“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

For anyone that has every had a goal or vision they worked towards for a while, then this read is for you!

O. R Tambo International Airport
O. R Tambo International Airport

So I did the craziest thing, January 2017, (around the time where most of us are setting goals) I put Thailand in my calendar for my birthday / November 2017:

This was me, throwing it into the universe in hopes that it would meet me half way… needles to say: it did!

I attended a Business Luncheon hosted by Ndalo Media in partnership with the official Tourism Authority of Thailand. They gave away other small prizes like spa days and vouchers, with the ultimate gift being a trip (for two) for 7 days in Thailand staying at the most beautiful hotels (and that is the prize I was aiming for): Needless to say, the universe did meet me half way!

Ndalo Media Amazing Thailand Business Luncheon
Ndalo Media Amazing Thailand Business Luncheon

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So I planned my Thailand trip for months! And only once I had booked my flights with Singapore Airlines, did I then feel like it was official! You know it’s official when you start planning activities and outfits right?

I chose a friend of mine to be my travel buddy (Kiara) because I knew we would have a lot of fun and adventure (she is just the right amount of wild and calm). Our flight was 10hrs to Singapore, and on arrival we caught a connect flight to Phuket international which was about 2hrs short.

DAY 1 | Friday, 27thJuly 2018

On arrival, the heat wave was a shock to our systems (see you may be mentally prepared, but your body isn’t) thank the lord for air-con on the flight, in cabs and in hotels.

Lesedi Dawn
Lesedi Dawn

A week in paradise meant we would be staying at 3 different hotels, with our first being the Patong Merlin Hotel, a beautiful 4 – star hotel that is central and just across from the Patong beach.

We quickly settled into what would be home for the next two nights.

DAY 2 | Saturday, 28thJuly 2018

Waking up in Thailand felt like a dream come true, and on the agenda we had a Zip line adventure planned, our tour company fetched us from our hotel at 12pm, after a good breakfast was had in preparation for a day filled with activity.

Breakfast at the Patong Merlin Hotel
Breakfast at the Patong Merlin Hotel
Patong Zipline Adventure
Patong Zipline Adventure

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We had the time of our lives at the Patong Zip-line Adventure, my travel buddy faced her fears and I am proud to say she challenged herself & conquered her fear of heights. We decided to be tourists for the rest of the day with a bit of shopping followed by laid back beach walking.

DAY 3 | Sunday, 29thJuly 2018

Very few things in life can compare to the beauty and peace of a Sunday Morning. Our itinerary was packed with activities as follows:

  • Karon View Point
  • We got to see a baby elephant (eco friendly)
  • Big Buddha Visit
  • We went to the beautiful Chalong Temples
  • We also got to explore the Colorful Old Phuket Town
Big Buddha Sunday Visit
Big Buddha Sunday Visit
Phuket Full Day Tour
Phuket Full Day Tour
Chalong Temples
Chalong Temples

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Old Phuket Town
Old Phuket Town

By 6pm we were exhausted as we drove to our 2nd hotel: The Sis Kata, which had a calm aura and a welcoming reception area: We checked in at about 8pm, and as tired as we were: We knew tomorrow, more adventure awaited us.

DAY 4 | Monday, 30thJuly 2018

“Wake up at 6am to watch the sunrise!” Was the goal we went to bed with, and wake up early we did… (thank goodness) because the sunrise was glorious!

The Sis Kata at sunrise
The Sis Kata at sunrise

On the agenda for day 4 we had the James Bond island tour planned (Kiara’s choice) in her words: YOLO (You only live once). So we were going to do it all!

Stay in Style at the Sis Kata
Stay in Style at the Sis Kata

 

Breakfast at the Sis Kata
Breakfast at the Sis Kata
The Sis Kata, Phuket
The Sis Kata, Phuket
James Bond Island
James Bond Island

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DAY 5 | Tuesday, 31stJuly 2018

Checking out was sad, how I wished our stay at the Sis Kata was longer: But my heart was warm knowing we left the best for last. Our pick up led to the harbor where we got onto the ferry boat and headed to the famous Phi Phi island on Krabi Beach(2 hours by boat) to what would be the Zeovola Resort: A barefoot Luxury 5 – star Resort that literally felt like heaven on earth.

Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island
Zeavola 5 Star Resort
Zeavola 5 Star Resort

Our private villa was like nothing I had ever seen before (bare in mind, the entire resort is on white beach sand). We had dinner under the stars, breakfast with the ocean breeze and every minute was pure bliss.

Zeavola Resort
Zeavola Resort
Zeavola Resort
Zeavola Resort

 

DAY 6 | Wednesday, 1stAugust 2018

The first half of the trip was heavily packed with activity and we knew that the Zeovola resort would be more of a Zen vibe. Kiara had snokering planned for the day and I needed a retreat: How could I have gone to Thailand and not have had a true traditional Thai Massage? So a day at the spa was essential.

Sawadika - Lesedi Dawn
Sawadika – Lesedi Dawn
Kiara Rubenstein
Kiara Rubenstein
Lesedi Dawn
Lesedi Dawn

DAY 7 | Thursday, 2ndAugust 2018

And on the 7th day, we got to rest. A bitter sweet moment as we knew we had to say goodbye to the amazing Thailand: An adventure of a life time. Our hearts were content and in that moment we knew why people travelled.

Boat from Zeovola Resort to Phi Phi Island
Boat from Zeovola Resort to Phi Phi Island

Dalai Lama once said, “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been.” And as I was on my flight back (as tired as I was) my heart was filled with so much joy and my mind was racing as I was thinking of the next adventure…

If you haven’t been to Thailand, what are you waiting for?

Lesedi Dawn's Travel Adventures
Lesedi Dawn’s Travel Adventures
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