The first time I went to Thailand I was on tour with a band I worked for in 2010. I had such a wonderful experience that I had to go back. In fact, I think I’ve been back four times since then.
On this last trip, I visited both Thailand and Cambodia. By this point, Bangkok was starting to feel pretty familiar so I didn’t spend much time there; just a couple of days to get situated and actually figure out what I was going to do with myself for the two weeks I had. I love to take the train so much that on the way to Cambodia I took the train to the Thai Border, and from there I had to take a cab for three hours to Siam Reap, Cambodia. I spent three days checking out the town and Angkor Wat. The temples at Angkor Wat are incredible. I will say, however, go early as they get pretty busy. I also seem to spend a lot of time in markets when I travel. I think it gives a better feeling of what life is really like there, more than any of the tourist stuff you might get sucked into.
From Cambodia I went to Phi Phi Island in Thailand. 25 hours of travel by minibus to Bangkok and then a bus to Krabi and a ferry to Phi Phi Island. The morning after arriving at the island, I hired a long boat to take me to Maya Bay at 6:30am in the hope that I would have the place to myself. When we arrived there were 10 other people there, when we left there was almost 100. The guy whose boat I hired brought his son along, the kid was maybe only three years old but completely fearless.