Have You Visited Terengganu ??? – Malaysia

How lucky are we to live in such a blessed planet?
Alluring nature that fits perfectly with culture rich people. A true show!
Terengganu is one of these places where we can witness our fortune all around.
Perfect candidate for a bucket list. Actually, the last five words were unnecessary.😉

Visit Terengganu

 

To see more about Perhentian Islands:

How to get there and more:
http://my-destiny.net/way-paradisiacal-perhentian-islands-malaysia/

Snorkeling trip and more:
http://my-destiny.net/incredible-snorkeling-trip-bubbles-beach-perhentian-islands-malaysia/

Exploring and more:
http://my-destiny.net/stunning-dlagoon-bubbles-perhentian-islands-malaysia/

Unspoiled beaches and more:
http://my-destiny.net/lost-paradise-pristine-turtle-beach-adam-eve-perhentian-islands-malaysia/

Romantic beach and more:
http://my-destiny.net/love-paradise-romantic-beach-coral-bay-perhentian-islands-malaysia/

Beautiful beaches and more:
http://my-destiny.net/marvelous-teluk-dalam-pir-beach-perhentian-islands-malaysia/

Blue-spotted stingrays and more:
http://my-destiny.net/blue-spotted-stingrays-enjoying-teluk-kk-perhentian-islands-malaysia/

D’Lagoon and more:
http://my-destiny.net/magical-dlagoon-bye-paradise-perhentian-islands-malaysia/

To see more about Redang Island:

How to get there and more:
http://my-destiny.net/found-paradise-earth-redang-island-get-malaysia/

Where to stay and more:
http://my-destiny.net/dreamy-secluded-redang-island-malaysia/

Things to do and more:
http://my-destiny.net/having-a-blast-in-redang-island-top-things-to-do-malaysia/

Diving and more:
http://my-destiny.net/redang-island-vlog-diving-and-beach-life-malaysia/

Marine park and more:
http://my-destiny.net/redang-island-marine-park-monkeys-malaysia/

Our private islet?
http://my-destiny.net/our-private-islet-redang-island-malaysia/

Magical meeting with turtles and more:
http://my-destiny.net/magical-meeting-with-turtles-redang-island-kuala-terengganu-malaysia/

To see more about Tenggol Island:

How to get there, where to stay, and more:
http://my-destiny.net/best-kept-secret-malaysia-get-tenggol-island/

Diver’s paradise and more:
http://my-destiny.net/hidden-divers-paradise-malaysia-tenggol-island/

Last day in Tenggol:
http://my-destiny.net/goodbye-tenggol-island-exploring-kuala-terengganu-malaysia/

To see more about Kapas Island:

How to get there and more:
http://my-destiny.net/journey-china-malaysia-get-kapas-island-first-look-stunning-pulau/

Beautiful beaches and more:
http://my-destiny.net/unveiling-magnificent-kapas-island-malaysia/

Snorkeling and more:
http://my-destiny.net/cant-believe-kapas-island-malaysia/

Deserted beaches and more:
http://my-destiny.net/deserted-beaches-kayaking-saying-hi-fishes-kapas-island-malaysia/

Exploring and more:
http://my-destiny.net/sky-no-limit-kapas-island-malaysia/

Last day in Kapas and more:
http://my-destiny.net/last-moments-kapas-island-marang-malaysia-l-new-adventures-ahead/

To see more about Gemia Island:

The Ultimate Travel Guide To Gemia Island, Malaysia

To see more about Kuala Terengganu:

Magical Meeting With Turtles – Redang Island & Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

 

http://my-destiny.net/goodbye-tenggol-island-exploring-kuala-terengganu-malaysia/

To see more about Marang:

The Journey From China to Malaysia! How To Get To Kapas Island + First Look Into The Stunning Pulau

Last Moments of Kapas Island + Marang – Malaysia l New Adventures Ahead!

 

 

Malaysia is a dazzling paradise!
Let us know your favorite place in Terengganu in the comments below!❤️

The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia - Tenggol Island

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Redang Island – Marine Park & Monkeys – Malaysia

Redang adventure keeps going, now in a different part of the island, bringing new territories to be explored!
Today we visit Teluk Pauh, Pulau Pinang, meet some monkeys, eat delicious Malay food, and relax with massages.

