Details of our Thailand Travel Guide in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Kood. Sharing what to do, where to eat, and special things to note in each spot!
Last November, Brian and I took a long-awaited vacation to THAILAND.
Just after college, I worked on a cruise line that traveled throughout Southeast Asian, Australia and New Zealand. One of my favorite spots was Ko Samui and Thailand, I knew I needed to bring Brian to this part of the world some day.
We ended up flying into Bangkok and staying there for a day, then flying to Chiang Mai and exploring that city a few days, and we ended our trip on the pretty remote island of Ko Kut.
When we travel, many of you ask for details about where we stay, what we see, etc…so I thought I would share it all with you here.
Here is a look at our itinerary!
This hotel was clean, offered breakfast (a delicious breakfast!) in the morning, and had amazing service. That being said, the location wasn’t our first pick. It was close to a subway station, but we actually ended up taking Grab (the Thai version of uber), taxis, tuk-tuks, or walking so the need to be close to the subway wasn’t that useful for us.
Most of the temples require you to take off your shoes, so keep that in mind!
A friend recommended we stay here, and we were so thankful we took her advice! The location was amazing, as it was easy to walk to dinner and the night market and the hotel was BETTER than the pictures online. This hotel also had breakfast in the morning.
This resort was a little on the pricier side but it was SO worth it.
Koh Kood is a small island on the East side of the Gulf of Thailand. Most of the islands people stay at are on the Western side, and those islands are much more touristy and established. To get to Koh Kood, we flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Bangkok to Trat, took a private car to the Laem Sok pier, and took a high speed boat just to get to the island. From there, the hotel picked us up at the dock and took us to our home away from home. It took a full day of travel to arrive by dinner time, but it was all part of the adventure and all went off without a hitch!
Once we arrived at Shantaa, we pretty much stayed there for the rest of our time on Koh Kood! We ate all of our meals there, spent our days laying by the beach, sipped fruity drinks, enjoyed a massage, and really relaxed. After lots of go-go-go it was really nice and fun to just kind of lay around for a couple of days (which is not something I normally look for in a vacation!)
We were able to meet the family that owns the property and they were so welcoming and friendly. Another thing to note was that despite the entire resort of 20 villas being completely booked during our stay, it really felt like we had the entire place to ourselves! The owners explained that was their intention with this little retreat away from busy city life.
The resort had kayaks, snorkel gear and stand up paddle boards for us to use, and we absolutely took advantage of this. The resort is right on the water with a private beach, and it is right next door to the public beach so it was very easy to access the water.
All of the food at the resort was so flavorful and fresh! Some of our favorite food was eaten here! Brian LOVED the green curry (he even had it for breakfast on our last day) and I loved one of their salads with fish, fresh vegetables and a peanut dressing. They were also happy to accommodate any special requests.
One morning, we decided to venture out to explore the Klong Chao Waterfall by renting a motorbike from our resort (an experience in itself!) and hiking to the waterfall.
Once we arrived at the head of the trail leading to the waterfall, it was just a quick hike to reach the gorgeous fall pictured above. We swam in the pool at the base of the fall and enjoyed its beauty.
One thing to note-this is a pretty popular tourist attraction so ARRIVE EARLY. When we arrived (shortly after our breakfast, so probably 9am) there was only one other couple at the waterfall. As we were leaving, there were several families with children hiking towards the fall. Personally, I feel like having many other people and families at the fall would have taken away from the peacefulness of the area. It was really nice to have the space mostly to ourselves.
Overall, we LOVED our time in Thailand and talked about visiting again some day 🙂 If you are planning a trip to this part of the world, contact me via email and I will be happy to answer specific questions directly 🙂
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Great guide! Your pictures are beautiful!
Thank you!!!! 🙂
Wow, sounds like a fantastic trip! The cooking classes sound wonderful – what a great idea to include in a trip
I love doing cooking classes while traveling! I feel like I learn so much about the culture 🙂