I believe that everyone sees the world in one’s own way, people physically see and process the world differently. Admittedly, I tend to look at the world through rose-coloured glasses. Especially because I want to see good things happen. Nowadays everyone can capture moments in their lives with photography. With a photo you can choose a moment and with a simple “click” have it forever or even make a masterpiece out of it. In recent years, I started taking photos more often as a hobby (which turned into job) and since then I’ve learned a lot about photography. And yet, on every new adventure, I learn something new. Or maybe I find a different perspective, one that takes me to a whole new world. Something similar happened at this year’s holiday in Thailand.

My first ever drone flight

The new gadget, which allowed me to see Thai beaches from a completely different angle, was the Yuneec Breeze drone from the online store It’s a small and light drone, which you can control with your smartphone. My first drone flight happened on the island of Koh Lanta, because in Ao Phang Nga National Park and in Koh Phi Phi islands, drones are not allowed. In order to use the drone in Thailand, you need a license, so I’ve set it up at NBTC office in Bangkok (Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission). I’ll skip the boring administrative details and rather tell you about my brand-new photo-video device, which Jan and I gladly put to test. The Yuneec Breeze drone is an affordable drone, with just under 400g of weight and compact size (a small bag which came with it can easily fit in a smaller backpack). You can fly it up to 80m high, with a maximum speed of 5m/s and it can record videos in 4k and take 13MP photos. A small, quite powerful, useful device that is relatively easy to use. And it captures pretty impressive photos. Right?

A view from above

I’ve always been attracted to drone photos because they show a completely different view of the location. Although you may lie on the same beach, the view from the top down is completely different. It’s breathtaking. The blue depth of the sea is even more powerful, and the drone shots put you in an environment that you are aware of, but simply perceive differently.

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Layana Resort & Spa
272 Moo 3 Saladan, Koh Lanta (Krabi), Phra-Ae Beach, 81150, Thailand

The last stop on our amazing trip was Koh Lanta, one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands. Koh Lanta was high on our travel list, because of its reputation as a friendly and relatively calm island. Our expectations were met and even though we explored every bit of it with motorcycle (and by foot) we still had plenty of time to rest and soak up the sun on the beach, enjoy the beautiful sea and the pool. The experience would not have been the same if not for the Layana Resort & Spa. Why? Read on and see for yourself.

Looks like a small village, but hides the real luxury resort awarded with numerous awards

Layana Resort & Spa is probably one of the most prestigious resorts and certainly the most awarded resort on the island of Koh Lanta. 57 luxury rooms and suites are arranged over a spacious green garden, carefully maintained and watered by gardeners. At times you feel like you have this piece of heaven all for yourself, as the resort, despite its full occupancy, does not feel crowded. The magnificent driveway continues to the reception desk, gym, library and spa. The view from the reception window reveals the top long pool, followed by the greenery, the Jacuzzi and the infinity pool overlooking the sea just before the sandy beach. Although the location was impressive in the morning light, the sunset takes the win! The whole property is perfectly positioned, so that the sun sets into the water just before you, when you’re relaxing in the upper or the lower pool. You can see this gorgeous scene for yourself on photos, but trust me, it is even more wonderful in real life.

Everything you could wish for and more

The decor at Layana Resort & Spa remains true to the Thai tradition, which is interwoven with modern, luxurious elements. A spacious room, a very comfortable mattress, a balcony, a glazed bathroom with a huge whirlpool bath and shower make for a real apartment, especially if you are staying in their Garden Pavillion. Although I was tempted to stay in this room for the whole day, the divine breakfast was the motivation to get out of the bed every morning. Everything you could wish for and more. Truly. Waffles? Favourite tropical fruits (read: passion fruit and the best mango in the world)? Eggs? Croissants? Freshly squeezed juice and aromatic coffee? Maybe some Thai specialty? They have it all. Topped with a heavenly view of a sandy beach.

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Barefoot in the sand, wearing my new S.Oliver dress, morning light and a big plate of tropical fruit in my hand. This is what I call tropical paradise.

Believe me when I say, Thailand is heaven for all fruit lovers. Wherever and whenever you go to Thailand, you will find plenty of fruit stands on almost every corner. In the city, in a village, on the beach or right next to the street in the middle of nowhere. The bright colours will attract your attention immediately and even-though most of them looks highly suspicious (almost dangerous with all the spikes or skin looking rather similar to poisonous animals), you should truly try them all! Even the smelliest one of all – durian. Still, you should keep in mind, the price and selection depends on the season and location. Anyway, your taste buds and senses will be pampered either way, different aromas and delicious flavours will make you unappreciative of the tropical fruit selection we have in our European stores. Fruit selection in Thailand is just out of this world!

From jackfruit, smelly durian, stunning (but average in taste) dragonfruit, rambutan or its smaller cousin lychee, longan, rose apple, pomelo, (small and big) bananas, (what-on-earth-is-this?!/it-looks dangerous!) snake fruit, papaya, guava, watermelon, sweet and super aromatic pineapple, hydrating coconuts, to three of my favourite ones – mangosteen, passion fruit and mango! Thailand has it all.

The latter two were on my menu each and every single day. I just couldn’t resist. Mango is the most well-spread fruit in Thailand with many shapes, colours and sizes. Mangos were literally everywhere. They have different taste and they can be prepared in many different (all delicious) ways. I prefer them raw, on their own, mixed in a smoothie or accompanied by sweet rice – mango sticky rice with coconut milk is a classic thai dessert we ordered multiple times and our taste buds were never disappointed (although the best and the cheapest one we had in a local restaurant called Papaya on Koh Lanta, highly recommend). The mangos you know from your local supermarket (if you live in Europe, anyways) are nothing like the mangos there. Period. My second fruit love besides mango is passion fruit. Wrinkly purple-brown skin enclosing flesh jelly-covered seeds containing a strong sweet and sour aroma and multiple vitamins (note: passion fruit can also come in yellow, we ate those on Bali a few years back; different, but similar taste, equally delicious). Eat it with a spoon or drink it in a mojito (preferably on the beach watching sunset). Oh boy, Thailand you will be missed!

outfit: S.Oliver
location: Layana resort & spa
photo: Jan Žumer

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