Southern Thailand route

Recommendation: Go to Southern Thailand if you love beaches

Route overview: Bangkok -> Koh Samui -> Krabi -> Ao Nang

From Bangkok, I took a 12-hour night train to Surat Thani in Southern Thailand. From there, it's only a one-hour bus ride and one hour ferry ride to Koh Samui.

Koh Samui (8 nights)

  • Stayed at 'New Hut Bungalow' on Lamai Beach. AWESOME place to stay if you're looking for a glamping type experience
  • Bought a week pass to practice yoga at Vikasa. It was only a 10 min scooter ride away from my beach bungalow so I took 2-3 classes per day during my week stay on Koh Samui. It was a great way to get a budget yoga retreat feeling at a luxury facility!
  • Big Buddha & Chinese Buddha
  • Lots of waterfalls across the island
  • Sunday Night Street market

Krabi (2 nights)

  • Boat to Railey beach to explore beaches and the lagoon. Fun place to rent kayaks to venture through ocean caves. If you're looking for quiet beaches, this is not the place. Very popular!
  • Walk around Krabi street market

Ao Nang (14 nights)

  • Two week Muay Thai boxing camp at Honour Muay Thai

From Southern Thailand, I took a 5-hour bus ride to Hat Yai, Malaysia where I stayed for one night. Followed by a 7-hour bus ride from Hat Yai to Penang, Malaysia where I continued by travels in Malaysia.