All (cheap) flights lead to Bangkok, so I've found myself in, around and passing through Thailand more than a few times...
Khao Lak – Surin Islands – Little Koh Chang – Sangkhlaburi – Kanchanaburi – Bangkok
Singapore – Langkawi – Koh Lipe – Koh Phi Phi – Koh Phayam – Bangkok
Once upon a time, in a cliché far, far away, Koh Lipe was THE iconic lost paradise island. Now, no more - but it's still worth the effort.
Living the Thai tourism cliche – 5 days hanging out at a great resort on one of Koh Lipe's best beaches.
Travelling from Malaysia to one of Thailand's no-longer-secret island paradises, plus a unique immigration experience.
Chiang Mai – Tha Ton – Chiang Rai – Ko Tao
My favourites from an enjoyable week underwater on Koh Tao – relaxing shallow stuff, a pristine wreck, then deep and exciting out at the offshore pinnacles.
Ko Tao is a classic Goldilocks island – close enough to the beaten track and relatively easy to get to, but far enough from Bangkok and the busy heart of central Thailand that you can (pretend) you’re in remote tropical island bliss.
A great week diving with Master Divers on Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand. 7 days, 13 dives and a lot of fish...
A very short 18 day trip to complete my PADI Open Water certification on a liveaboard crusing the Similan Islands in the Andaman sea. Into Bangkok for the first time, then down to sleepy little Trang in the far Southwest, Across to Ko Mook, then ferry North to Ko Phi Phi. Another ferry to Phuket, and up to Khao Lak for the start of the liveaboard trip.
Wreck dive completed, that was it - back to port, group photo, buy the t-shirt, say goodbye and onto the 12 hour bus journey to Bangkok - aircon arctic cold but have had worse trips.
So, for those who don’t know about diving liveaboards (e.g. me, yesterday) the routine is very simple – up at 6am, then eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, eat and finally sleep...