Tokyo

brightly lit skyscrapers

Tokyo was far less intimidating than I feared. It was easy to get around using the subway and people were kind and helpful. It was the mix of traditional and bleeding edge that I hoped for.

Singapore

pagoda roof

Singapore was the mix of traditional and modern that I was hoping for. Gardens by the Bay was the highlight for us.

Phuket

hotel lounge

We stayed in Phuket town, which had good shopping and restaurants, interesting architecture, and easy access to day tours to Phang Nga Bay.

Koh Lipe

sunset at beach

Koh Lipe was much like expected. Another relaxed island with beautiful beaches. We really liked being able to snorkel from shore in front of our hotel.

Koh Lanta

yellow cart and flowers

While the beach at Koh Lanta was not as nice as on other islands the atmosphere was more relaxed. We enjoyed our stay.

Krabi Town

river at Krabi

We stayed in Krabi Town thinking it would be more convenient for day trips and continuing to Koh Lanta but Ao Nang would be a good option also.

Khao Sok

Cheow Larn Lake with flowers

I scheduled our entire trip around THIS tour, the centerpiece of our 5 weeks in Thailand. It was so worth it!

Koh Samui

Chaweng beach

Chaweng Beach was so serene we couldn’t drag ourselves away from it. Soft white sand, warm calm water, shade, and a beach bar.

Bangkok

sunset over temple

Bangkok was neither as crowded or as gritty as I thought it might be. And I don’t know what Khao San Road used to be like but I wouldn’t call it dead.