Khum Phaya Centara Hotel
A large hot tub (with water and rose petals inside) was waiting for us to enjoy, as we washed off the crazy day we had. Later that evening we spent time at a local marketplace, the hotel staff took us to visit.
In the morning, I woke up, opened the porch doors and took two steps which lead me straight into a large swimming pool spread across the rooms.
We treated ourselves to a soothing and relaxing massage in the hotel’s perfectly designed (!) spa, and nearly considered letting the organizers know we weren’t planning on leaving the room for the rest of the trip, but at that point we still had no clue what was still waiting in store for us…
In the morning, I woke up, opened the porch doors and took two steps which lead me straight into a large swimming pool spread across the rooms. We treated ourselves to a soothing and relaxing massage in the hotel’s perfectly designed (!) spa, and nearly considered letting the organizers know we weren’t planning on leaving the room for the rest of the trip, but at that point we still had no clue what was still waiting in store for us…
Our Extreme Romantic Adventure – Zip-lining with the Gibbons
After the elephant rehabilitation experience and the Thai cooking workshop, we were picked up in the morning for our next adventure – zip lining. In the past I had zip-lined in Guatemala, but this time was different, as I was in for a unique and exciting romantic experience through green forests and flowing rivers which I had never seen from a height like this.
We drove for a little over an hour once more into a forest with endless green scenery, climbing higher and higher in the mountains of Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai is rich in water, so there are lots of forests and greenery everywhere, healthy for the soul and the eyes). At the end of the hour we reached a park boasting more than 5 kilometers of zip lines. One of the zip-lines we experienced was the longest in all of Asia, spanning over 800 meters!
It was unbelievable!
Wishing for a Hotel in Koh Phangan
The next day we boarded a luxurious flight with Bangkok Airways to the beach party island – Koh Phangan.
It was my first visit to Koh Phangan, but definitely not the last.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Itay Shevo, a FlyEast representative who was waiting for us, and from that moment on we refused to part with him. Itay had been living on the island with his wife and four children, and had therefore inside knowledge of the best locations to visit in the city, from the best tourist spots to secret beaches.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Thailand is home to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping beaches, amazing viewpoints, streets with countless green trees and vegetation, with locals riding scooters with no helmets on (sometimes 4 people at a time on one motorbike), local food vendors that make you wonder how they make a living, and small shops that teach you a lot about life in the area.
On one of the evenings we discovered a strange green spa, located inside a dark building with lots of surrounding trees and unrelated items scattered around, such as statues, kitchen appliances, paintings and more, and with a local host who had been living on the island for 30 years and who offered us a unique and healthy experience. We covered our bodies with oils, turmeric and honey (trippy), spent time in a sauna, washed ourselves off in a local swimming pool and topped the experience off with an hour long massage under the night sky. I cannot even begin to explain what an amazing experience it all was.
So all in all Koh Phangan is incredible and has a lot to offer.
But truly, the highlight of our visit on the island was our hotel. The insane suite on the beach, with the swimming pool at the hotel entrance. All the photos, including visits to the beaches of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and a day of sailing the sea can be found in the next chapter (click here).