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Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Photo of Longtail boat at Tonsai Bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Longtail boat at Tonsai Bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Koh Phi Phi is located in the Krabi Province in Southern Thailand. This time we departed from Patong Beach in Phuket. Just bought a ticket from the agency. The ticket included pick up from our hotel in Patong, and the boat trip to Koh Phi Phi.

Koh Phi Phi, also referred to simply as “Phi Phi”, is a beautiful tourist destination which consist of six islands. The largest island is Koh Phi Phi Don, which is the only inhabited island out of the six. “Koh” (sometimes spelt “Ko”) is the thai word for “Island”.

People don’t need cars on Koh Phi Phi. Walking is the main means of transport. There are a few scooters around but they’re not used in the main tourist area. On the island, it’s all about the simple life. They don’t need big condominiums or shopping malls. It’s all low-rise and mini-marts on Koh Phi Phi.

Phi Phi is a very good place to relax after a long journey from the mainland. Many bars, restaurants and Thai massage shops are around, or hire a long tail boat and visit the small islands around. Koh Phi Phi Leh is a popular island for snorkelling and day trips. One of the highlights of Phi Phi Leh is Maya Bay, a beautiful beach which was made famous by the movie “The Beach” featuring Leonardo Dicaprio.

Photo of Tonsai Bay at Koh Phi Phi Don

Tonsai Bay at Koh Phi Phi Don

Phi Phi has many accommodation options, ranging from backpackers to the luxury resorts. We stayed at Phi Phi Banyan Villa, which is one of the hotels on the Tonsai Bay side. This is the side where the boats come in and dock  at Tonsai Pier. At the front of the hotel, there was very big restaurant, and the food was delicious. This was also where we had our complimentary breakfast each morning. I also liked the idea of the hotel gym with its awesome view over Tonsai Bay.

We took a trip to Koh Phi Phi Leh, including Maya bay, on one of the long tail boats. It was shared with other tourists so it cost about 250 THB each. On the way stopped for snorkelling and sightseeing. We swam with the colourful fish. It was amazing!

Kho Phi Phi is a paradise for diving. And many companies offer to take whoever is interested to go around and show the marine life under of the ocean.

One day we walked up to the view point on the hill. It has a really spectacular view as we can see the sandy beaches on both sides of the island.

Photo of the view from the "Viewpoint" on Koh Phi Phi Don

View from the "Viewpoint" on Koh Phi Phi Don

In the afternoon we walked across to the other side of Kho Phi Phi, ordered wine and pizza, and sat on the beach while watching the sunset.

And on another night we went to watch the Thai Boxing at the Reggae Bar. It was funny to see the tourists get up and try to box each other while they were drunk. At least they get a free “bucket” of cocktails for their efforts.

Shopping in Thailand

When it comes to shopping, Thailand is the place to be. Especially if you’re female! Many girls in Thailand can’t stop shopping even through they have no room left in their wardrobe. Some men have the same problem!

So Thailand is the place for fun, relaxation, eating, and shopping! Many people visit Thailand just for the shopping. Especially clothes and gold.

Shopping for Gold

Thailand is famous for its gold shops. Most cities in Thailand have more than one gold shop. And you can buy gold necklaces and bracelets which are man made from pure and beautiful 18k – 24k gold.

The gold business is very expensive and risky. But people still like gold and want to own it. Some people like to collect gold for the future. Some people buy gold for investment purposes.  Some like to buy gold as a gift.

The gold shops in Thailand issue you with a certificate when you buy it, and it needs to be the same price as the other gold shops in Thailand. The price may change every day. The current price is usually shown at the front of the shop.

Markets in Thailand

Thailand has many different types of markets. I will talk about the local markets that they called “Talad Nad”. I’m not sure when this market first began. As far as I know, they’ve been going ever since I was born. Talad Nad doesn’t happen every day. Some places may have Talad Nad 2 or 3 days a week.

