Emotional goodbye to Thailand, my paradise

Due to sad family news, we have had to cut our trip early. We booked flight for 2 days after to return home. 
As we were in Koh Phanang, we had a lots of traveling to do as we needed to fly from Bangkok. We started journey, at 5pm. All of our bags packed, wearing our airport clothes. I’ve updated my airport trousers to super comfy elephant trousers and strap top. A taxi picked us up and took us to the pier. 
The ferry to Koh Samui to big Buddha pier, took only half an hour. I started to feel sad that this was our last boat journey. I found the boat journeys, super relaxing sitting on the top deck sitting with my legs over the edge. One of my favourite journeys, was seeing dolphins swimming from Ao nang to Koh Samui.
From Big Buddha, we got a mini bus to the Airport for 100 Baht per person. 
Koh Samui airport was busy, their seems be only one airline that flys from there. The queues took forever. Once checked in, we had a look around the airport, it was so laid back that it didn’t feel like an airport. 
We waited for an hour before Boarding our flight which was slightly delayed. The flight took a hour and half to Bangkok. The flight where around ยฃ100 each, but you where served a little food which was great. 
Once at Bangkok airport, we checked in. I got emotional being at Bangkok airport, as this is where our beautiful journey began over 6 and half weeks ago. We arrived curious of what to expect on our trip, and wondering how to get a taxi and how much to pay. I got emotional and actually cried a little realising our journey was over. Tony cuddled me and said it’s not over, it’s just beginning because now we know we want to see more of the world. 
It took a hour and flurry five minutes in Emirates check in queue and when we got to the desk they told us we might not have a ticket as they where over booked ( although we had already paid ยฃ1500 for our flight) after another half hour wait they managed to sort our flight out. After, immigration checks to leave the country we had to run to our gate as we were now very late despite arriving 3 and half hours before our flight. As we arrived at the gate, it was literally about to close and we were the last few people on the flight. 
The first half of our flight was to Dubai and took around 6 hours and 10 mins. As this was a 2am flight, I managed to sleep for a few hours.
Once arrived in Dubai airport we had a two hour wait. Tony, wanted a McDonald’s in Bangkok but due to the chaos we didn’t have them to get one. As soon as we got to Dubai he was searching for McDonald’s. 
Dubai airport was HUGE. We took a elevator to the top floor, then a five minute walk to the train. We got of the train at the next stop. Then another elevator and then a 5 min walk to our gate. Disappointed to discover, we did not have seats together but I luckily managed to swap with the girl next to me. 

Every time, I’ve been to Dubai I always get “randomly” checked. When you get randomly checked, you have to go into a private room. The first time I was patt searched everywhere, and I mean everywhere. The second time I was drug swabbed under arms, in between boobs, hands, feet and my shoes and phone where also swabbed and I had to wait for the results. Great, that they are so strict on security and questionable to why I look so dodgy haha. 
I am currently on the plan from Dubai to London, Gatwick. We still have around 4 and half hours to go. I’m currently watching ghost busters 2 with a cup of tea. I have to say, it’s the first proper brew I have had in six and half weeks. 
I am a little more excited to go home now, see my family, have a bubble bath, have a good cuppa and a nandos. I’m sad as my journey was cut short but I need to go home and be with my family.
I have so many more dreams of place I want to visit. I am satisfied that we covered everything south that we wanted to cover, my highlight where swimming in waterfalls, Kayaking on the sea, water parks, drunken nights on the beach and meeting new people.
My current journey is over but it is to be continued.

Koh Phanangย 

We spent another 3 days in Koh Samui, before getting the half hour ferry over to Koh phanang. The entire boat journey you could see Koh Samui and Koh Phanang. 
Once arrive in Koh Phanang it advised us that it was a 15 min walk, through the main road. I realised the pier was on the same beach as our hotel, we walked agog the beach for 5 mins and reached our hotel.
We stayed at Coral Bungalows, for 480 Baht we got a bungalow with Aircon and fans. The room has a double bed and a single bed. The bathroom was your typical wet room. The room was fairly dark and looked slightly like prison but it was super cheap and super basic. The great part about our hotel was that it was right on the beach and had a swimming pool overlooking the sea. Our room happened to be the last room, and overlooked the sea, we had some fun days sitting on the balcony playing cards and watching the sea.
We had a mixture of drinking night / hangover days, adventure days and relaxing days. 
My favourite adventure day, was when we hired a moped and drove around for 5/6 hours. We drove to a Chinese temple, where I lit a incense stick to purify surroundings. After this we drove to a waterfall, were we walked for 400 m UPHILL, to the top of the waterfall where we went for a swim. We then drove to sun set beach, for a spot of lunch at My friend restaurant.  

Another day, we went to the water park that was a little walk from coral Bungalows beach. The slip n slide, scared the living day life out of me but my boyfriend went on it at least 15 times. They also did inflatable challenge on the sea, bungee jumps and Zorbing. My favourite part was hiring Kayaks and kayaking out into the sea, was beautiful. 650 baht was a 4 day pass and included use of everything. 

