First night in Bangkok

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Okay, so even though I was fed up of Thai food by the end of our holiday.. Mum just made one of my favourite Thai dishes for tea and I'm not exaggerating when I say I demolished it in 3.5 seconds. It was the best and man I so wish I was there now to pick something up from the market or go to food land and have something cooked up for me for like a quid! We did the food shop yesterday and spent well over a £100, that's probably more than what I spent in 2 weeks on holiday, eating out and drinking every single night! We did buy gin though but not that many other treats to be honest. Although, we did treat ourselves to a sandwich and a chocolate twist from M&S for the car journey home. How good are they? Ugh, I could eat a cheese and onion twist from M&S now, there's genuinely nothing like them. So buttery, cheesy and oniony mmmm. Anywho, I found these pics that I had actually already uploaded ready to share with you but I obviously never got around to posting whilst we were still away. Our first night in Bangkok was delightful. We sat on the roof top terrace of our hotel and had the most delicious meal ever. Josh and I still talk about it now and we are yet to have another dish that compares. It's the Khao Soi Nua that I mentioned in my vlog I uploaded yesterday... I pronounced it wrong but you get the gist. It's the red curry looking dish with fried noodles on top. Honestly, if you go to Thailand and you go to a restaurant you think is authentic, try it! The burger was good but nothing on the Thai food. I do love a good burger so I would always recommend the Iron Fairies if you are ever in Bangkok or I saw @anitabye (blog here) had been to Bun Meat and Cheese, which looked delicious. Unfortunately we never made it there but next time... for sure! Right, I'm so so tired I think I might make a cup of Horlicks and jump in to bed. I have a bad head from staring at a screen all day and we've just managed to get all our holiday clothes put away for next time. It's like it never happened! Thankfully I have a gazillion photos that I'm going to get printed in a polaroid style and framed, ready for when we eventually get our own home. Hugs, L.

First vlog of 2019

Hi guys! Ah, I'm super nervous uploading this but here you go! There's a lot of me rambling on.. god knows why! I must've felt super confident in front of the camera this time around. We stayed at The Akyra hotel on Sukhumvit 20 which was such a lovely boutique hotel, in a really good central location in Bangkok. Anyway, I really hope you enjoy it and I hope you've all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend, whatever it is you've been upto. Hugs, L.

My favourite outfit

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What I wore: bandeau from PLT, trousers from Zara, bag from Tommy Hilfiger.

 

This was probably my favourite outfit from our holiday. I love high waisted, wide leg/flared trousers, teamed with a little crop or bralet and a pair of sandals. You forget how hot it really is in Thailand around April, so shorts aren't always the best idea, as your legs stick to chairs and it can get a little uncomfortable when you start sweating from the heat. Also, this bum bag has been the best item I brought with me. It fits so much stuff in, my camera, mini tripod, 2 x iPhones, money, tiger balm.. you know, the important thing's in life, ha! I will most definitely be on the hunt for another similar bag but in another colour, that's for sure. Today, I'm sat in my joggers watching GOT with Josh. I don't actually watch it but he's catching up on it before we go and do the food shop, as I really don't want to venture in to town on my own, oh the joys. I'm sat here trying to write a shopping list but I don't even know what I want to eat anymore.. I've stuffed myself with pad Thai, pizza, french fries and all sorts whilst I've been away but somehow managed to lose almost 2kg, lol! Does the sun just soak up fat or something? I'm wanting to cook some healthy, delicious food but we always stick to the same boring chicken wraps or salads.. I just don't think I can stomach plain food anymore. Give me chilli, garlic, coriander, lemongrass, coconut milk, mmm... I'm getting hungry! Speak soon, L.

English breakfast tea

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Where we stayed: The Akyra TAS Sukhumvit, Bangkok

 