Marine Park – Pulau Pinang

Pinang is an islet just a few minutes by boat from Redang main island.
The trip can be arranged with your hotel (often times is included in package deals), or by renting a boat at the pier.
It offers great snorkeling and with a huge variety of species in shallow waters.
The paradisiacal look and powdery white sand make it perfect for sunbathing and enjoying the nature all around.
The only con is the lack of a restaurant, which makes hard to spend a whole day on the island unless you came prepared.

How To Get There

Click here to see how to do it step-by-step.

Top Things To Do In Redang

Click here to check all the best activities on the island.

Where To Stay

Click here to see our post about it.

Enchanted by Malaysia? Stay tuned for more!🌞

Redang Island - Marine Park & Monkeys - Malaysia

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Redang Island Vlog: Diving and Beach Life – Malaysia

Sun-kissed, sea-hugged, and star-bathed!
Everything happening smoothly, living in the beautiful present.
Just one more typical day in Redang Island, the kind of day I want to have for the rest of my life!

The powdery white sand, the friends, the feels…all peacefully, with the right vibration, being appreciated.
The deep nature connection generating one-pointedness to our otherwise noisy minds.
How easy to be grateful in a place like this?! Impossible to forget that we are living in bliss, surrounded by the divine.

While relaxing by the beach, you can’t help but be mesmerized by the stunning view.
It is beyond belief, dreamy, and radiant with such intensity that you can’t do anything but be spellbound by it.
Inside and outside the water, equally breath-taking.

Make sure to check all our posts and videos about Redang and stay tuned to see more of the dazzling Island!

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Dreamy, Secluded Redang Island + Where To Stay – Malaysia

How amazing is our world, how lucky we are to be able to go through such experiences!
They are one attitude away, free yourself, spread your wings and fly!
Divine Redang is one of these gifts from the universe, just waiting for you.😉
Grab it, manifest, live it!✨

Dreamy, Secluded Redang Island - Malaysia

Where To Stay

As I mentioned in the previous post, unfortunately, there are no backpacker prices available on the island.
There are still a big variety of hotels, from mid-range to high-end prices.

My advice is to stay beachfront, Redang is not an easy/cheap place to move around, and there’s not much to see apart from the main reason you’re there.
No night markets, pubs, nice restaurants, or whatsoever out of the beachfront.
There’s only one road on the island and it doesn’t access many of the bays, it is a mistake not to stay beachfront, there’s no reason too.

We wanted to get our diving certification done, packages were the best/cheapest/value option.
If you are planning on doing snorkeling trips, it may be the best choice to go with a package too.
We are usually not prone to buying packages but in Pulau Redang, it was what worked the best for us.

If you are on a tight budget and choose one of the small hotels that are not in front of the beach(and are still expensive), paying for trips/ snorkeling trips/taxis/dives to visit the places you wish, can end up costing you the same as the package deals or more.
I know that’s not the case in many places, but it is in Redang.
Asking around the pier or in the village won’t put the price much down, you will either end up isolated and not experiencing the island as much or spending a whole more then you expected.

We had an amazing time and recommend staying at the main beach, Pasir Panjang.
Redang interior is quite undeveloped and at this bay, you have the opportunity to walk the long beach, look at small shops, have some massage, and restaurants options.
Also, it is magnificent and not crowded at all, the peaceful feeling remains even though it is the most concentrated area.
Fantastic snorkeling can be done out of the shore.

The hotels we stayed:

Redang Pelangi Resort*
Website: http://www.redangpelangi.com

Redang Island Resort*
Website: http://www.redangislandresort.com
**Would not stay again due to the isolated location.

*Not sponsored.

How To Get There

Click here to see how to do it step-by-step.

Did you know about Malaysia’s beauty? Share with us in the comments below!💗
Wanna see more of Redang? Stay tuned!☀

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The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia – Tenggol Island

The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia - Tenggol Island
Whale Shark

Experienced divers of Malaysia hold a secret spot, where diverse diving sites offering interesting attractions even to the most skilled divers can be found.
The gorgeous island is remote, quiet, and unspoiled.
But don’t worry, from now on you know it too, it’s called Tenggol and it’s waiting for you!

