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Thailand Travel Diary: Koh Samui & Bangkok

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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.

A Tropical Paradise at the Four Seasons Koh Samui

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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.

layersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui four seasons villa snacksUpon 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.
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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.
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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.

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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!layersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui style bloglayersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui four seasons restaurant

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.

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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:

  • Expectation: Stepping onto the yacht looking glam in my long floral maxi dress.
  • Reality: We had to take a motorboat to the yacht, so by the time I arrived at the yacht my dress was wet not to mention my ass. I had no choice but to change into my bathing suit early, so no photos of the glamorous dress.
  • Expectation: Drinking glasses upon glasses of rose.
  • Reality: I started to feel seasick, so a combination of headache and nausea prevented me from said drinking asides from half a glass.
  • Expectation: Making a quick pit spot at a luxurious island, still looking glamorous
  • Reality: Climbed a lot of stairs to reach a scenic view, drenched in sweat and trying not to fall in my flimsy flip flops.

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.layersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui private yacht

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.layersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui yacht viewlayersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui coconut juicelayersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui island outfit

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. layersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui beach bikinilayersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui beach lifelayersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui tropical cocktail

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.layersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui infinity pool view layersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui four seasons poolside snacks layersofchic thailand travel diary koh samui style blogger

Grand Architecture & Sumptuous Breakfasts in Bangkoklayersofchic thailand travel diary bangkok blogger style

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.

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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.

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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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31 responses to “Thailand Travel Diary: Koh Samui & Bangkok”

  1. Azanique says:

    Sounds like an awesome trip! So beautiful & the food looks yummy

    -xoxo, Azanique

  2. Victoria says:

    This is amazing!! You look so happy and refreshed 🙂


  3. Brittany says:

    This sounds like a dream vacation! Love all your photos, I need to go to Thailand and stay in that exact villa! Lol it’s so beautiful! I guess it’s gonna have to be on my list for this year 🙂

  4. I’ve got the travel bug bad right now. I’m not familiar with what Thailand is like, but these photos are beautiful! I’ve found a new place to add to the bucket list!

  5. Gail says:

    Oh, I enjoyed reading this so much! Thank you for sharing. It actually made me chuckle a few times. The photos are beautiful and it looks like you had an amazing time except for a few unpleasant moments. What a great escape this was. So lovely. Xoxo

  6. I loved this travel post so much 🙂

    Your photos look amazing I hope u have an amazing week gorgeous x

  7. LaToya C says:

    These images look amazing! Looks like you really had a blast! And a four hand massage?! I definitely need one of those!

  8. This is my dream vacation. I have been to koh samui, but never been to this type of luxurious villa. Worth to try someday. Love all your pictures and thank you so much for sharing this.

  9. vanessa says:

    I want to visit Thailand so bad! It looks beautiful. I’ll need to look more into this hotel!

    Vanesa |

  10. LaToya C says:

    These images look so amazing! Glad you had so much fun! And a four hand massage?! I definitely need one of those!

  11. Leah says:

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. What an AUHmazing trip!! Everything looks so beautiful!! I love all your bikini’s!! The hotel is so chic, I must visit soon!

    x – Leah

  12. wow! I have a friend from Thailand and she always tells me I will need to visit her one day. These photos and your post definitely make me want to go there even more. Beautiful photos and you are adorable!

  13. Tarryn says:

    I would love to visit Thailand one day! It looks so beautiful!

  14. Madd says:

    Sounds amazing! Im heading to Thailand soon and wish I was going to see Bankok! Maybe next time! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thailand is definitely on my list of places to go!! Sounds like it was an absolutely amazing trip!

  16. Yolanda says:

    This looks simply amazing!!! What a great trip, except for the seasickness of course.

  17. It looks so amazing there, I want to go so badly

  18. Melissa says:

    This looks like an incredible vacation. I love all the pictures.

  19. My husband and I were just talking about Thailand the other night! We spent our honeymoon in Krabi (and neighboring islands) and I went back with my family to go to Bangkok the following year. Other than the picturesque landscapes, the food is what I miss most about!

  20. Looks amazing- I love the floral dress and the blue bathing suit. Too bad about the seasickness on the yacht!

  21. This looks amazing! Having roots in Cambodia, I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand and Cambodia. You look as beautiful as your shots.
    xo Debbie |

  22. Carlie says:

    All I really want in life is to go to Thailand and this really solidified my need to go there!! You look awesome!

  23. Love the whole place and your pictures are really beautiful. I am looking a break from the city and Bangkok looks very ideal for me. That infinity pool looks amazing!

  24. Jessica says:

    AHHHH, Lady this trip looks AMAZING!!! Well freaking done! Seriously enjoyed reading this and living through you right now lol. Also, thank you for your brutal honesty on the expectation vs. reality. That had me cracking up and its SO true how different things can look in pictures form reality! Love your realness girl! <3

    xo, jess

  25. These photos are giving me such bad wanderlust! I’ve wanted to travel to Thailand for THE LONGEST time!
    It looks sososo amazing and I’m glad you had such a wonderful time. 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

  26. Mona says:

    I want to visit Thailand it’s been on my travel list for so long! This sounds like a dream vacation I’m not a beach gal so pool time sounds like the perfect blissful vaca time for me. Loved this post you looked great despite feeling seasick 😉

  27. Thailand looks soooo beautiful!!!!

  28. Daisi Ari says:

    Your photos are amazing! Looks like you had a ton of fun. I almost went to Thailand this year too but ended up traveling around Europe with my bestie instead. Thailand is still definitely on my bucket list! Great post!

    Daisi Ari ||

  29. Logan says:

    Thailand is on my bucket list and your photos make me want to go so much more!

  30. Michelle says:

    Wow so that was super luxurious. I’m jealous. I love the way you described the infinity pool as a place where you literally can’t take a bad photo. And loved your Expectations v Reality bit on the yacht.