After our spontaneous plane trip to Thailand we finally arrived at Ko Pha Ngan, one of many islands on the Southern Gulf Coast. The first impression of Thailand wasn’t that great, as we boarded off the ferry we where greeted by many local touts. After some deliberation we ended up in a open back truck that took us to Hat Yao on the west coast. Here we found an amazing guesthouse that was newly refurbished and had aircon and fresh towels (luxury item) for £4 a night. That night we ate at an amazing hotel resort on the beach front, it was soo romantic all lit up, the staff was amazingly polite and helpful and with old school love songs in the background like westlife hahah. The sea was dead, completely different to the previous sea in Malaysia.
The next day we took a taxi to a local beach further North, here there is a tiny island just of the coast that is connected by a small sandy path, half way through the sandy path disappeared which led to us walking in the sea (not good when you’re short and the water is coming up to my waist). Here we sunbathed and went snorkelling. On the way back we decided to finish the relaxing day by having a Thai massage for like £5 an hour.
The full moon party was soon, which was located on the South of Ko Pha Ngan, we decided to travel Ko Samui the island next door as the accommodation around the full moon party was quite expensive and had minimum night stay. So Ko Samui wasn’t anything that I expected, we walked along the strip that felt like I was in Ibiza again! Loads of westerners, pubs/bars, amazing hotels and just general crappy souvenir shops all cramped together along the strip.
The island didn’t really have much to offer so we decided to go on a cheap island tour. Here we visited a couple of Buddhas (wasn’t impressed), view point (not amazing), monkey breaking cocunuts, an okay waterfall and then the highlight of the trip was two rock formations that looks like the female and male genitals (nicknames fanny and dick) was quite impressed of the fanny hahaha. Then we headed of to the full moon party that evening but that will be in a separate blog 🙂
Next day we crashed the hotel next door and laid by the pool that afternoon before catching a boat to Ko Tao. Here we spend 2 days relaxing on the beach, which was nice after the busy island of Ko Samui. We heard from our books and people that it was one of the best islands to go diving but unfortunately we didn’t have time as we had a Ang Thong tour booked. Hopefully after Vietnam we may have a spare week to come back 😀
The Ang Thong National Marine park tour was amazing it was made up of 42 small islands. The day consisted of speed boat, sight seeing. buffet on a deserted beach, kayaking and beach. In the evening we found the local market which had local music, here we brought amazing sushi, meat on skewers, mango sticky rice and fresh fruit smoothie – was lush (bought way to much, both stuffed like a pig after haha).
Overall Thailand has been an amazing start with all the islands, the people are ever so friendly everywhere. The weather is hot hot hot, with hardly any rain, i have gotton so brown without even trying!! The food is here is all about the currys, our fave is the massaman curry that has potatos in it 🙂 Excited to see the rest of Thailand now
p.s im sooo far behind in my blog 😦 nearly one month – time to keep things short and sweet