I love coming in from a busy day exploring, showering and sitting down to a cuppa tea. Especially when you get to wear fresh cotton gowns and get to sip out of delicately painted cups. That was back in Bangkok.. this morning looks a little different. My dressing gown is thick and fleecy, from M&S, and my cup of tea isn't out of a tea pot but instead I'm sipping it out of my favourite mug, listening to the birds tweet, whilst the cat is curled up on my lap, after getting all my holiday clothes bunged in the washing machine. I've been up since 6:30am and thought it was best I get up and do something, so I can get back into the swing of early mornings and UK time. Josh is currently at Preston train station, picking the rest of my family up who caught a later flight and we're all sitting down to a big fry up brunch when they arrive back, courtesy of my lovely Grandma who knows how to cook up a good spread. The plan for today is to pay some bills we've received through the post.. we forgot to set up our new council tax bill before going away, so we have 2 days to pay it, then probably go for a walk or a food shop and then we have a wedding night do later this evening. I really need to sort my face out though, as flying really brings out lots of spots. It's so annoying because my skin has been amazing all holiday and now I look like I have chicken pox or something (okay, it's not that bad, I have like one on my forehead, which I picked and a few under the skin on my cheek). Anyway, enough rambling and more doing, I have videos I want to put together so I will speak to you soon, lots of love, L.

Phuket > Doha > Manchester

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Good morning! It's 6:30am here and we are sat in Phuket international airport, waiting for our flight. We arrived a little earlier than we should have, as I thought we were flying an hour earlier than what we are, oops. Josh is not impressed, especially because I didn't get in to bed until about 1am last night and he's still not feeling too good. Even though he managed to try a bit of curry last night at the Indian Curry Club in Patong, which is well worth a visit if you love Indian food. The naan breads are delicious and the Chicken Bhuna I had was be-au-tiful! I could actually eat it again now with a few french fries, lol. Curry for breakfast? Why the hell not?! Probably a bit TMI but I have so many bites from the last few nights and they aren't in the best of places... I have so many on my chest, it's so so itchy and weirdly, on the palm of my hands, they constantly feel like they are on fire. Must be ant bites, the little s***s! Anyway, here are a few photos from our second to last day in Thailand. We spent the day at Surin beach and watched the sunset, one last time before heading home. Surin was somewhere we spent a lot of our holiday's as children and I remember the waves being powerful back then, never mind now when they knocked me over and I scraped my face along the sea bed and almost broke my back. I'm not even kidding, my back is so sore. I thought a massage may have cured it but it didn't, so I'm really not looking forward to the long journey home. I'm getting kind of peckish but I only have a bag of change which probably equals 75p, so I don't think it will buy me anything substantial. I guess I'll have to wait for breakfast to be served on our flight and hope that it's not too long into the flight. Well on that note, I'm going to check out. I'm sure I have lots of photos left that I want to post here so this won't be the end of my Thailand posts, that's for sure. See you on the flip side, L.

Our last day in Thailand

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We have about 16 hours left in Thailand until we make our way to Phuket international airport. Unfortunately Josh woke up super ill this morning (probably at the thought of going back home), so I've been out and picked him up some medicine from the local pharmacy, packed my suitcase and now I'm just hoping he will get better so we can at least get a little bit of sunshine at the beach before we go. If not, I'll just chill by the pool later. I'm actually going to one of our friends restaurants so she can teach me how to make Josh's favourite dish, spicy Thai prawn salad. It's delicious! If you are ever in Phuket, stop off at The Quencher's bar on Nanai Road and ask for Tang's prawn salad... tell them we sent you and they will know exactly what you mean! Because the Wifi was terrible in Koh Tao, I still have a back log of photos I wanted to post, so here are a handful from our day spent on the long tail boat. We used the same guy who took us to Koh Nang Yuan and he took us to various snorkelling spots around the island. My favourite was Hin Wong Bay, where we saw the biggest school of fish! It was super cool but I couldn't hold my breath long enough to dive down and swim through them all. Oh, also Mango Bay is lovely. The guy from the long tail boat went fishing for squid there and caught two for his dinner! It was cool to see but I felt so sorry for them, poor lil things. Bet the food he made that night was good though, I love squid! Right, I better dash! I'm going to film the prawn salad in the making so I'll share it in a few weeks time over on YouTube if anyone's interested. I probably won't have time to speak on here until I'm back in England. So sad, can't believe it's over! Anyway, Ciao! x

