This was my third trip to the beautiful Thai island of Koh Phangan for the famed Full Moon Party (FMP), all within two years (this one wasn’t initially planned, but stemmed from a last-minute desire to leave Cambodia and fortuitous timing).
The volcanic eruption had provided me with an unanticipated extra stint in Gili T, where I had just spent an amazing and unexpectedly emotional week – and this time I had a plan.
A volcano had erupted on Lombok: three people had apparently died while climbing it the day before. But the five of us new friends were headed to a boat party off the paradise island of Gili T that Wednesday, and we had hardly a care in the world.
I arrived in Koh Phangan and checked into my roomy bungalow, right off the main street of Haad Rin, the party side of the island. Although I had been expecting something a bit more glamorous for the price I had decided to pay to upgrade to air conditioning, the place turned out to have a… Read More Disneyland for twentysomethings (Koh Phangan)
I arrived in Koh Phangan on a slightly delayed ferry and met Harriet and Lauren at their accommodation, located on the ‘sunset’ side of the island, which is about a fifteen minute walk from the other side where the Full Moon Party happens.
Wow, Ko Phi Phi. Great place. Definitely better than Phuket. Perfect combination of lovely not crowded beach, a beach section with cool clubs, bars and restaurants right on it, and a town with funky shops, restaurants, bars, pubs. When I arrived I was trying to find my booked accommodation and a man, giving me directions,… Read More Koh Phi Phi, Thailand