- Stay at Lebua State Tower Hotel Bangkok
- Cooking with Poo Bangkok
- Sky Bar Bangkok
- Calypso Cabaret Show at Asiatique Bangkok
- Khao San Road Bangkok
- Moon Bar Bangkok
- Red Light District Bangkok
- Amazing Thailand Tour of Bangkok: *Contact us to get in touch
- Siam Paragon Bangkok
- Unicorn Cafe Bangkok
- Floating Markets Bangkok
- Visit the temples Bangkok
- Stay at White Pearl Hotel Krabi
- Weekend Street Markets Krabi
- Take the ferry from Railay Beach to Phi Phi Island
- Stay at Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort or Blanco Beach Hostel
- Viewpoint Phi Phi Island
- Monkey Beach Phi Phi Island
- Stay at Mazi Design Hotel by Kalima Phuket
- Bangla Road Phuket
- Patong Beach Phuket
- Kapong Nature Tour Phuket including waterfalls, tubing and elephant bathing
- Cave Kayak Tour Phuket
- Zipline Phuket
- Visit Big Buddha Phuket
- Full Moon Party Koh Phangan
The adventure of a lifetime awaited us and the best part was that is was more affordable than most domestic travel within the US between flights, hotels and car rentals! If you are traveling internationally or to Hawaii from the US I highly recommend TRIP MASTERS. If two people travel together and book together you can receive major discounts! We found that if you are going to multiple destinations this site is phenomenal and if you rearrange the order of your destinations you could save thousands of dollars. For example, our 3 week trip cost each of us $1500 including all flights, hotels and transportation to and from the airport. We visited the following locations in this order: Bangkok, Krabi, Phi Phi Island & Phuket in Thailand in the first two weeks, then we went to Bali and visited the cities of Kuta, Uluwatu & Ubud in the last week and all of this was only $1500! Originally before we rearranged the order of our destinations it was going to cost a total of $3000 per person and we were able to cut this in half. Pro Tip: The reason our trip price was cut in half even though we were going to the same locations was because when we traveled between Krabi, Phi Phi Island and Phuket we were able to take a ferry to each destination which cut down the flight cost immensely. Plus I recommend taking the ferry if you have the opportunity to do so because the 2 hour boat ride to each destination is breathtaking and a great way to meet other travelers.
The start of our trip landed us in Bangkok where we had the amazing opportunity to stay for a night at the Lebua State Tower that has one of the most incredible views of a city we have ever seen. This hotel has a penthouse Hangover 2 Suite from the movie since it was based in Bangkok that we ended up taking a tour of by begging housekeeping to show us real quick. Located on the rooftop of Lebua is the world famous Sky Bar which is expensive and has a dress code but the view and experience are worth the price of a drink. If you're in to rooftop bars, we would also suggest Moon Bar on the rooftop of Banyon Tree Hotel in Bangkok. Want to avoid the pricey places and experience the real culture of Thailand? Then you must go on a tour with our friend Nadia who is fluent in Thai and English and will translate to anyone you would like to converse with. She is also one of the most genuine individuals that I have ever met, she told me her ultimate dream is to one day visit New York City. Now it is one of my dreams to make that happen for her one day as her hospitality surpassed any of my expectations, I feel it is only fair to return the favor! Contact us to be able to get in touch with her for your own tour. This tour was one of the best days of my life and I remember it so vividly. I don't want to spoil anything that happens but I will say that I was on cloud 9 to the point that I cried, it was embarrassing and I tried to hide it but was also one of the most beautiful moments of my life. We got to see parts of the Thai culture that I would've never known about otherwise. Pro Tip: dress respectfully as you will be attending the extravagant Buddhist temples that make you feel like boujee royalty when you walk in. I told my friends back home about our tour with Nadia and six months later those same friends ended up going on their own tour with her, I then unexpectedly received a message with a photo of all three of them together and it was one of those 'small world' moments that made me smile. Another way to indulge in the Thai Culture is by taking a Thai cooking class, pad thai anyone? Cooking with Poo teaches you how to make delicious Thai cuisine which in turn supports the local community as Chef Poo uses many vendors from her neighborhood to support not only her business but her village as well.