What To Do

⚪Dive
Experienced divers are often attracted to the island that is regarded as the best dive site in Peninsular Malaysia, with reefs in almost perfect conditions.
It has more than 20 diving sites, with shallow and also deeper diving spots.
Dive season starts in March and ends in October.
Current is present, a skilled instructor who knows the area is recommended.

The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia - Tenggol Island

⚪Snorkeling
Either from the shore or by boat, snorkeling spots are available all around the island.
We came in hopes of spotting a whale shark, and there it was!
A few turtles, blacktip reef sharks, giant barracuda, bat, parrot, and pufferfishes also came to play.

⚪Chill On The Beach
As usual, not much explanation needed for this one.
Tune on you best relaxation mode and be happy!☀

⚪Eat
Buffet-style meals are served, offering a taste of local cuisine.
In such a small island, vegans will easily be concern about going hungry during their stay.
We informed the hotel about our preferences in advance and were very pleased with the results.
Simple, yet delicious vegan food, with new options every meal was served to us separately from the buffet.
Honestly, after a bit of struggle in Kapas, eating the same few available vegan dishes over and over, we didn’t want to leave Tenggol.🍜

⚪Explore
Walking along the main bay, and grabbing a boat to go around the island is the only way to explore it.
Poisonous snakes inhabit Tenggol, making trekking a definite no go.
Still, it’s a small place, there’s only a short boat ride between you and any place you wish to see.

⚪Yoga
On such peaceful environment, it’s time to put your zen on and try some yoga moves to connect even further with yourself.
Which here will be easier, humans thrive when in contact with nature.
If you don’t know how to do it, take at least 5 min to meditate, close your eyes and just be aware.

The Hidden Diver’s Paradise of Malaysia - Tenggol Island

⚪Make Friends and Sense The Culture
Everyone, from staff to other guests, was extremely friendly and helpful.
Being in such environment is a great opportunity to learn more about a new culture and make new friends.
You can feel the good vibes, beautiful place with beautiful people.🌈

How To Get There

Click here to see our post showing how to do it step-by-step.

Where To Stay

Click here to see our post about it.

We were enchanted by this island!🏝
What about you? Share with us in the comments below.💗

Wanna see more of Malaysia? Stay tuned!

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Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand – Part 1

Seducing crystal clear water and gorgeous white sand on a pristine paradise island.
Let’s be honest, what else would you need?

Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand - Part 1

How To Get There

Click here to check our post about how to get to Koh Kood.

Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand - Part 1
Bang Bao Bay

Not Big For Party Fans

If your goal is to party every night, this is definitely not a good choice.
Having a drink looking at the sea is sure possible, but nothing even near to a party is available around.

Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand - Part 1

Secluded Feeling

If a paradisiacal island, unspoiled, with peace and quiet is your goal: Bingo!
With the great balance of having enough hotel and restaurant options and even massage and small shops.

Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand - Part 1

What To Do

Waterfalls – There are 3 well-known waterfalls that are the most visited but if you are an explorer you may find a new one yourself.😉
We’ve been to the main Klong Chao Waterfall. I felt like my soul was being washed when I seated under the falling, refreshing water.
There’s great energy in that place, take the opportunity to refill your batteries.

Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand - Part 1

Mangroves – To complete the exotic atmosphere, the island is doted with imposing mangroves.If you don’t have extra time to tour them specifically, just keep an eye on your way between bays and you probably will peek at mother nature art.

Kayaking – Usually restricted to the sea, here you have the option of kayaking as well through the river near by the mangroves until a waterfall.🐒

Snorkeling – If compared to famous snorkeling spots, Koh Kood won’t make to the top, mostly due sandy bottom.
The water is a crystal clear lagoon, but as there’s no big reefs the biodiversity is quite low compared to other Thai destinations.

Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand - Part 1

Diving – From taking your Padi to advanced dives, all available for a good price compared to other countries.There’s a few companies at the island, giving you a bit of flexibility at your choice.

Chilling – Is relaxation your thing?Ok, no problem! Find a comfy spot at the empty sand and fill your eyes(and spirit!) with joy.

Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand - Part 1

Treepod Dining With Zipline Waitress – Treepod restaurant at Soneva Kiri Resort counts with picturesque setting, even the way you food is served is surprising.
But this treat is not to everyone due to the high price (around 400 usd per person).

