Blogs from Ko Pha-Ngan, South-West Thailand, Thailand, Asia


Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan July 22nd 2014

Okay, so to be brutally honest, I wasn't that excited for The Full Moon. I've spent a year long drinking copious amounts being in my first year at uni, and with the cost of it all, I was expecting the worst. We stayed in a 40, yes, 4-0, bed dorm (having come straight from a 5* hotel, sigh) for 5 nights and yes, it genuinely smelt like a cows arsehole by the end of our stay... but we had a great time! We found the most amazing bar I have ever discovered in my life, Eden Garden. You get a boat there from Haad Rin beach and walk about 500m to the bar, over a wooden pathway bridge into the bar on the rocks overlooking the sea. Breathtaking. AND...the DJ plays some seriously good house (hurray)! ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 30th 2014

The latter stages of my first ever Moon Party was something I’ll never be able to remember, but all I know is that I had a really great time and fantastic experience! Of course if you stay off the cheap Thai whiskey buckets you will be able to recall more of it than me :) I arrived by ferry from the nearby island of Koh Samui in the morning and was directed to my hotel by a friendly Tuk Tuk driver. The island seemed to be busy already even though the official party was two nights away, and plenty of people were lined on the Sunrise Beach where the main celebrations take place. Haad Rin Beach img=data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAASUAAADeCAIAAAD0J4FOAAAgAElEQVR4nGS8Z3dTWbetyz8++60CnJWztHLOUVmyLAMVwYor5yXZ1Hvun7kfpiSofVobzW3agMtQetT76GPM9U5f7qSpL00SZZYq80idp8o8VRexuojVRaguQu0p0p/Dwedk+CXtf47151h7ipSnUJyH/CQUZ7E0T8RZJEwjcRbzs5CZ+OTQwQwH1VxE8zHdJQwHNzxEdyDd7Rle... read more

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

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

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...

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