Trip Start Jan 27, 2008
15Trip End Jun 09, 2008
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After leaving the west side of Thailand we hopped on a bus and then a ferry to get us over to Koh Samui, just off the east coast. It took almost all day to get there but it was well worth it!
It's another fairly busy and touristy place, especially if you stay at the most popular "Chewang Beach'' - but that's where all the action is! There are so many good restaurants and bars to choose from, you could stay there for a long time! On Chewang beach most resorts have a restaurant set up on the beach...which is pretty awesome! We got to watch our first Afl game of the season at a sports bar called 'The Islander'..The Bulldogs wiped up the Bombers!
One of the days we hire a scooter and rode up and around the island all day to get our money's worth. The nightlife is pretty wild there and would recommend any partygoers to visit
KOH PHA NGAN
A short ferry ride and we had arrived on Koh Pha Ngan. The home of the full moon party, the black moon party and pretty much every other party you can think of. Everyone seems to go there to sunbake and party! Hat Rin Nok, one of the nicest beaches we have seen draws up to 30,000 people in high season for the monthly Full Moon Party!
It is a beautiful island with awesome beaches and plenty of action. We stayed in the Hat Rin area which is the main traveller's town on the island, where you can buy a great schnitzel sandwich for about $2 - yum!!
We arrived a day after the half moon party and left about 5 days before the full moon party but had to make it to Bangkok via Koh Tao before our visas ran out, or they sent us home!!
After a few days chilling out we went to Koh Tao which is a small island north of Koh Pha Ngan. The majority of the people there are divers cos it's supposed to be one of the best dive spots in Thailand. We managed to fit in a snorkelling day trip around the island into our busy schedule and we think it's the best snorkelling we have ever done! The water was crystal clear and there were millions of tropical fish and coral reef everywhere.
Sadly, the island life was officially over! We left Koh Tao after visiting about 7 of Thailands beautiful islands and made our way to the crazy capital city...Bangkok!
After an overnight bus ride we arrived in Bangkok at 4:30am and went straight to the hostel for some sleep
Over our 4 days there we checked out a few of their massive shopping centres and the weekend markets. We visited all the major temples and spent a night wandering around Pat Pong markets in the red light district. (26 offers of a ping pong show....that we counted!)
We went on a day tour to the famous floating markets, where people do their fruit and veggie shopping from their boats. From there we headed to the Bridge on the River Kwai and saw the death Railway. The Tiger Temple is the main attraction for tourists...and that was next! We got to sit and pat the tigers and have our photos taken. Apparently the tigers are calm because of the calm nature of the monks...but we're sceptical and think some drugs may have to be involved!
Bangkok was our last stop in Thailand so it was off to Cambodia!...