, until I ended up a little bit too drunk and the girld very kindly took me home to bed!


 
 
I'm gonna end my post here for now my little lolitas...as this is getting rather long and I've probably bored you all to sleep now.
But stayed tuned Part 2 will be up soon!
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Until next time...
 
 
 
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