Here at Multitrip we are having a competition to give one lucky winner the chance to win a trip for him or her and a friend to Thailand for eight days with spending money. The prize includes flights and accommodation in a deluxe hotel. For this reason we thought we would have a look at what you can expect when from Thailand as a destination.
The prize is a two stop affair with three nights spent in Bangkok and then an internal flight to Ko Samui and five nights there. So let’s see some of what Bangkok and Ko Samui have to offer!
The first thing to mention has to be the food in Bangkok. It’s not until you have stood on a street in Bangkok and eaten noodles that you can really appreciate the taste of Thai food. It is a long way from meat and two veg you might be used to. If you are one that can relinquish the white tablecloth and consider yourself adventurous when it comes to eating, Bangkok is probably one of the best dining experiences in the world.
The City of Angels
The rough translation of the city’s name is “The City of Angels” and its diversity is also something to experience. Banglamphu and Chinatown, in the old part of the city, still carry the old world style that used to be with all its wonderful grit and charm. The other side of the city is the air conditioned megamalls. Both sit unusually well together with dated homes which are hundreds of years old sitting side by side with modern buildings. Neon lit streets sit alongside gold topped temples. Food carts selling noodles alongside modern restaurants. It is this diversity that gives Bangkok its richness and uniqueness.
Language can always be a barrier when travelling but somehow this is not an issue in Bangkok. The people live and believe everything should be done with a sense of fun or as they term it “sà·nùk”. Regardless of what you do when interacting with the locals there is always a sense of fun. When haggling at street markets to ordering food, you will get a playful smile and maybe even a touch of flirtation. This is a language that does not require words!
When people mention beach resorts in Thailand, usually it’s Phuket that comes to mind. Ko Samui is the second island and about half the size of Phuket, measuring just 23km at its widest point. White sand beaches, warm blue seas, lively nightlife and a great choice of top class resorts all helps make Ko Samui one of Thailand’s most popular destinations. Chaweng Beach is the busiest part of the island with the great nightlife. There are smaller beaches such as Lamai and Bhoput with smaller villages alongside but they still offer entertainment and shopping albeit on a smaller scale. Ko Samui smaller but still offers a similar experience to Phuket. The difference in size lends itself to a slower pace of life and you will also be more aware of being on an island.
For inexpensive fun, you can rent mopeds and tour dirt roads through the jungle or along the coast to yet more coconut-palm-lined beaches. They’re available from small rental shops everywhere.
Stuck for Ideas
If you are wondering what you can do on the island of Ko Samui, here are some ideas.
You can fly through tropical treetops strapped into a harness while snatching glimpses of the glistening coast below. The jungle hike to the top of the six zipline runs that make up Canopy Adventures is sweaty but part of the appeal, with the rides set in one of Samui’s least spoiled patches of forest, near Mae Nam. There’s even a waterfall with a swimming hole to cool off in after the ride.
The best dive areas close to Samui are off the southwest coast around Koh Taen. Because Samui is essentially a sand island, the water right off the shore can be murky. In other words, the island’s dive options aren’t great. But there are inspiring snorkelling and dive trips a short cruise away in the Gulf of Thailand. For the real deal, join one of many snorkelling and diving trips that leave Samui daily for nearby islands like Koh Phangan and Koh Tao and the Ang Thong Marine Park.
For snorkelers, the waters around the much photographed inlets at Koh Nang Yuan, off Koh Tao, are often crystal clear. Sail Rock is another much visited world-class dive site halfway between Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, one of the few places in the world where you can dive with whale sharks.
Koh Tao itself has more than 30 dive sites and considerably more schools and operators. With so many dive courses and trips on offer it’s wise to choose the more established, professional operators who maintain their equipment and follow international standards of safety.
On Ko Samui you can avail of group tours or you can charter your own private boat. You can sail to Koh Pha Ngan for the day, do some island hopping all whilst listening to tunes on your iPod, while the skipper catches the winds. It’s always nice to then drop anchor in a quiet bay for a swim and a Thai feast before absorbing the sunset as you open a bottle or two to toast your good fortune of winning this fantastic prize. Don’t forget to throw a few photos of your day onto Instagram or Facebook. What’s the point of doing all of the above if you cannot do a little bragging about it and create a little jealousy back home? 😉
Visit a Spa
The Spa business is very prevalent in Ko Samui. They are everywhere and after all that flying, diving and sailing you probably deserve to kick back and have a little pampering. We hear that Tamarind Springs is one of the best. Set in the forest, it is one of Koh Samui’s first dedicated day spas opened in 1998.
In the past, Tamarind Springs Forest Spa has been awarded both “The Award of Outstanding Performance for Health Tourism” by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and “Asia Spa’s” highly coveted “Day Spa of the Year Award for Excellence” so it’s probably worth a visit if that is your thing!
So that’s about it! All that is left to do is enter the competition and be in with a chance to win. Click on the image below to enter your details and the competition on the website. Terms and conditions apply and the competition is only open to Irish entries. Best of luck!!!
Source Reference: CNN