Ultimate beach guide to Koh Samui

Well hello to you my reader chums! Koh Samui is one of Thailand's larger and more holiday vibe islands with plenty of gorgeous beaches. If you're considering going and unsure which area on the island to stay, or which beaches are best, you've come to the right place. Here is my take on a Koh Samui beach guide.

Beach guide to Koh Samui

Bophut Beach

Located near to the pier and the renowned Fisherman's Village is Bophut beach. This was the beach nearest to my hotel (the Infinity Bophut apartments) and was around a 15-minute walk away. I went to this beach quite a few times on my trip and it was lovely. Not too overcrowded, with the right amount of relaxation, soft sands, and calm waters. The only annoying thing was the number of resorts on the beach as it made it hard to find a private spot. The sea itself was pretty deep, not insanely deep but not shallow also; a nice medium.

Beach guide to Koh Samui

However, with Fisherman's village on the beach, there was easy access to an assortment of restaurants and bars, from affordable traditional Thai cuisines eateries to fine dining establishments and steakhouses. Bophut is a prime area for all things food, drink, shops and a lovely beach.

Maenam Beach 

Beach guide to Koh Samui

Maenam Beach is the next long stretch of beach from Bophut. The sands on Maenam beach are a lot quieter and there's more opportunity for privacy there. Despite a couple of resorts on the beach, it isn't packed in the slightest and you're able to roam the sands with much more freedom. The views on this beach are also really picturesque with the clear waters ahead of you. Maenam Beach can be entered through the Walking Street which on certain nights turns into a lovely market and has the cutest hub of restaurants along with it. To reach Maenam Beach, it was around a 30-minute walk from our hotel, which was located in the middle of the Maenam and Bophut area.

Choeng Mon Beach

Beach guide to Koh Samui

Choeng Mon Beach had to be one of my favourite on the island. It's located to the northeast side of the island and is honestly incredible. Picture the perfect powder white sands and water so clear it doesn't seem real. One of my favourite things about Choeng Mon Beach was the shallow waters; you could walk out for miles and it would probably only reach your waist. The shallow waters meant we could lie down and sunbathe in the sea! I would highly recommend making the trip to Choeng Mon Beach on your Koh Samui stay, whether that's just for a few hours, all day or staying by there. It's a peaceful beach which can get busy at times but the shallow waters make it perfect for families.

Lamai Beach  

Beach guide to Koh Samui

Lamai Beach was towards the south part of the island and around a 35-minute drive from our hotel. The Lamai Beach area is renowned for its famous Grandma and Granpa Rocks, Hin Ta and Hin Ya, which resemble the male and female genitalia, and are located right at the bottom of the beach. Lamai's beach area wasn't too overly crowded and had stunning scenery that went on for days. It was a lovely area to have a swim and sunbathe without being disturbed.

Chaweng Beach 

Beach guide to Koh Samui

The main tourist hub and busiest area of the island is Chaweng Beach. It's a prime spot for busy bars, ladyboy shows, nightclubs and takeaway places. If you love the busy party life, it's the place to stay and enjoy. In the daytime, the Chaweng Beach area wasn't too crazy at all but the beach itself is the busiest out of all the sands I went to. Despite the crowds, the sands were powdery white and the sea was lovely and clear - which surprised me considering the amount of tourism there. It wasn't my favourite beach because it was so busy, however, in terms of how it looked, it's stunning. The beach was also a great hub for all things watersports!

Samrong Beach 

Beach guide to Koh Samui

Probably the quietest and most peaceful beach I've ever set foot on was Samrong Beach. It's located at the very northern tip of the island and 100% worth the trek. It's a very small beach but the sands are super soft and the sea, one of the clearest I've seen. It made for a lovely peaceful few hours and I could have easily spent days on end there.

Other beaches I didn't visit on the island are Taling Ngam, Lipa Noi and a few of the smaller stretches of sands. Overall, I really enjoyed my time on all of Koh Samui's beaches. They really are beautiful, it is just a shame how some are overtaken with resorts and you lose that authenticity of the sands. My favourite few would be Choeng Mon, Maenam and Samrong Beach.

