At long last, my Thailand travel diary is up after a month of being back from the trip. Better late than never right?! In my defense, I have already posted two outfit posts from my trip, which you can view here & here. This post will be featuring more of the travel oriented content, including photos of the hotel, food, beaches, and scenery. My trip started off in Koh Samui, a tropical island in Thailand where we stayed for five nights. My entire time in Koh Samui felt like a dream, and looking back on the photos now it feels even more surreal.
In Koh Samui, we stayed at a private villa at the Four Seasons. All the rooms in the Four Seasons Koh Samui are villas, and since we were a family of 8 my Dad booked a private residence four-bedroom villa. I have never stayed at such a luxe place before; the private villa catered to our every need, including having our own live-in butler who basically did everything for us. The entire experience at the Four Seasons was unparalleled to any level of service I have ever experienced. In fact, we loved the resort so much that we actually didn’t leave the resort except for one day when we went out on the water to a nearby island, but even that was through the Four Seasons.
Upon entering our villa, we were greeted by a lovely dining table filled with fresh fruits, flowers, and native Thailand snacks. The living/dining room then leads out to the best part of the villa, the infinity pool. How beautiful is this open doorway that leads to the pool? The infinity pool itself is breathtaking and surrounded by two bungalow style sitting areas. We definitely spent a lot of time in the infinity pool, and took every chance we got to take a dip.
Next we checked out our individual rooms. All the rooms are the same except for the master, which actually has its own private pool. I shared a room with my best friend who I brought along with me, and we opted for a room close the pool and with an outdoor shower. I have to admit my favorite part about the room was the huge bathtub that just looked like the most luxurious thing ever. The set-up on top of the tub totally added to the spa-like feel.
Ok, back to the infinity pool. After taking a tour of our room, we went for a long lunch and then came back to the villa to enjoy the pool. An infinity pool is definitely a blogger’s photo heaven! I just could not get enough photos of myself in the pool, mostly because every photo looks good no matter how you take it. The views are just unbelievable, I could seriously have stayed in the infinity pool all day if it wasn’t for the fact that it was drizzling.
The cherry on top of the pie was that as we were taking photos in the infinity pool, it occurred to me that it would be amazing if I could have a floaty in the photo. Thinking that it was a long shot, I asked our butler if the resort had floaties. Next thing I know, she pulls one out from our pantry and starts setting it up! Like I said, the Four Seasons thought of everything! So that’s me being really happy on the giant ass unicorn floaty. By the way, if you’re ever in a floaty in an infinity pool, it can actually be kind of scary because there is nothing blocking the edge of the infinity pool, so it felt like I could literally float off the pool. Getting this shot was quite the struggle!
The next day, we decided to have a spa day. I had my first four hands message, which involved two masseuses massaging me simultaneously. I know, it sounds excessive but it was the best massage I’ve ever had, I felt so relaxed afterwards. We also got coconut facials which smelled amazing and left our skin baby soft.
On our third day, we decided to venture out of the Four Seasons resort by no other way than a private yacht. We took a yacht day excursion to Anthong National Marine Park, but the real highlight was the yacht itself. This was my first time on a yacht and I have to admit it was not all that I expected. Let’s do a quick expectations versus reality comparison:
Ok but all in all, it was a fabulous experience, as you can obviously tell from the photos where I neither look seasick nor sweaty. It’s funny how different photos and real life can be right?! I’m all for being real and letting you guys in on the good and the bad.
Cheers to managing not to throw up on the yacht! Sea sickness is a real struggle guys. After half a glass of rose, I had switch to fresh coconut juice instead. I know, my life is so hard.
This is me after having climbed a lot of stairs to reach a scenic view. I look great but trust me I was sweaty AF. There was also a nice beach at the National Park, so of course I took some more photos. DUH.
After our adventurous day on the yacht, we took it easy on our last day and spent it by the pool and getting more facials. Oh how I miss the pool life! We were all so reluctant to leave, as it truly felt like a real vacation where I didn’t have a care in the world and didn’t have to worry about anything.
After leaving Koh Samui, we headed to Bangkok for two nights. I have to admit arriving in Bangkok felt like a slap in the face. While Koh Samui was peaceful and idyllic, Bangkok was loud and messy, basically like NYC. I immediately felt stressed upon arriving, and needless to say I did not enjoy it as much as Koh Samui. There were some highlights, such as the Grand Place which was simply breathtaking. This is definitely a must-see if you visit Bangkok. The architecture was insane, I could have spent hours just taking in all the details.
The other highlight of Bangkok was the breakfast at the Mandarin Oriental, the hotel where we stayed. This breakfast had everything you could ever want, from made-to-order to eggs to Chinese congee to freshly baked pastries. Everything was so good, so after the first day I allotted a full hour for breakfast on the second day to ensure I had plenty of time to stuff myself.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this Thailand travel diary. You can also check out my outfit posts during the trip featuring a beach look and a floral maxi dress. If you have any questions about Koh Samui or Bangkok, don’t hesitant to ask in the comments below!
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