Better late than never, somebody says. I disagree with them, but I’m going to use their excuse saying anyway. Back in April this year me and two of my friends booked a trip to Ao Nang in Thailand for a few days away from the Hong Kong bustle. It wasn’t a trip ripe with travel stories as we were really just having a break.

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Probably the most scenic and clear flight I’ve ever been on

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Via Kuala Lumpur
The town is very touristy so there didn’t seem much opportunity to try much great thai cuisine either. Completely catered to tourists, but the kind of tourists who want to eat the same food as home. Well the food was cheap and everywhere did garlic bread so there wasn’t too much to complain about.

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This is more creepy than cute tbqh

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I couldn’t wait to destroy my teddy bear shaped rice

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Road sign

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In our hotel, which had a swim up bar (never actually needed to use it but still cool as hell)
Most of the time we hung out around the pool, we walked down to the nearest beach a few times too. The highlight of the trip was a boat ride we took to the Phi Phi Islands. That is where you get to see the beaches and waters that you expect from Thailand. I also went snorkelling for the first time, taking the opportunity to pretend to be Ariel, of course. Loved it.

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The local beach

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Not quite good enough for us though, so we took a trip

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Our very civilised Tuk Tuk

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The first stop

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“WE HAVE TO GO BACK KATE” in the words of that dickhead Jack from Lost

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A little cove

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I wanted to explore the cave!!!

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😀

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Paradise

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It was difficult to take selfies on the beach with my hair wanting to do its own thing!
Maya Bay was the highlight, the place where The Beach was filmed. It was a little busy but absolutely stunning. If I went back to Thailand I’d want to stay somewhere in the Phi Phi Islands (even if it’s a little inconvenient to get to). I’d also love to try more traditional Thai dishes. Saying that, I’m not sure I’ll ever make it back. I like Vietnam a lot more and with Cambodia and Laos to explore in that region, it seems unlikely I would pick Thailand over those.

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