Massage – One thing we learned is, unlike other Thai islands, here if you don’t schedule a massage you may see yourself waiting in the line or having to leave it to the other day. It’s probably not an issue at low season.

Trekking – The island is developing quickly, but still there’s a lot of unexplored places.If you’re a trek lover you’ll delight yourself with the diversity that can be found around.

Ancient Makka Trees – Ancient trees are all around untouched Koh Kood rainforest, but some of them are at the spotlight because age and size.
There’s signs at the main road leading to their location, a nice site to connect with the island.

What To Eat

As if you aren’t already lucky enough, not only the island shines but also the delicious Thai food.
Take advantage on each meal to try out exotic, flavorful dishes.
Some of our favorites are Green/Red/Massaman Curry, Vegetable Pad Thai(fried rice noodle) and Veggie Tom Yam (spice soup).
A fresh young coconut to drink and sticky rice with mango for dessert, is a must at least once!😋
Also along the roads you’ll find yummy cashew, banana, mango and more produced at the island.It’s definitely worth a try.

Where To Stay

As the place is yet not target by mass tourism, finding accommodation can be a little harder.
Conventional hotel booking websites won’t have much options as they do for other destinations in Thailand.

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There’s one website where you can check most of the available hotels there plus some more info about the island:
www.destinationkohkood.com
(Disclaimer:Be aware that this is a third part website and we do not hold responsibility for any sale or claim they may do, neither we get any kind of commission)

Personally, after checking the website above, we selected our hotel and found their phone number in google.
Then we just called and booked by ourselves.Everything worked out just fine, we had a great stay.🌴

Exploring Koh Kood, Thailand - Part 1
This is the kind of place i like to add (and check off) my bucket list.What about you?Are you a hidden scape kind of person?Share with us at the comments below!💚

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Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia – Part 1

Blinding white sand with calm light turquoise water.Just like heaven might look, but right here on earth for you to enjoy.
This is Rong Samloem island setting, one not easy to forget.

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

There’s no roads, cars or such.Only a dozen of simple beach front hotels(and unfortunately couple of piers).
With two trails departing from the main Saracen Bay, one heading to Lazy Beach(20 min walk) and the other to Sunset Beach(45 min walk).Any other transportation is done by small boats you can easily rent along the beach.

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

But first, as you know, you have to get there:

How To Get There

From Sihanoukville

The way from Sihanouk to Koh Rong Samloem (not to be confused with the neighbor Koh Rong) is easy.
You just have to buy the fast boat tickets, available at most hotels, as well at small tour shops around the city.

Transportation from your hotel to Serendipity Beach pier is included at ticket price.
The available schedule includes boats at 9:00, 11:00 and 15:00.The ride takes 45 min and costs 10 usd one way.

There’s more then one company traveling this route, timetables are known for changing frequently and late boat departures are common.
The boat will stop at 3 piers in Koh Rong Samloem: Saracen Bay, Ecosea Resort and M’Pay Bay(11:00am boat doesn’t stop at M’Pay Bay) .

Be aware that when you buy an open return ticket, the company may keep available space at the boat for new buyers and leave you without option but to wait for other times or dates.
We had a bad experience with that.Unless you already know the exactly time and date you want to be back and leave it scheduled, you better of buying the return when you have your dates later on.

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From Bangkok, Thailand

Click Here to see our post about how to get from Bangkok to Sihanoukville, then follow the “From Sihanoukville” section above.

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Saracen Bay

Where To Stay

Saracen Bay is our recommendation due to convenience and looks.
As far as beach quality, I’m sure you’ll have no complaints (aside from not wanting to leave).It is paradisiacal, literally.
From Saracen Bay still you have 2 tracking trails available, amplifying your visit options without counting on a boat.

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

Comfort talking, food options are quite limited at the island, alternating restaurants can be a big deal when facing poor menu choices, and this will be only an option when staying in Saracen.
The food struggle is even worse for vegans, not many fruits and veggies are available, eating a fried rice with only one veggie on it is likely to happen until you find better options elsewhere.

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

Accommodation-wise, there’s no high-end resorts at the island.
Most of hotels are simple bungalows, some with limited electricity.
We booked two different hotels, but due to work emergency we left without actually staying at the second one.

