Koh Phi Phi
This was one of my favorite islands. The town is definitely catered more towards tourists, that being said, the town is bustling with life and great food! We stayed in Blanco Bar Hostel (Aka the party hostel). Make sure to go on a boat party, they take you to wonderful beaches and have unlimited drinks. Also while your there, get a 60-minute Thai massage for 250 baht (around $7) or a pedicure for the same price. Just beware of the tattoos.
Krabi has two gorgeous beaches in walking distance, one called Railay beach. The other beach has a path filled with monkeys. We saw more than 20! Resorts on the island are all top notch and very cheap. While you're there you can kayak, rock climb, book an elephant tour, etc.
Koh Pha Ngan
I was only here for one day, and of course, that day we were there for the Full Moon Party. This party is one of the biggest parties in the world. It happens once a month. There were about 40k people there dancing on the beach. This island is known for partying as they also have the half moon party, the waterfall party and the rainforest party. There are tons of young people and tons of mopeds.
I spent some nights in Koh San road and some in Sukhumvit. In Koh San, it is definitely more of a cultural experience, more rural. Sukhumvit is more of a city where you will see more tourists. We went to the Reclining Buddha, Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace. These temples are out of this world and are very intricate. Koh San Road and central world is great for shopping. Lastly, the Chatuchack market (only on Saturday and Sunday) and the Pak Klong Talat flower market are unreal. The best place to shop is actually at the Chatuchak market. Clothes, food, souvenirs, furniture, etc surrounded me. Rooftop bars are also a must when staying in Bangkok.
-Spaghetti strap shirts and crop tops are out
-Always take shoes off
-The wai is a how Thais greet each other
-Thailand is cash based society so credit cards are rarely used
-Make sure to drive on the left side of the road.
-Thank you: “Kap-kun-kah” (kop-coon-kaaaaa)
-Eat off your spoon, not your fork
-People don’t stand in lines
-Take tuk-tuks during the day and taxis at night
-Cover up your elbows and knees when visiting temples
-Don’t take a taxi driver’s word, tell the to start the meter
-The BTS (Subway) and MRT (Light Rail) are cheap, convenient, and fast
-Mangoes and croissants are amazing there
HERE IS A VIDEO OF MY TRIP!!
-Tom Yum Goong (best thai soup)
-Som Tum (papaya salad)
-Tom Kha Kai (chicken coconut soup)
-Gaeng Daeng (red curry)
-Pad Thai (duh)
-Khao Pad (fried rice)
-Pad Krapow Moo Saap (basil and pork)
-Gaeng Keon Wai Kai (green chicken curry)
-Yam Nua (spicy beef salad)
-Kai Med Ma Muang (chicken with cashews)
-Cha Yen (refreshing tea and milk drink)
-Khao khai jew (fried thai egg)
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