February 17, 2018

Tongsay Bay Resort in Koh Samui

It’s been a very exciting time in the Fortner household planning for our trip around the world. As a lot of you know we are starting out in Bangkok, Thailand. We’ve been researching tirelessly to see if we travel through Cambodia and up into North of Asia, or continue south after our initial two weeks in Bangkok. Here’s what we’ve got so far for our first month abroad:

First Two Weeks: Bangkok, Thailand

From it’s delectable and affordable food options, to a booming culture and nightlife, Bangkok was a natural first stop on our trip. We’ve booked our first two weeks at a hostel near the touristic city center, which was only $10 a night! It’s also conveniently located near the delicious and exotic street food, which is one of the things we are most excited about! We booked our hostel through Booking.com, which allowed us to filter by location and price. We also don’t have to pay until we arrive in Bangkok! If you book through this link, you get a $25 credit after your first booking and help support our blog and travels, too. 🙂

During our time in Bangkok we will get acclimated to the new timezone (which is exactly 12 hours from eastern standard time), and have the opportunity to see what Thailand is all about. Have I mentioned the famous hour-long, Thai Massages for only $6. Yea, we’re pumped. Bangkok is also cheap to fly into, and fly out of, so it’s a good spot to be in if we decide to change travel plans once we arrive.

We are dying to visit:

Khao San Road

Khaosan Road is known for it’s exotic street food, cheap accommodations, and bustling nightlife! All we keep reading is that first time visitors must stop by here to check it out!

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Apart from the enormous, Golden Buddha, Wat Pho has the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and is considered the birthplace of Thai Massage. Beauty and history are two lure’s to this temple, which is why it’s on our must-see list!

The Grand Palace

It’s Grand and it’s a Palace. ‘Nuff said.

Weeks 3-5: The Thai Islands of Koh Lanta, Koh Nang Yuan, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan

The Thai Islands are known for their beautiful beaches, and lush rainforests. From Bangkok, we are taking the sleeper train to Krabi, and then taking a ferry to our first island, Koh Lanta.

Emerald Cave in Koh Mook
Koh Lanta

When we get arrive in Koh Lanta, we plan on taking the famous 4 island tour that takes us snorkeling through Koh Ngai, the Emerald Cave in Koh Mook, Koh Krahdan, and Koh Chuck.

Koh Nang Yuan lookout point
Koh Nang Yuan

Though it is a tiny island, it’s one of the few places that allows you to get a view like the one above. That beach and view was enough reason for us to add this to our travel plans!

Koh Tao

A ten minute boat ride from Koh Nang Yuan is Koh Tao. Koh Tao is probably the island we’re most excited for because this is where we plan on getting our PADI Scuba Diving License!! It’s the second cheapest place to get it in the world (next to Honduras), and you have the opportunity to dive with Whale sharks! Freaking WHALE SHARKS!!

Koh Phangan

Known for it’s rocking full moon parties that attract over 20,000 visitors each month, Koh Phangan is the last stop in our Thai Island tour. Daniel and I aren’t huge partiers, but I think we can rise up to the occasion. After all, you only live once!

So there you have it, folks!

This is our game plan so far. We don’t know how this will pan out once we get to Thailand, but we will definitely be sharing our journey with you along the way. Thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for more as we continue to share our plans! If you have any suggestions, or know someone who’s travelled Thailand that can guide us please let us know in the comments below! 🙂


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