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

In the other hand, if you’re looking for privacy and isolated feeling staying at Lazy Beach may be the best choice for you.
The fast boat don’t stop at this beach though, a boat ride or 20 min walk will be needed.
The golden sand beach and greenish ocean are a total different look from Saracen, making these 2 must see spots.

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

Things To Do

If you’re after some water fun ➡️ snorkeling, diving(even getting your padi ) and kayaking are available(and recommended!) at the island.

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

Feet on the sand is your vibe? Chilling at the beach and trekking to explore the island are great options!

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

What about night time? You can rent a boat for 40 usd (boat price, can be shared by a group) to swim with magical looking bioluminescent plankton contrasting with the dark sea.

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

If you ask my opinion I would say go on and do it all!Enjoy every aspect of this beautiful place!🌴

Heavenly Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia - Part 1

Where To Next

Click Here to learn more about neighbor city Sihanoukville or Here to neighbor country Thailand.

Are you in for an exotic island adventure?Let us know at the comments below.💙

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Best of Koh Tao – Thailand l Diving Paradise

Koh Tao( เกาะเต่า ) means Turtle Island, dedicated to the island shape, and yes you can find turtles there as well!😉
Located at Chumphon Archipelago on the Gulf of Thailand, near by famous neighbors Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Best of Koh Tao - Thailand l Diving Paradise
Sunset in Mae Haad

Spotting a turtle is considered a luck charm by Thai people, we saw one and they must definitely be right, because we felt blessed by that encounter.
If you’re a fan of snorkeling or/and diving there’s no way you won’t love this place!
But first you have to get there:

From Bangkok

By Train + Ferry Boat
At Hua Lamphong Train Station you can buy a combo train+ferry ticket (Bangkok-Chumphon by train, Chumphon-Koh Tao by ferry).
I certainly recommend buying the ferry in advance(at Hua Lamphong) to avoid overcharge(very likely to happen) and/or losing the ferry and time once in Chumphon.
Soon as you arrive at Chumphon (nearest coastal city to Koh Tao) there’s still a half hour bus ride until the pier, the bus will be waiting for you and it is a free service included at the ticket price, it will bring you directly to the pier.
Enjoy your bus ride, it’s a beautiful way down the pier.
Ferry ride takes about 1.5 hours.
There are 2nd class seats, 2nd class beds(air-con and fan fares) and 1st class cabin options available at the train, the trip will take around 8 hours.Best will be choosing an overnight train and enjoy your sleep until the destination, it also matches the morning boat assuring you won’t have to spend the night in Chumphon.
If you’re not short on time and don’t mind an adventure, train would be my recommendation.This is the way we’ve done it and we would definitely do it again!👍
Address:
Hua Lamphong – หัวลำโพง
(Officially “Bangkok Railway Station” – สถานีรถไฟกรุงเทพ)
Address: Hua Lamphong, Rama 4 Road, Mahaphruttharam, Bangrak, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: หัวลำโพง ถ.พระราม 4 แขวง มหาพฤฒาราม เขต บางรัก กทม
MRT: Hua Lamphong station – Blue line, exit 2
BTS(skytrain): *Interchange with MRT needed- Asoke station – Sukhumvit line, interchange with MRT blue line
Website(Thailand Railway): http://www.railway.co.th/home *In this website you can check all timetables, fares and seating options with pictures of all trains in Thailand.

Best of Koh Tao - Thailand l Diving Paradise
Our boat to Koh Tao

By Flight + Ferry Boat
There’s 3 airports nearby: Surat Thani, Koh Samui and Chumphon.
From the chosen one you will have to take a bus/taxi/tuk tuk until the pier and then a ferry to Koh Tao.
Note that flights directly to Koh Samui are usually extremely more expensive than other destinations in Thailand, the reason is a private(and beautiful!) owned airport with a route done by only one company(Bangkok Airways).
If there’s availability from your departure point, Chumphon is the best choice.

By Bus + Ferry Boat
Multiple buses to Chumphon depart from Southern Bus Terminal during the day.The trip will take around 8 hours.
BE AWARE that private buses from Khao San Road are NOT a good choice as multiple THEFT are occurring on those trips.
After arrival, you have to catch the next boat to Koh Tao.Ferry ride takes about 1.5 hours(there’s slower boats, if possible plan to arrive in time for the fast one).
I personally would rather use the train, as you will have a bed to sleep all the way and guaranty to board the fast boat on time.
Address:
Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) – สถานีขนส่งสายใต้ใหม่ตลิ่งชัน
Address: Borommaratchachonnani Road, Chim Phli, Taling Chan, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: ถนน บรมราชชนนี แขวง ฉิมพลี เขต ตลิ่งชัน กรุงเทพมหานคร
Best way to get there is by taxi.