I hope you enjoyed this beach travel guide. Have you been to Koh Samui before?

Thank you for reading <3

Current beauty favourites

Well hello to you my reader chums! Over the past few months, through travelling and now back at home, I've come across some new favourites and resurfaced some old gems - and added them back into my daily routine. Here's a look at all my current beauty favourites.

Current beauty favourites

Bath and Body Works aromatherapy orange/ ginger shower gel

When I was in Dubai, I took my first ever trip to Bath and Body Works and was literally blown away with the shop - it really does live up to the beauty blogger hype. I didn't know what to pick up at first as there was so much choice, however, I decided to choose the ginger shower gel, the classic hand sanitizers and a couple of facemasks. The shower gel has become one of my favourite things about showering - I can't get over how good it smells, and how much that scent lingers. It's a beautiful blend of sweet orange and spicy ginger which is also really calming. The shower gel lathers well and I'm obsessed!

Superdrug BB cream

I've always been a big fan of BB cream, especially in the summer months. When I went away travelling, BB cream became a godsend. As Asia was incredibly hot, it wasn't the ideal place to cake my face in makeup, however, I still wanted that light coverage, which this product gives. Since returning home, I've also loved using it, as I found my foundation was too light for my tan and the BB cream gave enough coverage. It's light, blends easily and very affordable.

Current beauty favourites


Lush's solid shampoo and conditioner

I decided to invest in Lush's solid shampoo and conditioner for my travels, one, as they're lighter and easier to travel and because they're also eco-friendly. Solid shampoos last for a long time and I thought they'd come in great use when I was travelling - and I was right. They literally lasted forever and washed as well as normal shampoos. I found it was easiest to apply both products directly on the hair for the best results. After using these products, I think I'm fully converted to the solid shampoo life. It's waste-free, does the same job as your standard liquid shampoo and smells divine like any Lush product.

Lilibeth brow shaper tool

Eyebrows or facial hair can be a tricky thing especially if you're dark haired. However, since being gifted the Lilibeth brow shaper tool, it's become my go-to gadget. The tool helps with tidying up brows, getting rid of any facial hair and dermaplanning. I've been using it mainly for eyebrows and it's worked a treat. You can read my full review here.

Coconut lip balm

When I was market shopping in Siem Reap, my boyfriend and I came across this all natural stall and purchased coconut lip balm. It's honestly the softest balm I've ever used, and I put that all down to the natural ingredients. It has a mild scent and leaves my lips feeling incredibly soft.

I hope you enjoyed this current favourites post. What are your current favourites?

Thank you for reading <3


4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

Well hello to you my reader chums! Koh Lanta, a paradise of powdered white beaches, crystal clear waters and stunning scenery, is an island everybody needs to visit. Till this day, I cannot get over the beauty of the island, its friendly vibe and slow pace of life - it really was heaven. If you've added Koh Lanta to your island hopping guide, still deciding if you're going to or want to find out more, here's my 4-day guide to Koh Lanta.

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

What to see and do

Explore Long Beach - As you guessed it from the name, Long Beach is very, very long and one of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever see. Its waters are like a warm and relaxing bath which sands that goes on for days. As the beach is so long, you're easily able to find a quiet spot to yourself, relax and have a lovely long walk. There are several bars and restaurants along the beach but it's nowhere near over the top packed like other islands. Long Beach is the most popular area on the island and you're guaranteed to fall in love with it.

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

Hire a motorbike - Exploring on a motorbike is the best way to see a new area in Thailand, especially on the islands. Koh Lanta isn't a huge island, however, it's not tiny either that having a motorbike for a day or two will be a real benefit. You'll be able to drive through the island's stunning scenery, visit the old town and head over to the more vacant beaches. My boyfriend and I fell in love with the secluded areas of the island, with not a single soul on some sands; it felt as if the whole island was ours.