Every city has their own markets. Most of them sell the local product. They are very interesting. The markets are usually very busy but the result is good. The prices are usually very cheap as well. Some markets sell food as well as other things. Most markets open in the afternoon. This is because most people have a day time job. After work, they come to the market and sell stuff, it could be any thing.

I like to walk to the market because it helps me to relax from stress after work. Even though I don’t buy anything. Some times I go there to meet friends and we have dinner at the market.

About Bangkok

Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, located along Chao Phraya River. It is the largest urban area in Thailand and has a population of over 9 million in the urban area (and about 12 million in the metro area).

Bangkok is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. This translates into “city of angels”. Therefore, you might occasionally hear people referring to Bangkok as the “city of angels”.

Actually, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon is short for the full ceremonial name given by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, and later edited by King Mongkut. The full Thai name for Bangkok is:

Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

I think you’d agree that it’s probably easier just to call it “Bangkok”!

Bangkok by Boat

If you take a trip by boat you will see both sides of Bangkok from the Chao Phraya River. There are many options for getting to the touristy areas, as well as the less-touristy areas.

The taxi boats are a good option but you will need to deal with lots of people.

Another option is to take an organized cruise to wherever you want to visit. You would probably need to book this through a travel agency. Most travel agencies will be able to show you a list of the main tourist attractions, such as temples, the floating market, reptile show, and the boat museum, to name a few.


There are many great temples in Bangkok. Two that are close to the city are Wat Pha Keaw and Wat Arun.

  • Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the “Temple of the Emerald Buddha”, is in the middle of Bangkok and has amazing Thai architecture with uncountable value.
  • Wat Arun, also known locally as “Wat Chaeng” is located on the side of the Chao Phraya River.

These are just two of the many temples in Bangkok. To see more, see Bangkok Temples at


If you like shopping there are so many places in Bangkok. These range from extremely low prices up to extremely high prices, and everything in between.

The best places for shopping that I would recommend is MBK shopping centre and Jatujak market.

MBK shopping centre consists of three main shopping centers, offering brand names from around the world, all at a reasonable price.

Jatujak market (known by the locals as “JJ”) covers approximately 35 acres of land, and includes shopping for both bargains and top-range designer items luring the masses as well. Jatujak market is well known for having a large range pet shops.

I wouldn’t recommend wearing high heels when you shop at Jatujak market, as you will almost certainly get sore feet.

Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road is famous among backpackers, and there are many things going on, such as art, boxing, budget accommodation, food, etc.

Here’s more information about Khaosan Road on Wikipedia.


If you’re tired from a big day in Bangkok, you may need to do some thing more relaxing, like sitting down to have a cold drink and a meal. There are many bars and restaurants in the middle of Bangkok.

At night time, entertainment is available in many corners of Bangkok, including places such as Srilom, NANA, Rajchada. Most of these places only open at night, but are some open 24 hours.

Education for Foreigners

There are many international language schools in Bangkok. Many foreigners come to Bangkok to learn the Thai language. Also, many foreigners from other asian countries (such as Korea and Japan), come to Bangkok to learn english.

There are many benefits for foreigners who choose to study in Thailand. First of all, the course is usually much cheaper than a similar course in their home country. Secondly, the cost of living is usually much cheaper than in their home country.

Studying in Thailand is also a very good option for those who want to stay in Thailand for longer time. This is because, foreigners who choose to study can apply for a long term study visa. Study visas can allow the foreigner to stay in Thailand for a year or until their studies are complete.

Bangkok Airports

If you’re flying into Bangkok, be aware that Bangkok has two airports:

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport is the new airport and opened in 2006.
  • Don Mueang International Airport is the old Bangkok airport, but it is still in use today.

These airports are in different parts of Bangkok so it pays to take note of which airport you’re flying into.


Bangkok has many options for accommodation. Prices can range between 300 baht and 10,000 baht or more. The price will depend on things such as condition, location, facilities, etc. For more information, see Accommodation Prices in Thailand.

