Editor’s Note: Hey guys, we really are pretty pumped about this feature. You know why? It’s a sweet honeymoon you would love. Newlyweds Makida and Oliver are currently honeymooning in Thailand and they have decided to share a bit on their experience in this beautiful city. So if Thailand has been on your mind, you might just want to book that ticket right away. So enjoy their time as they share:
We decided on Thailand because truthfully, it was half the price of going West for the holidays. We both had two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holiday and we didn’t want to stay in Lagos. Firstly, we had stayed in Lagos last Christmas and it was really nice but we just got married, we wanted to go somewhere for the holidays for our Honeymoon.
Secondly, we’ve wanted to go to Thailand because we had seen photos and heard of how reasonably priced everything is. You could get massages every day for less than half the price the nice spas in Lagos charge and there is a lot to see. It’s majorly a Buddhist country and it’s got beautiful temples we could visit and the South has got beautiful white sand beaches with blue-green waters. So we booked the flights, got the necessary papers and away we were about to go. South East Asia is a long way, to be honest, but the thought of the adventures waiting for us was exciting. We took one of the middle eastern airlines, so we had a stopover in Qatar before landing Bangkok.
We only spent a day and a half in Bangkok and to be honest, that’s all you need. Bangkok is like an Asian Lagos with a nice helping of New York. Busy and noisy but you can find a tiny oasis of calm like having a drink at a rooftop bar directly across from the Wat Arun watching the Sunset. It was really pretty. Also, a really good way to decompress after going to see the Wat Pho (temple of the reclining Buddha) and the Royal Grand Palace and just being part of the lots of tourists that visit these attractions every day.
This is also the high season so there are tourists everywhere. We got foot massages and put our feet in a glass bowl full of fish that eat the dead skin cells off your feet ( they called it “Fish Spa”) and went to Khaosan Road to see what the fuss what about. Khaosan Road is a long stretch of road with bars and street vendors playing loud music, selling street food including fried Scorpions and people can inhale laughing gas from balloons and get tattoos. It’s crazy!
We got around by the Sky Train and boats because Bangkok also has lots of traffic so alternative modes of transport get you around quicker. Our next stop in Thailand was North of the country, Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is totally different from Bangkok, the air is cleaner, it’s quieter and calmer and there’s basically no traffic. You can stay in the Old City which is basically a square with small roads leading to each other like a circuit board or in the new city with lots of activity and newer buildings.
A few things to do in Chiang Mai include going to the night market, doing some zip lining, visiting Buddhist temples (there are a lot of temples in Chiang Mai but you should definitely see the Doi Suthep (the temple on a hill where you can see a view of the whole of Chiang Mai ) seeing the Chiang Mai Cabaret show, visit the grounds of Bhubing Palace- The King of Thailand’s winter residence, getting a Thai massage from Lilly’s Massage place. (They train ex-prisoners giving them skills to help them earn a living), go to the Sunday walking market. You could also go to the elephant sanctuary to feed and wash them. (We didn’t do that because we really didn’t want to get in the mud but we did everything else on the list.
Next, we went Down South to the islands and we chose Koh Phangan ( pronounced Koh Pan-yan) it’s actually more famous for its full moon and half moon parties with loud music and alcohol but we found a nice resort by the beach more suitable for families North East of the Island. You can only get to Koh Phangan by Ferry from another island. So, we flew back to Bangkok from Chiang Mai and then got on another plane to Koh Samui spent the night because after 6 p.m no ferries go anywhere.
On Christmas morning, we got on a 20-minute ferry ride to Koh Phangan from Samui and spent another 20 minutes getting to the resort. It’s been a really nice stay at the resort, I’ve discovered a non-harmful species of jellyfish in the ocean, they feel like plastic bags filled with water and just been resting and reading Michelle Obama’s book. We really haven’t explored the Island that much because we’ve been travelling so much and just thought we’d rest. We’ll be here till the new year and it’s back to Lagos for 2019!
Thanks, Makida for sharing. Thailand should definitely be pinned down for honeymoon especially for the massages 😉
All pictures from @themakidamoka