Spending holidays in Maldives has been always a dream for me. I wanted to go to this beautiful island nation for a very long time now. So finally when I made my trip to Maldives I was literally delighted. For an average Asian visiting Maldives could be expensive and I am no exception. Since I got a good package deal from club med which includes flight tickets I could afford it.
Bangkok to Male Flight:
Bangkok airways operate direct flights between Bangkok and Maldives. As far as I know this is the only direct flight to Male from Bangkok. They have only weekly two flights, one on Monday and the other on Thursday. So, if you are planning to visit Maldives from Thailand make sure that you book your flight tickets well in advance.
The Republic of Maldives is located in Indian ocean at the south west of Sri Lanka. The monthly weather in Maldives can affect your trip. Rain can play a spoil sport. So make sure that it is not raining when you are in the island nation. Normally the southwest monsoon will hit Maldives during June to August. During this period it usually rains in the island.
The beaches of Maldives are simply spectacular. They have sandy beaches with crystal clear sea water which is ideal for snorkeling and diving. As you know Thailand is also a good place for underwater adventures. Hope you have seen the Koh Samui photos and Krabi photos which I posted earlier. What I felt is, the corals are more beautiful in Thailand, but the sea water was more clear in Maldives and the place is less crowded and more natural.
I enjoyed every moment I spent in Maldives and hope to go there again. I have taken many photos and I will post some pictures from Maldives in the next update. 🙂
I have been thinking of visiting Koh Samui for a very long time. So this weekend I have decided to have a trip to Koh Samui. I know that Koh Samui Trip can be really expensive if I go in peak season. But the peak tourist season just ended and prices dropped at Koh Samui at this time of the year. Koh Samui is one of the most popular island destinations in Asia which attracts tourists from around the world. Like Krabi and Phuket, Koh Samui is famous for white sandy beaches and clear blue sea.
Before I go to Koh Samui, I collected the following information to get the most out of my trip.
Location and map of Koh Samui
Major attractions of Koh Samui
How to reach Koh Samui and back
Accommodation in Koh Samui. Hotels, resorts and villas.
Bangkok Air is operating daily flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui. But when I checked none of flights at my convenient time got seats available. Other options were train and bus. The train did not suit my schedule and my friends did not want to go by bus. So we decided to drive my car to Koh Samui. Hope we will have a pleasant journey.
Krabi is famous for its natural sandy beaches and stunningly beatiful islands. I have taken many photographs from Krabi, Thailand. But many of them are my personal photos from Krabi including my friends. Here are some of the Krabi photos which shows the natural beauty of Krabi. I used Sony cyber shot T9 camera for taking these photos from Krabi. By the way, please keep in mind that I am not a pro when it comes to photography. 🙂
Krabi Photos, Thailand
A boat on a beautiful Krabi Island.
Koh Kai- The Chicken Island at Krabi
Clear Sea on an Island at Krabi
Experience the natural beauty of Krabi. Swim with fishes, enjoy diving and snorkelling on the beach.
Beautiful white sand beaches on Krabi Island
Relax on the islands of Krabi. Another Krabi photo.
Huge lime stone rocks in the middle of the sea at Krabi.
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Krabi is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. Located in he southern Thailand, Krabi is approximately 800 kilometers away from Bangkok. Krabi is famous for its natural beauty including white sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, numerous large and small islands with beautiful beaches suitable for snorkelling and scuba diving. Krabi also posses rain forests with caves and waterfalls. Unlike its big neighbor Phuket which is crowded, Krabi offers a quiet and comfortable atmosphere which is perfect for relaxation. You won’t find many massage parlours or discos in Krabi. If you are more into night life and fun, phuket or Bangkok is the right place for you. Krabi is for those who appreciate the beauty of nature and for those love to relax on white sandy beaches away from crowd. But this doesnt mean that Krabi is short of modern facilities. You can get excellent hotels in Krabi with swimming pools, bath tubs and they serve you clean and delicious American and Thai food. Or if you prefer to stay in resorts, Krabi got them too. Some of the private island resorts in Krabi are highly expensive that even an upper class Thai like me can’t afford them. Here is a list of affordbale Krabi Hotels for you choose.
Here is a photo I took from Krabi when I visited Krabi during December 2006. I will post more photos of Krabi suring the coming days.
Cha Am is beach tourist spot located on the south of Bangkok. We drove to Cham-am from the outskirts of Bangkok through the ring road. It took us around 2 hours and half to reach at Cha-am. That is excluding the time we spent on the Human imagery museum at Nakhon Pathom which is on the way to Cha-am.
Now Cha-Am and Hua Hin is one of the most popular new destinations for local Thais who love beaches in Thailand . You can also travel to Cam-am by train, or catch the 45 min flight to Hua Hin which is just 20 minutes drive away from Cha-Am. Hua Hin is a bigger town than Cha-am but it is more crowded. If you like me who loves quiet beach during holidays for relaxing, then you will deinitely love Cha-am. The beauty of the sun rising above the horizon at dawn at Cha-am, is a magnificent sight and if you are one of those early risers do not miss it. I am often lazy to wake up early during my holidays. Lol!
While the major attraction of Cha-am is the chance to relax on a lovely non-crowded beach, you still can choose to enjoy variety of water sports athat are offered by tour operators and big Cham-am resort hotels.
We stayed at the Golden Beach Cha-Am hotel whis is a 20 storied inexpensive hotel with quality service. You can choose the right hotel from this list of Cha-am hotels and resorts which includes inexpensive hotes to luxury star hotels & resorts. We took a light nap for an hour or so before we decided to go the beach. We took shower, changed ourselves to more comfortable dresses and started walking towards the beach. The beach is right across the road infront of the hotel we stayed. Cha-am beach is quite long and you can get very wide angle view of the lovely beach. After spending some time at the beach we decided to have our dinner little early. Bangkok Baby knew the right place for dinner. She knows that I am a big lover of sea food.She took me to the Saphan Pla which is actually a fisher men village where you can get the freshest fishes and other sea food on Cha-am. To keep them fresh, all the fishes, lobsters, crabs and praws are kept live in big tanks. You can show them the fish or lobster which you want to eat and they will cook the food in few minutes. We choose to have some lobsters, fried prawns and “Tom Yam Thale” which is a mixed sea food soup. The food at cha-am was not really cheap, but was really tasty. We spend around 750 Bhat for the Dinner which is roughly US$20.
We walked back to the hotel through the beach. That day was unusally hot and not windy. Hence we decided to get back to the hotel fast. The next day when I woke up, it was a clear sky. I decided to take the picture of the sun rise in Cha-am beach. But I was late to get my lazy as moving. LOL! But I managed to take few nice snaps before a hot sunny day at cha-am. That day we spent most of the time at Cha-am beach, enjoying the natural beauty and water spot. Evening we had to hurry up and drive back to Bangkok, since the next day we both had to go for work. I would love spend another long vaccasion on cha-am beach before this place start getting crowded.
For more information on Cha-am and it’s history read the article below from Thailand Torism web site.