Our introduction to Thailand was recent – considering how justifiably popular its sparkling islands are with travelers all from all over the world – but we too caught on to the magic of Thailand pretty quickly once we arrived.
Our first trip to Thailand was a quick and simple itinerary that covered Bangkok and the island of Ko Lanta, in Krabi. Although it was the monsoon or ‘green’ season – we were extremely lucky with clear sunny days on the island, and the first of the season’s snorkeling/diving. I would travel again in this season – while it rained a bit in Bangkok, the temperature was pleasant throughout our stay.
I was surprised that I loved Bangkok as much as I did, so much so that it immediately became one of my favourite cities – mostly because of the food. Sure the city is gridlocked and a touch grimy – but I can forgive those things if I get to eat at Nahm, my favourite restaurant anywhere.
We have been saddened to see reports of unrest in Bangkok in recent months, and although tourists are rarely, if ever, caught up in disturbances, it behooves one to be sensible about these things, to check travel advice and to steer clear of political demonstrations and such.
Recommended for – We traveled as a couple, which allowed us to stay at a fabulous kid-free resort on Ko Lanta. There isn’t much for little ones on the island that we could detect, but teens who are strong swimmers would enjoy the snorkeling or diving. Ko Lanta isn’t exactly a party island, and you can see most of its modest sights in a day – but it is absolute paradise for divers and folks who just want to relax on the beach.
Bangkok is a fun city for anyone and everyone – and if you have even a passing interest in Thai food it would be worth the visit for that alone.
Spots we missed So many. We planned to return to Thailand in December 2013, heading back to Bangkok and some of the Gulf islands – Koh Samui and Koh Tao. Our trip was pre-empted, but hopefully not forever – Thailand is too good to stay away for too long.