The Thailand Diaries: The Fat Pig, Koh Lanta


I thought that this restaurant deserved its own blog post, since as you may have already read in my blog post about Koh Lanta, it was one of the best restaurants I ate in during my recent two week trip to Thailand.

Now, I’m a bit spoilt when it comes to Thai food. In Bournemouth there is a stunning Thai restaurant called Koh Thai (I’ve reviewed it here), which offers a delicious menu of Thai and Thai fusion meals. I eat there pretty frequently, so my expectations of Thai food are pretty high. I expect it delicious, consistently. Continue reading

The Thailand Diaries: Koh Lanta


Next up on our adventures was the stunningly beautiful island of Koh Lanta. This island came highly recommended by a few people, namely Callie of From The Corners of the Curve. We were convinced to add it to our itinerary as it’s a slightly more chilled and up-and-coming island in comparison to the likes of Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Phanghan and Samui. We wanted to go somewhere a little off the beaten track, and where we could just chill away from the hustle and bustle, and for this Koh Lanta is just perfect. Continue reading

The Thailand Diaries: Koh Phi Phi and Maya Beach


If you’ve been following my Thai adventures you may well have read my post about Ao Nang and Krabi, in which I raved about my trip to Koh Phi Phi.

Phi Phi is one of the most famous destinations for tourists in Thailand, mainly following the Leo Decaprio movie ‘The Beach’ in 2000, which featured the now infamous Maya Beach. After watching the movie and scouring Pinterest for the most stunning beaches in Thailand and finding Phi Phi pretty unavoidable, I was determined to have Phi Phi on our itinerary, even if it was just for a day trip.

It’s pretty pricey to stay here overnight unless you’re staying in a hostel or low-rated hotel, but you can quite easily get ferries and speedboats here from the mainland (from the likes of Phuket, Ao Nang, etc), as well as the other islands.

The only drawback of getting a transfer boat from Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi Koh Lanta was the ferry times. The ferries only run about twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. We arrived at about 10/11am, so we only had about 5 hours to spend there until our 3pm ferry. We had to act super fast in order to see as much of the islands as possible, to make the extra time and money on making the stopover worth it. Continue reading

The Thailand Diaries: Ao Nang, Railay Beach and Krabi


We decided to go to fly from Chiang Mai to Krabi, in order to spend time in Ao Nang, due to its easy access to the south islands. We only booked a few days here, as it was only ever meant to be a stop gap to go to Railay Beach and mooch about before we went on to Koh Lanta.

We were really pleasantly surprised with Ao Nang, though, and could definitely have spent at least another two days there. Railay actually turned out to be one of my favourite beaches that we visited in Thailand, and Ao Nang turned out to be quite foodie hotspot with a wealth of great restaurants (picking just one from the huge list of high-scoring restaurants on Trip Advisor was quite a the task). Continue reading

The Thailand Diaries: Tiger Kingdom


I wasn’t going to go to Tiger Kingdom because of its bad rep of animal welfare but after many recommendations I decided to give it a go. Tiger Kingdom offers a really amazing and unique opportunity and experience to get up close to these animals, and I was also keen to see for myself the conditions and care that these animals receive. Continue reading

The Thailand Diaries: Chiang Mai


The next stop on my Thailand journey was Chiang Mai. The city is located in the North West of Thailand, and is well-known by tourists for its temples, markets and activities such as elephant parks and one of the branches of Tiger Kingdom. Continue reading

The Thailand Diaries: Baan Chang Elephant Park


I’d always planned to go to the famous Elephant Nature Park, which was recommended to be by my friend and fellow blogger Callie, and it has by far the best reputation for animal welfare. Unfortunately we failed to book in advance and were really disappointed to find all of the days we were in town were fully booked. I was really devastated as it was one of the main reasons I’d come to Chiang Mai in the first place, but since we had Wifi in the hotel we spent some time researching alternatives in the area. Continue reading

The Thailand Diaries: Bangkok


Buddah statues in Wat Pho

If you don’t follow me on Instagram , (boo!) you won’t have seen me spamming the internet about my recent trip to Thailand. And if you love crystal blue seas, Asian food and travel-inspo, boy have you been missing out.

I’ve had my sights set on Thailand for years now, and it was definitely number 2 on the ‘must-visit’ list after Japan. So, naturally, it was only a matter of time before I bought my ticket. Continue reading

Review: La Lupa, Poole Quay

La Lupa Italian Restaurant, Poole Quay

La Lupa has been down on Poole Quay for as long as I can remember. It’s stood the test of time when so many restaurants (even on this tourist hotspot strip) haven’t seen out a year.

It’s easy to see why – the decor and food is no-nonsense, traditional, authentic Italian, run by an Italians and frequented by Italians. If that’s not a testament to the place’s authenticity I don’t know what is! Continue reading