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.
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.
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.
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.