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

Spend the day on the vacant beaches - There's no better feeling than being alone with nature and in Koh Lanta, you'll be lucky enough to find hidden lengths of sands and quieter areas to set your towel for the day. If you're travelling with your partner, it's also another opportunity for a bit of privacy and quiet time. The vacant beaches include Klong Jak beach and Katong beach.

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

Beach dining shows - You'll never get sick of the sights of Koh Lanta's beaches, they're just that incredible. But as day turns to dusk, the more popular beaches will offer fire shows and other forms of entertaining which makes beach dining that extra bit more special.

Watch the sunset - Sunsets are beautiful to watch. There's nothing more stunning than watching the sun go down, especially on a beach. You'll experience the breathtaking reflection on the waves and it'll stun your eyeballs. Plus, it'll make for a candid Instagram picture.

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

 Book a tour - Like any island, Koh Lanta offers plenty of tours you can book whilst on your stay. There's everything from diving tours, day trips to quaint nearby islands, and the renowned 4 islands tour to Emerald Cave. I think that's the one thing I wish I got to do as the Emerald Cave looked absolutely stunning and it's raved about by many.

Visit the Old Town - The Old Town was once the main port of trade in Koh Lanta and today is a lovely and charming hub to explore. Although quite small, the old town is a cute strip of cafes, small boutiques and restaurants - and has a pier along the end. It can make for a peaceful few hours of exploring and is surrounded by forestry. The Old Town is also located near a lot of local villages that you could easily ride around and meet some locals.

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

Lanta Animal Welfare - If you're an animal lover, then you need to visit the Lanta Animal Welfare Centre. Here, the stray cats and dogs of the island are taken in to be looked after and sterilised, to avoid the breeding of more animals which will be neglected. They're aiming to minimalize the neglect of the animals and get the animals in their centre adopted by people worldwide. It's a lovely and free activity to do whilst you're on the island - and you have the opportunity to pet some of the animals. You can give donations to look after the pets, or, adopt your own! It's hard to leave the centre and not want to adopt them all.

4 days in Koh Lanta - everything to see and do

Where to stay 

Koh Lanta has quite a wide variety of accommodation from budget hostels to resorts on the beach, so you there's a lot of choice for all money options. The busiest hub of Koh Lanta is the Long Beach stretch with hotels along the main road close by to it, and of course, on the sands. To be in the hustle and bustle and minutes from the beach, I'd highly recommend staying near here. It's close to everything, and if you want to explore further, you can easily hop on a motorbike. Or if you do want a little quieter accommodation, head more towards the south of the island as that's where the quieter beaches are and you can get a little bit more privacy.

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Hugs Guesthouse. For me, I think the accommodation was in the prime spot, as we were a walk away from plenty of restaurants and around 15 minutes to the beach. The accommodation was also nice and the staff were ever so friendly in helping out with any questions.

Where to eat

Living Room Bakery - Opposite our hotel was our favourite breakfast and lunch spot, the Living Room Bakery. We first discovered this on arrival as we were starving and it was a minute from our accommodation. The food in here was every brunch lovers dream, offering pancakes, french toast, granola and more - and some delicious lunch options too. All the food was top quality and I couldn't fault it.

Mays Kitchen - If you're looking for some classic and cheap Thai food or a delicious BBQ meal, then this is the place to go. The family-run business serves up some yummy grub for an affordable cost.

Irish Embassy - Every country and island has an Irish pub and Koh Lanta is no different. This Irish pub became our regular on the trip, going for drinks or food. They served up the best English food on the island and if you're really craving a roast on your travels, it's the place to go. It's not the cheapest place, but it's worth it. They also hold a quiz every Wednesday which is so much fun and a great way to meet people.

Utopia - Another family-run restaurant and cheap place to dine is Utopia. It served up the best Massaman curry I had in Thailand and had a good variety of food on offer.


