1. ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK
Most European and Asian airlines first fly to Bangkok. This megacity is absolutely worth a stopover for a night or two before heading further towards the coast. The mix of tradition and modernity makes the capital of Thailand an exotic adventure that you definitely will remember. Safety First: Yes, they look cute, but instead of taking the famous little “tuk-tuks”, take a taxi. Make sure to ask for a taximeter!
2. KOH SAMUI
You can reach Thailand's second largest island in just 70 minutes by plane from Bangkok. Thanks to the tropical climate, you rarely cool off here unless you jump into the sea, which usually also has a water temperature of around 28°C. You should definitely visit the island's oldest fishing village, "Fishermen's Village". It's a very relaxed and romantic place. The beach bar "Coco Tam's" invites you to relax, including a fantastic view. The ultimate "Chill-Out"-dream of the island is located in the jungle between Chaweng and Lamai. The "Jungle Club" offers not only a breathtaking view, but also culinary excellence. Tip: Try the Banana Split!
After you have taken enough pictures to raise your Instagram profile to travel blogger status, you can go to the "Magic Garden". This is a mystical, sacred garden full of impressive statues, temples and water installations. The artist Tar Nim Thongsuk, who wanted to provide a place of mediation for travelling monks, built it in 1976.
The Buddhist temple Wat Plai Laem, located on the northeastern coast of Koh Samui, is one of the most impressive sights of the island. The 18-armed statue of Guanyin, the deity of grace and mercy, is easily recognizable from afar.
3. Koh Phangan
Unlike Koh Samui, you can only reach Koh Phangan by ship/ferry. Grab a scooter or a rental car. Attention: Scooters only for experienced riders, as the roads are usually only gravel tracks! One of the most beautiful beaches is in Thong Nai Pan Bay. There you can enjoy the fantastic view from the "2Csee Bar", hidden in the palm slopes, far away from overflowing tourist hotspots.
The temple complex Wat Phu Khao Noi is the oldest on the island. Here you can meet monks and maybe even talk to one of them, especially in the morning. Important: Respectful clothing is appropriate here, so no shorts or short dresses! Make sure to cover shoulders and knees.
At the many night markets of the island, you can stroll through the stalls and sip a fresh coconut at slightly more pleasant temperatures.