I can think of so many reasons why I love Thailand’s islands but here are a few to be going on with.
The longtails are so symbolic of the Thai islands. I love the way they look, bobbing gently in the water as the waves tickle against the soft white sand.
I love they way they transport me to these beautiful islands every time I’m lucky enough to be there. I quite like the spluttering sound they make when the engines are on too. I even bought a wooden replica longtail once!
The best way to relax, I’ve found, is to lay back in a hammock during a visit to the Thai islands. These simple, cotton hammocks are often patterned with tie dye and do a good job of supporting your weight while you gently rock and sway.
They are an especially comfortable reclining option as my entire body weight is supported in a way that makes me feel like I’m floating. The hammock adjusts to my every bump and curve to support it in a seamless manner.
Sleeping is ridiculously easy too, especially after I’ve enjoyed a green or red Thai curry for lunch. There is definitely something uniquely relaxing about being in one of these hammocks on the Thai islands that I’ve not been able to replicate elsewhere.
If Thai lager tasted anything like British lager I probably wouldn’t drink too much of it while I was there. Sadly for my waistline this isn’t the case.
Chang Beer has a distinctive and sweet flavour that is amazingly refreshing when ice cold and sipped whilst swaying in a hammock (see above). It has won the odd global rosette because of its taste and is enjoyed all over the world.
Sadly, the version you get in Thailand (6.4%) is not available in the UK as they only export it at 5%. It’s still nice but not as tasty, perhaps this is something to do with it being brewed with rice in Thailand and malt when exported. I always wonder why they fiddle around with beers like this and why they don’t just leave it as it is in the country of origin. Maybe it’s to do with the strength.