Exploring northern Thailand together as a family can be a culturally enriching experience for kids and adults. Most of the tourist highlights and adventure activities for kids can be found in and around Chiang Mai city, but for a more authentic and cultural experience, you’ll need to venture further out into the countryside. This is where the real northern Thailand is.
When we first arrived in Thailand, we spent a week in Bangkok, a week in Koh Chang and then headed to Northern Thailand. Of course we took the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then spent a wonderful 3 1/2 months in Chiang Mai. We had a blast and even made a Chiang Mai Guide – Family Friendly of course. We then explored Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia for a few months, on our Adventure333 (3 Generations, 3 Months, 3 Countries). This was all fantastic, even though most of it was inland or away from beaches.
In February, we once again returned to Thailand, though this time we were going to visit Southern Thailand! We had plans to visit many of the beautiful Thai Islands, surrounded by the majestic turquoise waters, in the Thai Gulf and the Andaman Sea. It was finally beach time!
It’s that time! Time for another Scooter Adventure. It is Scooter Day around Krabi and Ao Nang Beach! Today’s journey takes place while we’re back in Krabi Thailand. This is an action-packed post, so pay attention. I’d hate to lose you! (Yes, that’s a not so subtle reference to our last Scooter Outing.) We’ve learned a few things since last time, and now we’re on the top of our game!
We have been traveling for 2 1/2 years! We spent nearly 2 years with Southern Spain as a homebase and explored a bit of Western Europe. As of July 2014, it was on to see what Southeast Asia had in store for us. It was time for a nomadic life, the life of modern-day gypsies. We would move around just about every week. Once in a while we would stay for a bit longer and in Chiang Mai we stayed for 3 1/2 months. After 7 months of being on the move, it was time for a family vacation!
After the super touristy island of Koh Tao, we stayed on the more relaxed island of Koh Phangan. We were about a 5 minute walk from Haad Yao Beach, and I must say the beach is nice. Fine white sands, great water; basically everything you would want in an island beach. Today is going to be a fun day for us because it’s a Scooter Day! I love these. Any chance to get on two wheels and zip around is A-OK with me. Check out our scooter day in Laos, at the Blue Lagoon.
We’d been doing a bit of moving lately, and it was time for us to get from Bangkok to Koh Tao, and once again we’re going to be riding the train. We did things a bit differently on this trip. We’re took the Sleeper Train! You better believe we were getting some AC this time.
Well it seems that many of you are interested in our meals. To conclude our Restaurant Review Week, here is a summary. It include all of those featured in our review as well as a few more, so it covers all of the Thai Gulf Islands we visited. Just so you know, some of these places have hosted us and shown us a really good time. We only want to share our favorites with you, as there isn’t enough time in the day to write about every meal. That said, we also provide many reviews on Trip Advisor, so you can check that out too.
This is a very small but popular restaurant. Located right off the main beach road in Chaweng Beach. The food was absolutely delicious and probably the freshest we’ve had on the island. Alan wasn’t able to make it out to dinner with us, as he wasn’t feeling well, but the kids and I enjoyed our evening out together.
When visiting Koh Samui, a friend recommended something for us to check out. It was called The Thai Experience and it had just opened about 2 months prior. It was a big hit in Argentina and The Experience made its way to Thailand. Of course we wanted to see what it was all about. We reached out to them for availability during our time on Koh Samui, and the next thing you know we are scheduled for our very own Thai Experience.