After a relaxing day at the beach, I went to get showered up and then right as I was about to head out, it began to rain, and when I say rain, I mean it was pouring! Unfortunately, just the other day my umbrella broke and so I thought I would easily go buy one, but I was wrong. For whatever reason, no one around here seems to sell small travel umbrellas, they are all those huge long ones that are obviously not at all practical for my purposes. Yet fortunately for me, when I stopped to buy my ticket to Ko Phi Phi, the super nice guy working there, who told me that his “international” name is Joe, lent me a Mickey Mouse umbrella, which I gratefully used all night! Read the rest of this entry
Five days in my rustic bungalow was enough, so I decided to travel on to Ko Samui since it was pretty close to Ko Phangan and only a 200 baht ferry ticket away! Seriously, this is one thing that I am really liking about Thailand. It is extremely cheap and easy to get from place to place, which is something that I can really appreciate after some of the brain damage I have dealt with getting around from place to place in other countries. Even better was the fact that the pier was super close and the people from the bungalows drove me there.
When I arrived, I saw these guys who I had met at the Chumphon pier before getting on that puke boat to Koh Toa. So it was pretty funny to see them and we laughed about how terrible of a ride that was! During the thirty minute ride, I chatted with them and met some of their British friends who actually live in Málaga of all places. What a small world it is! Read the rest of this entry
After sleeping in this bungalow for three nights, I went to get dressed in the morning and grabbed a dress that was folded on the ledge of the window. As I snatched it up, out fell a nice sized scorpion! It laid there and I honestly thought it was dead, so I snapped some photos. Then just as I was grabbing something with which to sweep it out the door, it scrambled under the bed, which certainly did not make me happy! Read the rest of this entry
Since I don’t know much about Ko Phangan, I was happy that my new Canadian friend offered to take me around and show me some of the beautiful beaches and such. Yet I am just not a morning person, so I was less than thrilled to have to set an alarm clock, but I did it anyways thinking that it was worth it to get to see some more of this island. However, much to my dismay, this guy was about an hour late and did not even message me until he was nearly thirty minutes late. Still, I thought no big deal. Then he finally came to get me and we went for a long ride all the way to this beach, even seeing a monkey run out into the road at one point which was super cool! Then unfortunately his friends called and had locked themselves out so we had to leave right away. So when he dropped me off at my place and said he would be back in fifteen minutes, I was not so surprised when he totally flaked out all day! Read the rest of this entry
When I first arrived in Ko Pha Nang, I took a taxi with some other travelers to Haad Rin. Then I asked around as to where to find this place where I had booked a bungalow. Fortunately, a very nice girl let me use her Wi-Fi and I saw that they had sent me a message saying to call when I arrive and so they could come to pick me up. Since I am staying at the top of a hill, this was excellent news! At first, I was somewhat disappointed that I was out in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere, but wow is it amazing up here! Really, it is a piece of paradise in an idyllic setting of tranquility. Read the rest of this entry
Ok, so I have a minor Nutella addiction. When in Paris, I consumed vast quantities of it because it is just so delicious that I could not help myself! So prior to my departure, I made sure to eat plenty of it to get my fix because I never in a million years expected to find any in Thailand. Read the rest of this entry
Koh Tao was overall pretty relaxing and it was fabulous to get back to the beach! Where I stayed was a bit nicer than the place I was at in Bangkok, so that was also much appreciated. In many ways, it reminded me of beachy places in Central America. Maybe this is because it had an amazing beach, a jungle type of environment, and an abundance of restaurants, bars, and shops all over the place. While I was there, my Australian friend Michael who I had met in Bangkok came to Koh Tao so I got to hang out with him again. Seriously, that guy is like no one else I have ever met. In Australia, he is a high-end hair stylist, yet he told me that he only washes his own hair once a month. In addition to this, he told me all kinds of random stories and facts such as the fact that Chang beer contains formaldehyde, yet he continued to drink them every time I saw him as he chain smoked cigarette after cigarette! Just his accent and the way he talks about how everything is straightaway and such, he was hilarious and made me laugh a lot!Then we both happened to be on the same boat because the first stop was Ko Pha Nang and then he was traveling onto Ko Samui. Since I had experienced such crazy seasickness on the other boat when I arrived to Koh Tao, I have to admit I was pretty nervous to get on another boat. So I got some Dramamine, ate breakfast, and drank plenty of water just in case I was to get sick. Michael kept laughing about the people he had seen puking when he had taken the boat a different day than me, but then he even asked me for a Dramamine! So apparently he must have been a little scared of getting sick, so I had to make fun of him a little. However, the ride was thankfully tranquil and easy. Fortunately, I did not feel the least bit of any motion sickness, which was fabulous! After a short ride of less than two hours, I arrived at my destination in Ko Pha Nang and went to go find my bungalow here!