Our Last Stop: We relax and reflect on Koh Phangan
Trip Start Jan 30, 2010
43Trip End Sep 12, 2010
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As soon as we set foot on the island, we sensed a different vibe here, more relaxed and less pretentious (just the short ferry ride makes it less accessible and hence less of a target for the real estate brokers, time-share developments and the like).
We headed to the north of the island - as far as possible from the southern Haad Rin beaches (site of the infamous 'full moon parties' where the young backpackers go to drink the night away) and chose our room from several small resorts at Haad Salad (Haad = beach), ending up in a beautiful bungalow at the Green Papaya. For the next few days we ventured no further than 'our' beach, walking the full 300 yard length a few times a day, eating in the small restaurants, swimming and snorkeling in the calm, shallow waters inside the reef, and enduring more Thai massages on the beachfront (lying next to the beach with the sounds of the ocean and light breezes blowing whilst getting such a massage must be one of the most relaxing experiences imaginable!).
On our last day, we finally made the effort to explore further afield, taking a small water taxi to the next bay (almost 500 yards away!), where we found an even quieter beach (beachfront bungalows $30/night), better snorkeling and more Thai massages (though we had been so spoilt by the ladies at Tuk Massage that we left here complaining about the lack of experience of the masseusses - all for 250THB ($8) an hour...(back at our beach I went for a second massage to rectify this situation...)).
Our few days in this island paradise flew by and soon we were on our way back to the mainland and on our final flights of the trip, headed back to San Francisco. What a fantastic experience indeed!