Prior to embarking on travelling, I always said to myself that Thailand would be the first country I would visit in Asia. Safe to say, I didn’t stay true to my words as I went to 10 Asian countries before Thailand.
Nevertheless, I wanted to have a long stay in Thailand to explore the huge country so when I checked the dates for the Easter period, I jumped at the opportunity to plan a holiday tothe destination. I asked my girls if they wanted a long break to Thailand during Easter and they were onboard to come.
In the lead up to the holiday, I created a lengthy itinerary for our group with help from my good sis Steph (check her gaming & anime account @nnesaga on twitter). Our route around Thailand was Bangkok to Chiang Mai to Phuket so we could see and experience different parts of the country. The months swiftly passed and mid April arrived. We were all geared up for our 2 week trip to Asia!
As we booked our flights separately, we flew via Emirates & Etihad to Bangkok. The tropical heat hit us immediately as we were greeted with temperatures over 30 degrees. We stayed in Bangkok for a few days. Our hotel gave us gorgeous city views during the day and sunset time from the rooftop pool area.
Bangkok gave a taster into the old and modern side of Thailand. We saw some of the great sites and temples within the city. On one evening, we descended on Khao San Road and witnessed some crazy people and peculiar things sold on the street. On our last day, we visited some of the huge malls for some gifts and souvenirs. Bangkok’s retail locations are a shopper’s paradise. We also took a day trip to Ayutthaya with a private driver and went around the city to visit some of the ancient temples and places that have been well preserved for visitors to revel in.
Onwards to Chiang Mai, we boarded the overnight train from Hua Lamphong station, arriving at the popular city early in the morning. The experience was efficient and quite pleasant as it was a smooth journey to the north of Thailand.
The Chiang Mai environment was more relaxed compared to Bangkok and more affordable to travel around. The climate in Northern Thailand wore us down greatly as it was above 40 degrees every day during our stay. Our skins literally cooked every time we were in the sun.
Our time in Chiang Mai comprised of more temple visits, seeing lively tigers at Tiger Kingdom, spending an afternoon with calm elephants at Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, doing a Thai cooking class with Smile Organic and seeing the hustle and bustle at the Sunday Night Market. We enjoyed having an authentic aspect to the trip. For me, I thoroughly loved cooking traditional Thai dishes and feeding and bathing the elephants at the sanctuary.
As it was Lola’s birthday during our trip, I booked a lovely restaurant and bar called Italics & Rise where we spent celebrating with a nice dinner and drinks at the rooftop. The service was very good and the food and drinks were reasonably priced for an upscale spot. The staff provided Lola with a special birthday dessert so that was a great touch.
From Chiang Mai, we flew to Phuket via Thai Airways and the flight was surprisingly fast. Our villa in Rawai looked beautiful and well designed for us to enjoy. Due to the highly anticipated Avengers: End Game viewing in Thailand, we swiftly went to a cinema watch it in the late evening after our arrival in Phuket. The film was an emotional rollercoaster especially for Steph!
Feeling exhausted from Bangkok and Chiang Mai, we rested up. After checking around, I booked us on a 4 hour city tour around Phuket with a private driver. We saw some of the notable places in the area including the Big Buddha and Phuket Old Town. For some reason our driver did get irate towards the end of our tour and I had a mini war of words with him but no drama.
The following day, we took a Phi Phi Island & Khai Island tour. We weren’t fond of the lead tour supervisor called Meow Meow as she was irritating. On the flip side, we were happy to fling on our bikinis and sink our feet into some warm sand and have nice sea views from the islands. I wasn’t too fond of Khai Island as it was very busy with other tour boats and had persistent island sellers wanting to make money.
On our last night in Phuket, we got dressed up and went to Patong Beach to experience the nightlife. The strip is full of bar dancers, happy drinkers and active promoters selling tickets for ping-pong shows. Definitely not for a group of black women! We entered the huge club Illuzion and found their R&B area. It was pretty quiet however we enjoyed the selection of songs the DJ was spinning. We left after a brief time and went across the road to Sugar Club which a better crowd and vibe. We liked the atmosphere in the club and the music was good for us so we left satisfied.
All in all, I loved being on holiday with my girls as we had so much laughter, tears and great banter in our group. This hasn’t been the perfect trip as we did have issues with Thai Airways, airport security alongside the problems with our hotel rooms and the villa. The sweltering weather slowed us down considerably and made us tired throughout. Nevertheless, we didn’t allow the mishaps and the climate to put a downer on our trip. Upon leaving Bangkok to return to London, we were left with some good memories and experiences from our Thailand visit.