Thailand Festivals

Thailand is known for its many festivals. Festivals are an important part of culture in Thailand.

Some festivals are celebrated throughout all of Thailand. Other festivals are celebrated only within a particular region of Thailand. Usually, the regional festivals will represent part of that region’s culture. East, north, south, north-eastern, and capital region all have their own set of festivals.

Even though each region has its own beliefs and culture, they’re all based on buddhism. Each festival will commence with the lighting of incense and candles, which protects the festival from bad spirits.

Each month, there’s usually a festival happening somewhere in Thailand. The sound of drums and music will show you which part of Thailand it is, because, each region has its own style of music.

Here’s a list of some of the more popular festivals in Thailand:

  • Songkran – Songkran festival marks the traditional Thailand New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. This festival is celebrated throughout Thailand.
  • Loy Krathong festival – Thailand’s most colourful festival of the year. Attendees release a krathong onto the water to wash away bad luck and bring good luck. This festival is celebrated throughout Thailand.
  • Bung Fai Phaya Naga – celebrates a supernatural occurrence that happens in the Nong Khai province once a year during the Buddhist lent in October

Loy Krathong Festival

Loy Krathong is the Thailand’s most colourful festival of the year. The Loy Krathong festival usually takes place in November when the full moon.

Loy Krathong festival, Thailand

Everyone who attends the Loy Krathong festival will release a krathong onto the water, and let it float away. The water could be a river, lake, pond, or any other large body of water. Depending on where you are, it could even be a swimming pool.

By releasing a krathong onto the water, people believe this will rid them of bad luck and will instead, bring good luck.

The Loy Krathong festival is celebrated throughout Thailand on the same day. Some festivals also have music, dancing, charity, and food.

Some people dress up in traditional Thai costumes which makes the festival even more colourful.

What is a Krathong?

Loy Krathong Festival, Thailand

Krathong is made of disks cut from a banana tree stem and banana leaf, with offerings that include incense, flowers, candles and money. During Krathong festival, many of Thailand’s rivers become alight with krathongs floating away.

Nong Khai, Thailand

Nong Khai, Thailand

Nong Khai city in north east Thailand is a quiet and peaceful city. It is located along the banks of the Maekong river directly across from Laos. This entices people to go back there again and again.

Some of Nong Khai’s attractions include the Thai-Laos market and the Thai-Laos friend ship bridge. Taking a day trip for sight seeing between Thai-Laos is not a bad idea. The many temples in Nong Khai are stunning as well.

Temple Nong Khai, Thailand

The relationship with people in Nongkhai and Lao is very strong. Even the language is similar. The culture is a mix between Thai, Lao, and Vietnamese.

Nong khai Spring rolls, Thailand

I have to say that the spring rolls in Nongkhai are delicious. Every time when I went back to Nong Khai. I have to eat some.

If you have more spare time or not to hurry. Try to take a bus to the another city around there. ( have to be the bus with out air conditioner ) take a little bit longer than by car but you will get there. You will enjoy the trip even more. A lot of thing you can enjoy on the bus is such as have people selling local grill chicken on the bus and much more.

Nong Khai Taxi

Sip beer with ice (as the locals do), as you watch a sunset over the Mekong river in Nong Khai. It is he best way to enjoy the life and peace of Esaan. Not to be surprise if you feel very enjoyable of the trip to Nong Khai.

Nong Khai is host to some great festivals. If you’re thinking about visiting Nong Khai, be sure to check the Thailand festivals page first.

Bungfai Phaya Naga Festival

Bungfai Phaya Naga is a festival that celebrates a supernatural occurrence that happens in the Nong Khai province once a year during the Buddhist lent in October.

“Bungfai” is the fireworks. “Phaya” is the king. “Naga” is the “Dragon” who has the power to blow fire from his mouth.

