Amazing Thailand

 Railay Beach

Amazing Thailand

Thailand Vacation for Couples

Travel to Thailand, it is called Amazing Thailand for many reasons, why not find out for yourself.

The Europeans and Australians have already discovered the beautiful Thailand beaches which are some of the most incredible beaches in the world.

Now is the time for you to discover Amazing Thailand!

 

Here are my travel tips for planning some incredible and romantic Thailand vacations:

Where to go

Bangkok, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi

When to go

January – March

This is high season but it also has the best weather

How long

Minimum 2 weeks but go as long as you can since the majority of the cost is the airfare to get there.

Note: When searching for airfare, try to find a site that will allow you to book airfare and part of your hotel stay. We booked only our hotel stay for the first part of our trip in Bangkok and saved a lot.

 

Where to stay in Bangkok:

Highly Recommend = Novotel Bangkok

It is a great location close to shopping and public transportation.

There is wonderful free breakfast buffet included which is a great way to start your day.

Or now is the time to stay in a 5 star hotel, the prices are reasonable in Bangkok compared to anywhere else in the world.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

The Peninsula Bangkok

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

InterContinental Bangkok

Just to name a few of the 5 star hotels in Bangkok.

We splurged for part of our trip and stayed at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa (formerly a Marriott). It was a 5 star resort and it was very luxurious after staying on the small islands with little luxury. It was definitely more of an “American” experience than the Novotel and that may be a little different now that it is no longer a Marriott. The breakfast is not included but it was delicious.

They offer a teak boat to shuttle you on the river to the tram entrance. On the return trip to the resort you are offered a warm towel and water to wipe away the heat of the city, it is quite amazing and refreshing.

How-to get to the Thailand beaches:

Recommendations for flying within Thailand:

We flew to Krabi on Thai Airways – I highly recommend this airlines, they are wonderful.

From Krabi we took a cab to Ao Nang and then a longtail boat to Tonsai.

There are a lot of resorts in Ao Nang with a beautiful beach and lots of restaurants. It would be a great place to stay for easy access to many of the other wonderful Thailand beaches

Note: Travel with backpacks or luggage that is easy to get on and off a longtail boat. Also, be sure to travel in clothes that can get wet since you will be getting in the water to hop onto the longtail boat. There are no docks.

Where to stay in Tonsai or Railay:

Tonsai – Is only accessible by boat and during low tide you can’t get in or out. It is a climber’s destination and very low-key area. The restaurants line the beach and most of them are squatters that have setup restaurants in the sand. The Thai people on Tonsai were the friendliest we had met in Thailand. Really great people and very laid back, you really get away from it all here. They do not know what ASAP means here.

The beaches are not the best, but you can hop on a longtail boat and get to Railay West pretty quickly for an amazing beach. The accommodations vary widely on Tonsai and are very, very inexpensive. The only place that takes reservations on Tonsai is the Tonsai Beach Resort which we stayed at and it was pretty nice compared to the other resorts on Tonsai. You stay in your own beach house with AC but hot water is not always available.

Railay – This is also only accessible by boat but you are greeted by the beautiful beach.

Recommendation to stay on Railay = Rai Lay Bay Beach Resort

Visit the Railay website for descriptions of each resort and to get help with booking at the resorts.

Koh Phi Phi

From Ao Nang, Tonsai or Railay you can book a boat trip to Koh Phi Phi (pronounced Ko Pee Pee).

This is a must -do! Plan at least a few nights on Koh Phi Phi. You will find the top Thailand beaches here.

 

The Amazing Thailand travel experience:

If you are in Tonsai or Railay you will first take a longtail boat and just wait in the ocean for a larger boat to come and then you will have to jump from the longtail to the larger boat and toss your luggage on up. Then you will be on your way – 1-1/2 hours later – you will arrive in paradise!

There are a lot of places to stay on Koh Phi Phi – check out the island on Trip Advisor.

You can either book ahead of time or once you arrive on the dock, you can find somewhere to stay at the information booth. There is a great market in Tonsai Village (on Koh Phi Phi) and a restaurant right on the beach that is really good.

