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


Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan May 3rd 2022

It's astonishing to realise just how much I missed all that is learnt from travelling the world. It's one thing to immerse yourself in a book, but nothing compares to the life experience and knowledge gained from travel, where there is the opportunity to interact daily with so many fascinating people living in this wonderful world we share. Actually It doesn't take too long to get back in to the swing of a traveller's life, even after an extended break. At the conclusion of a wonderful time in Koh Samui I decided to branch out for a bit of island hopping in the region, and the boat journey is just thirty minutes on the fast ferry - akin to a speedboat, before an effortless arrival in Koh Phangan. This legendary island is home to the full ... read more
An Thong National Marine Park views
Drone shot
Marine park island

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan March 1st 2020

We know we love this island for its beautiful beaches, especially the quiet sunset cove reef we are lucky enough to actually live on during our time here. And we love this island for its spiritual and laid back 60’s vibe. At least, that is the story on the west side of the island where we reside, where yoga studios and vegan restaurants are plentiful, and kirtan chanting and djembe drumming every night at sunset is the norm. By contrast, the southeast side of the island features party energy, focused around the phases of the moon: from the major event full moon parties, to all facsimiles thereof: quarter moon parties, half moon parties, waterfall parties, etc. It is estimated that twenty to thirty thousand people attend the famous full moon party each month, coming from all ... read more
Receiving My Red Sash Degree
Happy Moment in Time
Fresh Coconut Happiness

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan January 25th 2020

My Thai Language teacher has a delightful sense of humour and a razor sharp whit, and is not too shy about whipping her private class student - me - with it. An example of this came about in a recent lesson. She would recite a sentence for me in English, and my task was to verbally give it back to her in Thai. This exercise worked fairly well, as I could spit out the translations with a fair amount of speed for the shorter phrases: “How are you?”, ”What is your name?”, “Where do you live?”, “Do you speak Thai?”, “What day of the week is it?”, etc. But as the exercise continued, the phrases became longer and more complex, and my thinking and speaking wheels slowed considerably. Finally, my astute teacher - feigning falling asleep ... read more
Greeting, Entering  a Temple or Greeting a Monk
Greeting Elders,  Parents, Teachers, Authorities
Greeting, General Public

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan January 14th 2020

This morning we woke up with a desperate need to drink fresh young coconut milk, and a new mission was born. I once watched locals in Indonesia shimmering up coconut trees, and my 16 year old monkey brain kept telling me “I can do that”. So Bev and I jump on our scooters, scrutinize the landscape, check every tree, and finally we spot the young green coconuts. There they are: all piled, one on top of the other, at a road side food stall. I could not believe our good fortune! I did not have to travel the jungle, worrying about snakes and all sorts of creepy crawlers, and climb a 40 foot tree in pursuit of young coconuts as temperatures quickly soared up to a balmy 27 degrees ? Now the next difficult task presents ... read more
Young Green Coconuts Spotted
The Coconut Hunter’s Tool Kit

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan May 18th 2019

Na Khao Sok namen we de taxibus, boot en een open taxibus naar Koh Pha-Ngan. Op de boot had ik met een aantal reisgenoten lange gesprekken over feestdagen in verschillende landen, politiek en meer. Erg leuk hoe je hier in korte tijd zulke gesprekken met mensen te hebben! Na een hobbelige rit met de open taxi kwamen we dan eindelijk bij Bottle Beach aan. Dit strand heet zo, omdat de baai vanuit de lucht op een fles lijkt. Hier verbleven wij in beach bungalows, wat betekende dat wij met 1 stap uit de deur gelijk op het strand waren. Helaas was de lucht voornamelijk grijs met soms een bui, dus lekker zonnen zat er niet in. Op Bottle Beach hebben we volleybal gespeeld, een vuurshow bekeken en natuurlijk lekker gegeten en gedronken. De kok kwam uit ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan June 10th 2018

We timed our visit to Koh Phangan to make the famous Haad Rin beach full moon party. We stayed at Blue Lotus bungalows along a remote beach, 10 minutes north of Haad Rin. The party was ram packed with around 20 thousand people, amongst were many sipping on their lethal buckets of mixed spirits. We were tactical and brought our own booze; it’s the best way to keep it cheap and avoid dodgy shots. I still managed to throw up in the sea though. Keeping it classy. Everyone is bound to have fun at this rave. However my advice would be to go to the half moon or jungle party instead. The full moon party is very overcrowded with speakers solely blasting out EDM, whereas the other parties have a better variety of music and much ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan March 1st 2018

Sunday 24 February, 2018 Woke about 8.30 am. This morning we were due to change rooms, at the hotel's request. We got our coffees and started putting things in bags to move four villas down to number 3. At about 11 am Nadege came to the room and said the other villa would be ready in 10 minutes. Shortly after we noticed a small green snake climbing along the roof and heading down the rope into the hammock. We don't have a problem with snakes, at home we know which is which. Here they are unknown to us. So I popped to see Nadege who came back to the villa and said it was a coconut snake and harmless. So, we moved the stuff with a bit of toing and froing, to a better villa as ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan February 25th 2018

Wednesday 21 February 2018 Our last full day in Aonang. Weather hot and sunny. An easy day today. We left the room at 10.45 am and headed up the coast. We watched the world go by at the port area for a while. We have been very patiently waiting and watching for someone to fall in the water as they get in or out of a boat, but sadly it hasn't happened. So, after being disappointed again, we walked along the beach and headed to one of the posh bars for a drink. A small Chang and a pineapple juice. Then back along the front to Anchor Blue for a drink and some lunch. Thai food today. All very nice. Then returned to the room for 2.15 pm. Pat packed and I gave moral support. After ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan August 18th 2017

I can't believe it's Friday and we will leave here tomorrow. We laid on the beach under the coconut trees and as I gazed up at the coconuts Georgie said "more people are killed by falling coconuts than by sharks" - we move slightly forward. The boys went snorkeling and in the afternoon we drove into town but we couldnt find anything we wanted to buy and it was hot so we came back for a swim We had diner on the beach and watched the sun go down.... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan August 17th 2017

To day we were up at 6.15 as the boys were going scuba diving. The wind had dropped and there were no white horses so that was a relief. I sat on my porch writing this blog and waiting for Mollie to wake up. It's not so easy writing a blog on an iPhone especially putting on the photos - they are so small. Mollie and I had a restfully day - she did some homework then we just messed around with makeup, doing Mollies hair and singing mainly We were sitting by the beach when dark clouds came rolling over and the thunder rumbled and I wondered where the boys were. The storm broke - wind, rain, thunder and the sea was rough again . We sat on the porch watching and it was fabulous. ... read more

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