The other places I would recommend to visit in Bangkok are Khao San Road, The Red Light District, The Calypso Lady Boy Cabaret Show and a Ping Pong show if you are up for an extra wild party, nightlife or an experience. Just don't ask what a ping pong show is as it is better to be surprised but be advised that it is X rated. Also we didn't have a chance to go here but Bangkok has the Unicorn Cafe if you are feeling magical! Pro Tip: When it comes to getting a taxi or my personal favorite tuk-tuks in Thailand we would suggest getting the directions to your destination in your language as well as in Thai so that you can show the Thai version to the taxi driver for better clarification as we didn't do this and almost didn't make it to our hotel the first night since we didn't have phone service or wi-fi to attain the Thai version.
Krabi was our next destination which was an accident because we were supposed to fly there and head straight to the ferry dock to go to go to Phi Phi Island. However, we missed our original flight from Bangkok to Krabi which then caused us to miss our ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi that day. Pro Tip: Get to the airport in Bangkok legitimately 2 hours ahead of time and leave your hotel at least 3 hours before your flight because Bangkok is massive with 12 million people and traffic can be insane. This was an accident that worked out in our favor because we had a day to explore Krabi and again tripmasters is amazing and rescheduled our ferry for the next day without extra charge plus called ahead to our hotel in Phi Phi to notify them we will be arriving the next day instead. What we found was that Krabi has amazing street markets (come ready to barter with the Thai Baht currency) where you can get some of the best finds and street food for the equivalent of less than one US Dollar. They also have a unique version of a tuk tuk that we didn't see anywhere else. It looks like a golf cart that is attached to the side of a scooter. That night we stayed at The White Pearl Hotel last minute which was overall a nice and clean hotel with a delicious breakfast! Try their orange juice as it is made from mandarin oranges and tastes slightly different than ours. Thailand has the most fresh juice options, their pineapple and lychee juices were a game changer and now I crave them.
Arriving in Phi Phi Island felt unreal, most breathtaking place I've ever seen. I remember looking at Nycole and saying "Now I understand where all those paradise beach post cards come from as I am currently living it." We stayed at the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort that is beach front with great amenities like their infinity pool, poolside service and many daily activities to sign up for such as snorkeling, boating and scuba diving. Pro Tip: For cheaper activity options head to the small village located behind the resort. We were able to go boating for a day on the 'Marijuana' boat (this was really the name of the boat with the rasta colors and everything) for almost half the price. I would recommend this resort if you are a couple, a family or want to have a destination wedding since it has everything you need right there. However, it isn't ideal for singles because it is a 30 minute boat taxi ride to the main town of Phi Phi where all the backpackers, bars and nightlife are located. There aren't any cars on the island so if you want to travel anywhere you have to take the long-tail boat taxi which gets expensive quickly. Yet, it is still worth it to go to the main town if you don't end up staying there.
If nightlife is more for you while in Phi Phi, stay at one of the beach hostels like Blanco Beach Bar Hostel located in the main town. Regardless of where you stay in Phi Phi the number one thing I suggest to do while you are there is to hike to the Viewpoint, it is an intense hike and make sure you pack bug spray and water but the view is incredible! Another activity we did while in Phi Phi was visited the famous Monkey Beach. If I ever go back, I would skip this since I was bit by a monkey that broke thru the skin and then proceeded to have to get a series of rabies shots. If you want to go see the monkeys, keep your distance or stay in the boat. It is neat to see all of them but they aren't afraid to come right up and steal your stuff or bite you. Plus rabies shots hurt! I had to wear a really attractive gauze pad with tape stuck to my arm for the rest of the trip, so glamorous I know. We still had more destinations ahead of us but I thought nothing would be able to top Phi Phi as it felt like a paradise I could only dream about.
