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Feb 7, 2012 - Thailand - Day 28 - Full Moon Party

We rented a motorcycle today and made our way down the west coast of the island. Their of some very beautiful beaches on Koh Pha Ngan, the water is so stunning. We stopped in to Koh Ma beach which supplied us with extravagant views of European foreigners baring their breasts for all to see, dogs running up and down the sand stealing beach shoes and sun blankets. (Jason rescued someone’s tennis shoe from being carried off into the ocean by one of the local dogs) Not a square inch of this beach wasn’t being used but still as you looked out...

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Feb 6, 2012 - Thailand - Days 26 & 27 - Koh Phagnan

Koh Phangan is the largest of Samui’s neighboring islets, with an area of 168 sq km. Over 70% of its total area is mountains and tropical forest. Lowlands are beaches and coconut fields. About 8,000 people live on the island, some are Chinese, whose ancestors migrated from China more than a hundred years ago. The main population lives in Thongsala town. More than 90% of the population is Buddhist but there are a few Muslims in Ban Tai village. The most important product of Koh Phangan is coconut, each month Koh Samui and Koh Phangan...

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Jan 19, 2012 - Jan 15-19: Ko Phangan

We arrived on the island on Sunday night and went straight to our hostel. From the moment we arrived there we all loved it. The atmosphere is very relaxed and there are a lot of travelers always hanging out in the bar / restaurant area. There is a pool here and the rooms are very cute- each located in separate bungalow and each one with their own hammock. After our first day on the island we loved it so much we decided to book two extra nights (for a total of 4 nights on Ko Phangan). The first day here we relaxed in the morning and in the...

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Jan 19, 2012 - Leaving Ko Phangan

Today is a long day of traveling. We take a taxi to the pier, where we take a boat to the mainland, where we take a bus to Surat Thani, where we take an overnight bus to Bangkok. As the bus to Surat Thani got to the pier I realized I didn't want to use the bus bathroom so I quickly put my stuff on the bus and told Roslyn I was running to use the bathroom before the bus left. Even though the bus wasn't scheduled to leave for another 20 minutes I ran to the bathroom, used it so quickly and sprinted back out only to find an empty spot where...

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Nov 30, 2011 - Koh Phangan

Nov 27 – Just up the sea from Koh Samui on a short ferry ride is the island of Koh Phangan. My new home will be in the small town of Haan Rin, it is a small tip of the island. On one side of the town is sunset beach, which is where I am staying. Once again, just like Vietnam, I scored the ocean front bungalow. I get to fall asleep listening to the waves again. It is also loaded with a hammock on the front porch. On the other side of the town is sunrise beach. It is world famous for its Full Moon Parties. Luckily we are between full moons...

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Oct 9, 2011 - Koh Phan Ngan

So, our final destination, Koh Phan Ngan. We took a bus from Phuket to get to Donsak, where we caught a ferry. The bus journey was nice, and flat! The scenery was dotted with giant karsts. At the beginning of our trip we were looking at these karst in awe, so big. But now they seem the ordinary. How easy it is for people to not appreciate their surroundings, when in just 6 months the amazing becomes normal. The ferry was quite long, 3 hours, and not exactly plush. We got to the island around 6pm, and to our bungalow by around 7pm. We had...

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Feb 15, 2011 - Ko Phangan

We moved onto beautiful Ko Phangan - home of the full moon party! We went to Mae Head in the north west for good snorkelling which was great! Massages on the beach and beautiful bungalows on the beach - was great....chilling, reading, beautiful sunsets....

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Aug 29, 2010 - The Islands - Koh Phangan, Samui and Tao

It is quite normal for the sea mountains forming the island chain just east off of its peninsular to be the highlight of any traveler's visit to Southern Thailand. While there were occasional flashes of good memories, exciting adventures and breathtaking beauty, all in all the islands were quite forgettable. After leaving Phi Phi we needed to hop onto the other side of the peninsular and in so doing devoted our entire day to traveling by boat, by bus, and then by boat again. We embarked and arrived with the sun only being a few fingers...

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Jun 25, 2010 - Ko Pha-ngan

I went to Ko Pha-Ngan for the infamous full moon party on the beach. It was really good fun. It's basically just an excuse to get drunk every month when the moon is full. There were various activities on the beach, like fire juggling and fire skipping. There was a foam machine and there were stalls everywhere selling really cheap buckets of alcohol. We all got a bit carried away with decorating ourselves with uv paint before going to the party. The day after the full moon party I watched England crash out of the world cup.

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Apr 14, 2010 - Ko Phangan & Ko Tao

Ko Phangan & Ko Tao 14-04 De foto's kunnen we hier niet uploaden, dus die komen de volgende keer! Na de nachttrein, bus en boot komen we de volgende ochtend aan op Ko Phangan. We vinden een fijn 'resort' met zwembad gelijk aan het strand, en, omdat het geen hoogseizoen meer is, voor 1/3 van de prijs! We zwemmen deze dag in het zwembad, lopen door het dorpje en gaan naar het strand van de bekende fullmoon party, een feest dat we helaas net mislopen. 's avonds eten we met kaarslicht op het strand. De volgende dag huren we een motorbike en...

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Jan 14, 2010 - Ko Phangan, Thailand

Wednesday 13th January 2010 After a restful few days in Krabi its time to hit the road again, and another long bus trip – this time to Ko Pha-Ngan island off the other coast of Southern Thailand. The journey involved first a bus to the bus station, then a coach, then another coach, then a tram bus thing, then a ferry, then a taxi and finally a longtail boat to Bottle Beach! Seven different vehicles in one day – it was worth it though when we arrived at Bottle Beach is picturesque and you don’t have to share it with too many others. There...

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Big trip home!

Jan 2, 2010 - Ko Pha Ngan - Dec 29 - Jan 2, 2010

December 29, 2009 We were leaving Samui today for 5 nights to head to Ko Pha Ngan for some more diving and to celebrate New Year. We packed our bags, left a nice big bag of laundry with our hotel in Samui and grabbed some breakfast before we were picked up by a taxi about midday to take us to the ferry port. The driver was a grumpy old sod and took our payment while shoving us into the back. We picked up a few more people on the way and all of us were glad when we finally got to the port in one piece after being thrown around all the way in...

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