Anyone that's been to Thailand will be familiar with the humid, sticky air that greets you as soon as you step off the plane. It's something I now love because it signals the start of another exciting trip to my favourite country, starting with a manic 2 days in the capital, Bangkok.
A great way to avoid Bangkok's infamous traffic jams is to take a tuk-tuk around the city. It often feels like you're putting your life in the hands of your driver as he weaves in and out of the traffic, without so much of a side glance here or there! However, you do get from A to B much faster than sitting in a conventional (although air-conditioned) taxi.
The local currency is Thai Baht and because of advantageous foreign currency rates, Thailand is a relatively inexpensive country to visit. Like me, if you find you overspend in one of the many shopping malls Bangkok has to offer, there are plenty of ATM's dotted around the city so you can top up your funds.
Koh Phangan: where to stay, what to do and where to eat!
No trip to the land of smiles would be complete without making the quick 40-minute plane journey down to one of the country's postcard-perfect islands. Koh Phangan sits perfectly in the gulf of Thailand, only accessible by boat from neighbouring island, Koh Samui.
Growing in popularity in recent years, you can now find many budget beach huts as well as high-end resorts ideally located on the island's white sandy beaches.
Set in a tropical rainforest, Santhiya Resort & Spa is nestled at the far end of Yao Yai beach. Boasting luxurious, traditional Thai-style accommodation, I had the fortune of staying in this pocket of paradise for a few days last year. If you are looking for a place where you can gently swing in a hammock, listen to the sea lapping the shore or indulge in your own private pool villa look no further, Santhiya has it all!
Taking a short stroll down the beach will bring you to Luna Lounge where you can spice up your taste buds and sample fresh Thai cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. They use all local ingredients - even down to growing their own salad!
It might be a struggle, but if you can tear yourself away from basking on your sun bed, it's worth joining a day tour to Ang Thong National Marine Park. The park is made up of 42 islands featuring deserted beaches and lime stone massifs rising dramatically from the sea. One of the most popular islands is Koh Mae where you will find the green lagoon. It's an amazing sight as vivid in colour as the picture below shows - but keep in mind that to reach the lagoon, you'll need to climb a fair few steep steps. When I say climb, I was actually crawling by the end - so don't forget your water and sunscreen!
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Written by Kayleigh Driscoll, FTT Global.