Sailing the Andaman Sea


after three great nights on Koh Yao Noi we took the ferry to the main land and continued our journey south towards Phuket. For our last two nights we had decided so rent a cabin on a sailboat and spend some more time on the water. We found Aleen and her boat on Airbnb, so it was really easy to arrange things and answer all our question. 

We met Aleen at Chalong Pier in Phuket from where we took the dinghy to the sailboat. After a quick introduction to the boat we quickly weighed the anchor and started to sail onto the open sea. The further we drifted away from the coast the quieter it became and it felt absolutely relaxing and unwinding to get away from all the noise and the crowds of Phuket.


We sailed for about 4-5 hours before we anchored just a few meters away from a small uninhabited island. Aleen knew the area and the sea really well and showed us some rather spectacular snorkeling spots.

If you're not used to being on a boat the whole day it will be quite tiring and so we went to bed quiet early. However we got up really to watch the sunrise.

After a quick morning swim, coffee and breakfast on the boat we set sails again towards Racha Yai, another island that is quite popular for day tourists and also has some hotels. We took the dinghy ashore and went for a stroll through the island. 

After two days and nights our stay on Aleen's boat was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. If you're planning to go to the South of Thailand swing by her Airbnb site and get in touch! It's a unique experience you cannot miss.  

If you enjoyed this post please check out the other parts of our Thailand series:

  1. One Night in Bangkok
  2. Chiang Mai and the North of Thailand
  3. Island Hopping in Koh Yao Noi

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Island Hopping on Koh Yao Noi

Hi all,

after two nights in the North of Thailand it was finally time to travel towards the coast. We flew from Chiang Mai to Phuket, where we took a local taxi to the pier. We made it just in time for the sunset, and the ferry ride was nothing but stunning.

But first of all here's a map for everyone (including me) to show you where Koh Yao Noi is located:


It's a breathtaking scenery, unlike anything I had seen before. The landscape is vastly different from the North of Thailand: Dense palm-tree forests growing all the way to the white sand of the beach, the water is warm and crystal blue, the cliffs are steep and rough. Even though there is a lot of tourism, a lot of islands are still mostly unihabited. 

We started the island hopping tour early in the morning the following day. Except another couple and the captain we had the Longtail-boat pretty much for ourself. Since we started quite early we managed to skip the crowds at the most popular spots and our tour guide did a fantastic job showing us the most picturesque spots in the area. He even showed us a few islands that were solely inhabited by monkeys. 

And of course I didn't want to miss the opportunity to fly the drone in this stunning landscape. I don't think I've ever seen water that blue. 

The whole tour took about 6 hours. The rest of the day we spend at the at the hotel beach and pool.

Have you seen the other posts from our trip to Thailand? See what we did in Bangkok and follow us through the mountains of Chiang Mai. If you want to stay up to date with all of our travel updates follow us on Instagram and Twitter. See you soon.

Chiang Mai and the North of Thailand


after three wild and warm days in Bangkok we flew to Chiang Mai, one of the largest cities in Northern Thailand. Even though Chiang Mai is located very up North and on high altitudes, temperatures are still well above European standards. 


Chiang Mai is well known all around the world for being a social hub for artists, writers and other creatives. The streets are filled with coffeeshops and little markets inviting you to wander and explore. 

Once a year the people of Chiang Mai celebrate Loi Krathong during which little baskets of flowers with candles are floated on the river. Additionally the whole city is decorated with lights and lanterns.

The next day we headed to the Doi Inthanon National Park approximately 40 miles west of Chiang Mai. It's the highest mountain range of Thailand, going from 800m all the way to 2500m in altitude. Featuring on of the largest waterfalls in the country it is quite a spectacular sight. 

Next day we continued our journey towards Phuket in the South of Thailand. If you want to see more photos and travel updates please follow us on Instagram. Also check out what we did in Bangkok. See you soon.