Things to know before you go 

  •  Koh Lanta is a medium-sized island when you compare it to Koh Tao and Phuket. That means, getting around can be pretty easier. You can walk around the main hub, however, to visit the quieter areas or go to the old town (if you're staying near Long Beach area), you'll need to hire a motorbike.
  • The island is very eco-friendly (which I adored) so be respectful, avoid littering and ensure you recycle.
  • The roads are pretty tame in Koh Lanta that it's a prime place to start driving a motorbike in Thailand. This is where my boyfriend learnt and he drove it easily.
  • Koh Lanta, despite its beauty, can be done on a budget and there are loads of free things to do.

I hope you enjoyed this Koh Lanta island guide. Are you visiting soon?

Thank you for reading <3




Everything you need to know before visiting Thailand

Well hello to you my reader chums! Thailand is a beautiful country that should be on everyone's bucket list to see at least once in their lifetime. Its crazy capital city, beautifully-crafted temples, picture-perfect islands and some of the friendliest locals you'll ever meet are a few reasons to visit.

Everything to know before visiting Thailand


Thailand is wonderful in so many different ways but before you visit, here are a few things you need to know.

Traffic is crazy 

Everything to know before visiting Thailand

I don't think anything prepared me for the crazy traffic Thailand had. There were millions upon millions of motorbikes with a combination of tuk-tuks, cars, coaches, lorries and every other vehicle on the road. What surprised me the most was the number of motorbikes, pollution and how dangerous the driving was out there. If you're going to hire a motorbike, be very wary especially if you're in the bigger cities. On the islands, traffic has a more slow pace so it's safer to hire one there. Alternatively, tuk-tuks are their version of a cheap taxi and you can usually haggle a price with the driver. Or, Grab is the app to download out there, as it's their version of Uber, and depending on which area you're in determines the Grab price. For example, in Chiang Mai Grab's were really cheap but I found them to be much more expensive in Phuket.

It's a very hot climate

Thailand is undoubtedly hot all year round and has a dry and rainy season. The dry season is from November to February and rainy season is June to October. The dry season is the hottest time to go with temperatures reaching 40 degrees and more, and usually the busiest time for tourists to visit. The rainy season is still hot but rain is more prominent which will naturally make the air cooler.

Everything to know before visiting Thailand

As it is so hot, it's really important to stay protected from the sun and that means suncream, a hat, SPF lip balm and bug spray.

Everything is super cheap

The real cost when travelling to Thailand is the flights. Once you arrive there, everything is dirt cheap. You can get dinner for the equivalent of a pound, and accommodation, taxis and excursions for very low prices. You can really do the trip on a very low budget, especially if you stay in dorm hostels and eat street food.

The currency 

In Thailand, their currency is Thai Baht. £1 is around 40 Thai Baht, and although the exchange rate can go up and down, it's best to figure money out with that ratio in mind. When you add things up out there, you'll realize how insanely cheap things are! You can change up Thai Baht before you leave home, at the airport or take it out at an ATM - there are loads around.

Visas

Something you need to check before you go is visas. If you're from the UK, you get a free entry without a visa up to 30 days but if it's anything longer than that, then you'll need to get a tourist visa. My boyfriend and I were there for 5 weeks so we had to apply for a tourist visa which was around £35 each. Always check as you don't want to be queuing up on arrival to buy one!

The country is very touristy

One thing that really surprised me about Thailand was just how touristy it really was. The majority of the country was westernised with its food scene and there are hundreds of tourists centres available wherever you travel in the country. There you can book tours, excursions, plane tickets, boat tickets and more.

Although the level of tourism does take away the authenticity appeal of Thailand, you still can't help but fall in love with the beautiful country, its locals and sights.

Choose the right animal sanctuaries


Everything to know before visiting Thailand

As Thailand is so heavy in tourism, they try to make a lot of money off wild animals such as elephants, tigers and monkey as often tourists haven't come close to them before - and therefore would pay for an encounter. However, there are a lot of companies in Thailand that abuse animals in some way in order to put on certain shows and tours. If you do want to visit an elephant sanctuary, for instance, I wrote all about how to choose the right elephant sanctuary.

