Monday, 5 May 2014

Travelling Thailand: Ko Samui, Ko Phangan & Ko Tao

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1. Haad Salad beach, Ko Phangan // 2. Sunset on Had Yao beach, Ko Phangan // 3. Ko Samui waterfall // 4. Swing on Haad Salad beach // 5. Nang Yuan, island off Ko Tao // 6. Ko Tao water // 7. Full Moon Party, Ko Samui // 8. Buckets in Ko Tao.

Ko Samui:
Samui is the biggest of the islands on the East coast of Thailand and definitely the most developed and tourist orientated. It's a beautiful island, full of lots of extravagant resorts and hotels, which means it's very holiday orientated but it does have it's cheaper backpacker hostels and hotels too. We stayed in the main tourist area of Chaweng and spent most of our time on the beach and in the sea! There's an inflatable course set up in the sea, very much like Total Wipeout, which we played on one day and it was so much fun! I've always wanted to do Total Wipeout so this was an excellent alternative. My arms were like jelly by the end of the day, tired from pulling myself up the inflatables and ladders! To get away from the touristy-ness of Chaweng, we took a day trip to the centre of the island and visited a waterfall. It took a bit of hiking to get up to the waterfall, along a path lined by jungle, but it was definitely worth it when we arrived. We were able to swim in the pools at the bottom and climbed up the rocks to mini pools higher up the fall. Definitely worth a visit! 

Ko Phangan:
Most well known among travellers for its Full Moon party in the south of the island, Ko Phangan sits between Samui and Tao on the East coast of Thailand. Josh's birthday fell on the exact night of the Full Moon, so we decided it was the perfect opportunity for a good party! However we decided to base our stay up in the north of the island, away from the hustle and bustle of the party and where the beaches are the most beautiful. The north of the island was lovely, quite quiet with amazing beaches as we had heard so it was perfect to relax after the party. The Full Moon party itself was not as hectic and scary as everyone makes out (they have got themselves a bit of a reputation in the past few years). Just make sure you leave your valuables in your hotel safe and watch your drinks/buckets on the beach, you just need common sense really... and don't get too drunk! The atmosphere and crowd was just like any large festival I've been to, just along a beach instead! We had a fun night and I'd say if you're going to Phangan and there happens to be a coinciding full moon, then pop along and check it out :)

Ko Tao:
Tao is the smallest of the East coast islands and my personal favourite. The colour and clearness of the sea in Tao is insane. Honestly I have never seen anything like it before, not even on a postcard! My camera is full of various photos of the sea, waves, rockpools, the port and everything water related. If you're interested in diving then this is the place to do it, the dive sites are known to be amazing and there's so many well respected, yet still cheap, dive companies on the island. We were happy to snorkel instead of dive and it was still incredible. We took a longtail boat out to Nang Yuan, a very tiny island off the coast of Tao, and spent the day snorkeling in the shallow, clear waters. We saw the most beautiful tropical fish and they were so friendly, not at all scared by humans! I had the best time in Tao, I loved snorkeling, the beach, walking around the streets in the evening and all the beach-side bars! As my favourite island I would definitely recommend visiting!

This is my last post for my Travelling Thailand series, if you'd like to read the rest of the posts you can see them here. Hope you've enjoyed reading them. :) I've just booked more travels to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia for October so at some point I'll be sharing them with you too - eek!

3 comments:

  1. Oh Thailand. ♥ Eeeep, how exciting Emily! You're such a little jet setter. ;)

    Tara x

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  2. What a beautiful place. x

    www,beautiful-in-essence.blogspot,com

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  3. Wow! Looks amazing! One of my friends is just home from Thailand. It's stunning!

    XO, G from grace'd

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