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Thailand

Thailand,

As I mentioned in my previous article (Koh Samui for Honeymooners) i was in Thailand in 2015 for Honeymoon and after I get divorced I decided to quit job and going for an Asia Tour. My first stop was Thailand. I had seen Thailand for really limited time something like 1 week and it wasn’t really enough for me. So I decided to visit bottom to top. Let’s begin with the destinations.

Before I booked my ticket for Thailand I checked about Full moon part in Koh Phangan. And decided that it was something i needed.

My flight was from Istanbul to Bangkok. Actually one of my friends decided to come with me for 20 days in last minute decision. So it is better I use ‘’we’’. After 11 hours flight with Turkish Airlines we arrived to Bangkok at 2 PM and our bus was at 8 PM to Koh Phangan. You can book your bus&ferry from www.ferrysamui.com online. Once you arrive to BKK Airport, take a train to city center and get off after 6 stations. Then take a cap or tuk tuk to 92 Ta Nao Road where the bus company’s office is . you can leave your backpack to the office.(cctv is in operation %100 safe) and enjoy you first hours of holiday.

After we left our bags to the office we went to grab some beers and food in Khaosan road. You can see below what I grabbed for food :)

After couple of hours of fun we took the bus and trotted off to Koh Phangan. It takes 11 hours to Surat Thani and then about 2 hours Ferry to Ko Phangan. The ticket fee is 33 usd if you book online.

1-Koh Phangan,

Where to stay... We stayed Thong Yang Bungalow 10 mins away from full moon party beach by scooter. Despite it wasn’t the most comfortable bungalow of the world it was more than fine for us. Even the ocean view was enough to give decision of staying there.

Do you want puff ?We arrived to the island 2 days before the Party and started to explore the island. It is a small island and it is a party island. So there is nothing to do that much kind. But it doesn’t mean there is nothing to be enjoyed; AMSTERDAM BAR, One of the best experiences of my trip. It is on top of the Island and it provides the best view for sunset. I can hear the questions why the bar is called Amsterdam? Yea, I am not a smoker but you can do everything here that you can do in Amsterdam, Netherlands: Happy Flowerssss=)

Ladies and Gents, you might want to check the sunset photo below( heyy there is no filter in the pic):

Amsterdam Bar, Koh Phangan

Time to Party now….

We have checked the beach where the part was (Haad Rin). There was a huge preparation in the morning. In the other side, people already started to get pissed.

Full Moon Party,

I won’t tell you how the party was. I guess everyone knows how the beach parties are. That one is just the biggest one=).

You can go to the area at 7 for eating something before get pissed. A lot of restaurants and street foods are available till morning.

Let’s get the party started,

I suggest you to not wear your best and the most expensive clothes. (I was topless) The body paint is traditional in the party. So these paints find you anyway and ruin your clothes. It doesn’t get off even if you give your clothes to laundry. Suggestion2 do not go with barefoot, prefer flip flops or sandals. There are broken bottles in the sand. So you wouldn’t want your night end up in a hospital. Suggestion3 probably most of you will get pissed and very open to lose your stuffs. No worries I won’t tell you to leave your phone or camera in your room. It would be ridiculous. What is the point if you cannot share it in Instagram of Facebook? =) But you can wear a short or pant with zipped pocket and put your staff securely. Also it saves your stuffs from robbers.

The biggest tip for drinkers, most of you are backpackers like I am. And probably you will travel for months. Therefore the economy should be important. I can say that drinks are not that cheap in some places and sometimes you figure out that you spend so much money the night before when you wake up in the morning. There is a Thai Rum that called SANG SOM. What you can do is, go to 7/11 get one bottle with your friend for 170 Bahts(5 usd), get 2 bottle of soda water, lame, spring water, ice and plastic cups. After drink the bottle, you are ready to go a bar without spend much to get pissed. I assure you won’t have hangover the next day morning because of you mix the Rum with Soda water. It is better drink like a local :)

2-Phuket,

How to go....After a really tough party, it was time to heading to Phuket. We booked our ticket from same travel agency: www.ferrysamui.com it was a 7 hours journey with a combination of ferry and bus. The first time we got in to the city I remember that I was surprised of all the lighting. It was something I wasn’t expected. We stayed in Patong Beach where the nightlife is intense.If you are 2 people you can stay in The Shades Boutique Hotel without hesitation. It is close yo bar street and also just 2 mins walk to Patong beach. If you like the night life but you want to spend your day time with sightseeing, Patong is a good place. Otherwise I suggest you to stay in Karon Beach. It is quiet and also full of some enjoyable bars. Even if you stay in Karon Beach you can still go to Patong Beach for night out by taxi. One way is about 400Baht but of course Thai people always open for negotiation :)

