This is part 1 of a series on our trip to Thailand.
Going to Thailand was an amazing experience for me on so many levels.
I had some reservations going into it... long flight, safety, getting sick, and the fact that I had never even been out of the United States.
On the 19 hour flight over I took some medicine so I could sleep through the flight and I also took a little pill to help me keep calm (because flying kind of freaks me out) and I swear that pill kicked in and lasted the entire trip.
I felt SO safe in Thailand. More safe than I do in California sometimes. The people were really nice, and ya they were usually trying to sell you something but they didn't take advantage of you.
We flew into Bangkok, transferred airports, slept on the floor and then flew down to Krabi. We spent one night there to kind of "recover" but we were doing surprisingly well so we got out and explored a bit. Krabi is a pretty authentic city and was run down but we caught a "little white bus" aka a small white truck that you ride in the back of and headed to Au Nang where we found a secret beach and some wild and crazy monkeys.
The next day we took a 2 hour ferry to Ko Phi Phi.
Ko Phi Phi is an island with a cove on both sides and a small stretch of beach in the middle. The small stretch of beach was crazy crowded and over run with shops and tourists but luckily we had booked our hotel on long beach, which was out and away from all the commotion. We had to take a long boat anytime we wanted to go off of our beach but it was only $3 a person.
Our beach had amazing views of the rest of the island as well as surrounding islands. There were other people there but it was never crowded. Most mornings we even had the beach to ourselves.
Ko Phi Phi was definitly the most gorgeous, breath taking part of our trip. It was relaxing and a nice way to kick off our adventure.
Some things we did in Ko Phi Phi,
• Thai massages on the beach at our resort. I think they were one hour for $12.
• Snorkel Trip. Our snorkle trip was probably one of the only disappointing things in Thailand. We booked a cheap tour through our hotel and decided to only do a half day which we were glad we did because our guide was a jerk. Also, the reefs aren't as protected over there so the snorkling really wasn't that great and the places they took us were very crowded.
• Thanksgiving dinner on the beach where we ate a whole fish instead of turkey.
• Ko Phi Phi view hike through town up to the viewpoint and down through the jungle to Rantee Beach on the other side of the island.
• Morning hike to the other side of the island to watch the sunrise.
*If you are planning a trip of your own to Thailand for your information we stayed at Paradise Resort on Ko Phi Phi Long Beach and we highly recommend it.