img_9516Thailand was my first “true third-world” backpacker type of destination. And it was really some of the best weeks of my life.

Southern Islands

Koh Phi Phi – 2 nights

Getting there:

We flew in via China Airlines into Phuket from Vancouver as Thailand was our first stop. From Phuket, we took a taxi to the ferry port (1 hour) then ferried to Koh Phi Phi (2 hours).


I wouldn’t recommend where we stayed here as we slept under mosquito nets in tiny little bungalows for $8/night. Instead I recommend:

Things to do:

-do a snorkel trip that includes Maya Bay and Viking cave

-watch the fire shows and go dancing on the beach

-trek Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint

-visit Monkey Beach – be aware of the monkeys here they are wild!


-drink fruit shakes and eat Thai pancakes

What I wish I knew/did:

I wish we had more time here as there are tons of good diving/snorkel spots here. The island is really cute to just go walk around and explore.

Koh Phangan – 5 nights

Getting there:

Combined bus/ferry. We ferried to the port then took a shuttle to Surat Thani port and then ferried again to Koh Phangan. In my opinion the best & easiest way to travel from place to place, is to go to any hostel and get them to book it for you.


Coral Bungalows – best hostel! Walking distance to full moon party beach and also located far enough away to get a good nights sleep! Also known for its pool parties. See link:

Things to do:

-it is usually minimum 5 night stay for most hostels on Koh Phangan so we timed it so we got to stay the 4 nights leading up to the full moon party

-rent motor bikes and go around the island

-jungle party

-day trip to Koh Samui, which is another island (here we visited the Big Buddha, beached, and walked around the town)

What I wish I knew/did:

This island is strictly for partying, so ramp up! The nights leading up to full moon were great and as soon as the full moon party happens, majority of backpackers leave.

Koh Tao – 2 nights

Getting there:

Tuk tuk to the port and ferry from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao (few hours)


We stayed at Ban’s diving resort – and if you decide to get Padi certified – your accommodation is free. See link:

Things to do:

-restaurants are all along the beachfront where you should have dinner and sundowners

-chill on Sairee Beach

-snorkel trip to Koh Nang Yuan

-scuba dive

-rent a motorbike and go around the island

What I wish I knew/did:

Koh Tao was my favourite island and I could’ve stayed here for weeks! I wish we had time to scuba dive and complete our certification but due to time constraint this wasn’t possible. It personally made me decide to set a goal for the next trip.

Bangkok – 3 nights

Getting there:

After ferrying from Koh Tao back to mainland, we took an overnight sleeper bus to the Bangkok (Ferry & Bus: approx. 16 hours).


We stayed at NapPark Hostel on Khao San Road. See link:

Things to do:

-walk up and down infamous Khao Sans Road

-eat street and market food

-visit the temples and Grand Palace

-go to the ping pong show

-see a movie – first class service

-go to the Sky bar for a cocktail where the Hangover was filmed

What I wish I knew/did:

Bangkok was a transfer point for us to also go to Cambodia. I prefer to travel in small beach towns (but live city life), so it was a good location to switch it up.

Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai – 5 nights

Getting there:

We took an overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok (approximately 15 hours)


I can’t actually remember where I stayed here, but after looking at some of the reviews on hostel world, I would recommend Plearn Hostel. See link:

Things to do:

-2 day, 1 night trek into the valleys where we rode elephants, stayed in huts, had a campfire and trekked to a waterfall

-visited the temples

-did a Thai cooking class

-get a bamboo tattoo

What I wish I knew/did:

We missed going to Pai and from what I hear through the grape vine this is a must-do!

Overall recommendations:

Thailand was amazing, and there are so many spots I didn’t see like Krabi, Pai, Koh Lanta, and the National park.

I do recommend doing research before riding the elephants and seeing them at a place where they are cared for.

My favourite days really consisted of getting fruit shakes, walking through the markets, and being in the water.



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