We had a drunken night ( by accident) we had to large changes during happy hour and got talking to an American couple and guy from Hawai without realising we drunk 4/5 large beers and we’re feeling a little drunk. 
Another night was a pool party night and I had 4 buckets of Samsung and coke oops. The party was okay, but had more of a chilled vibe. We drunkly walk to 7/11 at 2am to get ourselves some cheese toasties. 

The rest of the days we spent, walking to the beach, looking at the shops, and swimming in the pool. Koh Phanang is beautiful and such a mixture of things to do. We went post full moon party and stayed here around black moon party. 

Oh, and the sunsets. Every night we watched the sunset and I feel every night it got more and more beautiful. 

Defiantly recommend. 

Missing presumed by Sussie Steiner

Missing presumed is a crime thriller  based on a girl that suddenly goes missing.
 The girls boyfriend and family are worried sick and the police begin to think the case is suspicious and have to rule people out.
 The great aspect of this is book is there a lot of different characters. The more you read, the more you learn about the characters and become suspicious of different people. 
Although, the book is written in third person, each chapter is named after the person that this chapter will focus on. 
There lots of shocking twists through the book, which makes the book even more gripping. 

Defiantly a recommend and I am excited to discover a new book is coming out in 2017! 

Koh Samui, Chawang beachย 

We arrived in Koh Samui on February 13th. 

We have spent a total of 3 nights and four days here. 

The first day was spent traveling to the island, 3 hour coach journey and 2 hour ferry. Once we arrived on the island, we walked to the Big Buddha temple that’s close to the ferry port with our big rucksacks on. There was a few stairs to get to the top, but the golden Buddha and the views were certainly worth it. 


After, we got a taxi to our hotel. We have checked ourselves into a hotel called pleasure Harbour Bouqitue close to which is close the Chaweng beach. The hotel is decorated erotically, which is interesting for Valentine’s.

We have found our favourite bar and resteraunt called Backpackers. Amazing cheap food and I finally tried my first Thai green curry and it was amazing. I can’t wait to have another. We have gone here at least once a day, for a game of pool or connect four. 

The first night, we decided to have a few beers. There was a bar at the end of the strip called tastys, where the seats outside where swings and the toilet was a golden thrown hidden behind a book case, defiantly recommend trying here. We ended up finding a small club, which was full of Thai people only and dancing until 3am drinking vodka buckets for 99 Baht. We had a fabulous night, and defiantly recommend this area for partying. The only strange thing, is there is vissably a lot of prositutes around and with that comes a lot of seedy men. 


February 14th, Valentines we spent the day adventuring and found a arcades and cinema. The Arcades was a lot of fun, from old school street fighter games, to the new 4d shooting games. At the cinema we watched the new 50 shades of grey. If you go to watch this, make sure you stay to the end of the credits, as you get a sneaky preview of the next film. We ended Valentine’s with a drink at our hotel, where I finally had my first glass of red wine since we have been away. 

Yesterday was beach day. Chawang beach is surfers paradise, where the waves are constantly high. It’s very difficult to swim here and if you doggy paddle like me the waves will take you. I did however, have so much fun holding hands with my boyfriend and jumping against the waves with my goggles on. We then had massages on the beach, a Thai massage for one hour. It felt like heaven, I enjoyed mainly when she massages my back and my hands. After, our massages we had some food at the street market by the shopping centre. Potato cheese balls and chicken on a stick yum yum yum! 
We had an early night, as we where tired from jumping with the waves for hour and hours and felt super relaxed after a massage. I literally had one beer with food and was ready for my bed. 

Today, we are checking out of our hotel and heading to a different part of the island, where we have booked another hotel. 

Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day. 

Krabi Ao Nang

We have spent 4 night back in Ao Nang in Krabi. It’s strange that it now seems so cheap compared to the island such as phi phi. 

We stayed two night in cosy house, and then moved next door to flora house for 2 nights. We have stayed in Flora house previously and would defiantly recommend it. 

As we are now trying to budget, we are spending most of our money in 7/11. We buy boxes of cereal, milk and plastic bowls.  Breakfast is costing around 20 Baht per morning. We have been having street food for either lunch or dinner and resteraunt food for the other. We went to a fabulous, all you can eat BBQ Buffet for 400 Baht per person, very over budget but very worth it. There is also a little area of seafood restaurants at the bottom of the road that leads up to the pier. We had amazing prawns in sweet and sour sauce there.

Apart from eating delicious food, we have adventured to the top of the road towards Krabi town an adventures to the road that runs parallel to our hotel road. We have walked a total of 12 miles in the last couple of days, just from wondering around. The height difference between the kerbs and the road is big. Too try keep up with a little fitness, we have been jumping of the high kerbs and squatting on our landing. 


Tony has been out of beer, as we have drunk toooooo much of it. We are usually drinking Samsung and coke. Samsung is a Thai rum, I hope to find it back in the U.K. 

