Thailand holiday photo diary

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you will probably already know that I went to Thailand just over a month ago. Thailand is a country that I have wanted to visit ever since I was a teenager, so this was literally a dream holiday for me. From the pure blue seas to the scenic views Thailand is a place I can’t believe I can now say that I have actually visited, and there’s so much more to see there too. So, today I thought I would share with you all some, or more like rather a lot, of photo’s with you all from my trip in a little bit of a diary style post.

rose gold engagement ring

At the beginning of July we headed to Phuket for 10 nights, it was technically 11 but 1 day/night was spent entirely travelling. We stayed in Cape Panwa in Phuket, a slightly quietier but ever so pretty area, about half an hour away from the centre of Phuket.

On arrival, we were greeted by some of the best customer service I have ever experienced. We had been travelling for just under 23 hours at this point, including all the waiting between flights too, but we were instantly made to forget this on arrival. We were greeted within seconds from our transfer vehicle, suitcases taken care of, provided a cold drink and flannels, and a sofa, while the staff ran around checking us in. Yes, it was really that amazing, so I had to mention it in my post. 

Once we’d got over this we headed up to our room, which had a bed so large I could lay on it both ways and my feet would never be over the edge. The first thing I did was headed out onto the balcony, where even though it was pitch black at this point we knew we had an amazing view. We could see directly over the pool and straight over towards the sea. The view was immense.

The next thing I knew is what shocked me the most, just as I was starting to take in that we were actually in Thailand, Luke, my other half, got down on one knee and proposed to me(!!!), with the stunning view in the background! It is a day and a moment I still can’t believe happened to me, the man of my dreams asked me to marry him! We have now been engaged over a month and I honestly can’t describe how happy I am or stop staring at my ring. As soppy as it is, Luke has made and has always made me the happiest girl alive, I can’t wait to marry him and spend the rest of our lives together.

Kantary Bay Thailand

Anyway, time for less soppiness now. After the ma-hoosive event, we started our holiday out very chilled. We spent the first full day simply enjoying the rooftop terrace pool and the views. It was absolutely stunning, and even though I’m super scared of heights this was actually okay. I didn’t feel like I was 4 or 5 floors in the air.

Thailand Cape Panwa

On the second day we took the shuttle bus to the sister 5* hotel where we had our own private beach. This is a photo from when we were walking down to the beach, it was amazing how empty it was, so super relaxing too!

Thailand Phuket shrine

On our third day we headed into Phuket town for a little day trip. Phuket town was very different to what either of us was expecting, it was more rustic. There were a lot of beautiful spirit houses and shrines around too, something I didn’t realise was common all over Thailand. There were several around where we were staying too. This one is one of my favourites out of all of the one’s we saw, there was even more to it to the sides too!

Thailand sunset

I want to say we headed back to watch the sunset from the rooftop terrace pool, but we did this several days and I’m not sure which day this photo was from, but how beautiful is the sunset?

Cape Panwa hotel restaurant

We found Thailand to be quite expensive food wise, unless we only ate food from the street markets, but we didn’t want to only do that as we love eating out and the restaurant experience. One evening we headed to one of the restaurants at the sister hotel and had an extremely posh meal. I had chicken with spinach and Luke had a steak meal. My meal was beyond delicious and Luke was very happy with his steak too.

Thailand Phuket weekend market

Thailand Phuket weekend market

Thailand Phuket weekend market

On the weekend, we headed back to Phuket town and headed to the famous Phuket Weekend Night Market. The market was full of a crazy amount of stalls selling various items, and another crazy amount of food stalls selling anything from different meat on a skewer to potato chips, to watermelon smoothies, to entire meals. There was also a few bars dotted around the market, which sold cocktails for about £2! It was an amazing experience, and I picked up quite a few elephant based bargains too!

Thailand Phuket weekend market food

After we had finished exploring to our hearts content we headed to the ‘weekend market restaurants’. These were essentially food street market stalls with tables and chairs behind the seats enabling you to take your time, sit down, and enjoy your meal. I went for shredded duck with sticky rice, and Luke had a green curry with sticky rice. Ironically, aside from the posh meal, this was definitely my favourite meal I had on our trip to Thailand. It was incredible and had various sauces too, including a super spicy one that felt like it was trying to burn my tongue off. Luke described his green curry as being spicy and flavour-some, with succulent chicken, so a big success too. I also had a watermelon smoothie which was amazing!

