The East side
08.04.2008 - 10.04.2008
Next stop: the islands of the East coast in Thailand. The first location was Koh PhanGan. This island is north of Koh Samui and South of Koh Tau. Its best fame is for the supposedly rowdy full moon parties that occur on the beach during... you guessed it. We weren't there for that. Instead, we traveled to the North western coast where the roads turn to dirt and the tourist scene becomes more hammock oriented. We hotelled at Long Bay beach.
The beach where we stayed was ok. Compared with some of the areas we had previously seen, we'd not give it 5 stars. However, there are plenty of highlights around. We rented a scooter to give us some freedom on the island and to hop around beaches. Ren went North from Long Beach and visited Koh Mah beach further North. That was simply amazing. A long, sandy beach with crystal clear water. While snorkeling around he saw a small sting ray among many other fishies. Lots of swimming to be enjoyed.
Another trip took him to the North East side of the island. The road there was quite tough to traverse on an automatic scooter. Seemed like the other other, occasional, vehicles on the broken, red-dirt roads where 4-wheel drive trucks and motorcross bikes (kicking up dirt on his face). But once he arrived at the beach, the trip was easily justified. Another amazing set of view of beaches, bays, crystal clear waters. Simply wonderful. And the Northern stretches features backpacker bungalows right on the beach. Probably some of the super cheap accomodations that people romantisize about in Thailand that's quite impossible to find just about anywhere else.