The second part of our trip to Thailand (read all about the first part here) was dedicated to exploring the many gorgeous islands. I was very happy that we'd decided to visit the islands after staying in Bangkok, as they were a great change from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The islands we visited were everything and more in terms of paradise-like sceneries: pristine beaches, clear waters, and the most amazing sunsets I ever did see. :)
The first island we visited was Phuket. We stayed at the Nai Harn hotel, that had the BEST view of the surrounding crystal white beaches, and omg the breakfast! I think I'll remember their homemade bread, Thai soups made from fresh local organic ingredients, and smoked salmon eggs for a really long time. :) They also served great cocktails on their rooftop terrace, that had these cute little underwater seats to cool off comfortably with a refreshing pre-dinner drink in hand. Another plus of the hotel was its proximity to Phromthep Cape, where we witnessed several fluffy pink sunsets on Rawai beach, and to a cute local fish market, with plenty of photo ops due to its hundreds of picturesque shells and adorable atmosphere. I really loved buying freshly caught crab here, to have it prepared at the Mook Dee restaurant, with lots of veggies and delicious spices.
One of the things I really wanted to do in Thailand is take a cooking class, as I'm obsessed with Thai cuisine. We took this one in Patong, which was a bit too touristy to my liking, but still lots of fun.
Further, I'd really recommend taking the boat to the nearby island of Ko Yao, which is delightful to explore by scooter. It has this amazing end-of-the-world vibe that is really hard to describe, but trust me on this one: it's totally worth a visit!
Our next stop was Ao Nang in Krabi, where we stayed at the Rayavadee hotel. This hotel can only be reached by boat (which is pretty cool, I think) and has the best infinity pool ever. The rooms are actually little tree houses, so you're smack bang in the middle of nature, with little monkeys climbing on the roof - it doesn't get better than that, right? The food options at the hotel were quite amazing too; I adored their one-of-a-kind cave restaurant (where I had my surprise birthday dinner) and Krua Phranang restaurant, with lots of super tasty dishes. We also often had lunch on the little boats that were lined up at Railay beach, perfect to enjoy some grilled corn and fresh coconuts.
From Krabi, we went to explore the lagoon of Koh Hong, which had the most crystal clear blue water, so it's really great for snorkling as well! It felt like we were the only ones there, and the tranquility of the caves, cliffs, and rustling waves is something I'll never forget.
The only downside of visiting Thailand is having to come back home. I've been seriously longing to go back ever since we got back, but thankfully there's always our cuddly cat Bobke to soften the blow. :) Thailand, thanks for giving me and my love the most perfect 10-year anniversary celebration! XO Sofie