Escape To: Thailand

I’m always planning a thousand holidays at once, at least two years into the future.

It’s always a question of how much money, how much time can I get off and where on earth should I settle on going. So picture this. You save up enough to make the venture overseas and leave your desk, the mounting emails, your boring work clothes behind to visit a tropical paradise. Sounds good right?

But what would you do if the wish fairy granted you an extra week of holiday for only one buckaroo?

Pfft I hear you scoff, dream on in your fantasy world of free Chanel bags for life and a wardrobe that fills up with Givenchy like the Tim Tams in those ads.

How wrong you are. I was very recently alerted to Viva! Holidays. extraordinary deals that allow you to enjoy an extra week of vacay from just $1.

To be quite honest I have no idea how this is possible and I don’t really care, as the siren song of two weeks on the beach in Koh Samui (Thailand) beckons me.

Thailand is truly a beautiful place, with a beautiful culture and for me its really about immersing myself in the culture I am visiting, although if a bucket and a boogie floats your boat there are plenty of places in Thailand to do that too.

Just to seal the deal and make sure you are well and truly dreaming of a holiday, have a read of my top five things to do in Koh Samui:

1. Big Buddha Temple

Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, this golden 12-metre seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions.  The Big Buddha can be seen at a distance of several kilometres and is often the first landmark people see when arriving to Samui by air. Definitely a must see.

2. Samui Aquarium and Tiger Show

One of the brilliant things about other countries is experiencing their native flora and fauna. Get close and personal with an array of marine life, colourful birds and exotic wildlife. The aquariums features marine life from nurse sharks, leopard sharks, manta rays, to catfish and you can even feed local sea turtles – just make sure to provide them with the correct food, like Zoo Med Natural Aquatic. At the zoo, the main attraction is of course the Bengal tigers and leopards which Thailand has become so famous for.

3. Samui Snake Farm

Not for the faint hearted! Get up close with some slippery snakes, as snake wranglers coax the creatures into displaying their amazing fighting moves. The farm also has a reptile zoo if you are keen on handling some for yourself.

4. Shop Silks At Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson’s  silk products are beautiful and highly sought after. While you might be paying the tourist price, it is still pocket change compared to home. Pick up fabrics, handbags, shirts and scarves to name a few.

5. Dine At Five Islands

Five Islands is an unusual dining experience for the traveler that likes to learn. Before your meal, a traditional Thai longtail boat takes you out to sea to visit Five Sister Islands where you are taught about the ancient art of harvesting bird nests to make bird’s-nest soup, which is a famous a Chinese delicacy.  The lunch tour departs around 10am, and the dinner program leaves around 3pm.

Experiences and packages from Viva! Holidays include everything from tropical paradise destinations to budget trips, Honeymoon packages and even bromance-tastic vacations, plus all of the packages also include flights so its all done and dusted in one buy.

This post is sponsored by Viva! Holidays.


  • Trish_D
    Reply Trish_D Tuesday 6th November, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Only been to Bangkok and loved the people. The crafts were amazing – gorgeous silver bangle about third of the price in Sydney.
    Just check the weather for the time you hope to go as the rainy season isn’t necessarily fun.

  • Reply godsaur Wednesday 24th October, 2012 at 10:28 am

    miss it!

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Sunday 21st October, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    So Beautiful-wonderful country-lovely people

  • Reply yslyenom Saturday 20th October, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    The photos are amazingly beautiful!

  • Reply Xanthexo Monday 15th October, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    ermgerdd book me a flight <3

  • deezon
    Reply deezon Tuesday 9th October, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Thailand is the best, I love shopping there and the beaches.

  • Reply Lisa Sunday 16th September, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    My sister & i r going to Thailand next September 2013,but we don’t no where the goods spots are to stay,we want to stay near the beach…

  • Reply Whatthe Saturday 15th September, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    The colour of the water is superb.

  • CandyFairy
    Reply CandyFairy Wednesday 12th September, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    This is on mine & hubby’s bucket list! 🙂 So beautiful! <3

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Thursday 6th September, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I’ve been to Thailand before, but not the places that were mentioned above! I’d love to go there again!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Monday 3rd September, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Would love to visit Thailand and see the tigers and that restaurant with the red tablecloths on the beach looks so romantic!

  • Reply dapperdolly Saturday 1st September, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Thailand has always been tempting, so many beautiful places to see – the hanging gardens fascinate me. Shame your list of ‘to do’ things mainly involves breeding and using animals for ‘entertainment’ and luxury. Eating on 5 islands sounds fantastic though.

  • Reply thugsy Friday 31st August, 2012 at 8:33 am

    OMG! Yes please!

  • Reply doogs Friday 31st August, 2012 at 8:30 am


  • Reply bardie Friday 31st August, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I would LOVE to visit

  • Reply amanda6393 Thursday 30th August, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Oh, I wish! If only NSW Lotteries would draw the right numbers…

  • Reply alstar666 Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    the tiger show sound fantastic, would really love to see that!

  • Reply JessHarrison Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 4:01 pm


  • Reply leckytomato Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    thanks for the tips! i was intending to head over to Thailand inthe near future.

  • Reply Whatthe Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    The first pic makes me want to visit but the rest are nothing special.

  • Discomilk
    Reply Discomilk Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    nice pictures, what a great holiday.

  • Reply Raquel24 Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    omg wow take me away!!

  • Luci
    Reply Luci Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 11:03 am

    I love Thailand, take me back!

  • Reply romvar Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Sounds wonderful…except for the Samui Snake Farm. Aaargh!!

    • Reply yslyenom Sunday 14th October, 2012 at 11:44 pm


  • Reply ragdollbaby Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 10:20 am

    All very tempting!

  • make up magic
    Reply make up magic Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 8:08 am

    sounds magical

  • Reply jessicawheelock Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Oh my god I wish, I would love to go!

  • Reply foxoduck Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 12:34 am

    So jealous

  • Reply Anastasija Wednesday 29th August, 2012 at 12:13 am


  • Reply cindyhu_1234 Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    i’m planning to go to thailand next year so thanks!

  • Reply maggielyly Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I would love to go to Thailand~

  • Reply Lee88 Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Oh it looks so beautiful, I wanna go!

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Looks amazing!

  • Reply midnightstarfish Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    i want to go …NOW

  • Reply AmberB Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Thailand is a great country to visit.

  • kirab
    Reply kirab Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I am getting married in Phuket this December. Its such a beautiful place and for anyone going i highly reccomend hiring a private villa. Cheaper and nicer than any hotel!

  • Reply MsKimo Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    So beautiful, must visit before I die.

  • Reply Senorita Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    aaamazing photos

  • Reply jetaime Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Sounds great!

  • Reply Lovely65 Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    one day…

  • Reply sarahlansell Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    OMG love a Thailand holiday right now

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    looks amazinggg

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Thailand! One day…wait for me!

  • Reply stephvel Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Thailand is Beautiful

  • DearMonet
    Reply DearMonet Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Koh Samui is the best!!!!! Can’t wait to go back!!!! 🙂

  • Reply Zerotolove Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Drooooooooool xo

  • Reply KatP Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Oh i wish

  • Reply RachelMoon Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    nice 🙂

  • Reply jreilly Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    oh wow

  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Sounds good… one day…

  • Reply fifi73 Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Wow, looks amazing! Some friends visited Thailand last year and just loved it! Sigh…. One day…. 😉

  • smurfette
    Reply smurfette Tuesday 28th August, 2012 at 11:51 am

    i would love to visit thailand!

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