Koh Nang Yuan

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Good morning! It's almost 10am here in Thailand and although I'm itching to get out of the door at on that beach, I really wanted to come here and share my photos from Koh Nang Yuan, which we visited this time last week. It's a short boat ride from Sairee Beach, I'd say around a 15-20 minute long tail boat journey and cost us each about 250 baht each. Although, I think that was slightly discounted as Mum and Dad had used the same guy a couple days before. There was also a 100 baht charge for entering Koh Nang Yuan and you aren't allowed to take drones, food or drink which is a little annoying as we had stocked up on water. Oh and if you are Thai then the entrance fee is only 30 baht, so if you do have Thai citizenship but it isn't that obvious, then take a passport or Thai ID card. We spent most of the day sunbathing and snorkelling at the North side of the island, where we saw octopus and loads of tropical fish so it's well worth taking a mask and snorkel, as sunbathing can get a little boring and too hot, especially in March/April as it is Thailand's hot season. I have always wanted to hike to the viewpoint and was surprised at how small the whole space was. If there is more than 10 people it's actually really cramped and there isn't anywhere to shelter from the sun but hey, we enjoyed the super hot and sweaty climb, took the photos and then rushed back down for a bottle of water each. At the moment I'm still in bed and Josh has been feeding me Lays extra BBQ crisps dipped in spreadable cheese because the milk was frozen, so I couldn't have my bowl of KoKo Crunch, which I craved first thing when I woke up. Anyone else crave milk and cereal when they are on holiday? I barely ever eat it at home.. strange! The plan for today is to head to a nearby beach. I think someone mentioned Surin, so we will pack a bag and head there shortly. We visited Nai Harn beach yesterday, which is usually my favourite beach in Phuket but there was so many jellyfish, Josh got stung and it was so crowded, so we headed back to Karon where we were when the rain got us. It was actually really nice, the sand is so soft there, apparently it's high in silicon so when you walk on it it's really squeaky. So yes, better scoot! Enjoy your Thursday, lots of love, L.

Why did we come to Phuket?!

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We thought that leaving Koh Tao for Phuket was a good idea.. until we were swimming at Karon beach and the sky turned grey and it literally started bucketing it down. I remember our last visit to Phuket, the day before we were flying home it did the exact same thing, when we were at the exact same beach, you can see that post hereTo be honest, it's a lot of fun but after a couple of minutes of ducking under super high waves, we decided to sit in a little beach side restaurant and have some food and a cuppa tea, before attempting the motorbike journey back over to Patong. Ah, fun times! At the moment I'm sending all my photos and videos from my camera, go pro, drone etc. over to my hard drive so I can clear my memory card and take more photos and videos, hehe! Looking back at all the videos makes me so so happy, as it's like you are reliving the moment again. I love them! Anyway... I'm not sure what to do with myself now that the weather is like this. I guess we will sit the weather out and get a bite to eat when it's calmed down a bit! Although, we are supposed to be meeting a few guys from Chester that we met on the night train for a drink, so hopefully it dries up by then! Now, I might try and edit some vlogs.. or maybe have a nap. Who knows, although the latter sounds more like a bit of me. Enjoy your Tuesday, speak tomorrow, L.

We finally arrived in Phuket!

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What a long bloody day it's been! We were up at 5am, to catch a taxi at 5:30am to the pier, where we caught the ferry, then a bus to Phuket, Patong! We only arrived at our accommodation about 2 hours ago and since then we have had a cheese and ham toasty from 7/11, if you know, you know.. and rented ourselves some motorbikes! Oh and had the longest shower, ever. The little hut we stayed in on Koh Tao was pretty naff to be honest. The shower literally dribbled out of the shower head, the tele didn't work, the wifi was shit, the masseuses who arrived next door at like 6 am were probably the loudest bunch of women you will ever meet and I was scared to stay in the room alone! Moaning aside, it was still a pretty good location, I mean there aren't many places you can stay and step out on to the beach and watch the sunset without paying an absolute fortune. But, it cost us about £38 a night which we thought was far too much... So, going back to this morning... we were all sat on the ferry about to set off and my mum realises that she left her iPhone under her pillow, so she had to catch a later ferry which was a slower one! She'll be arriving in the next hour or so.. bless her, I bet she's absolutely shattered. Anyway, these photos are obviously not from today but from the day we spent at Aow Leuk Bay in Koh Tao. We spotted some baby black reef tip sharks when we were snorkelling, which was so cool! We also had lunch at this cute little beach restaurant, where I spotted the most adorable dog ever! Just look at those eyes! Now, I am going to have to rush off and dry my hair because Josh has nipped to the market to get me some fried chicken and I wanna be ready to demolish it when he's back... Speak tomorrow, L.

