A travel journal
to Thailand by SeenThat
Quote: In a country with a long coastline, there are endless options for a pleasant visit to the beach; especially so in the islands, which have a special appeal. They tend to create special places where your dreams may come true.
Koh Phi Phi is one of those magical places that became overcrowd once the word of its existence spread around. Nonetheless, it is worth a look and if you plan your visit carefully – maybe during an off-season period – you will enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Phuket – the biggest Thai island has much more than beaches to offer. Its main town, bearing the same name, is a charming Thai-Portuguese hybrid, while the island itself offers beaches open to the Andaman Sea and others which face the mainland and are more protected.
Koh Samui – is island that began the tourism boom in Thailand and despite all the development, has an overwhelming beauty, the boat taking you there crosses incredibly turquoise waters spotted with small islets. This view alone will pay your trip.
Koh Chang – the greenest island in Thailand, offers the calmest surroundings among the main insular destinations, despite the fact that finding a free spot along its blue shores is getting harder from season to season. However, the side facing the Thai mainland, still offers many surprises.
Despite the name of the journal, it is more practical to begin the trip among the islands from Phuket. The island-province is connected to the mainland with two bridges and thus it is very easy to reach it from Bangkok. From the southern bus terminal, Sathaanii Sai Tai Mai in Thonburi (at the junction of Thanon Borom Ratchonni and the Nakhon Chaisri Highway), buses leave to Phuket at all hours (VIP: 486B, 11 hours). Plan to arrive around 4:30: an awesome sunrise will welcome you.
Koh Phi Phi can be reached with ferries from Phuket; the island does not offer budget accommodations; thus, if you are on a tight budget, then it would be wise to arrive with the first ferry from Phuket and then leave with the last one to Krabi, on the mainland. From Krabi there are many buses crossing the thin mainland to Surat Thani, which faces the Thailand Gulf. From its pier there are ferries leaving for Koh Samui.
This is a place that is emotionally difficult to leave, but if you find the strength, return to Bangkok and from Ekamai, the eastern terminal, take a bus to Trat, from where ferries leave to Koh Chang.
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