Back to Bangkok – Third Time Lucky

15th – 20th September 2017

After a hot and sweaty train journey I had arrived at my final destination, Bangkok. Crazy. Although its now my third time here there is still loads of stuff I haven’t done so I set too putting a list together of things I wanted to do. I cannot even explain the humidity here so first thing on my list was a shower!

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13th – 15th September 2017

I left Phuket Tuesday afternoon and made my way to the bus station ready for the 12 hour overnight bus up to Bangkok. The journey actually went pretty quickly and we arrived around 4am. I then had to take a taxi to the train station and wait until 5.30am for the train up to Ayutthaya. 2 hours later the train pulled into Ayutthaya where I then had to catch the ferry across the river and then take a tuk tuk my hostel… 17 hours later I had arrived.
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31st August – 4th September 2017

After a quiet few days in Lanta it was time to move on to my next destination, Krabi. Situated on the west coast of southern Thailand this quirky little town lies on the Krabi River and is surrounded by huge limestone karsts jutting out from the Mangroves. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Krabi but ended up having the best time which was such a nice surprise.
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Ko Lanta

27th – 31st August 2017

Known to be one of the sleepier islands, Koh Lanta is the perfect place to come chill out and relax. Far behind the likes of Phi Phi & Samui the island is very underdeveloped and way less touristy. Miles of empty beaches, pristine untouched national parks and untarnished local culture are just a few of the things that make Ko Lanta so special. With many backpackers putting Ko Lanta as their favourite island I couldn’t wait to get there!

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Koh Phi Phi

23rd – 27th August 2017

Phi Phi, a cluster of 6 islands, with the largest ‘Phi Phi Don’ being the only inhabited, is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Drawing thousands of tourists there every year are the stunning beaches, towering rock formations, turquoise waters and laid back vibes. From 5* resorts to budget guest houses and from wild beach parties to exclusive swanky restaurants Phi Phi has it all. I had heard very mixed reviews about the island from other backpackers, but after spending 4 days there I personally only have good things to say – it was the perfect place to welcome me back to Thailand.

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18th – 22nd August 2017

Langkawi, an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea 30km off of mainland Malaysia. Know for its clear waters, pristine beaches, jungles, diving and snorkelling, it is the perfect tropical retreat. Out of the 104 islands it is by far the biggest and also the only one inhabited but there are plenty of boat trips offering you the chance to get out an explore the surrounding islands. I had heard many mixed reviews about Langkawi, the main complaint being how touristy it was, but lets face it, the reason it is so ‘touristy’ is because of how insanely beautiful it is, so yeah why wouldn’t people want to go?! I personally didn’t think it was even that bad and if you look past all the touristy parts you can see the island for what it really is – paradise.

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14th – 18th August 2017

Penang, a state on the north west coast of peninsular Malaysia has 2 parts, Seberang Perai on the mainland and then Penang Island, where the capital city Georgetown is, and also the place I visited. Regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, recently listed as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site and with untouched national parks waiting to be explored Penang is not a place to be missed.
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11th – 14th August 2017

Voted 6th best place to visit in Asia in 2016/17 by Lonely Planet, I decided that with some extra time on my hands Ipoh was a stop that I just couldn’t miss out on. Once a bustling mining town back in the 1930’s, Ipoh is now a pretty chilled out sleepy city, however, with tourism on the rise it wont stay this way for long. Set in a valley and surrounded by mountains Ipoh is said to have the cleanest water supply in Malaysia. It is also home to some of the best food you will ever come across, some amazing pieces of street art, an incredible heritage trail, loads of outdoor activities and of course the famous white coffee.

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Cameron Highlands

8th – 11th August 2017

200km north of Kuala Lumpur lies the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most extensive hill station. Known for its tea plantations, strawberry farms, hiking trails and cool temperatures the highlands are a tourist haven. Wanting to see for myself what the fuss was all about I made the 4 hour journey up into the hills to the bustling town of Tanah Rata.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

4th – 8th August 2017

The flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur was only an hour long meaning we had arrived by 5.30, we didn’t however end up leaving the airport until gone 8pm because of the mile long que at immigration which wasn’t fun. The airport is a good hour out from the city so by the time we arrived at our hostel, Dorms KL, it was getting on for 10 and with no energy and feeling very very hot we got straight into bed. Thank the lord for aircon.

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