I get it! Blogging is evidently not my strong point but when travelling non-stop for 7 weeks you get a bit side-tracked with let me think.... Everything! So here is a glimpse the southern Island adventure of travels through Southern Thailand:
On September 11 we flew into Phuket and since it's September 11 we flew Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where we had just spent 10 amazing mind-blowing days in Paradise and were ready to finally backpack through Thailand, FINALLY! When We landed we met a couple shared a taxi, which is a rip-off in the first place (500 Baht) which should normally cost around 250, but when you split it with 2 other people its reasonable. We of course flew into Thailand during its Rainy season and when the travel sites and weather tell you it's going to rain LISTEN! Cause it's going to rain hard and the sea conditions will leave you sick throwing up in a bag like I DID. We spent the night in a guesthouse in Phuket walked around the markets and then headed to Koh Phi Phi to check out what all the fuss was about at Maya Beach where The Beach was filmed. Not only is it a tourist overrun debouchery but more expensive than anywhere I have ever been in ASIA! They have taken this amazingly beautiful set of islands and have turned them into a spiteful tourist trap that we thought to be one of the worst things that we had ever seen. So Jamie and I decided to spend the next two days at Koh Phi Phi Relax resort which was on the eastern side of the island and a beautiful secluded spot at that! The only problem, rain, rain , rain and more rain. The bungalows where made of this beautiful wood teak set amongst the lush tropical gardens with amazing water. When we go back we are either staying here again or just doing an early morning trip to avoid the craziness. A few pics below I took of our two days on Koh Phi Phi Leh/Don
Koh Phi Phi Leh
Maya Beach (THE BEACH)
Long Tail Boat and In suing Monsoon
Koh Phi Phi Relax Resort
Koh Phi Phi is a tourist attraction for a reason and if we decide to return undoubtedly we will be returning prepared and in the DRY SEASON. So Jamie and I left after two days, booked the ferry to Krabi because we were headed to Koh Phangan and Sunny Skies. Though the ferry transfer to Krabi was one of the worst I had ever experienced in my entire life and honestly I thought the boat was going to crack in half! The beams inside the boat were moving apart and then back together as the boat smashed into enormous waves and the windows were cracked with water seeping through them. Everyone was vomiting including yours truly for two hours straight... As soon as I stepped off the boat I sat down on a bench and got my barrings straight and thanked God for getting me off the boat in one piece, well at least in a piece!
So From Krabi, a nice little port town that had an awesome night market where we enjoyed delicious Thai noodle soup for a $1 and a fresh coconut $.50, we were feeling great and ready to head to Koh Phangan. We bought a bus/ferry ticket to get to the island and when doing so always factor in that it will be at least an hour longer than said time of arrival. After the 8 hours in a bus and ferry to Koh Phangan we arrived at dusk and headed straight for Haad Yaun and Ocean Rock Bungalows. So many idiots go for the FULL MOON PARTY and Jamie and I were there for another reason, to experience the island for the magical place that it is and WE DID JUST THAT! We heard about Haad Yaun (one of the many beaches) from a fellow traveller on Travelfish.org and recommended Ocean Rock Bungalows as a "Backpackers Dream." After arriving on the beach at night and hiking a small 5 minutes up the tree-branch bridge over the rocks we had our magical bungalow overlooking the beach and sea and knew we had found Paradise.
Haad Rin (Full Moon Party Beach) and Haad Yaun/Ocean Rock Bungalows
Haad Yaun and Ocean Rock Bungalows
The Bridges made from tree-branches were awesome!
Ocean Rock Bungalows... Ours is the third from the right
The View from our Bungalow
On Haad Yaun we had met an Australian couple who were very nice and spread some good vibes about where to travel and Laos and played cards and chatted till the we hours of the night. I also met a Thai local who ran the peace and love bar right in the middle of the beach who had some amazing tattoo work done from a good friend of his who is still the best I have seen in all of Thailand whom I will be speaking with about my next tattoo for my left arm!!! Since Koh Phangan is such a beautiful Island with over 20 beaches we decided to head up the east side of the coast beach hoping for the next 5 days. Each beach had a different vibe and special in it's each way. While on our next stop Haad Sadet had amazing views from the hill top restaurant and a FACE SIZE SPIDER THAT HAD CRAWLED INTO OUR BED AND WAS HANGING FROM OUR MOSQUITO NET! It was the biggest spider I had ever seen and luckily wasn't poisonous and neither of us got bit but we had to go to sleep with the Erie feeling of not knowing where in the hell it went?! ALL PART OF THE ADVENTURE BABY!!
Koh Phangan was still in the midst of low season and we utterly had the beaches to our selves. Beach front bungalows, delicious food, and great locals made Koh Phangan one of our fav's! Here are some pics of the other beaches we visited throughout our stay:
Cruisin Baby! And yes that is facial hair!
Haad Sadet Beach
View from our Beach side Bungalow
Amazing View Point
Koh Phangan is a diamond in the rough and when down right you can experience a special side of the island that many only go for the Full Moon Party... This island has a special place in our hearts and we will definitely be returning soon, HA we haven't even seen the west side of the island yet and the sunsets are supposed to be INSANE! Thailand is a Special Country and this was only the beginning. Lose yourself in the unknown and seek out the unique be different and always have your EYES WIDE OPEN!