Koh Tao 

After getting on a speed catamaran in Koh Phangan at the Thongsala pier, we arrived in Koh Tao at the Mae Haad pier and departed from there immediately to our hotel – the Koh Tao Hillside resort. 

The first impressions were good, but after looking at the resort and inspecting our room we didn’t want to stay there anymore. In the bathroom was a dead spider,  which was apparently smashed and just left on the wall. The bathroom wasn’t very pretty and was very dirty. If you wanted go get to the Reception or one of the two restaurants, you had to climb up or down thousands of stairs. That’s generally not bad, but the stairs were really wanky and it felt unsafe. After one night there we decided to leave on the next morning. I’m not going to post any pictures of the room on here, because it’s not very pleasant to look at.

We checked out, got our money back and checked into the Indie Hostel right by Sairee beach. It’s a cool boutique hotel with a nice little café. Our bedroom was small but it was enough for two people. There were some stains on the walls and on towels or sheets, but generally it was a clean place. 

On our first night at Sairee beach, we had dinner at the Black garlic restaurant. The mohitos were perfectly prepared and the burgers were amazing as well. I highly recommend this little restaurant. 

Then we went to the beach and sat down at the Lotus bar. We had a few cocktails and enjoyed the fire show. There was also a DJ, who played some cool tunes. 

On the next morning we had breakfast in the little Indie café. They had a nice selection of breakfast menus, bagels, muesli, freshly baked goods, smoothies, juices and coffee. I ate the baked beans bowls, it had baked beans topped with cheddar cheese, an poached egg and bacon, with a slice of freshly baked bread. I also had a cold vanilla machiato and it was absolutely delicious.

 In the evening we went to the famous Koh Tao Pub Crawl. It’s an event where a group of promoters guide you through four different locations in Koh Tao, the Choppers Bar & Grill, the Lotus bar, the Queens cabaret and the Fishbowl. It starts every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday in front of the Choppers at 6PM. I would highly recommend it, if you want to have a little tour through Koh Tao’s night life and also meet other travellers. 

On Wednesday we went to Koh Nang Yuan, a little island that is about ten minutes away from Sairee beach, if you go by Taxi boat. If you decide to get a taxi boat it’s always better to go with a bigger group of people,  because the price is always the same and the more people you are the less you pay. 

In the evening we also went to the Portobello, a nice little Italian restaurant. I would highly recommend the dough balls with pesto and the Prosciutto Bianca. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, but the Pizza is devine.

Another restaurant that I can recommend is the Blue Water, we went there on Thursday and on Saturday. They have a nice selection of food and really good cocktails. If you’re there try the Lychee or the Ginger mojito and a wrap or the fish and chips. 

In the end I can say that I would recommend visiting Koh Tao and if you want to go out and meet new people Sairee beach is perfect, but Koh Tao has lots of other more quiet beaches, if you want to have pur relaxation.

Our week on this island has ended and we’re back in Koh Samui now, heading to Bangkok in a few hours and then back to Germany on Wednesday.

Hope this blogpost was helpful!

– Kate x

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Koh Phangan 

Right after our little adventure in Bangkok my boyfriend and I headed to Koh Samui and then took a ferry to Koh Phangan. We had booked a bungalow with beach view at the Cookie Salad resort, right by the Haad Salad beach. After getting up at three in the morning and traveling for hours we arrived at the resort at about noon.  

I can highly recommend the Cookie Salad resort, as well as Haad salad beach. It’s a rather calm and relaxed atmosphere and you can’t really party here, but there are lots of restaurants, some bars and some cool daytime activities like scuba diving, kayaking and boat tours around the island. 

On our second day we went scuba diving and even though the water at Haad salad beach is very shallow at some points you can still see lots of fish. It’s definitely worth it. My boyfriend and I also rented a kayak and paddled from the start of the beach to the end. It was very relaxing, but if you’re deciding to go on a boat or kayak trip in the noon, don’t forget to protect your head from the sun and use sunscreen. Lastly we rented a surfboard and did some stand up paddling in the evening. Well, my boyfriend stood up and I sat at the front of the surfbroad and did nothing. I’m not really good at balancing, so I think it was best that he did all the work. We watched the sun set and I can highly recommend renting a surfboard and just chilling on the sea, when the sun goes down – it’s simply breathtaking. 

So if you’re planning your next trip to an island, definitely consider Koh Phangan and the Cookie Salad resort

– Kate x

Bangkok

I was born in Bangkok, but never been there, until now. My boyfriend and I had planned this trip to Thailand for months and we knew that our first stop had to be Bangkok. Luckily a good friend of ours just opened his hostel and he was too kind and let us stay there for the first two weeks. The name is ‘Ora hostel‘ and it’s right by a BTS station, so you can get to most places by sky train. Check it out, if you’re staying in Bangkok. 

We arrived at the Suvarnabhumi airport at about half-past seven on a Tuesday. On our first evening we went to Kaohsan road, a popular walking street for Tourists. We just strolled around, had a few drinks and tried Rotee, a delicious Thai desert, similar to a crêpes, but ten times better.   

On our second day we went to the Siam Paragon Mall and visited the Sea World there. After that we visited the MBK mall, which has a broad selection of fake clothing, accessories and make-up items. So, if you want to purchase any fake goods in Bangkok I would recommend MBK or the Platinum Mall, which we visited in our second week. In the evening our friend took us to the Octave rooftop bar, with an amazing view over the modern part of Bangkok. They also have good cocktails, a thai-style Mojito for example, so if you visit Bangkok you can find the Octave bar on top of the Marriott hotel. 

We also had a stroll through China town at daytime, as well as at night time. During the day you can get all sorts of things in little shops there and in the evening it transforms into a food heaven. Lots of Thais, as well as foreigners come here to eat something at night.  

After our daytime visit in China town we went to Chatuchak “JJ” Green in the evening. It’s a little night market, where you can get cool and affordable clothing, shoes and accessories. You can find vintage band shirts here, as well as the shops of young designers. 

In the second week we went to the Grand palace and looked at the temples, the palace it self was closed due to the funeral of the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej. After visiting this impressive sight, we went to Wat Pho, home of the giant declining Buddha. I think I’ve never seen so much gold at one place. If you want to do some sightseeing in Bangkok, I would highly recommend coming to the Grand palace and Wat Pho. There are also a lot of other temples in Bangkok, but we didn’t have time to visit all of them. 

On our last day in Bangkok we also visited the Chatuchak “JJ” weekend market. It had a very nice selection of clothes and accessories from young designers for affordable prices and also a large selection of souvenirs. 

Our time in Bangkok has ended now. Next stop: Koh Phangan and Koh Tao
Hope you liked my impressions of Bangkok! 

– Kate x