One Night in Bangkok


we really spend about four nights in Bangkok, but the lyrics from Murray Head "One Night in Bangkok" had been stuck in my head pretty much since I booked the flights from London Heathrow to Suvarnabhumi Airport.

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me
— Murray Head

Surely just four nights can't do justice to such a vibrant and cultural hotspot like Bangkok, a melting pot of locals and travellers, backpackers and professionals, buddhists, muslims and christians, rich and poor. I love the vibe of big cities, tall buildings and hidden alleys that invite you to loose yourself, and Bangkok was no exception. 

We arrived in Bangkok in the late afternoon. Being quite hungry after the 12 hour flight we decided to visit Khao San Road for food and some drinks. In the last years Khao San Road suffered for being known as a cheap place for backpackers and mass tourism, Wikipedia describes it as "world famous backpacker ghetto". Despite its reputation we actually quite enjoyed our first night with some great Pad Thai and coconut juice straight out of a coconut.   

After a good nights sleep and some coffee we started our first day with a trip to the Maeklong Railway Market which is located about 40 miles Northwest from Bangkok. The market is completely build on and around the tracks of the train. It is quite a sight when the train, which operated once per hour, slowly runs through the narrow alleys of market stalls between farmers, locals and tourists. 

Next we headed to the Amphawa Floating Market which is just a few miles away and quite a unique market experience as most of the trades are happening on and off boats. I would recommend to do a boat tour through the market canals and explore the nearby areas. There are a lot of amazing temples hidden around the banks of the river.

We ended our day with a pretty amazing freshly prepared seafood dinner in the heart of the market. The market tour was definitely one of the highlight of our trip, even though they are a bit further away it's definitely worth the time. 

The following day we wanted to spend some more time in Bangkok and explore the city on our own. First on our list was the Grand Palace which is located in the heart of Bangkok and luckily within walking distance from our hotel (walking distance however quickly decreases with 35 degree temperatures and 80% humidity). The palace is the official residence of the royal family and probably one of the busiest attractions in town. An audio guide which can be rented at the entrance is highly recommended.

Temperatures and humidity started getting to us so we decided to take a Tuk-Tuk back to our hotel for a refreshing swim in the pool and some snacks, of course complimented by a fresh coconut. 

We both really enjoyed the rides with the Tuk-Tuk. Generally the traffic in Bangkok can be really bad (and I'm from London, I've seen bad traffic), as bad as nothing's gonna move for what feels like 10-15 minutes. Tuk-Tuks however can use shortcuts, move around cars and avoid being stuck for too long. And at the same time there a lot of fun as you're pretty much on the back of a motorcycle. It's not super comfortable and due to all the pollution I wouldn't use it for rides longer than a few miles.   

After a refreshing break we felt confident enough to visit Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's biggest buddhist temples. It's most famous for exhibiting the worlds larges statue of Buddha, also know as the Reclining Buddha. Additionally it contains the worlds largest collection of Buddha images. 

From the Wat Pho we took the ferry to one of the weekend and flower markets in the old town of Bangkok. The ferry was a refreshing and recharging alternative to the jammed roads and you also get to see the city from a totally different perspective. 

You will be surprised how relatively quiet the markets are. There's almost a relaxing and unwinding atmosphere, unlike in other parts of the world there's almost no hustling which makes up for a really laid-back shopping experience. And if you love coconuts as much as I do I highly recommend coconut ice-cream out of a fresh coconut. Unbeatable

One of the highlights of the day was definitely our sundowner at the Cloud47, a rooftop bar in the new town of Bangkok. With affordable prices, surprisingly few tourists and a very casual atmosphere (no dress-code needed) this place should be on everyones list when coming here. 

If you read carefully you might have noticed that so far we've had three out of four nights. The reason for that is that after our first three nights we left Bangkok towards Chiang Mai to continue our trip through Thailand. But at the end before our flight back to London we shall be back for truly only One Night in Bangkok.

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