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    Postcards Home – Week 60

    To my dearest friends, family and fellow culture cravers,

    After sadly having to wave goodbye to Vietnam, Lizzie and I flew back to Bangkok to venture up North to the hippie haven of Pai.

    Located 3/4 hours further North of Chiang Mai, Pai is a quaint backpacker town nestled in the hills of Northern Thailand and these days, is on every traveller’s ‘must visit’ list. During my first visit to Thailand in 2011, I’d never heard of this chilled-out spot however, come 2016, it’s all people rave on about regarding Thailand’s North.

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    4 Places I Wish I’d Avoided On My Travels

    These days, travel is so focused on ticking off the ‘must see’ spots, which clog up every traveller’s social media feed that the real gems of a country are left hidden.

    If you’ve been to Thailand but haven’t experienced the Full Moon Party, many travellers will be shocked that you missed out on such an ‘unmissable experience’. In reality, you missed out on rubbing up against a sweaty Brit abroad in a wife beater and the chance to get burnt alive by a dodgy firework.

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    Postcards Home – Week 53

    To my dearest friends, family and fellow culture cravers,

    The past week has been crazayyyy.

    After leaving Koh Lanta we made our way to Koh Phangan, an island on the other side of the South peninsular of Thailand for the notorious Full Moon Party for New Year’s Eve.

    I had already been to a Full Moon Party way back when in my Gap Year so was intrigued to see how it differed to before/if I could still hack it.

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    Postcards Home – Week 52

    To my dearest friends, family and fellow culture cravers,

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THAILAND!!

    This week’s Postcards Home post is a little bit shorter than usual as I have spent the past week doing very very little other than relaxing – eat, sleep, relax, repeat.

    I have spent the festive season with my family at the spectacular Twin Lotus Resort and Spa on Koh Lanta island in the South of Thailand.

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    It’s All About the Islands – Thailand

    Recently, a lot of my nearest and dearest have been picking my brains on where to go in the backpacker haven of Thailand.

    Although this country is only a small slice of Asia, it is jam-packed with exciting things to see and do. From culture, wildlife, tribes and temples in the North to tans, parties, buckets and beaches in the South, it’s no surprise that choosing where to spend most of your time is a tricky task… especially when you don’t have much time to spare.

    Therefore, to get you started, here is my guide to some (they’re all amazing!) of the best islands in Thailand:

    Favourite Moments of Travel - Full Moon Party - My Culture Craving

    Koh Phangan

    Situated on the East coast of Thailand, Koh Phangan is notorious for its infamous Full Moon Parties. Brimming with booze, backpackers and bonanza, by night, Koh Phangan lights up with the buzz of travellers in search of the bright nightlife at Haad Rin beach. Fluorescent neon paint, thrill-seeking fire dancers, crazy pool parties, blaring music… Koh Phangan is complete and utter carnage!

    However, if the partying scene isn’t up your street, don’t overlook this island straight away. Offering some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Koh Phangan’s exuberant nature and scenery are definitely still worth a visit.

    My highlights:

    – Going to a pool party at Coral Bungalows

    – The Full Moon Party

    – Unfortunately, it rained most of the time I was on Koh Phangan therefore, I didn’t get a chance to explore it as much as I’d hoped.

    It's all About the Islands - Thailand - Koh Tao - My Culture Craving

    Koh Tao

    Floating around a 1 1/2 hour boat journey North of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao is the go to island, to recover from the damage done by its rowdy neighbour. Renowned for its cheap PADI diving courses and zen atmosphere, Koh Tao is a peaceful bubble of bliss.

    Kick back on a beach bean bag, listen to the reggae music float from beach bar to bar, as the sea laps against the sand, and count your lucky stars you’re there… you will never want to leave.

    My highlights:

    – Going diving for the first time

    – Relaxing on the beach bean bags

    – Watching the sunset

    It's all About the Islands - Thailand - My Culture Craving

    Koh Lanta

    Situated around a two-hour boat journey from Phi Phi, Koh Lanta is a hub of tranquility.

    Sprinkled with cute, idyllic beach huts and uncrowded beaches, Koh Lanta is the perfect island to spend your days relaxing on the beach with a good book and your evenings sipping on an ice-cold beer whilst delving into a freshly caught fish.

    However, if you’re looking to be more Dora the Explorer than Sid the Sloth, rent a jeep or moped and explore the untouched jungle covered hills and mountains, which run through the island. Just be warned… power steering is a luxury in Thailand…

    My highlights:

    – Eating fresh fish in a beach front restaurant

    – Renting a jeep

    – Watching the sunset at Noon Sunset Viewpoint Restaurant (a must whilst on the island)

    It's all About the Islands - Phi Phi, Thailand - My Culture Craving

    Koh Phi Phi

    This is the island, which I tell every backpacker who is heading to Thailand to go to – it is paradise… and this isn’t just because Phi Phi is where I first set eyes on a turtle in the wild (woooo)…

    With its colourful sea life, clear, turquoise waters, limestone cliffs and lively beach parties, Phi Phi is Koh Phangan’s not so wild, baby sister.

    My highlights:

    – Indulging in a fresh fruit smoothie from one of the street stalls every morning

    – Kayaking to Monkey Beach

    – Going snorkeling (Phi Phi was the best place I snorkeled during my gap year… including The Whitsundays in Oz!)

    – Visiting the Phi Phi viewpoint

    – Drinking buckets and partying at the beach bars/clubs

    If you have ever been to Thailand, which islands were your favourite? Please comment, Facebook or Tweet me to let me know :)! For more information on how to get from one island to another, check out this website