Phuket elephant sanctuary

Phuket elephant sanctuary Thailand

Thailand elephant sanctuary

Thailand elephant ethical

The following week one of the things we did was probably the most exciting for me, seeing as I’m absolutely totally obsessed with elephants, was spend a day visiting the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. I won’t say too much as I’m going to be writing an entire post on this but let’s just say I have fallen in love with elephants even more, if that’s possible! The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is one of two elephant sanctuary’s in Thailand that have been created to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants, and to ‘pioneer ethical elephant tourism’. We got to feed the elephants and walk around the jungle watching them in their natural environment. It was a truly amazing experience.

Cape Panwa, Phuket

When we went on one of our random walking adventures we came across the coolest little hidden beach. It was part of the main stretch but was completely hidden within the trees behind the sand and could only be accessed through this hidden area. There was a little table and bench, kid sized, and trees. I took a few shots and had to share with your our view.

Phuket Thailand swing

There were various other hidden areas along our path too, and a few swings. This is a photo of us on the swing in the same area the previous photograph was taken.

Phi Phi Don Monkey Beach island

We also went on a speed boat trip around the Phi Phi Islands during our trip. This speed boat made me boat sick, only me, but it was incredible to see some of the islands. The first island we headed to was Phi Phi Don Island, which is also known as Monkey Beach. The sea was incredibly blue, and the sand was so soft, the kind you sink into super easily.

viking cave phi phi islands thailand

From here we headed past the Viking Cave to Lo Samah Bay and Pileh Lagoon where we stopped in the middle of the sea. We all jumped in, and some people snorkelled as all the colourful fish are known to be around here. I spotted a black striped fish and a blue one too, and Luke saw a lot more snorkelling. I was being a chicken as I was feeling boat sick still.

Maya Bay Thailand

Maya Bay Thailand

Following this we then headed to Ton Sai Bay for lunch, another super blue island. I know I keep commenting on how blue the sea was everywhere but it really was, it was so super clear, and just unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. After we finished our lunch we headed to Maya Bay at Phi Phi Leh Island, the picturesque beach from the film The Beach. This was definitely my favourite island and one I would have loved to spend a lot longer at. It was beyond stunning, from the view, to the sea, to the once again super soft sand, absolutely incredible!

Khai Nok island Thailand

To end our day we took a boat trip to another island Khai Nok, a lone island that looks fantastic from afar. Up close, theres huts all around the middle, with people everywhere serving cocktails. 

Junceylon Patong Thailand

On the second to last day we headed to Patong in the evening for a little shopping, a few drinks and a meal. Unfortunately the coach taking us there was running half hour late so this ate into the few hours we had there, but it was still a really great evening. 

We started by heading to the shopping centre Jungceylon so I could get my beauty fix and pick up some sheet masks. I managed to find so many for such good value so I picked up a fair few, and I will be sharing a post on these very soon. 

We then headed down Bangla Road, past a load of brightly lit bars and clubs. It was incredibly lively and I’d have loved to have sat down to enjoy the scene a little more but we simply didn’t have the time. When we got to the end we spotted Patong beach, before quickly heading to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner, as we’ve decided to visit as many as we can across different destinations. I actually had one of the best burgers I’ve ever had there too.

Overall, I am so, so glad and happy we got to go to Thailand, I still can’t believe I’ve actually been there, even if that sounds daft! It was an absolutely fabulous holiday, and even though we were busy it is actually probably the most relaxed holiday we’ve ever had, we’re always very active on holiday going out to explore. I saw so much, and can’t wait to hopefully explore more of Thailand in the future. I’d love to go to Changmai and Bangkok too. I also can’t believe I’m now engaged, and that we got engaged in Thailand, it was definitely a dream place to get engaged.

Have you ever been to Thailand? Have you been away this year?