Note: Travel tip – rent two beach chairs and umbrella on the beach in Loh Dalum Bay for $2-4 for the entire day. Great people watching and a lot of Europeans so expect topless attire on the beach.

Many, many more Amazing Thailand beaches and destinations to find and explore! I suggest the Lonely Planet guide book to help find information on everywhere you want to go. Thailand vacations must include at least one of these destinations for a complete city and beach experience.

Top things to do in Bangkok

Visit the temples:

The Grand Palace

Wat Po – see the Reclining Buddha

Wat Phra Kaew -see the Emerald Buddha

 

Visit the markets:

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chinatown Market

Night Markets

Floating Markets

Flower Markets

 

Check out the wild nightlife:

Khao San Road

Patpong

Rooftop bar in Bangkok

 

Take the public transportation:

BTS Skytrain

Chao Phraya Express Boat

River taxis and express boats

MRT underground rail

Tuk-tuks and taxis

Get a traditional Thai massage

Take a Thai cooking class at Blue Elephant Thai Cooking School

See a Muay Thai boxing match

Visit the MBK Center for all your shopping needs and go to the food court for a great way to introduce yourself to all the Thai food.

Find the real Amazing Thailand for yourself and travel to Thailand!

Sawatdee Thailand!

Please contact me if you need any help researching or planning your next Great Travel Destination!

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 Koh Phi Phi Islands

Adventure Travel to Thailand

Travel to Thailand for some great adventure climbing and amazing Thailand beaches!

Southern Thailand was made for climbing with the huge rock formations jutting out of the ocean.  Thailand is the friendliest and most accommodating country I have ever visited, they love farangs (foreigners)!

Here are some travel tips for an amazing adventure travel trip to Thailand:

Where to go:

Krabi Province, Thailand

Includes Tonsai, Railay, Koh Phi Phi Island

When to go:

Dec-April

How long to stay:

Minimum: One week

Where to stay:

Check out Railay site for recommendations and even help with booking a place to stay.

They list all types of accommodations for every budget and traveler.

Where to climb:

Railay – limestone, bolted routes all along the beach and back in the jungle
A few of the climbing areas on Railay = Pra-Nang Beach, Escher Wall, Candlestick, Thailand Wall, Low Tide Wall, 1,2,3 Wall, The Keep, Maui Thai
Climbing areas on Tonsai Beach = Dum’s Kitchen, Cat’s Wall, Tonsai Wall

Climbing areas on Phi Phi Islands = Hua Ling wall, Pile Wall, Hin Taak, Ao Ling, Tonsai Tower, Maya Bay

Other climbing areas nearby =

LoaLiang island

Koh Yao Noi

 

Other Adventure Options:

Deep Water Soloing  – day-trips to Tonsai/Railay, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Lao Liang

Bouldering – on Tonsai Beach and Phra Nang Beach

Kayaking around Krabi

Elephant Trekking tours in Ao Nang

Jungle Treks in Railay

Area Climbing Guides – contact King Climbers Guidebooks Rock Climbing in Thailand and LaosThailand: A Climbing Guide, or King Climbers Edition 51wMgOuokeL._SL110_.jpgThailandSam Lightner Jr.Best Price $13.24
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Travel to Thailand Tips:

Grab a bite to eat anywhere along Tonsai beach or Railay Beach.

If you are staying on Tonsai (due to low tide you can’t get there at night) make your way along the beach and enjoy all of the great bars, each one is unique and a guaranteed good time!

Railay West has some great restaurants along the beach and inland too.

Enjoy the Rock & Fire International Competition which is held yearly in the winter.

Just remember this is island time and no one is in a hurry. They don’t know what ASAP means so relax and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. It is amazing!

Bring bahts with you, not many places available to exchange money here.

Everything is really inexpensive for a beach location.

Use backpacks for luggage since you are getting in and out of boats and there are no docks at most of these locations.

Make sure to lookup the immunizations needed before traveling.

Stock up your first aid kit and bug spray before traveling.

And remember, you are in the jungle, lots of crawlers and bugs and monkeys everywhere.

Lastly, don’t forget your climbing gear!

 

Enjoy your travel to Thailand! I promise you will go back again.