During the festival, more than 10,000 people come from all over Thailand just to see the fireworks that come rushing out of the river. Some people sell food and alcohol during the festival.

Phonpisai town is the most popular place to watch the fireworks because the fireworks happen here more than anywhere else along the river.

The fireworks will shoot up from underneath the Maekong River up to the air. It is a red or pink colour and there is no noise or smoke. It will disappear after it gets very high and it all happens so quickly.

The scientists believe the effect is from the natural gas within the river. Some people believe it is man-made, while others believe the fireworks are from Phaya – the King of all dragons – who is celebrating after meditating for a long time.

However doesn’t really matter what you believe. It doesn’t stop people wanting to visit Nongkhai during the Bungfai Phaya Naga.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand is a place you can play and have fun. Located in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a very popular place for riding elephants, and you will be taken care of by professional staff.

Chiang Mai is different to other parts of Thailand. It has it’s own dialect. The climate is cooler than central and southern Thailand, which allows different crops to grow (for example, carrots, cabbage, and other cool-climate vegetables). Also, Chiang Mai has a great climate for growing herbs. Many of the locals are farmers and grow their own vegetables and silk for a living. Many Thai fruits come from Chiang Mai as well.

The cooler temperature, compared to other parts of Thailand, can be part of the attraction for tourists. In the winter season, the flowers bring fabulous colour to the city, and the flower festival begins in February at Chiang Mai.

A popular part of Chiang Mai is the national park Doi Sutep. Doi Sutep national park includes temple, the Mong culture, Doi pui, and two waterfalls.

During the wet season in Chiang Mai, lots of people have fun with the water. One popular activity is kayaking. Many kayakers choose Dang River. They start from the high mountain between the Thai/Burma border, travel past Chian downtown, then cross at Ping River at MaeDang town.

Dang River is 135 km long. The kayakers will typically travel approximately 10km, which takes around 2 – 2.30 hours. The rapid level of this river is usually 1 – 4, but during the wet season, this can increase to level 5.

Chiang Mai is also known for it’s many festivals, including the flower festival, songkran festival and many more.




Songkran Festival

In Thailand, the Songkran festival marks the traditional Thailand New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April.

Songkran Festival,Phuket Thailand

During Songkran, almost everyone in Thailand is off from work and celebrates by throwing water over each other.  Many people roam the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench everyone who walks, rides, or drives past. Doesn’t matter if you don’t want to participate – if you walk on the street you will get wet!

Songkran Festival, Phuket Thailand

But getting wet can be very welcome at this time of the year – Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season.

In the morning of the New Year, many Thais will clean their house in order to bring good luck. Then in the afternoon, they will head out to splash water on someone (and be splashed).

Songkran Parades

Each city in Thailand has their own parade decorated by hundreds of flowers and beautiful angels. And the big Buddha at the front of the cars in the parade. Being in Thailand during the Songkran festival is an unforgettable experience, and a lot of fun. Sometimes you even forget to eat!

This tradition is very famous, and tourists visit Thailand from around world just to take part in Songkran. This is great for the Thailand economy.

Temples During Songkran Festival

At the same time that all the fun is happening, Thai people like to go to the temple too. That is some thing the Thais learn from previous generations. Some people like to free the animals to the forest. Some people like to feed the fish in the temple (some temples have a fish pool). Thais feel good about doing these sorts of things and believe that it will bring them good luck.

Many Thais go back to their home town to celebrate Songkran festival with their family.

Koh Phangan

Koh phangan is the paradise for experiencing the full moon party. Tourists from around the world come to Koh Phangan to join the celebrations.  Many believe this is the most beautiful place to see the full moon.

If you like to party, Hat rin is the place to be. You can sit on the beach and watch fire dancing, listen to drums, and be entertained by everything else that’s going on. That why many people know about Koh Phangan. Once you’ve had enough partying, you can just return to the main beach, which is nice and quite. This is the perfect spot for those who just want to relax.

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