About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Kayaking & Canoeing
Yoga & Pilates
National Parks, Parks
What could be more romantic than a pampering spa day for two? There are a number of spa resorts in Ko Samui, but for sheer tranquility and scenic surroundings, the Tamarind Springs Forest Spa at Lamai is your best bet. Enjoy a day of peace and quiet amid a tropical setting and feel the stresses of life melt away and the romance creep back in...
Situated inside the Six Senses resort, Dining on the Rocks does exactly what it says on the tin, plus a whole lot more besides! This is one of the most romantic places to have dinner on the island; you and your loved one can dine on a terraced deck under a blanket of stars with views across the ocean. The menu offers ‘new Asian cuisine with a crossover accent’, but all you really need to know is that it’s simply delicious.
Ko Samui is an island so be sure to get out on the water with your loved one. Kayaking presents the ideal couples’ adventure day trip and Blue Stars Kayaking are one of the best on the island to offer this type of tour. You’ll be taken by boat to the best kayaking spots around the Ang Thong National Marine Park, exploring hidden lagoons and drifting through coves while admiring all that beautiful natural scenery.
For a classically romantic French meal, The Boudoir is where it’s at. From its secluded garden to its tasteful pink decor and mood lighting, this place is positively brimming with love. Owned and ran by a lovely French couple with a passion for good food, The Boudoir is a dining experience neither of you will forget in a hurry.
Thailand is well-known for its yoga, and this can be a great activity to enjoy together during your time in Ko Samui. The Yogarden offers various programs and classes to help you and your loved one feel relaxed and rejuvenated, and it’s set within beautiful natural surroundings.
The couple who cook together stay together. (At least I think that’s how the saying goes!) Learn how to prepare and cook your favorite Thai dishes by having a cooking class with the talented and ever-patient chef, Pai. She’ll explain everything in a simple way and make it easy for you to recreate the dishes back home.
Dedicate a whole day to the jaw-dropping beauty of the islands of the Ang Thong National Park. Covered in lush jungle inland, the park’s islands feature stunning stretches of sand lapped by clear, turquoise waters. Ko Wua Talap is home to the park headquarters and it’s from here that you and your loved one can climb up to a spectacular viewpoint offering panoramic views across the islands. Scenery like this is surely what enticed you to Thailand in the first place, so this is a must-do!
Tree Tops is a unique restaurant where you can enjoy a romantic dinner for two from your own little hut amid the trees! Enjoy high quality, fresh ingredients brought together with expert attention to detail, and accompanied by a great selection of wines. This is a unique dining experience not to be missed.
If it’s a peaceful and secluded slice of paradise you’re after, a visit to Bang Po Beach is just the thing. Ditch the bustling party beaches for the day and opt for this narrow strip of white sand fringed with coconut palms. There’s a chilled out bar and restaurant to keep you fed and watered, but the beach is free from crowds, jetskis, sailboats and vendors, making it the perfect spot for a romantic day on the beach.
The clue really is in the name with this one. It serves both international and local Thai dishes in a cosy, romantic setting and while it may not be fine dining, the food is absolutely delicious.