*For very short budgets, there’s a night-time ferry that leaves Chumphon 23:00 and arrives 5:00 for 300 baht(day time 1.5 hour trip will cost 550 baht).

Where to Stay/Where to Explore

There’s definitely more than one option when it comes to choosing a location, and it will depend on what you’re looking for:

Saree
The main beach in Koh Tao.
The two occasions i advise you to stay here is if you came specially to party or are on a strict budget.Don’t get me wrong, Saree is cute(with reasonable snorkeling!), but there’s other chin dropping locations that are just the whole package.
Saree is a place to visit after the sunset, walk around the shops, have something to eat and enjoy beach parties.
The main pier is located just besides Saree at Mae Had Beach.

Best of Koh Tao - Thailand l Diving Paradise
Beach party at Saree

*If you choose any of the options below, bear in mind that you will need some kind of transportation every time you wish to leave your hotel (see more about that in “Transportation” section below).
It may sound like a bummer to you, but on my point of view the fun of Koh Tao is exactly exploring the Island beautiful landscapes.
The distance between the bays is quite short(not enough to explore by walk), this is a small Island.
It will guarantee you paradisiacal looks and snorkeling right in front of your hotel.
If you rather stay right in the middle of the buzz, where most of the restaurants and parties are going on then “Saree” or “Mae Haad”(located besides Saree) are better options for you.

Best of Koh Tao - Thailand l Diving Paradise
Janson Bay waters

Jansom Bay
We were misled to believe we were booking a hotel at Jansom Bay. The beach front hotel we stayed was cute, we have no complains about it, but when we spend the day at actual Janson Bay we could confirm that it would have been the right choice for us.
The small bay offers stunning snorkeling, beautiful setting, quiet surroundings and is not far from city center.
There’s just one hotel there however, limiting a little for budget travelers.
If not staying at Jansom, visiting their private beach(200 baht per person until 17:00), even paying a fee is worth it.If on a budget you can arrive near 17:00 to enjoy the waters for free, still you have great visibility.😄

Best of Koh Tao - Thailand l Diving Paradise
Jansom Bay

Shark Bay
Beautiful snorkeling and for the fearless(and experienced swimmers in nice weather please!) the option to swim to the famous Shark Island(can be done by boat otherwise).
If you’re on a budget and is not an experienced motorcycle driver, it may not be the best option for you to pick a hotel here due the steep way down the beach(for experienced drivers it isn’t a problem).
Much wider than Jansom and Banana Rock, great for spending a day.

Best of Koh Tao - Thailand l Diving Paradise
Path to Shark Bay and Shark Island

Banana Rock
Unless something changed(the island is growing fast!), the path there by land is a truly hard one.Totaly worth it though(one more time, only for experienced drivers).
Another way to get here is by long tail boat(see more at “Transportation” section below).
There are only a bar and a restaurant there, placed in a way on this tiny bay, that makes you feel like you are in a secret place, everyone else there is silently sharing with you.
Again, great snorkeling, here we spotted a turtle and heard about many seeing sharks.

Best of Koh Tao - Thailand l Diving Paradise
Banana Rock

Ao Leuk
Large stretch of sand, quiet and peaceful vibe, over again enchanting snorkeling.
Yet another tough road, but much easier than Banana Rock one.

Best of Koh Tao - Thailand l Diving Paradise
Ao Leuk

Koh Nang Yuan
Koh Nang Yuan is a small island just about 10 minutes far from Koh Tao, and is also a fantastic choice.
Although the access is only by boat i would recommend to stay 1-2 days there(depending on your taste) and then in Koh Tao. For that, you have to book in fair advance, we’ve tried around 3 weeks before our travel date and the hotel was already fully booked(there’s just one hotel at Koh Nang Yuan).
Another options is doing a day trip to Nang Yuan, for 400 baht(price for the boat, not per person) you can rent a private long tail boat for 2 ways.In this case there’s a 100 baht entrance fee per person.
This is a must see, make sure to save some time on your schedule!
*No plastic is allowed at the island, don’t even bother bringing bottles of water because you gonna have to leave it at the entrance.

