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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan December 12th 2014

Hello, Last day travelling around Koh Phangan by moped, we visited Sramanora waterfall in the south east, but to be honest all the waterfalls we have seen on the island have not been worth the effort. They either have little water in them, construction work going on by the side or huge industrial pipes going through them. Oh well we were pleased we found this one today along all the maze dirt paths. Later in the morning we visited Haad Thong beach. This was quiet and fairly clean, but no chance of snorkeling here as visibility is almost non existent. In the afternoon we rode down to Bann Haad Rin, we spent about an hour on Haad Rin Nok (sunshine beach). This had many bars restaurants on it-it’s also where the full moon party takes place. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan December 11th 2014

Hi Loyal Followers, We had a good night sleep in this dorm (with just us in it)- makes the £2/night/person feel like a real bargain! So after talking to the German guy who works in the hostel, he circled lots of things on a map to do around the island. So today we had decided to drive up the west coast to visit Haad Son and Haad Yao beach, two beautiful, deserted, white sand beaches; with hammocks and swings. Afterwards we headed to the northwest reaches of the island to Koh Ma-this was the most impressive beach/island, as the island is reached by a strip of sand that the water washes up over on both sides. We did some snorkeling here too. Not brilliant as the visibility isn’t great, but the water is warm and clean ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Pha-Ngan December 10th 2014

Hey all, So today we are leaving Krabi to go to the beautiful Koh phangan. I have been before so very excited to see it again. We got picked up at 0630 (yes very early) and headed to the bus depot to join the big bus to Surat Thani, where the ferry port is!!! The journey there was about 3-1/2 hours but was good as the seat reclined back so had a nice nap and enjoyed the views. Once there we were headed in to areas depending where your ferry was going, our was stoping in Koh Samui first!!! After about 2 hours we finally arrived in Koh Phangan!! WOO HOO. It's so amazing here, We love it!! We got in a group taxi to our hostel. It's so quiet here as it was a full ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand December 9th 2014

Hi Loyal Followers, So today we are leaving Phi Phi and heading to Krabi for a night before moving on to the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. We arrived at the pier expecting our 1000 ferry to the main land instead we are told its 1030 so after sitting around we finally headed off. We thought we had good seats until we noticed the cockroach family coming out of the wood near my arm!!! Yuck yuck yuck!!! We moved over one accordingly and made sure others could see so we could have the area to ourselves!! The trip seemed quick and we both read during it. Once we arrived we didn’t have our pick-up to the hostel (made our getting ripped off even more annoying as they didn’t even come through on what they ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Lanta December 8th 2014

We wanta Ko Lanta Can we just talk about the motorbike situation, please? I'm tired of appearing well traveled and laissez faire and pretending that observing impending death daily doesn't wear at my soul. Anyone who has been to Asia or Indonesia or Central/South America knows what I mean, and can picture the rogue motorcyclists weaving in and out of traffic, helmetless, obeying no lanes or lights or traffic signals or sheer common sense. And to be fair, it's like the drivers are all participating in some grand symphony that my ears are not attuned to. The horns and motors and swerves to the left and right are like music, with a grand conductor in the clouds that white people aren't able to see. And it's not like there is just one person riding on these ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Krabi December 8th 2014

Krabi town So we grab another awesome Bangkok Airways flight to Krabi town. It's raining when we arrive but we jump on a shuttle bus for cheap. The town isn't much, there are really just two streets which have restaurants and pubs. We arrive at a nondescript building and the driver signals at Cameron and me to get off. We are on a bus full of people, but only we are told to get off. We ask a few times if they are sure we get off there, and the other passengers look confused as well, but they seem insistent so we get off. Now we have no idea where we are. We ask a lady sitting on the corner of the building if she knows where our hotel is, and lo and behold, we are ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don December 8th 2014

Relax! Ko Phi Phi Don So I had a few reservations about going to Ko Phi Phi (koh pee pee) island. It's very popular with tourists, particularly young backpackers, and there are reports that the island has become over commercialized and is now just resorts and people partying all night. However, it's also one of the most beautiful islands, with a lot of hiking and outdoors options. So we booked a place which was highly recommended on a secluded beach out of the main action, to try to get the best of both worlds. It's more expensive (about $40/night) but the reviews sure make it seem worth it. We catch a ferry from Krabi, and it's more of a proper ferry than the long boat from the day before. It takes 2 hours or so. We ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Phuket December 8th 2014

Hey guys!! Another great day today!! We are knackered now-bedtime being 10.30pm-guaranteed sleep in 10 seconds once hitting the pillow! So this morning we walked to the end of the beach to meet Vanessa, Kevin and the four girls, who were picking us up in their mini bus-taxi. We were all driven about an hour to the south, east side of Phuket to a private beach club called Coral Seekers. Ness and Kevin had arranged a speedboat to take us all out to the Coral Islands and Racha Island, including: Return transfers back to our hotel, all soft and alcoholic drinks, a delicious lunch, snorkeling equipment, towels, and insurance (we have been spoilt by them so much!!) The speed boat left the shore at around 10am, where after about 30 minutes it stopped near to the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Phi Phi Don December 8th 2014

Hi Followers, So we are still in Koh Phi Phi, it is definitely an amazingly picturesque place. Pity we have become old, as we tried sleeping last night but the whole room vibrated all night until 2am!!! We decided to have pastries for breakfast and head to Long beach on the west side of the island. It was a good 40 min walk to get through some of the most amazing beaches and views, our favorite along the way was called Monkey beach, small but so clean, calm and empty. We eventually got to long beach (the walk is up and down with no real path). We had a swim then treated ourselves to a banana and cold drink before heading back to town. We headed back to the same restaurant as last night where we ... read more

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Samui December 7th 2014

I've spent the last week on the island Koh Samui in Thailand with Ed. We met at Bangkok airport last Saturday and then flew down together. When we arrived we were greeted with a complimentary drink and were told that we had been upgraded to the suite at the top of the hotel! We were driven up to our room in a golf buggy and it was amazing. The room was huge, probably bigger than our first flat will be and you could fit about 4 sri lankan primary school classrooms in there! There was a bed, a living area with sofas and a flat screen TV and a huge bath. The best thing about it was the view over the bay which was breathtaking. I think Ed thought I was a bit crazy because I ... read more
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