One of the most exciting parts about moving to a part of the world I’d never visited before is the amount of travel I have the chance to do in the region and within my adopted country. From Bangkok it is relatively easy to travel around Southeast Asia and within Thailand. Head north to places like Kanchanaburi, Khao Yai, Ayutthaya, and Chiang Mai to get closer to nature, visit cultural sites and experience rich northern cuisine. Go south and you’re in for a completely different experiences. The beaches are the draw, but there is so much more to do.

Living in the US, I got such a kick out of seeing the vast spectrum of communities spread across the landscape. Even when I studied in Madrid for a summer in college, I remember how thrilling it was to visit cities in the many various regions of Spain. Now I get the chance to see just as many parts of Thailand with my family.

We have been fortunate to travel to many parts of Thailand in the relatively short time that we’ve been here. The North has a distinct terrain, climate and culture from the South that leaves you with different, but equally warm impressions of the whole country. However, my love affair with Thailand was cemented by my visits to the South – particularly Krabi and Koh Yao Noi – for five key reasons.

1: The place is a bonafide paradise

This was from my first boat ride to Railay Beach from the airport.

2: It’s a short, affordable trip from Bangkok – like really short


3: Party animals, families, adventurers, the zen-set, if you are heading to Southern Thailand it’s an area that literally everyone can enjoy.

4: Getting around the various islands is simple so you don’t have to choose just one place to stay

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What a way to get around!

5: It’s a great place to visit during the dry season or rainy season

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Sunset at The Goodview Restaurant in Koh Yao Noi

There are honestly so many great things about Southern Thailand. I’m impressed I could narrow it down to five. What do you love about Southern Thailand?

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