Archive for January, 2013

Ko Phangan – Island Paradise

Posted: January 8, 2013 in Asia, Thailand

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Sunset over Ban Thai Beach

Another tough day draws to a close on Ko Phangan, a small island in southern Thailand.  My first visit here was in 1999, and the island has changed in may ways, and in others is exactly the same as if the twist of time has no effect.  Certainly the type of traveller that is attracted here has changed, believe it or not, there are people with suitcases!  And some even have children along for the ride!

Still a magical island, with a mountainous jungle interior that hides Chinese temples, huge waterfalls, monkeys and rough dirt roads.  On the rim of the island, countless stunning beaches, a myriad of accommodation options, and some of the finest food that planet Earth has to offer, courtesy of some very skilled Thai Chefs.

This will be life for the next 15 days, we are camped out at Milky Bay resort on Ban Tai Beach, in a studio room, with all the creature comforts you could desire.

Days are filled with tough decisions like: Do I go to the waterfall for a walk and a swim, or stay on the beach and read a book?

Our plan is to move on to Sri Lanka late January, stay tuned……

New Years Eve, 2012

Posted: January 4, 2013 in Asia, Thailand

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Happy New Year!  We saw the arrival of 2013 from our fabulous suite in Bangkok, after an action packed day taking in a river ferry, Wat Po, and a quick peek at the Grand Palace.  Bangkok is absolutely teeming with locals and tourists, and it was amazing to be able to sit up in the suite as the clock struck 12 and watch the whole of Bangkok light up in front of us as fireworks went off across the city.

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Bangkok, the Journey Begins….

Posted: January 4, 2013 in Asia, Thailand

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Great view from the Pullman Hotel G!

After landing in Bangkok, thanks to 12 hours of Tiger Airways awesomeness, we jumped on the new train from Bangkok Airport to the city, and then a quick cab ride to our first hotel, the Pullman Hotel G Bangkok.  We were lucky enough to a) arrive at 9am in the morning and have a room ready for us to crash in after two low-cost carrier flights overnight and b) were upgraded to a suite on the 31st floor which had the view you can see above!  The hotel was a flash start for a flashpacking couple, and we were all smiles.  Not only was the room outstanding, we had executive floor privileges, which extended to breakfast on the 27th floor, and cocktails and canapes in the evening, and on the 31st December, we sure took advantage of that!