Don't expect the food to be served at the same time

Everything to know before visiting Thailand

In local family restaurants and cheap eateries, don't expect your food to come out together if you're dining with someone else. As traditional Thai food is all cooked fresh, in smaller eateries, they usually cook meals one by one.

Family restaurants are the norm

A lot of restaurants will be run by Thai families and those on the cheaper end will often have families on duty the whole time - and their kids too. You'll see toddlers running around, mothers nursing their children and babies sleeping. Smaller restaurants feel like you're dining in a family home and it's strange to get used to at first but very comforting and authentic.

Carry your own tissues and sanitizer 

Public toilets in Thailand are completely different to what we have back in the UK. Picture dingy beach public toilets but worse. Quite often, public toilets in Thailand don't have toilet paper or hand wash that it's important to carry your own if you want to stay clean. Also, in some public places, you'll come across a squat toilet which is literally a hole in the ground.

Take probiotics and stomach relief medicine

Restaurants and vendors in Thailand don't have the same health and safety regulations than we do in the UK and Europe that often it's not prepared in the cleanest fashion. As this is the case, your stomach won't be prepared for this bacteria and could result in you getting ill. To prepare your stomach, take probiotics a few weeks before you go and whilst you're there, and if you still do get sick, ensure you have enough stomach medicine.

Experience the street food scene


Everything to know before visiting Thailand

Thailand is renowned for its street food scene. Wherever you go in the country, you'll discover street vendors selling a selection of fresh food from traditional Thai noodles dishes to pancakes. The street food scene is the best way to eat cheaply when in Thailand and taste authentic flavours. However, do be wary of which stall you're eating from, as some stalls are more hygienic than others.

Insects and lizards are common

Thailand is a hot country so you'll need to get used to bugs and lizards outside and in your hotel room - especially if it's cheaper accommodation. Invest in bug spray or for a longer period of time travelling, the anti-mosquito bracelets.

Jabs 

Before you head to Thailand, you'll need to check with your Dr what jabs you may require. My Dr gave me Hepatitis A and Typhoid, and my boyfriend also got the Meningitis vaccine. It all depends on what you've already had - but it's better to be safe than sorry. You don't want to get very ill that far away from home!

Be respectful


Everything to know before visiting Thailand

Thailand is the land of smiles but it's also home to plenty of different temples. If you decide to go temple hopping (which you 100% should), be respectful and dress appropriately. That means covering your shoulders and knees and more often than not, taking off your shoes. As a sign of etiquette, you should always take off your shoes when being asked. This could be outside a local home, restaurant or shop.

I hope you enjoyed this post. When are you visiting Thailand?

Thank you for reading <3


Lilibeth of New York Brow Shaper review

Well hello to you my reader chums! Brow shaping or hair removal is always something I'd rely on waxing or shaving for, that when I heard about this brow shaper I couldn't wait to see what it was all about. I was kindly sent the shaper to review and share my opinion with you guys - and I can honestly it's become my go-to gadget.

Lilibeth Brow Shaper review#

What is the Brow Shaper?

The Lilibeth Brow Shaper is designed to remove unwanted hair quickly and painlessly. The portable tool (with its folding head) can be used for brows, upper lip, peach fuzz and hairline. It's handy to get rid of any unwanted hair with its precise stainless steel blade. The shaper also doubles up as hair removal and dermaplaning tool. It lifts dead skin away whilst removing unwanted hair leaving behind smoother skin.

How does it work?

The shaper is more simple to use than you think! Ensure you've got clean, dry skin, then pull the skin tight. Place the shaper at a 45-degree angle and use short, gentle strokes with no extra pressure. It's all about being soft-handed and delicate.

