This January I went to Bangkok to shoot the awesome wedding day of Marc and Jojo. This was the perfect opportunity to finally explore Thailand a bit so my significant other Alper and me took a three week trip around the country. As we wanted to travel relaxed and also because I had my photo equipment with me we decided to only stay in Bangkok and two other isalnds this time.
We started with a few days in Bangkok and this city took my heart by storm. Every corner is so interesting, the food is so good and the people are so friendly. This city never sleeps and that’s what I love about megacities. Our first hotel was Villa Phra Sumen in the old town of Bangkok. This was the perfect starting point to exploring the city. We literally stumbled from one thing into the other. We had yummy vegan food, great third wave coffee and lots of fresh coconuts. Of course we also went to the infamous unicorn cafe and what can I say. It was hilarious. It looks like a unicorn threw up in there. It’s safe to say that I never felt more at home than in this amazing place.
After the first exciting days and after I shot the wedding our journey continued to a tiny island called Koh Jum. I so hoped to find a rural island with few tourists and basic huts and I definitely found it hier. You can also reach this island on the water way and it only has electricity since 2009. The island is pretty quiet and lonely as no ferries with day tourists stop here. We decided to stay at the amazing “Ting Rai Bay” and it was the best place ever. We loved everything and everybody here. The nights are quiet and dark, you can see the stars and hear the waves crushing in. During the day we hung out at the beach, enjoyed the great food, chatted to the people or explored the island on a motorbike. Good times!
After one week on Koh Jum we went to Koh Lanta. This island is only one hour away by ferry but to get to the ferry was an adventure alone. Because there are no ferries stopping at Koh Jum you have to get to the ferry on open water by longtail boat and then climb onto it.
When we arrived in Koh Lanta a Tuk Tuk drove us to “Eco Lanta” where we stayed for the next week. It’s a bunch of simple bamboo huts right on the beach. Koh Lanta is considered to be a rural island and not yet too touristy but coming from Koh Jum we had to get used to so many people and traffic again. With our rented motorbike we explored the island, we took a private longtail boat through the mangrove forest and saw wild monkeys. Our favorite restaurant was Patty’s secret garden where we ate several times and also tried “spicy” food. Like spicy spicy. I couldn’t feel my tongue for weeks after that but it was definitely an experience. Also the family was so nice and they had the cutest cats too. If you ever are on Koh Lanta you have to check that place out (and try the “drunken noodles” – heaven on a plate!).
After one week we had to leave Koh Lanta again for a short stop over in Bangkok before heading home to cold Germany. We had the most amazing view from our hotel room on the 10th flloor. One last time we strolled around the city, had specialty coffee and went up to 320m to enjoy the view on a rotating platform.
Thank you Thailand, we will come again!
As usual on vacations all pictures were taking with a Fuji X100T. The selfies of us were made with a remote and a tiny travel tripod.