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Koh Nang Yuan

Other Locations (Mango Beach, Sai Nuan, Chalok Ban, Ao Thian, etc)
There was some sites we didn’t have time to see, that were greatly recommended as well, if you get the chance to explore Mango Beach, Sai Nuan, Chalok Bay, Ao Thian (or any other lovely place) let us know how do you like it.✨

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Snorkeling in Shark Bay

Transportation

→Long Tail Boat- Great private and yet cheap option to explore on your rhythm.
You can ask at your reception desk for one, or find it yourself around Mae Haad pier for quite good prices(bargain in both cases).

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Long Tail Boat

→Motorcycle- Renting a motorcycle is easy(even if you don’t have a license) and pretty cheap compared to other Thai islands.
Is advisable to take pictures of your vehicle state to avoid damage charges not caused by you.If possible rent from the hotel you’re staying it will ensure more credibility.

→Taxi- If you don’t know/want to drive a motorcycle, you still can move around by grabbing a taxi(that are actually trucks you embark and seat at the trunk).This is an expensive alternative, specially if used frequently.

*We rented a motorcycle to better explore the island.It wouldn’t have been the same without it.

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Snorkeling in Jansom Bay

What to do

*Known as a diver’s paradise, Koh tao is one of the cheapest places in the world to take a Padi course (diving certification).🐳

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*Snorkeling is another star at the paradisiacal island, including group snorkeling trips, snorkeling off the beach or even renting a boat to explore on your pace.🐠

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Corals in Shark Bay

*Beach parties are big at the main beach area, with acrobatic fire shows, relaxing Thai cushions placed at the sand, everything while facing the sea.🎉

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*Chilling at the beach, enjoying the most delicious coconut water with THE view, what better to do?🌴

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*Shopping for us have always been part of vocation experience, I adore to ramble around the local craft shops and buy some souvenirs, Koh Tao has plenty of little shops to please that desire.🎁

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New tank top😜

*Thai Massage is a must!Preferably overlooking the sea.🏖

*Delicious Thai food, as I mentioned before, is one of the things that make Thailand special.Is not only the beautiful nature, but the people, the food, the vibe.Thailand got it all!🌞

*Check the View Point and  enjoy a drink while admiring the breath-taking scenery.

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View Point

 

Reminder:
Please, do not step at the corals!It may seem obvious, but I noticed many people forgetting this detail when excited about the whole situation.Let’s upkeep the beauty that attract us to the place!💙

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Corals in Koh Nang Yuan

Would you like to explore Koh Tao? Share with us in the comments below!💙

 

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Beach Time! Khao Lak, Thailand + How To Get There

Khao Lak – เขาหลัก
is a departure point for some of the coolest snorkeling and diving spots in Thailand as well as some scenic tour destinations like James Bond Island.
Located in Phang Nga province this is a great family destination likewise for couples or anyone looking for more quiet, relaxing vibe.
Home of many high-end resorts Khao Lak has more of a sophisticated touch then most of Thai destinies that usually thrive on the laid back atmosphere.

Beach Time! Khao Lak, Thailand + How To Get There

For me was all about chilling at the beach all day long, having something to eat looking at the sea and watching the sunset with some Thai massage.Then the night would be the gourmet moment followed by some souvenir shopping at the cozy beach stores all around the main street.

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For such small place i was surprised with the great supermarket and the variety of restaurants you could find around.
Something easy peasy to encounter was the tour booths distributed all over the city where you could buy multiple tour options from snorkeling to hikes, during from one afternoon to tree days long.
We’ve done the Monkey Temple + Panyee Village + James Bond Island Tour and the Similan Islands snorkeling tour.We loved the experience and highly recommend.

Beaches + Where To Stay

We visited 3 beaches while our stay: Amphoe Takua Pa, Nang Thong Beach, Pakweeb Beach (White Sand Beach).They were distinct from each other and we recommend looking them up.
Our hotel was located at Nang Thong Beach, nice area to stay with multiple restaurant choices, stores, the city center, etc.
If you want a more secluded place then White Sand Beach is a good call.

Tip: We advise to book accommodation ahead if you’re visiting Khao Lak in the high season peak (November-February).

