Hold Thai -t

Thailand had been at the top of my travel list for a seriously long time.

When I decided to leave my full-time job and start university, I knew that it would be years until I got the chance to go – unless I did it now…

I was really happy with the travel company, Orbis Travel, that organised our Italy trip in 2015 and so, I decided to seek their help again. I was probably their nightmare customer as I had so many ideas whirling around in my head of places to go in Thailand, however, I didn’t have the knowledge or experience of how to make the trip travelable in 2 weeks…

After weeks of emails to and fro-ing, we finally decided on a travel route and accommodation:

London Heathrow Airport –> Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Koh Tao

Lomprayha: Bus to Chumpom -> Ferry: Chumpom – Koh Tao

  • Snorkelling boat trip – The boat took us to different snorkelling spots around the 3 islands surrounding Koh Tao. The water was crystal clear and like a bath, and we just snorkelled around the corals taking in all of the wildlife. We took a waterproof Go Pro and got some cracking footage of the tropical fish.  At our final snorkelling spot, I was flipping along and then looked forward to see a barracuda swimming next to me. I swear I have never swam so fast in all my life, haha.
  • Sairee Beach – This is just how you see Thailand on Instagram pictures. It’s such a beautiful and chilled beach, full of palm trees and beach swings (obviously had to have a picture…), and is lined with beach restaurants and bars. They totally keep to the chilled beach vibes with cushions instead of chairs and lanterns instead of lights. We loved it and just ate and drank as the sunset.


Ferry: Koh Tao – Phuket

  • Bangla Walking Street – This was like the Magaluf strip only about 100 times crazier! We ended up in a bar for cocktails – the staff were ace and let you control the music and the atmosphere was buzzing. Next thing we know, we’re blurry eyed stumbling back to our hotel and my recollection is vague until the morning after. I can totally understand why the Hangover 2 was set in Thailand.
  • Walking Street Market  This market proves that you don’t have to go to a posh restaurant to have some of the tastiest food you’ve ever eaten. We wandered through the market stalls and watched the locals cooking and we were like kids in a toy shop, grabbing something to try from every stall!
  • Patong Beach
  • Eagle View Point, Big Buddha, Cashew Nut Factory, Wat Pho Chalong Temple – We hired a private driver for the day and this was great, we took the sights at our own pace and the driver tailored the tour to our interests. I also got the privilege to be blessed by a monk at the Big Buddha!
  • Boat Tour: James Bond Island, Monkey Island  The natural beauty of these islands is unreal and the waters are crystal clear. We got the chance to: explore the islands, feed the monkeys, ride on narrow boats and go canoeing in the mountain caves. It was such an amazing day, I cannot recommend it enough!

Chiang Mai

Domestic flight: Phuket Airport – Chiang Mai Airport

  • Zabb-e-lee Thai Cooking School Class (Check future posts for recipes!) – We were taken to the local food market to sample and collect ingredients for the evening’s cooking class. Our instructor was hilarious, he played, sung and danced to Beyoncé for the entire journey (it’s like he knew I was coming), and he was super supportive during the class! We made pad-thai, spring rolls, panang curry, tom yum sum and mango sticky rice. My boyfriend and I turned the class into a little competition… he still thinks that he won. He is very wrong. This whole evening was literally like my version of heaven and obviously, because I’m a massive pig, I ate ever bit of what I made…

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  • Elephant Family Care (Elephant Sanctuary, Maewang Waterfall Trek & Bamboo Rafting)  I was really nervous when searching for an elephant experience as many are just tourist attractions with no real consideration of the elephants’ welfare but, after researching I found a sanctuary for elephants and their families. We got to meet the elephants, feed them, stroke them, walk them and bathe them in mud – a filthy job but they absolutely love it! We also had a water fight with the elephants but, with a small bowl for us to use and an elephant with a trunk, it’s safe to say that we didn’t stand a chance at winning! It was such a warming feeling to see the love between the elephants and the carers and how much fun they all had – it was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! To top the day off, we got to ride on handmade bamboo rafts down the river. We had an old toothless Thai man steering our raft, he was hilarious and took great pleasure in steering us into dips in the river to make sure that we got soaked and then pretended that there were snakes swimming near me!
  • Chiang Mai Night Market
  • Chiang Mai Zoo  My favourite animal is a panda and due to their low population numbers, they are very rare to see. I had seen pandas for the first time at Edinburgh Zoo and was fascinated. I knew if we were going to Chiang Mai that I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see them again! They are the most docile creatures and one of them just sat on a deck chair eating bamboo. That’s the life…


Domestic flight: Chiang Mai Airport – Bangkok Airport

  • Le Bua Sky Bar – We had to end the holiday in the style of the Hangover 2 and visit Le Bua for drinks. My ears popped on the lift ride up to the top, but wow, the views are spectacular! You can see over the whole of Bangkok and exhaust your bank balance at the same time – what more could you want?!

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport –> London Heathrow Airport

“One of the dreams on my wish list is to spend more time in Thailand” – Kevin Kwan

Thank you for reading – all of our accommodation during the trip is in the links below! Check back for my blog posts of some of the recipes that I learned!


Orbis Travel Ltd.

Jamahkiri Resort & Spa – Deluxe Room
Trip Advisor – 4.5
Booking.com –  8.8

Ramada Phuket Deevana Patong – Deluxe City View
Trip Advisor – 4.5
Booking.com – 8.4

Siri Panna Villa Resort – Double Deluxe Lanna Room
Trip Advisor – 4.5
Booking.com – 8.3

Hotel Icon Bangkok – Superior Double Room
Trip Advisor – 4.5
Booking.com – 8.5

Le Bua
Trip Advisor – 4.5
Booking.com – 8.9

Zabb-e-lee Thai Cooking School Class
Trip Advisor – 5

One thought on “Hold Thai -t

  1. Great post Clo! Looks like you have an adventurous and foodious vacation there! Yes, Thailand is heaven for foodies. Hope you checked my Thailand trip, of course with the different flavour though! Cheers to you!


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