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May 6, 2007 - Ko Pha-Ngan

Time to leave my happy little home. Noooooooo. Okay, okay I'll recover. I had my last breakie in the restaurant and watched the boxing as Floyd Mayweather became the new champ over Oscar Del Lahioa. I know I spelt that wrong! Not a bad fight but Oscar's days are over. I farewelled my staff there and quickly checked my emails. The taxi arrived on time but I feared that me and my stuff wouldn't fit with everyone else. It was a shared taxi, not what I was expecting. He had two more people to pick up so wanted all of our bags on the top. Mine...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Mar 6, 2007 - Thailand

Thailand what a blast, Kao Phanagn - a lazy .... lazy place, beautiful none the least! A good 2 hours "slow boat" ride from the mainland and depending on your travel preference ypu have the choice of the traditional above deck sea views or you can watch any number of the "available movies" below deck. The Island itself found fame as a backpackers haven offering sun, beer, sun, diving, sun, sand, sun, snorkeling, and beer and sun...... the coral is typically to die for and the roads are are pretty rough too..... The last few years has seen...

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Jan 25, 2007 - Moving On

Hi everyone, time for an update. Attempted this yersday but the system froze so some of you may have seen the pictures already. Last few days in Koh Samui were great. Took a tour around the island on a scooter ($6 cdn a day) and spent a few days with Steve from Wales. Steve owns a hotel and pub in Wales which sounds amazing (website if you are interested www.tymawrhotel.org.uk) - free promotion for you Steve!). We also celebrated Greg's birthday on the 24th. The staff were amazing at the Free House. They knew it was his birthday and when we...

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Jan 21, 2007 - Ko Samui to Ko Phangan

January 21, 2007 We left busy Chaweng beach and Ko Samui behind in search of a more laid back, remote-ish beach. We found what we were looking for on Ko Phangan at Haad Yao Beach (Long Beach). We spent an hour "strolling" up and down the beach w/ our heavy backpacks on, in search of the perfect (not too skanky, not too pricey) beach hut and we found it at Silver Beach Bungalows. A great little place, ten steps to the beach w/ a front porch and ocean view. We were so excited to have finally found the little piece of paradise we were...

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Jan 20, 2007 - Koh Tao

We arrived on the island and found a nice hotel by white sand and turquoise blue sea. Unfortunately when we arrived it was still raining but after a couple of hours the skies cleared and we were happily sitting by the pool sunning ourselves. We are tired of jumping around so are happy to stay here for at least a week or so. The weather is off and on but we get sun at least every second day so we're happy enough. More importantly the rain is aclimatising us to returing home in a couple of weeks! There are plenty of nice places to eat in the...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Jan 4, 2007 - THAILAND: Ko Tao

Ko Tao is known for it's diving and I did none whatsoever! I decided to make a stop in Ko Tao, to meet some friends from home, Nick, Kelly and Stewart. Unfortunately the weather for most of my 4 days was miserable and the poncho came out more than once! We had fun though...eating good food and having a few drinks and buckets here and there, and just catching up. I had a lovely little bungalow to myself which was great after so long sharing with people too. My last day the weather finally perked up. Nick and Kelly had a quad and Stewart and...

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Dec 26, 2006 - Happy Boxing Day!

Hello all, We're in Koh Pangnan and have been here since Friday 22nd. We're staying at Same Same hostel in Haad Rin bay - home of the full moon parties. It's buzzing - it appears it's always buzzing! We had two Christmas dinners this year! Our Christmas eve was spent celebrating the danish Christmas day. We joined 130 people for a typical danish banquet which consisted of potato, potato and more potato - Oh, and meatballs! It was good fun and we mixed with the mad danish people. On Christmas day we decided to hire some skooters and have a...

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Dec 18, 2006 - Day 96 - Goodbye Koh Tao hello Koh Pha Ngan via the evil catamaran

A very sad goodbye to Koh Tao. We'd stayed there for longer than anywhere else on our travels and made some friends (wow!) so it was sad to leave for somewhere new and unknown again. It wasn't a good omen when the first thing the boat staff did after the passengers piled on was to hand out sick bags and tissue paper. One hour later, Rob had lost his breakfast, I was paralysed by fear, both were extremely grateful to get off the boat from hell. Turns out that its completely off season when we arrived (that explains the grey skies and howling...

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Dec 9, 2006 - Ko Pha Ngan

Getting down to the islands from Bangkok was quite a journey...I took an overnight train from Chiang Mai (not in a sleeper, but a regular seat) to Bangkok and got in around 9:30 am. I booked an overnight bus to leave at 7:00 pm to head farther south and then headed stright to the Indian Embassy to apply for my visa. I got there, filled out the form and waited to be called. I was called at 11:30, only 30 minutes before they close for the day, and then realized that I was 300 Bhat short. The guy ahead of me loaned me the money, luckily, and I...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Dec 4, 2006 - Koh Panghan

A little more southward from the last update and a little bigger island... We are here at Koh Panghan for one reason and one reason only really... the Full Moon PArty... famed by travelers everywhere this event is only thrown once every month to herald in the birth of yet another full moon. But before that, we are here for the week so lets break down the dirty details. This place is awesome... everyone on Koh Tao is like don't go its shit... well I thumb my nose at those nay sayers because this place rocks. I love it. We hopped off the boat...

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Nov 30, 2006 - Ko Pha-ngan & Ko Tao, Thailand

We always seem to envision tropical islands with perfect weather. Had I known a typhoon would breeze through the Gulf of Thailand I may have planned my itinerary differently. I arrived on the fairly isolated stretch of the sunny northeast coast of Ko Pha-ngan with optimism. The next morning, however, the sun was shadowed by grey heavy clouds and failed to show itself for a week. Intermittent rains ruined my plans of scuba diving and snorkeling so I had to settle for the dream -- the Honda Dream. Since the waves were unrelenting - spewing...

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Nov 20, 2006 - Koh Phangan

We arrived in Koh Phangan & rented a jeep. We drove up to the beach where we will be staying for the next few days, Had Salaad. It's on the west coast. It is absolutly beautiful here. We have a beachfront bungalow with a deck overlooking the beach. This beach is very peaceful & relaxing. Went to lunch at a beach south of us on the west coast called Had Yao. Food here is amazing! Drove around the island, stopped to feed an elephant a basket of banannas. Booked our 1st dive tomorrow, at Sail Rock.

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