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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan February 21st 2014

So another two weeks down and so many adventures had. We had landed in Malaysia and were staying at this little guesthouse in Langkawi, it was quite away from everywhere, but it was quite nice. The owners there were super lovely and arranged for us to. Hire a car for the day. There were these cable cars in the island that went on a 2.2km ride up a 700mt hill, it was amazing. The ride up was spectacular, if not a little scary. It is definitely not one for those with hight issues it starts off pretty fast, and climbs quite high as you head strait towards a very steep rock face which you launch up. You seem to be climbing at about a 70 degree angle, it is quite daunting and it pays not to ... read more
Tree top walk
Top platform
Standing in the clouds

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan October 22nd 2013

Having heard many close friends share their experience going to the world famous Full Moon Party on Haad Rin Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand we decided that it was about time to experience it for the first time. Since the demand for flights to Surat Thani was quite high as it often is before the Full Moon Party, we decided to fly into Hat Yai with Air Asia. From there we took a bus north up to Surat Thani. Prior to this trip, we anticipated that Surat Thani would be the typical bland connection city which serves frequent bus routes to the ocean piers serving Koh Phangan, Koh Samui and Koh Tao among other places. Although it didn’t have major tourist attractions, it turned out to be a worthwhile stop and rather un-touristy in comparison to other ... read more
The Walkway to Haad Rin Beach
Haad Rin Beach
Rum bucket stalls are staples during the Full Moon Party

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan July 24th 2013

It's been near impossible to update the blog over the last week or so. I now write from the breezy Thai island of Ko Pha-Ngan, the bright turquoise surf splashing just past the restaurant to my right. I'm here with 7 mates from home who are here for the Full Moon Party, which took place a couple of nights ago. In between drinking, hangovers, beach walks and general indulgence in the Thai island lifestyle, I've finally found time to run this one off now. Back to Cambodia, where I believe I left off with a report of Phnom Penh's Killing Fields. Marc and I decided we'd like to spend some more time in Cambodia, while the others decided to rush off to Bangkok to meet Hodgey and Jordan off their flights from the UK. This proved ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 24th 2013

Between the 24th - 26th June, Sarah, Nina, Adrian, Fran, Jamie & I found Leela Beach Resort. Walking down to the resort it was a beautiful sunny day and reaching the beach I felt this big release of happiness and freedom. Smiling from ear to ear. We checked into our little bungalows on the beach and pretty much chilled out for a few days. I needed a few days of doing nothing.... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 21st 2013

Surprisingly feeling good today, we went out on an island boat trip round the bays of Koh Phangan. We trekked to a waterfall where some of us had a swim. Charlie showed us a tree in which some of the leaves taste like apple. Our tour guide for the day, Peter Pan pointed out never never land in which him and Tuk planted 3 trees 20 years ago. Arriving at bottle beach, we had a spot of free lunch - egg fried rice. I was feeling like I needed a bit of alone time so I had a nice stroll along the beach and just sat in the sunshine soaking it all up. On the boat back, we were all on the lookout for monkeys up in the forest areas. We spotted some sitting on some ... read more

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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 20th 2013

After having breakfast in Khao Sok, we made our way back to collect our rucksacks to then head west to Koh Phangan. We stopped off at Tesco lotus to get snacked up for the ferry journey, which took around 2.5 - 3 hours. We arrived in Haad Rin and made our way to our guesthouse (Friendly Resort & Spa). It had a small pool and a view of the beach. I shared a room with Sarah. The room seemed ok, it had a/c which we were happy about. Another afternoon to explore the area. A small group of us picked up a snack from a street bar and then went on the hunt for tie dyed item of clothing for a party. We firstly went to a bar called Same Same for dinner - I decided ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 16th 2013

Greetings once again, adoring public. I realize it's been several weeks since my last update, which was due in part to not having a lot of new information to share while I relaxed on the beach and in part to not having Internet access. I'm in Laos now and do plan to post about Laos, but for now I wanted to cover most of the time since my Chiang Mai trekking update. I took a combination of plane and night train from Chiang Mai down to Surat Thani. I had initially planned to visit an island or two on the Andaman (west) coast, but I learned from a number of sources that they were experiencing some pretty bad monsoon conditions at the time, so I decided instead to hit the Gulf of Thailand side. I'd heard ... read more
had rin
beach
bungalow

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 13th 2013

Taking first small steps in Bangkok… Finally the day has come… I was leaving China and heading to another country, the country I have been looking forward to visit for a long time already and the fact that I was meeting my ‘boyfriend’ there (yep! think I can actually put a label on it now ;)) just made this trip a bit extra special! At the check-in desk in Beijing I found out that my plane to Hong Kong was delayed 1,5 hour. Well, it sure wasn’t good news as I only had an hour in transit in HK! Still it looked like 120 people were in the same situation so the plane would just wait for us in HK… Pheeeew… What a relief! As there was no chance there would have been another plane leaving ... read more
enjoying fire show at Sairee beach...
sun setting in Koh Phangan
on Sairee beach...

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan April 18th 2013

I am a lucky man! A few years ago I was in Bangkok wondering where to go next. I had no plan whatsoever when I met a Frenchman who told me about Phangan and its clear water. I thought it sounded nice. When I arrived everyone asked me if I had come for the Full Moon party. I had no idea what they meant. I had come for the beach! And OMG, the beaches in the north of the island are f-in' stunning! Shallow crystal clear water, soft white sand, coconut trees everywhere, delicious food, and pretty cool mountains for a hike or a run: my kind of holiday! I have come back to Koh Phangan every year since 2010 and this time I took my parents and Becky along. We had a blast! We rented ... read more
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blue water
Stunning water and best of all the beach is ours with no one at all around!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan March 28th 2013

Ko Phangan is famous for its full moon parties so we wanted to try this out for Xmas and NYE and it was one of the first things we booked – we booked it almost a year previous. We had to block book a ten day period as it was over Xmas so wed been looking forward to staying in the same place for more then a few days. We travelled from Phuket to Krabi by boat and bus and stayed there for a night – we spent the day at one of the beach’s – same old same old! Trying to get to the beach was a bit of an effort – the taxi drivers seem to nod and agree with wherever you ask to be brought - then drop you off where they want ... read more
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