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Waterfalls

Onboard of our motorbike we drove 7km along the rubber trees listening the melodic nature sounds al the way to Tonchongfa Waterfall.
When the entrance is reached you have to park your vehicle there and proceed by walk for another 1km.The final part of the walk is a little complicated, not advised for people with mobility problems.
Tonchongfa was quiet and beautiful with enough place to swim and friendly garra rufa fishes(massage fishes) that help you renovate your skin.🐟
There’s few other waterfalls to be explored such as Lampi Waterfall(easy access), Pakweep Waterfall(easy access) and Ton Prai Waterfall.

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Transportation

To better explore the area we decided to rent a motorbike during our stay(around 300-350 baht a day at the high season, if renting for multiple days discount is applied).Cars were also available for rent.
If you know how to drive that’s a great way to get to know around and don’t get sucked at the beach you’re staying, otherwise you can take a taxi or tuk tuk.
*If you normally don’t drive is definitely not a good idea to start here.For some reason it seems to be something that is happening(specially with youngsters) and accidents are being reported.

From Phuket

*If you want to know why and how to get to Phuket Click Here.

By Bus:
Buses depart from Phuket Bus Terminal 2(address below) daily about every hour and take around 1:30 to 2:00 hours to complete the journey.
Ask for an air-con bus (it may not be working very well), have in mind that this are very simple buses, but enough for a short ride.
The price for one person is around 80 baht and the bus will stop right at the main street(Nang Thong Beach area).

Beach Time! Khao Lak, Thailand + How To Get There

By Boat:
Group and private speed boats can be booked to Khao Lak in travel agencies around Phuket.
As well as boat trips to snorkeling destinations near by such as Similan Islands.

By Taxi:
You can hire a private taxi from Phuket to Khao Lak and the other way around.
Bargaining your price will be a must.
Usually your hotel will be able to find the taxi for you, another option is asking directly to the cab drivers at the street and if they don’t do this route themselves someone will be recommended to you.
This can be arranged at the airport as well.
The price should be between 1200-1800 baht and the journey will take about one hour and a half.
*Is recommended to use a certified taxi.

By Helicopter:
There’s a private company that offers helicopter transfers to Khao Lak (around 2700 usd), 30min duration.

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From Bangkok

By Bus:
VIP 24 seats and 1st Class 32 seats buses depart daily from Mo Chit Bus Terminal(address below).
The trip takes around 12 hours, air-con works well, comfy clean seats, complimentary snack and water bottle, there’s a toilet in the bus and in the middle of the way bus stops for a free meal(VIP bus).
*Khao Lak to Bangkok – Tickets can be purchase in all the tour booths around the city and in some of the hotels.
From Khao Lak to Bangkok prices vary between 1000-1300 baht(bargain needed) for a VIP 24 seats bus with one meal included.
*Flight ticket prices are quite cheap, sometimes even same price as the buses.

Beach Time! Khao Lak, Thailand + How To Get There

By Flight:
The nearest airport is Phuket international Airport(address below).
Ticket prices are quite cheap, sometimes even same price with buses.
If you flying to Phuket you can check the options on how to finish your trip on “From Phuket” segment above.

From Abroad

Check “By Flight” on “From Bangkok” segment above.

Tip:*The map of the city has changed after the 2004 Tsunami, be sure the map you’re checking out is the new one when planing your trip.
*Convenient destination nearby is Phuket, Click Here to know more.

Excited about Khao Lak?Let us know in the comments below!💜

Addresses:

Phuket Bus Terminal 2 – สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารแห่งที่ 2 ภูเก็ต
Address: Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
Address In Thai: ที่อยู่: ตำบล รัษฎา อำเภอเมืองภูเก็ต ภูเก็ต

Mo Chit Bus Terminal – สถานีขนส่งหมอชิต
(Also known as Northern Bus Station or Chatuchak Bus Terminal)
*Not to be confused with Mo Chit BTS skytrain station.
BTS(skytrain): Mo Chit Station – Sukhumvit line, THEN TAKE A TAXI.
Best way to get there from Bangkok is by taxi.

Phuket Airport – ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต
Website: http://phuketairportthai.com/en
*Terminal 1 for international flights, terminal 2 for domestic flights.
*Located 32km from Phuket city center.

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