Tempting Thailand 2015

Trish Griffiths on 01 January 2015
Thailand is a very special place to us, as we lived there for 12 months and have visited nearly all the beautiful islands this country has to offer.

We have also been to Bangkok on numerous occasions and it really is one of our favourite cities, we even have our own ‘taxi driver’ now who collects us from the airport.

We decided to spend the Festive period in Thailand once again – this time after starting and finishing in Bangkok we went to the beautiful island of Koh Samet. First of all we wanted to experience New Year in Bangkok, which was amazing – the hotels on the river sure put on a brilliant display of fireworks, which seemed to go on for ages. As well as the fireworks all the Dinner Cruise ships paraded up and down making the river an array of colours. After New Year we left Bangkok to head to Koh Samet for a week of relaxation.

Koh Samet is around a 2.5hr drive from Bangkok, then you need to get a boat to the island which takes around 15 to 20 minutes depending which part of the island you choose to stay.

The island, which since 1981 has been classified as national park, has a nightlife that can be described as limited, but not completely absent. What distinguishes this limited nightlife from Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui is the lack of go-go bars and discos. If you want an island with nightlife & lots of places to venture out to then this is not the place to go. We wanted a nice relaxing week and it suited us perfectly.

The island has some of Thailand's whitest beaches, which have talcum powder type sand and together with the clear blue sea makes it perfect for beautiful photos. A limited road network free of heavy traffic makes the island ideal for visitors seeking relaxation in a hammock, in a cozy restaurant, or on the beach. We had the most amazing week, relaxing in what we think is one of the best hotels in Thailand.

Before we headed home we spent a further few nights in Bangkok, as we were so chilled we felt we had to gear ourselves up to return home. We always stay at the same hotel right on the river, it's so handy for catching the Skytrain into the Centre for shopping and river life both during the day and in the evening is so entertaining we would never stay anywhere else.

As well as Bangkok and Koh Samet, we've also visited Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Samui, Chaam, Hua Hin, Koh Chang, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai - plus many of the more smaller islands. If you are thinking of going to Thailand let me know as I am always happy to talk about one of my favourite countries.