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Trip Report Three Weeks in Thailand

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I flew from Fort Lauderdale to Houston, Houston to Tokyo, and Tokyo to Singapore; with United.. When I arrived in Singapore, it was 1:00 a.m. I purchased lounge access, took a shower, got caught up with the Internet and then purchased a swimming pool pass. At 11:00 a.m., I left the secured area of the airport and checked in for my flight to Krabi with Tiger Air.

When I arrived in Krabi, I took the airport bus to the town of Aonang Beach. The bus took me directly to my hotel. One could spend a week in this area as there is so much to do. Long walks on the beach, snorkeling trips to nearby islands, and kayaking trips. There were so many restaurants, bars and sandy beaches to visit. I stayed at a hostel that did not offer breakfast but walked across the street to a nice hotel each morning and purchased their breakfast buffet.

I purchased a ticket to Phi Phi Island from one of the many street vendors. A shuttle bus picked me up at my hostel and took me to the boat. I spent three nights on Phi Phi Island. The island was crowded with tourists and it was difficult to sleep before 2:00 a.m. On the island I did some hiking, boat trips, beaches and some partying.

From Krabi I flew up to Chiang Mai in the north. The airport was located so close to the downtown area, a taxi was quite cheap. I stayed at a hostel called the Hug Hostel. The hostel offered a two day excursion where I was able to feed, ride, wash and get kissed by an elephant. Our group of nine rafted on the river and did a lot of hiking together. Although I was 26 years older than the next oldest person, I kept up with the group.

Don’t forget to visit the Chiang Mai zoo. I was allowed to purchase food and feed the giraffes, hippopotamus, and elephants. I also signed up for tours to the Golden Triangle where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar meet. This tour included too much driving. However, another tour to Thailand’s tallest mountain, Doi Inthanon, was quite enjoyable. After eight days in Chiang Mai, I missed the beaches and went to Ko Pha Ngan, just north of Ko Samui.

Ko Pha Ngan is where the famous “full moon parties” take place. I’m not a fan of crowds so I was happy that there were no full moons during my visit. I rented a scooter for three days reluctantly and rode around the island several times. I stayed at a nice hostel on the beach with a swimming pool for only $6 a night and the dinners were quite good. (not included) The waterfalls were not so great as it was the dry season, in fact, it never rained during the entire time I was in Thailand. I had a one hour deep tissue massage for $9 and she killed me. The viewpoints on the map were spectacular .

From Ko Pha Ngan I took a two hour ferry to Ko Tao. Ko Tao is located closer to Bangkok by boat and bus. If you are a scuba diver, then Ko Tao is for you. I did a snorkel trip around the island. The island is small and it is crowded with tourists.

A couple things to remember. Check airline prices to Singapore and Bangkok, both. United does not fly to Bangkok and I had an upgrade ticket. Also, pack really light. One can get their clothes washed, dried and folded for just a dollar or two. I flew carry on. November to April are the dry season in Thailand. The weather could not have been better. Once in Thailand, I was able to live on $55 a day. I never used my credit cards in Thailand; I used my debit card and paid cash for everything.

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