My overall thoughts

Initially, I was quite hesitant on using the shaper and it took me a few tries to get the technique down for the best results. However, once I got the hang of it, I fell in love with the product. It removes hairs with ease wherever on the face and came in handy to tidy up my brow area. I've also found that it's ideal for sensitive skin. As it contains a hypoallergenic precision-engineered stainless steel, it's designed to not cut or irritate the skin. This was a big relief as I was nervous about cutting myself when using the product.

Lilibeth Brow Shaper review

As it has a foldable head, it makes it perfect for travelling around with. When I was backpacking Asia, it would have really come in handy instead of using tweezers to pluck my eyebrows here and there. The Shaper itself is tiny, the same size as an eyeliner pen that you could easily slip it in a makeup bag.

I would highly recommend this Brow Shaper to everyone! It's the handiest thing to have at home when you have a few stray hairs here and there or to get rid of any peach fuzz. It's easy to use, great to travel with and one of those investments that'll come to use in the most random of times.

If you'd love to treat yourself to a Lilibeth Brow Shaper, you can get 10% off with my code 'Della10' at the checkout.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you heard of the Lilibeth Brow Shaper?

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The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

Well hello to you my reader chums! If you saw my previous Thailand island guide then you'd know how much I absolutely adored Koh Tao. It was a little bubble of paradise for 3 days and I loved exploring the small, quiet island. If you've added Koh Tao to you're agenda and unsure what there is to see and do, you've come to the right place.

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

Koh Tao is a quiet hub for snorkelling, the clearest waters, vacant beaches and breathtaking sunsets. It's an island of dreams, and I could easily have soaked up all its glory for longer than 3 days.

What to see and do

Hire a motorbike and explore


The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

Koh Tao is a fairly small island compared to its neighbours, however, having a motorbike gives you easy access to find the more secluded and tucked away areas. You could easily ride around the entire island in over an hour, it's really that small. I loved venturing around the island by bike, we were able to go up steep roads, find some pretty cool viewpoints and see every nook and cranny of the island. It really gives you another sense of adventure and allows you to blend in with the locals.

Snorkel in Shark Bay 


The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

Shark Bay is one of the prettiest and most exclusive beaches on the island. The sands and waters are literally picture perfect and something everyone dreams of on a beach. Shark Bay is renowned for snorkelling hence its name and it's often included on day trips you can book around the island. You can either book one of those tours, or grab your goggles and take a swim from the beach. I would say, however, getting to the beach can be quite tricky as the only direct route is through resorts. But, you can walk through the rocks/water for about 5-10 minutes to reach it from a small beach next to it. The walk although slippery is completely worth it once you reach the powder white sand!

Experience both Freedom Beach and Ta Toh Bay

Freedom Beach and Ta Toh Bay are attached by a long boardwalk over the rocks which means you can easily switch from one to the other. Freedom Beach is more popular and busier than Ta Toh Bay, however, it's still not busy at all. There were the fewest amount of people on Freedom Beach and I loved that. The waters there were also some of the clearest I saw on the island and made a great spot for swimming and snorkelling.

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

Ta Toh Bay was a breath of fresh air and even quainter than Freedom Beach. It's like Freedom Beach's quieter neighbour with the same beautiful sands and waters. It's the perfect place to catch that sun and chill out. 

Climb to the John Suwan viewpoint

This has to be one of my highlights of Koh Tao. Although the climb to the top is rather strenuous and steep, the view makes it completely worth it. John Suwan viewpoint has a 50 baht entry fee and is probably a 10-20 minute journey depending on your fitness level. I personally found it quite tough as I didn't realise how rocky the climb would be and I was wearing the completely wrong clothing.

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao


Once at the top, I was blown away by the view. The viewpoint showed a 360 view of Shark Bay, Freedom Beach and Ta Toh Bay. From that level, it looked even more stunning than being on the beach and I cannot get over the view. I felt on top of the world (and a little out of breath).

Browse the hub of Sairee Beach 


The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

Sairee Beach was the more 'tourist' hub of Koh Tao and probably the busiest part of the island, however, it is one of the coolest. There is the best selection of restaurants, cool Instagram worthy bars and places to relax. It's a lovely little hub to walk around, visit the local shops and watch the sun go down. The area also has some really funky accommodation places that it would be a prime place to stay if you like the hustle and bustle of island life.