Shark Bay

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Hey loves, long time no speak! It's Friday! But everyday feels like a Friday here in Thailand because we're on holiday! I thought I'd try to catch up with a few blog posts so here's a few of my photographs from our trip to Shark Bay in Koh Tao. To be honest, the swimming was not fun, as there was so much broken coral and so many sea cucumbers, which are gross, I didn't want to put my feet on the floor. I also struggled getting out of the water as we were perched on some rocks and ended up needing a hand from Josh, who then cut his toes on some coral. Ah fun times! Our friend Andrew, or Drew as he liked to be called, also accompanied us. We met him during our open water diving course, along with a few other lovely people that I will most definitely stay in touch with. At the moment I'm sat in the restaurant with the laptop. This is the best place for a wifi signal but I feel like I'm being super anti social! Josh and Alex are actually out on a fun dive so I'm waiting for them to get back. Josh was a little unsure whether to go, so I've bought him his favourite chocolate bar which is keeping nice and cool in the fridge. Oh, I'm also thinking of getting a new tattoo on my arm.... maybe I will get that tonight? I'll keep you updated though! Speak soon, L.

How I found my first day of open water diving…

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Well, I survived my first day diving in the deep blue sea. Amazing right? I always imagined myself diving but never did I imagine how fearful I would be. The sea is a scary place but so beautiful when you get to explore it using Scuba equipment. This morning we had our exam, where we were asked about 40+ questions, which was all stuff that we learnt in the classroom, in the pool the day before and when we did our homework later in the evening. I didn't get enough questions right the first time around so went back, read the question thoroughly and re- answered. Thankfully, I passed the test. I'm not all that good with tests and the academic side of things but instead prefer to be more hands on and learn through experience. Surprisingly, I felt so much more confident in the sea than I did when we were in the pool yesterday. It came so much more naturally and I felt relaxed, in control and it was so much fun! We are diving as a group of 5, plus our dive instructor and dive master in training. It's a fabulous group! We are all a similar age and we all seem to have the same laid back personality, so nobody feels rushed or guilty for slowing the group down. I love it! Anyway, I'm lying in bed, in the dark, waiting for Josh to come home from watching the United match. I don't think it's a very good result, so hopefully he won't be too long to bed as we have to be up at at the restaurant for 6:15am, to catch a boat to Chumpon Pinnacle, where we will experience our 3rd dive! I'm keeping my fingers crossed (and rubbing my nipples) in hopes that we will get to see the infamous whale sharks. Ps. The nipple rubbing thing is a tradition of Big Blue's, I believe, it's good luck to do this and bad luck to mention 'whale shark' on the boat. Keep your fingers crossed for us guys! I didn't come all this way for nothing! Hope you're having a fab bank holiday weekend, love L x

Night train to Koh Tao

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This little boy made me laugh so much, he was so involved in whatever he was watching, whilst his mum cooked and served food off her market stall. Love getting street shots like this!

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Before catching the train, we ate food at a restaurant opposite Hua Lamphong train station.

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The sun set and it was as if the sky was on fire, how beautiful?!

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Hopped on the night train at 7:30pm. The lads all had Singha's and eventually had them taken off them. There must be an unwritten rule that you aren't allowed to drink on them...

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We were late booking the night train so only top bunks were available. These are smaller than the bottom beds and right next to the air conditioning so I spent the night curled up in a ball, coughing because my throat was so sore.

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Josh at 4am trying to breathe in warm air from under his blanket.

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Sairee beach here in Koh Tao. These are the boats that we will hop on board to when we begin our open water diving course. I'm so nervous...

I don't feel particularly great after a bad nights sleep, shitty air con again and a headache but here we are in Koh Tao, finally! It's so hot here, it's actually hard to leave the shade without pining for a drink of water or burning your feet on the sand. We start our open water theory later this afternoon, where Josh and I will have to pass a test so that we are able to go out and complete an SSI. I'm sat in the bungalow on the beach at the moment, I'm going to catch about half an hour sleep and then go out and possibly play a bit of football with Alex and Josh. We just walked in to town to get checked over by the Dr before diving, just to ensure that everything is okay - which thankfully it was, otherwise I'd have been gutted. Alex also got a few piercings in town too which I recorded so I'll share that on my Koh Tao vlog when I am home. Anyway, time for a nap before I fall asleep learning my theory tonight. Have a good day, L.