Patong, is full of bars and different kind of nightclubs. The busiest place is Bangla Road. You can enjoy the happy hours in small bars and watch the old English men with their young Asian girlfriends while you having your 70baht Chang beer. After 11PM ILLUZION Night Club is getting busy and that one is the one of my favorite night club that I have ever been in my vocations. Good music but expensive drinks so it is better you make yourself comfortable in some other affordable place. Especially, Fridays and Saturdays are really good and crowded so best days to pick up western chicks :)

Myself is a nature lover, so I stop the nightlife advises here and carrying on with some nature sightseeing =)

Kathu Waterfall, is a small one but really fancy one. It is not a well-known waterfall and that is even better for me. There is a small pool between the trees and rocks that fed by Khatu Waterfall. We stayed there about 5 hours and only seen a few people. They were there for getting married :) yes!! They got married just there! That incident made the place better for us. So Khatu will stay in our minds as sympathetic place always. It is highly recommended for the couples as a hidden and romantic place

Khao Phra Wihan National Park, actually this is why I took that trip. The Asian National Parks… We went there four Turkish people that we met in Phuket. It was a real jungle and we were willing for trekking. Please be advised that you can be face to face of any wild bugs and animal so it is better to wear a proper trekking shoes and clothes. That National park is one of the best for Trekking. Waterfalls, tough uphill tracks, river and more… We didn’t finish it all and gone back after 1.5 hours trekking. If you want to finish all of them I suggest you to go early. But it is not a circle track so you will reach a waterfall in the end and then need to take a taxi to get back to the origin.

Big Buddha, of course Buddha :) as I said earlier you can stay in Karon Beach if you want to be away from a busy night life and the Big Buddha is also close to that area all I can say is about Big Buddha it is on top of a hill and you will enjoy the view worth to see that place. You can check out the below pics.

3- Phi Phi Island

Such a party island… Actually it depends on you. There are 2 sides of the island: If you want to chill out better to stay in Long Beach side. If you prefer to be social with people you stay in the center. But I must warn you the hotels in Long Beach side are little bit costly.

The Island is really small and motor vehicles are forbidden. Everywhere is 15 minutes walking distance. And this is the thing I liked in the Island. In the first arrival you need to pay 20Baht so it is better to have small money with you. That one is the entrance fee. After the payment we walked in to the Island. It is all about narrow streets with restaurants, diving schools and tattoo shops. Too many westerns are here to work in different jobs. Most of them are working in sales without wedges. They earn money on commissions. And it looks like it works they were looking very happy. Work and Party!!

Pool Parties, Every Friday and Sunday there are poor parties begin from 1 pm to evening. Sun Flower Beach: Every Friday, Ibiza House Pool party: Every Sundays. So I recommend you that the best day range to stay in the island is Thursday to Monday.

Beach Parties, every day is Saturday in the Island. Therefore you can go out every night and you will see the beach clubs are crowded. The drinks are not that expensive but as I advised above drink like a local and prepare yourself with Sang Som in advance.

There are 4 different bars that you can enjoy. The most well-known is SLINKY bar. But of course it doesn’t mean that it is the best one. You can visit all of them in one night and they have different type of shows as well. The fire shows start at 8 and finish around 9.30 in that while they make some different competitions like limbo game. The rules are so easy: for the girls: if you can pass under the bar topless you earn a free bucket of cocktail. It is harder for the boys: to get a free bucket boys need to do it naked =) if you do it with your clothes, you still earn a free shots of cocktail. To be honest I remember I did it maybe 20 times in a night which is mean 20 free shots. Cheapest way to get drunk without showing your ugly balls to the people.

And the other side of the Island, as I mentioned it the island also provides you some romance. There are two places to visit: Long Beach and view point. Before I tell about these two points I have to warn you about swimming: As I was advised by locals, the water in the center (near the beach clubs) is not that clean and hygienic because of the islands sewage is discharged from that side and also tide is very strong here. during the beach part time in the evenings, the ocean goes away about 150 meters(you can see it in the pic above) so people use that clear area as toilet=) and when the Sun raise, the ocean comes back with pee from last night. Therefore the locals advised us to swim in Nice Beach or Long Beach.