Where to eat

Koppa Coffee Bar and Restaurant - Koh Tao is home to some of the quirkiest and candid coffee places in Thailand. Every place we went to promoted the eco-friendly way of living and it really made my heart soar. One of the places that became our regular morning breakfast spot was the Koppa Coffee Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant serves up a really versatile menu including pancakes to porridge for breakfast, a lovely selection of smoothies, wholesome lunch options and more - and there's a pool free to use for customers. It's also located steps from Chalok Baan Kao Bay.

Ananas - Ananas was a quaint and slightly french inspired restaurant with a Bohemian vibe. It offered a selection of classic Thai dishes, lovely western food and great smoothies!

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

Oishi Kaiso - For any Japanese food fans, this is a lovely restaurant tucked away around the Sairee Beach area. Although serving up sushi and all things Japanese, we actually dined in there for their Thai dishes. It served up one of my favourite Panang curries in Thailand - and was super cheap also.

Gecko Republic Jungle cafe - We stumbled across this cafe (which is actually a hostel) after a drive on the motorbike and it looked so cool we couldn't help to go in. The restaurant offered a mouth-watering tapas menu with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options - and the most delicious drinks. I could have eaten the only menu but we only tried a few dishes. I would highly recommend the red pepper dish and flatbreads.

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

Getting around 

Koh Tao is quite a hilly island, however, you are able to get around on foot as it really is that small. Although, for more of an adventure, I would recommend hiring a motorbike to get around as it can make the really hillier areas easier to reach for and allows you to go off the beaten path a little more.

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao


Things to know before you go 

  • Koh Tao is a very small island and can only be reached by boat which you can easily book online or at a local tourist centre,
  • I'd recommend packing a good pair of walking shoes for the more hillier areas of the island, especially John Suwan's viewpoint. 
  • Some beaches are harder to reach including Shark Bay, however, every beach you go to is dreamy. Freedom Beach had the clearest waters on the island and is a prime snorkelling spot.
  • The island is renowned for its snorkelling and diving scene and there are plenty of diving schools to book tours.
  • Wherever you stay on the island, everything is quite easier to get to. For a busier environment, stay around the Sairee Beach area, or if you prefer a chill one, Chalok Baan Kao Bay, Freedom Beach and Shark Bay are really quiet areas.
  • The food scene on Koh Tao is incredible and you'll never want to stop eating!
  • Be respectful of the island's eco-way of living and don't litter.

The ultimate 3 day guide to Koh Tao


I hope you enjoyed this island guide. When are you travelling to Koh Tao?

Thank you for reading <3




Thailand island guide - which to choose?

Well hello to you my reader chums! On any trip to Thailand, you can't miss out on the incredible island scene. Picture crystal clear waters, powdered white sands, an electric party scene and secluded hideaways - the islands are dream worthy. Whether you want to relax or party till sunrise, there's a Thai island for you, and if you're unsure where to visit, here's a little rundown.

For the chilled break

Koh Lanta 

Koh Lanta is an island I absolutely adored and left wanting more. Despite tourism being present, it wasn't crowded in the slightest and there were secluded areas as you ventured around the island, including vacant beaches and the long road stretches. Koh Lanta isn't a massive island, however, to explore it all, I'd highly recommend hiring a motorbike to find the quietest spots.

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

Koh Lanta's beaches were some of my favourites in Thailand! The waters were honestly like a bath and I could have easily spent hours soaking up the sun and drinking cocktails on the soft-sanded beaches. Everywhere had a lovely quiet vibe and the pace of life was slow and chill, perfect for a relaxing few days. Koh Lanta is also known for its rainforests and nature park, that you get the combination of both nature and beaches on your trip.

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

To get to Koh Lanta, you can either get a boat from Krabi or Phuket as main ports or the many surrounding islands. Booking a boat can easily be done at any tourist centre and the timetable is usually pretty regular.

