Another island close to Koh Samui is Koh Pha Ngan (also know as Koh Pangan). It is a little bigger than Koh Tao and still has a lot of lonely beaches on the east coast. As we were looking for a place less touristy than Koh Tao but still easy to reach by land, we decided to stay five nights in Haad Salad in the north west of the island. As it was still low season and no full moon party took place, we got a very good deal. You can book something through one of the well known websites like booking.com or agoda.com or you can ask the hotels directly.
Tao in southern Thailand is mostly known as a diving destination.
Almost every second house is a diving shop and a lot of people come
here to do their PADI open water course, as the prices are lower than
almost anywhere else. Open water courses start as low as 7500 THB
(190 EUR), single dives are from 700 THB (18 EUR). The island is very
touristy. Back in the 1970ies, when the first travelers arrived,
barely anyone lived permanently on the island. Today more than 15'000
residents make their living from tourism.
an amazing three weeks with friends and families, Lisa and I were
thrilled to start the next part of our trip. Everything went smooth
and we safely arrived back in sunshine and hot weather. Unlike most
travelers, we took a taxi from the „new“ airport, as our
CouchSurfing host lived quite on the edge of Bangkok. About 1.5 hours
from the city center. But this was what we were looking for. A quiet
neighborhood, far from the touristy Khao-San-Road and the hyperactive
Sukhumvit. We spent the first two days relaxing, getting to know the
Thai culture and curing Lisa's cold.
in Switzerland. That never sounded spectacular to me. Yes, it is the
country of mountains, cows, chocolate, watches and banks. But for
most of my life chocolate made me even fatter, watches showed me that
I am late, banks reminded me to earn more money and start a career,
cows were just everywhere and in between the mountains I felt simply
limited. But after one year in Indonesia I started to realize that
there is a lot more to that country and that there are millions of
people dreaming of a holiday in this place.
days I called Solo home. Well, somehow I still do sometimes. When I
was about to arrive there, I was scared like rarely before. But the
smiles greeting me at the airport after my 24 hours journey promised
a lot. And even though it was sure not an easy year, I can say it was
definitely a good one. I met amazing people, I learned a lot about
myself, and my relationship with Fabs got to another level.
have never smiled so often from the bottom of my heart as I did
during my time in Indonesia. I never felt so warm for an entire year,
as the temperature never drops below 25 degrees (as long as you
don't climb mountains). I heard so many interesting new stories of
wonderful people in such a short time. And I never had a job that I
loved so much before, probably also because of the people I worked