I used to say that I had a love hate relationship with this Indonesian island, but things changed: I am totally in love with this little green paradise! Due to its popularity the island went through massive changes the last years. The first time I decided to visit Bali was in 2010 and back then it was not at all a favourite: I got sick, it rained all the time and traffic was horrendous!
Of course scuba diving will always be the main tourist drag simply because it is one of the cheapest places in the world to make your first steps in breathing underwater. But there are more things to do in Koh Tao besides scuba diving! Since I have spent so much time in this little paradise I will reveal the list of the coolest Koh Tao things to do according to ‘locals’.
To be honest I think there are too many cool places to see in Thailand and to see the most of the country I would suggest 4 weeks in Thailand. Though it is understandable that not everyone has the time and the money to travel to Thailand for 4 weeks. As there are so many different things to do I cannot just name the best Thailand itinerary. 14 Days is too short to see everything, but it is possible to squeeze in the highlights.
The time that this little island was solely a diving paradise is long gone! Just like any other popular island in Thailand many tourists and travelers are finding its way to this tiny little nirvana in the Gulf of Thailand. Nowadays not only for the amazing underwater world anymore: hiking to an amazing Koh Tao viewpoint is getting more and more popular.
After a little research you know which are the best islands to visit in Thailand and the most appealing to you but now you are stuck making an island hopping Thailand itinerary. I admit it is not easy to decide how long to stay on each island, but we all want a rough schedule, right?
You only have a couple days on the island and dont know where to go out in Koh Tao? With this little guide I will give you some insider tips and the best restaurants in Koh Tao. I have lived on 'the Rock' for 4 months and visited 5 times, I think I know most places by now. You are spoilt for choice with upscale dining, local Thai cuisine, party places, live music and of course beach lounge bars, most of them all clustered around Sairee Beach. Koh Tao is developing more and more and new places are popping up all the time!
What to do in Canggu? An easy question to answer: eat, relax, beach, surf, enjoy, repeat! With so many cool places around you are spoiled for choice so I made a list of Canggu things to do and where to go eat.
Island hopping Thailand is probably one of the most popular holiday packages in Asia for young people. Everyone once heard stories about the Full Moon party, crazy nights in Koh Phi Phi or the early mornings in Phuket, but it is not only about partying, there are way more things to do in Thailand than just getting drunk.
Island hopping is a great way to visit the best places in Cebu. Most of the tourist destinations in the North are islands close to the main island and with so many cool places to visit in Cebu I decided to write two articles to display all the tourist spots.
Up North there are three main spots that are the top destinations in Cebu and a great escape to unwind and get a real islandlife feeling.
Updated! I just returned from a trip to Maldives in December 2019 and updated this article with the new prices at the airport for a Maldives sim card. I checked the shops in Hulumale and Male as well and turns out that buying a prepaid sim card in Maldives is much cheaper at the airport.
Have you always been dreaming of tiny islands, deserted beaches, limestone cliffs and dramatic sunsets? It was in 2008 when I found El Nido Palawan for the first time and this year I had the chance to come back to this exotic paradise. El Nido Island Hopping should be on every travellers bucketlist.
In the last weeks of the summer season I visited one of the most popular Northern Aegean Islands: Lesbos, Greece. Soaking up the last rays of summer sun when the rest of Europe was getting cold. This peaceful island was putting a summer smile on my face in the middle of October. Read how I explored the island by car and checked out all the Lesbos tourism spots for you.
My new island crush is Kalanggaman Island Leyte somewhere in the East of the Philippines. In a country with so many gorgeous islands it must be hard to stand out, but from the moment I arrived it was love at first sight and I decided to write a Kalanggaman Island blog post about my new crush.
Travelling is not only about the destination; the journey is sometimes just as incredible! This famous quote was definitely applicable to my trip to Raja Ampat. If you have read my blog Sailing through the Raja Ampat Islands with Mutiara Laut you know how I ended up on this amazing luxury sailing ship and that I had the time of my life.
If you are going on a trip to Bali and you want a slice of real island life then please visit Nusa Penida. In this blog post I tell you everything you need to know about this magical island and while reading and looking at the pictures you will understand why this was one of my favorite places I traveled to in 2017. All the highlights, amazing places to see, things to do, where to stay, instagram spots and handmade itineraries will be be discussed and even some Nusa Penida tips if you take a day trip. Enjoy this fabulous island before mass tourism takes over!
Welcome to the island of witchcraft and natural healing. This bewitched island is an off the beaten path destination in the Philippines and magical in many ways. A Siquijor tour is a great experience for every adventurous traveller. This lush green mountainous islet lies South of Cebu and East of Negros and can best be reached by boat from Dumaguete.
Island hopping Thailand is probably the most popular first big trip for young travellers and I can totally understand why! Some may say the islands are overcrowded and the authentic Thai lifestyle is gone. I am the last one to deny this as it definitely changed a lot over the years but I am guilty as well. A Thailand island Hopping adventure is always calling and I have never been able to say no to its beauty and the amazing travel vibe on every trip to the islands in Thailand.
Ever since I lived in the Caribbean in 2006 I have had a crush on islands. There is simply a different vibe and people seem to be happier than elsewhere. People don’t take life so serious and live a day-to-day lifestyle rather than worrying what the future will bring them. Over the years I have learned that islandlife is totally my thing. Running around on flip-flops wearing swimmers feels so uncomplicated and that is how life should be.