Getting off our second ferry ride from Phi Phi Island to Phuket we were ecstatic for all of the adventurous opportunities that Phuket has to offer. Our first night we stayed at the Chang Residence, we left pretty quickly since we found cockroaches in the closet and the bathroom situation was confusing with the shower head located over the toilet. However, the next hotel Mazi Design by Kalima Hotel Patong Beach was a 10 out of 10 fantastic upgrade.
Phuket is the place for the true adventurer. It offers jet skiing, elephant bathing, water tubing, ziplining, waterfalls, sea cave kayaking and more. This was a place after my own heart, welcome to the real jungle. These activities were still very affordable in comparison to what you would have to pay in the US. So we figured let's try to do as many as possible while we are here! I ended up going ziplining on my own due to my friends not feeling well after a night out at Tiger Bar at the well known Phuket Patong beach nightlife spot Bangla Road. But who could blame them, I mean Chang, Tigre and Singha are still to this day some of my favorite beers of all time. I find myself going to eat at Thai places more often in the US so I can have one of those beers and of course some pad thai. Anyways, the ziplining is a must do while you are in Phuket. Multiple companies have them set up so head to whichever one is closest to you. Our next excursion was Kapong Tubing Nature Tour this was a day that changed my life for the better. The first half of the day we hiked up to a waterfall where you were able to jump or dive into the water below and this was the starting point for our river tubing expedition. Pro tip: If you have a Go Pro make sure you bring it, I accidentally went off and left mine in the US and was kicking myself for not having it especially on this day. Spinning and turning thru the white water rapids was an adrenaline junkies dream but beware not to pull on the vines from the trees above as you float thru since this in where the python snakes have chosen to take up their residence. The second half of the day consisted of elephant bathing! The elephant we bathed was a baby at 6 years old and we could tell as she was extra playful! Elephants have almost as long of a life span as humans which averages around 70 years old. My favorite fun fact about them is that they are so wise that they have the capability to remember you even if they only met you once. Who knows, maybe we will go back and see our cute playful elephant one day. As we bathed her, we took a mini ride on her back in the water where she kept filling up her trunk and spraying us but we had a ball splashing her right back. If we ever want to see our new friend again, we will return to Phang Nga Bay Elephant Park where our little cutie resides. The only adventure I wish we would've had time to go on while in Phuket was the kayak tour thru the caves but overall Thailand lived up to their nickname, the land of smiles.
Thai Words Learned: Chang is an elephant, phalang is a foreigner, Kap-Kun-Kaa is the femine version and Kap-Kun-Kap is the masculine version of thank you, and sa-wa-dee-kaa is the feminine version of hello.
Next stop, Bali! We flew from Phuket to Denpasar via Jet Star Asia who I was unimpressed with. The airline lost my luggage that took three days to recover but at least it was recovered. It also gave me an excuse to go shopping in Bali so I really can't complain. While on the flight I sat next to a couple from an area outside of Shanghai, China. Although there was a minor language barrier I ended up having a full on conversation with this couple about my Thailand experiences where I used mostly hand gestures like making waves with my hands and saying big water, key words were helpful since she spoke a little English (unlike me who barely knows one word in Chinese). I told her the fascinating story that Nadia had shared with us in Bangkok. Nadia explained to us that back in 2004 when the tsunami hit Thailand there was a well known story that had been all over the Thai news of a young British girl who had been vacationing in Thailand for several weeks with her family. This little girl had the opportunity to encounter a baby elephant and this baby elephant grew fond of her, the two had a very unique connection. They began spending time together each day. Then the tsunami hit. The baby elephant sensed the tsunami was coming before it actually hit the shores and put the little girl on it's back to run for high land. This baby elephant saved the girl's life. Fast forward to 2015 when the little girl was now a young lady, she came back to Thailand and was on a mission to find the same elephant who had saved her many years prior. It took the British girl several month's to find the elephant but they were reunited. The Chinese couple adored the story and thanked me for sharing. I wasn't sure if the story was just a Thai legend or if there was some truth to it until I got home and researched it. Sure enough, this was all very real. The little girl's name is Amber Owen and the elephant's name is Ning Nong. Check out their full story video here.