Since last summer, I've been plotting my escape to Western Australia to visit my former roommate (and dear friend) who now lives in Perth. What was supposed to be a winter trip was delayed until spring, and then pushed back to summer (each time entirely my fault), but it's official - I'm heading to Australia in June!
In my typical fashion, I waited just a bit too long to buy my flights. As such, the remaining return trips all involved 40+ hours of travel, with layovers in exotic locations just short enough to keep me trapped in the airport. I had some frequent flier miles to burn (more on that in a later post) and figured, what the hell, I might as well make the trip back an adventure as well. Now, in addition to 22 days in Australia, I have a six day multi-city flight to Bangkok! (PER -> BKK | BKK -> KIX -> SFO)
I'm a fairly social person, but I also relish solo adventures; I'm thinking that exploring a new city and relaxing on a Thai beach should be extremely good for the soul. That being said, when it came to pulling the trigger on the tickets, I hesitated. Embarking on my first trip to Asia and navigating the whole thing alone, I must admit, is a bit daunting. But after a few days of deliberation, I bought the flights, started researching, and I couldn't be more excited.
While I've been drooling over images of Phuket and other nearby locales, I've been told the weather is less predictable during this time of year than in other parts of the country - so I've put destinations on the Andaman Sea on the back burner for another time, opting to head towards the Gulf Islands instead. Koh Tao (pictured above and below) is of particular interest to me thus far.
As difficult as it is for me to place limits on this trip, I keep trying to remind myself that this is but a short stop on the way home - and rather than running around like crazy trying to see and do it all, I'm going to attempt to practice some restraint, so that I really soak in the experiences I have while I'm there.
That being said, if you have suggestions for nearby destinations or adventures near Bangkok, Koh Samui, or Koh Tao that are not to be missed (or Thailand travel tips in general) let me know in the comments!
(Since I started looking into Thailand in more detail last week, I've become fairly consumed by all the options for exploration. I couldn't resist sharing some photos (above) of a destination I hope to visit on a future trip - Khao Sok National Park.)
More of my Thailand travel inspiration / obsessions are posted to my World: Asia board on Pinterest.