Koh Tao

Koh Tao is like the miniature version of  Koh Lanta with the same level of beauty. The island is renowned for its incredible diving and snorkelling scene due to its location and insanely clear waters. If you're a water baby it should be top of your list!

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

I loved exploring Koh Tao; it's that small, you could easily ride around the island on a bike in an hour, but you'll come across the most beautiful beaches, quaint eateries and swimming spots. I've honestly never seen such clear water and thinking back to it now makes me want to re-live it again and again. 

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

There were busier areas on the island, I suppose you'd call them the 'tourist spots' but where we stayed it wasn't heavily populated and we got to experience that slower pace of life.

Likewise, with Koh Lanta, you can get a boat from Krabi or the surrounding islands. We got a boat from Koh Lanta to Koh Tao.

Krabi

Krabi I would describe as the gateway for different day trips, depending on where you're staying of course. We stayed in Krabi Town which gave us easy access to the more touristy places to go, and cheap day trips to the beautiful surrounding beaches. For example, we took a day trip to Railay beach and the surroundings were stunning.

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

If you stay in the more beachy areas of Krabi, then it's likely to be a little busier than Krabi Town. The town was incredibly quiet with only a handful of restaurants, bars and tourist attractions to fill the time that the day trips are the highlight for me.

For the best package holiday spot

Koh Samui

If you're backpacking or not, and would like a more package holiday type vibe for your island leg of the trip then Koh Samui is a perfect choice. Koh Samui is one of the larger islands in Thailand, and if you'd like to explore it all fully a mode of transport is essential.

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

Koh Samui's beaches are practically built on resorts which I was quite surprised about, however, made it the ideal holiday spot to lap up the sunshine and drink cocktails. Like every island, there are more party areas including Chaweng to quieter areas such as Choeng Mon and Maenam Beach. It all depends on what you want for your holiday break. I stayed near Bohput Beach, which was also right next to Fisherman's Village - the cutest hub of restaurants, shops and bars.

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

I managed to get a feel of the majority of beaches on the trip, and my boyfriend and I drove to each on our bike. It gave me a real insight into the island and I'm excited to share it all on a beach guide.

Koh Samui can be reached by plane or boat, depending on where you're coming from of course. The airport is very small, but one of the most complimentary I've ever been to.

For the party goer

Phuket

Phuket is one of the largest islands in Thailand and pretty well known for a bustling party life, powder white beaches and sunbathing galore. There is more to Phuket than first meets the eye with its quaint old town and rich history to learn. However, the majority of people go there to party and enjoy the beaches and I can see why. Patong is the heart of Phuket's busy lifestyle with plenty of bars day and night to choose from, whilst Kata and Karon Beach are the quieter neighbours with a lighter party scene. 

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

As Phuket is quite big, where you stay is vital to what you want to do. If it is partying, then stay near to Patong Beach, or if you still want to party but not go crazy, choose one of the quieter beaches.

You can fly to Phuket from pretty much anywhere and domestic flights are easy to book. If you're coming from other Thai islands, you can book a boat from one of the tourist centres.

Phi Phi 

The prime party island of Thailand, Phi Phi is known for its late night beach parties and endless bars. The party vibe in Phi Phi is something you probably won't experience anywhere else. It's wild, crazy and everything a good night out should be.

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

Although it's predominately known for partying, there is a quieter side in the day fro beautiful beach days, day trips and good restaurants. You can really get the best of both worlds if you explore the right way.

Koh Phangan

Thailand island guide - which to choose?

As the key spot for a full moon party, Koh Phangan should be top of every party goers list. The full moon parties are only on certain days so if you really do want to do it, research before your trip otherwise you'll miss out (like we did). Other than the full moon, the island is a hub for cool bars and restaurants, and also has one of the most chill vibes ever.

I hope you enjoyed this island guide. Which ones will you add to your agenda?

Thank you for reading <3