After lots of magical and romantic moments in Chiang Mai, it’s time to see more of Thailand. Together with my dad and stepmom, Frank & Hanneke, we take the most authentic (and yes, very old) night train to Bangkok where we only stay for one night and one day. We exchange the buzzing and stinky streets of Bangkok for beautiful beaches and nature of Koh Chang. Thai islands here we come!
Island number one is Koh Chang! After a day of travelling by both bus and boat, we arrive on this pretty island in the eastern Gulf of Thailand. Feeling the sea breeze in our hair makes us instantly happy. The next couple of days are filled with relaxing, doing some activities and eating good food & drinking beers! Close to our resort, we find a Greek restaurant and it’s the best, it serves HUGE portions! We haven’t had Greek food for a while and we like it so much we have dinner there for three nights in a row. So if you go to Koh Chang, find that Greek restaurant!
It turns out Koh Chang is a lot bigger than we expected, especially because there’s no circular road around the island. We rent three motorbikes and see beautiful white sand beaches, stunning views and waterfalls where we can swim, we like it! To see more of the underwater world we do a day trip to some small islands in the surroundings of Koh Chang. The weather is super shitty and the tour is a huge business, there are soooo many people in the same boat! Luckily the underwater world does not disappoint!
Find the best Koh Chang accommodation!
After two weeks filled with lots of fun and love, it’s time to say bye-bye to Frank and Hanneke again. They go back to Bangkok – and the Netherlands – and we go island hopping to Koh Mak and Koh Kood, two less touristic and authentic alternatives to Koh Chang. We start with Koh Mak, which is a lot smaller and flatter than Koh Chang. On the ferry we meet two Dutchmen who we go well with, they also go to Koh Mak and Koh Kood. We end up spending quite some time together on both islands!
The vibes on Koh Mak are amazing, everything is so relaxed plus it’s super quiet. There are so many empty beaches and one thing we really like; there are so many Instagrammable spots. From swings and infinity pools to random jetties with bars on it! We explore every part of the island by motorbike and make sure not to miss a single spot. Of course, we have to extend our stay, we fall in love with this place!
On one of our last days on Koh Mak, we rent a kayak and go and see the island from a different perspective. We also kayak to the pretty island Koh Kham where sadly our drone decided to become a mermaid; luckily we made some perfect shots beforehand.
The island vibes continue on Koh Kood. And on Koh Kood, the beaches are even prettier than on the other two islands. How is that even possible?! We see the clearest water we’ve ever seen and we enjoy swimming in the waterfalls. Koh Kood is the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. It feels like Thailand of 20 years ago (if we can believe our two Dutch friends).
After two weeks on the islands, it’s time to feel the mainland under our feet again. We go to Trat before we prepare ourselves for Cambodia. And yes, we definitely need that preparation. To be continued!