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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 17th 2012

Haad Salad Beach Well it’s my birthday so the budget gets thrown out for a few days and we stay at Buri Salad resort with our own pool, loungers, swing and suite for 3 nights. It was just fantastic we spend most of our days relaxing in our room surroundings and dining on the beach eating banana pancake with chocolate sauce, ice cream and whipped cream – hey it’s my birthday! We stayed at Salad Hut last time we visited and I never forgot their fantastic pancakes. There are a few mini marts out the back so we spent 20 minutes comparing prices to save NZ$1 on a large bottle of beer. Well, I mean, what else is there to do? The beach sat at low tide all day, it’s a nice beach but nothing to ... read more
KP - Haad Salad - Salad Buri room
KP Maedhaad -  Beach
Bottle Beach - beautiful sight

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 17th 2012

In case you are interested in visiting Koh Phangan below is an idea of costs when we travelled in 2012. COSTS OF TRAVELLING IN KOH PHANGAN Thailand is very cheap to travel, it may cost a lot in airfares but once you are here you can holiday on a very small budget. We are flash packers and for accommodation, local transport, food, drink and supplies we holiday very well on 2700B per day (NZ$110). It can be done cheaper especially if you don’t drink the wine and cocktails! Visa: Tourist visa on entry to Thailand is free but is for only one month. You can do a close border crossing by bus cheaply but you only get a 2 week extension. We did our visa runs to Malaysia but they were expensive, adding transport to and ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 17th 2012

This will probably be one of my last entries until the next trip. With just a few days left, I am back in Bangkok awaiting my flight home. Rather than move around too much, I went south to Kho Pha-Ngan and stayed put for the last few weeks. Quite literally really. The journey down was the usual for travelling in Asia. I was supposed to be picked up at six, which turned out to be half seven. A bus journey that lasted until five the following morning with a single stop. Followed by three hours of waiting for another bus for an hours journey to the ferry. A couple of hours on the ferry, and then finally a songthaew to the resort I was staying at in Haad Gruad on the west coast, arriving around two ... read more
The beach with the tide out - Slightly rocky!
The pool
The "road" in

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 12th 2012

Hoy nos levantamos bien temprano para nuestro segundo día de buceo del viaje. Estábamos bastante entusiasmados con el paseo ya que supuestamente íbamos a bucear en el mejor “dive spot” del golfo y, además, teníamos grandes posibilidades de ver tiburones (esta vez de los grandes!). El paseo no defraudo! Luego de probarnos los equipos llegamos hasta el norte de Koh Phangan para embarcarnos rumbo a la “Sail Rock”, nuestro lugar de buceo. En el barco éramos unos 15 buzos que luego de un pequeño “briefing” fuimos deleitados con un rico desayuno en altamar. La diferencia de este lugar de buceo con otros que hemos hecho es que se encontraba en medio del mar, más precisamente una roca en el medio del mar, rodeada de vida marina. Al llegar a destino nuestro Dive Master, un holandés llamado ... read more
Bullshark, sacado de internet pero muy parecido a los de hoy!
no le alcanzo el diving, se puso a hacer snorkel
camino de regreso

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 3rd 2012

sat in a travel shop waiting for our bus to take us to the ferry port to get the overnight boat to krabi!!! koh phangan is def our fave!!!!! been twice and we dont wanna go! stayed here for 5 nights and done pretty much the same every night.sunbathe all day we even left the pool one day and went to the beach! we have been hangin out of our arses every day but the night times and beach partys are worth the pain! our fave bar here is called drop in bar....on the beach and the staff are lush....friends with them all. Flame throwers all up the beach...their lush too! haha. were absoloute thai perves over here. rachel wanted to get married so she could get a visa hahaha but chocolate said noooo just wait ... read more

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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 3rd 2012

We started off the day with our long lie in as planned – gone 9am by the time we woke. We headed for a freshly squeezed orange juice and to book our ferry tickets for tomorrow’s trip over to Ko Tao – the next destination of our hols. We were tempted into sharing a cheese and pineapple toastie for breakfast – a weird but lovely combo! Sarah was ready for a lounge on the beach and a read of her book – unusually for a holiday she had not read more than a few chapters. Tom however insisted that we went out to explore and suggested we hire a moped. Sarah was a little nervous about this idea so suggested a kayak, which Tom thought was too much like hard work so we comprised and agreed ... read more
Tom on Secret Beach
The walk got harder
having lunch!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 3rd 2012

Arriving in Koh Phan Ngan to our hotel on a beautiful white sandy beach with warm crystal clear weater it felt like we were in paradise. However, venturing into Haad Rin on our moped we discovered why the island is often described as messed up, not least by Alex Garland, author of 'The Beach' which we have both now read. But we embraced the touristy atmosphere and enjoyed the infamous Coral Bungalows Pool Party. Another day of lounging on the lovely sunny beach was followed by the much anticipated Full Moon Party. It lived up to all expectation with several large stages along the 2km stretch of Haad Rin beach, with every bar playing louder and louder music and thousands of people dancing on the sand. The fire performers and the neon paint everywhere made for ... read more
Bottle Beach
Our Beach, Koh Tao
Cabaret Show

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 2nd 2012

After the most horrible of ferry rides we were piled into a pick up to get over to the area where we were staying. After a bit of research we had decided to make the trip to the quiet northern point of the island for a bit of a chill out instead of heading for the infamous Hadd Rin, home of the full moon party. So we stayed in Thong Nai Pan Noi, the smallest of a pair of beach resorts. A slightly hairy 30 minute trip was rewarded by the most beautiful and isolated beach yet! We seemed to be staying in the only budget accommodation in a small village of fancy resorts. Although the accommodation was cheap and basic, it was perfect, a little bungalow with a fan and a hammock out the front. ... read more
Beach life!
Lovely and sunny
the village

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan September 2nd 2012

So we arrived here after a long and tiring journey, but we are eventually in Koh Phangnan. We were shown immediately to our bungalow, which although basic is lovely and just what we hoped for. It’s literally steps away from the beach and has a hammock on the balcony. We love it. We were hungry after our journey so after settling into our new home, testing out the hammock and having a quick wander on the beach we sought out the restaurant. It is this really cool large open dining area, with a variety of seats ranging from hammocks and cushions to lay on, to long benches and tree top tables, to small tables for two. The menu is HUGE, ranging from western food to Eastern food and everything in between, we were spoilt for choice. ... read more
Chilling on the beach
Early evening drink
Gorgeous food

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan August 30th 2012

well the travel here was actually ok apart from the leaking ceiling on the bus!!!!but we soon sorted that by tying bags up to direct it onto the people infront haha. too us 2 12 hour over night busesto get here but the full moon party is gonna be sooo worth it. we didnt wanna leave chiang mai but glad we did now coz we looooove haad rin.could actually live here!!!! know loads of the locals here from last time we wee here and theyve all rememberd us. the last night in chiang mai was mint. we went to sunday walkin street......just miles and miles of stalls and food stalls and street entertainers all down the middle. we went to our little local bar afterwards...love it in their rach fell in love with the singer from ... read more




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