I have also invented 29 Baht, into a charcoal tooth paste. It’s dosent taste great but it’s supposed to give you whiter teeth in 14 days, defiantly worth a try. My hair is become lighter everyday, and is frowning and seems healthy from lack of straightening and curling. 

We spent a day at the beach, literally from 11am until 4pm. Ao Nang beach, has been our favourite so far. It can get very busy though on a really hot day.

We have had two rainy days, But just a chance to eat Thai snacks and practice my card skills.


Tonight we are packing and having some street food for dinner. We are embarking for in a long journey tommorow. We are being picked up at 6:30am, and taken to krabi town. From Krabi town we have a 3 hour coach journey to the north of Krabi, to Donsak pier. From Donsak Pier, we have a hour and half ferry journey to Koh Samui. We have a hotel booked for 3 nights. 

I’m excited to be spending valentines with my best friend / boyfriend in another beautiful island. 

Thailand Bathroom ย problems for us travelersย 

Hotels in Thailand love a wet room. Their versions of wet rooms is cramming bathrooms into a small space and your shower being over our toilet. You could literally wee and shower at the same time. Girls, this is great for shaving your legs though haha.
Public toilets / bar toilets most the time do not have proper roofs. This means there lots of bugs and lizards. The other day I went for a wee and there was literally a lizard opposite me watching.. weird. 

No toilet paper to be flushed down the toilet, whaaaaat. I find this hard to get used to. What if you need a number two, I’m not comfortable putting that in the bin, so strange. You do however get a little jet wash, beside toilets so you can clean yourself that way too.
Toilets are often smelly due to them running of tanks. Sometimes hotel bathrooms are even smelly!

Some places like nail salons do not have toilets, so you often see men peeing against trees out the back. 

There are also unisex toilets everywhere, this seems the normal. 

That’s all you need to know about toilets in Thailand. 

The watcher by Ross Armstrong

The watcher is a book by Ross Armstrong . At the beginning the book is slow to get into, this is due to the slow introduction of the character and the character building. Although you learn lots more about through the book. Once you have got passed this, the book is gripping all the way through until the end. Each chapter giving you more thought for food, in the guess the who was the murderer. Throughout the book I had a few different guesses of who it could be. Three quarters of the way through as you thought the story would be coming to the end, an exciting twist is unveiled. Defiantly recommend this book and give it a 4/5 rating. If you like gripping novels, that leaves you thinking and wanting to read more then defiantly give this book a go. 

Koh Lanta

After phi phi, we got a a ferry to Koh Lanta. This ferry was smaller and defiantly a lot bumpier. Closing my eyes just made me feel more seasick. I spent the whole journey reading my book. 

Once we arrived in Koh Lanta we had booked a hotel at Hugs hotel and we got a taxi there. The taxis where actually a lady driver a moterbike with a crate on the side. Interestingly, our journey there was full of feeling unbalanced and her driving around pot holes so the moterbike didn’t tip over.
Our hotel was nice and simple and staff where lovely. We where a 10 min walk from the beautiful beach, which we went to almost every day.
We spent a total of 7 days in Koh Lanta. We got into a routine of going for breakfast, getting changed into beach stuff and going to the beach. At the beach we bought goggles, and for the first time in many many years i was convinced to hold my breath and put my head under the water. Which once I done it once, I had so much fun and took lots of underwater selfies with the go pro.


I’m the evening we would go out for dinner, we found lots of nice places for dinner including a resteraunt on the beach where we watched the sun go down and a pub called the Irish embassy that did good western food. 

We adventures out one night, first to a quite bar where we played Jenga, cards and pool. From there we went to the monkey bar, where there was live karaoke. The atmosphere was amazing, and even though I wasn’t completely drunk decided to sing a Jessie J song with my boyfriend. 

For two days, we adventures to Koh Lanta old town. This is a very cute small town. We walked along the old pier, and the vie was beautiful.


 We walked into the main town and went to all the shops. Unlike anywhere else they did rice engraving. So you bought a neck less and put a bit of rice inside and the rice you could have engraved a name on. We were also recommended by a friend to try a restaurant called family BBQ, it was a 15 min walk away from our hotel but was worth it. 


For our last night we headed to a hotel closer to the pier, it was slightly over budget but included breakfast. It was really nice as it has a swimming pool by the beach. Me and Tony played Volly ball until it was dark, went and showered and filled out hungry bellies with chicken satay. They also served flavoured soda water, blue Hawaiian was my favourite. The staff spoke very good English and were always joking around. 

The next day after breakfast, we took a ferry back to Ao Nang in Krabi. 


We plan to stay here for a few night before head to Koh Samui. It’s strange because we spent around 5 days here last time, I almost have a homely feeling when we got here.
Realising we need to stick to a budget now we decided to try hostels for around 800 baht a night. Being the great negotiator that I am, I managed to negotiate a hotel room down to this price for two night ( usually 1200 Baht) not bad. 
Dominique Lennon xo