Nice Beach, is only 10 mins walk from the center. It is quiet and the water is pretty clean.

Long Beach, you need to trek for it first. It takes 25 mins from center. The water is clean but it is not still. Also wavy and deep…

The view point:

First of all be getting ready to climb 250 steps. You will get sweat as fu** but believe me it worth it. If the weather is sunny it means you are luckier the colour of the ocean makes the view even better. Let’s check the pics out below.

Boat Tour:

Despite the weather wasn’t that good, we decided to take a boat tour. Actually it wouldn’t be called boat. It was something like traditional Thai cockle boat and wasn’t really in good condition. Our destinations in the tour were:

Monkey Island, all I can say is; be careful while you approach them. One of the monkeys attacked me without any reason. And I had to throw my Gopro to his head. Do not forget they can be really dangerous. They are still in wild life in Thailand.

Maya Bay, This is the place where ‘’the beach’’ was filmed. So of course it is not free to enter. The boat guy asks if you want to go Maya Bay. If the answer is yes they charge you 300Baht. Thailand is full of amazing beaches so I didn’t want to pay just because of the movie filmed here. Also nobody in the boat accepted to pay for the beach. We never pay for the beachessss =)

Snorkeling, we all agreed to go snorkeling instead of Maya Bay, but unfortunately a British girl cut her toe from a coral and we had to go back early.

We have chose a cheap boat tour and we didn’t like it. So guyz pay little bit more and get a proper one :)

3- Krabi,

I tried to book the hotels as possible as close to the centers during my trip. I did the same for Krabi and that one the biggest mistake in my whole trip. This time we were 3 people; Me, my mate and a Swiss girl(Corin) who we met in PhiPhi… And we became really good friend, decided to travel for a while. We booked Green House Hotel. To be honest the hotel was great but the location was really bad. We thought the center was full of bars and colorful nightlife. But it was totally a ghost city and locals only. However the situation made us upset, we were determined to not pull our self deeper. So we checked the sightseeing places around Krabi. Let’s go on with the sightseeing points.

Ao Nang,

We took TukTuk to Ao Nang (400Baht). The road was amazing. We passed by go carting place. Planned to go there but we hadn’t time for it. But still it would be a good event for you. Once arrived to Ao Nang we looked each other and didn’t say any word. We supposed to stay there tho. Anyway no regrets! It was really sweet town. Restaurants, bars, shopping places and of course the beach… where to eat in Ao Nang: we ate in Bawarchi Delight. The food is really delicious and affordable of course if you like to eat sea food.

Kao Phanom Bencha National Park,

The day after me and Corin decided to visit Kao Phanom. After 1 hour ride we arrived the national park. The nature was really good like always in Thailand. The waterfall was the strong one. If you like survivor thing, here we go this place is for you. The entrance is about 1.5 usd if you go by scooter; you have to pay around 70 cents more. So I believe the fee is affordable.

I want to warn you about the wild animals, while me and Corin were checking the map we realized that something was just raising 1.5 meter away. It was a Cobra Sneak and was giving us ultimatum that the place is mine and get the f*** of from here. We were on the scooter at the time and we moved away as fast as we could. But of course we returned to take photo from a secure place. Please be advised all these animals are wild and dangerous please be in caution!

Tha Pom Klong Song Nam,

Corin had to catch her flight the next day and she left. Fatih was not in mood so I had to spend the day alone. That was okay for me. I got the scooter and started riding to Kao Phanom. But, after 15 minutes the weather became greyish and really heavy rain started. I tried to continue but it was raining ruthless. So I found a road ride market and refuged there. The locals really took care of me very well. It was also their home just behind the market. I stayed there more than 1 hour. They invited me to their lunch and gave me a pancho to avoid the raining while I ride. In the meanwhile the rain was lighter and I said goodbye to them. They were so good and welcomed to me.

After I wore my pancho I was ready to continue. It was still raining but that was even more enjoyable. After 50 minutes ride i arrived Tha Pom Klong Song Nam. The entrance fee is 50 Baht (1, 70 USD). It was really impressive place; there was a natural swimming pool. The swimming pool was consisted of rainwater and mountain water. It was pretty clean and the place was really romantic. Also it can be considered to spend couple of hours for chill out. There is a round track that can be walked in 20 minutes. would be perfect choice for couples.