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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 5th 2017

I said that I'd do nothing and that was exactly what I did. The intestinal infection I picked up in Myanmar ensured I wasn't able to do much anyway. I was only meant to stay in Kuala Lumpur for a month but ended up staying about five weeks thanks to the stubbornness and persistence of whatever I picked up. The resulting dietary restrictions in a food paradise such as Malaysia however is just torture, especially when staying with relatives who never let you go hungry and are enthusiastic about bringing you everything that's worth eating in this country. And for this outstanding hospitality, I really do have to give massive thanks to my Aunty Josephine and my Uncle Wooi Ping for looking after me. A break from travelling, blogging and fending for myself after eighteen months ... read more
Bamboo Island
Maya Bay
Haad Yao

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan May 7th 2017

It was a reasonably quick ferry from koh Tao to Koh Phangan and after being bundled into a taxi with 10 other travellers, we arrived at our new home for the week 'Sun Sea Resort'. Had one of those awkward moments in the taxi where it pulled up almost in the middle of nowhere and everyone looks about hoping this isn't the place they are getting off.. they had no need to worry, it was our stop! We were greeted by a friendly man with red teeth from chewing too much tobacco. He showed us to our room which was small and basic but just the job, or so we thought until the fuse box began smoking, blew up and when we tested the bathroom it was basically not plumbed in and the sink was just ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan February 12th 2017

Koh Pha Ngan is known the world around for the infamous Full Moon Party held monthly on Haad Rin on the south eastern beach of the island. I had no desire to go to this party nor was it the correct time of the month anyways as the moon was in a new quarter. Good timing on my part. The ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Pha Ngan cost me $200b after shopping around a bit. On the boat I was given a map of the island and decided to stay on the north west coast on Haad Yao. After taking a share taxi to the beach I stumbled into a dive shop that also had accommodation for $400b. I booked the room and also a two dive trip to Sail Rock the following day for ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan February 10th 2017

Koh Phangnan is famous for hosting the Full Moon party, which takes place three days after we leave unfortunately. Despite the place being known for being a party island, we managed to find what has easily become the highlight of my time here so far! Thong Nai Pan Yai beach is to the east of the island if my geographical skills are correct (which they might not be so just google it) and it is amazing. A small beach in comparison to some we've seen, it has creamy soft sand and crystal clear water surrounded by green trees and mountains. If I go back a few steps our journey to the hotel from the ferry was a pain. In what we've found to be typical Thai fashion, we waited in our cab until the driver had ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan April 8th 2016

On ne va pas vous cacher que cette nouvelle partie du voyage commence en douceur…! C’est en Thaïlande que nous avons rejoint toute une équipe de Haut Savoyard venus des quatre coins de la planète pour vivre un moment magique tout ensemble sur l’île de Koh Phangan. Sur la Terre et dans les Eaux, nous avons découvert de nouvelles merveilles de la nature. Pour la première fois de notre vie, nous sommes descendus plus bas que terre à la découverte des fonds marins où là-bas, nos corps ont découvert les joies de l’apesanteurs. Nous avons continué notre route à Bangkok, puis au nord dans le parc national d’Erawan, où seul dans notre hamac perdu dans la nature, nous avons eu notre premier contact avec la faune et la flore asiatique qui nous émerveille de jour en ... read more
Big Boudha
Erawan Waterfall
Tarot Team

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan January 9th 2016

Just as I remembered it Koh Phanghan was nothing far off from your standard lads on tour holiday to the likes of Kavos, Malia and the rest. Top knot, steroid pumped tossers roaming the streets as if they own the place, still drunk from the night before bombing around on mopeds. Albeit our hostel itself was pretty quaint. "@ Beach Bed and Bar" in Baad Tai, about a 7min taxi from the pier, 10 from the main Haad Rin drag. Filled with mainly chilled backpackers and situated right on the beach front, only shared with a few other hostels and resorts along the beach. Very chilled vibe and happily spent days and evenings chilling on the beach. Plenty of luscious food places close by on the Main Street. Those quiet Thai places are the gems to ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan November 24th 2015

Originally when I went to Thailand I had no plans to go to the full moon party, although the mushroom shakes intrigued me the stories I had heard about people beintend robbed or sexually assaulted had scared me to death! As we met girls along the way and everyone who was "cool" was going and we had already started a crew, we were sure to change our minds! Keisha and Ali went ahead of us and told us where to book Shirilea backpackers it was such a long way away from civilisation but the place was amazing! As the rooms were quite expensive to save money we decided all 6 of us would share a 2 double bedded room! Let's just say it was cosy! The place had a pool and were in the middle of ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan August 7th 2015

Sarah: We took the ferry on Friday to Koh Phangan along with hundreds of backpackers, heading to the Full Moon party the next day. Many of them were close to half our age and were blaring out 'tunes' from their portable speakers whilst others 'whooped'. Yes: I have turned 30 and become an intolerant old woman! They were harmless however, and we were confident that we had booked a location far enough removed from the buckets of cheap spirits and neon body paint. It was to be a few days of reading and relaxing for us! The sun had set by the time we arrived by tuk tuk at Haad Salad (Salad Beach) on the north west side of Koh Phangan and it had been a long hot and hassling journey that started with our taxi ... read more
Waiting for the boat madness
Haad Yao
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan April 15th 2015

This being my last full day on Ko Pha Ngan prior to a busy days travelling tomorrow I decided to spend the day chilling out. After spending most of the morning pottering but not really getting much done I wandered over to see Elizabeth at her hotel. With a fantastic swimming pool between the bar and the beach that's where I found her and a few moments later that's where I joined her! After having a bit of a catch up and doing a few lengths - nothing too strenuous - we got out and dried off in the heat of the day. Popping back to my hotel to get changed and then over to the food market before popping back to say our goodbyes. I would be heading back to Bangkok tomorrow while Elizabeth was ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan April 14th 2015

Having a pretty lazy start to the day i was getting collected at 13.00 to carry on my journey towards Ko Pha Ngan. With only me this time in the minibus i was driven to what i think was a bus station. Being given a sticker and told to sit and wait - for what exactly i wasnt quite sure - as this place felt in the middle of nowhere and with not that much activity! Only having to wait about 30 minutes for a coach to turn up and myself and 3 others got on to be driven this time to Don Sala pier. This time having to wait a couple of hours before heading off to the islands. The first island we passed was Ko Samui where a few people got off then onwards ... read more




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