Amazing trip to Thailand with my fiancé in June. A total of 9 nights (including travelling) with a real mix of culinary delights, culture, contrasts and chill! Enjoy.
We flew from London to Bangkok (BKK) – all flights booked with British Airways (direct). For us it worked out better to just pay for the flights and use air miles for a shorter flight.
We stayed in Bangkok for 2 nights, which we felt was adequate time to get a good feel for the place. So interesting to experience the stark contrast between old and new Bangkok. Oh and the food..
Really great hotel located bang on the river. The breakfast & buffets are amazing and they conveniently have an Android phone in the rooms, which you can take with you and use as a hotspot!
We recommend the water taxi to get you into Bangkok from the hotel and then tuctucs to get around once you're there. Our highlights were the following..
Recommend getting there early morning since as midday approaches it gets extremely busy. You probably need at least half an hour to really take everything in – the whole temple is fantstic, definately recommend.
Khao San Road: Busy all the time and definitely a must see. Quite an experience at night – cheap drinks, fried insects, street food and of course music!
Foot massages: Grab an hour foot massage – only a fiver!
With a total of 6(!) restaurants you really are spoilt for choice.
Chinatown Streetfood Stall: Street food is a must while you're here and we found Chinatown's to be the best!
We caught an internal flight with Bangkok Airways and stayed in Koh Samui for 6 nights. Highly recommend the airline – they served us a full meal on the 45 min flight. Samui airport is also really nice and had free wifi, drinks & snacks.
Really nice hotel a stone's throw from the beach and close to everything you need. Recommend happy hour at the beach bar for great cocktails and smoothies ;) oh and they give you umbrellas for the nightly tropical rain, which was handy.
Beaches: Obvious I guess but the beaches are amazing!
Night Market: On Friday night we went to the night market, which was great – large amount of street food, clothes as well as souvenirs and gifts. Located in Bophut Fisherman's Village.
Cooking Class: We went on a cooking class on one of the nights. The guy who ran it was amazing – he took us around the market, taught us about the food and let us pick a dish each.
Note: Book really far in advance i.e. 4–6 weeks as gets booked up – only £35 each ;)
Beach Food: We ate from a women from the beach most days e.g. spring rolls, chicken satay, fresh mango salads. Amazing.
Fisherman's Village: Literally a 5m walk from the hotel where there are loads of amazing restaurants – we literally tried all of them!