27.09.2012 27 °C
Beautiful Koh Phangan is best discovered by renting a motorbike (you can get them for less than 3$ a day and a license is usually not required. Does something like this even exist in thailand!?)
A good idea is to always take a map along. Not like me, thinking: "this island is round so I will reach my starting point when I drive long enough!" I ended up in the jungle, with no drop of gas left.
Which turned out to be a very nice experience. I discovered the Phaeng waterfall and decided to climb it. After two hours, I reached the top and as a reward, enjoyed an amazing view and had a bath in the refreshing natural pool. (Another good idea when going trekking for hours: take some shoes along! Not like me...)
Koh Phangan is also famous for its Half/Full/Black-moon-Parties. Of course we checked it out and it was the craziest party I've ever seen (And I've seen a few!) So if you ever happen to be in Thailand at Whatever-Moon you HAVE to visit Koh Phangan! It was an unbelievable experience and I met incredible people!
Diving, Climbing, clubbing, trekking, going from beach to beach...Days fly on Koh Phangan and you forget about time easily.
But I didn't. I left Koh Phangan after 4 days (or five? or six? Maybe Seven? and headed to Koh Samui, the biggest and most famous Island in the Gulf of Thailand.
My impression of Koh Samui is that you can easily skip this place. (My oppinion.) Unless you are looking for McDonalds, Starbucks or Tesco, stuffy and spoilt package tourists, overprized beer or sex tourism. If you do, Koh Samui would be Paradise. It is THE island of consumption! Nothing reminded me of Thailand anymore, except the Thai massages of all kind that were offered on the beach.
You see pseudo-adventure attraction everywhere: ride an elephant, hire a jetsky, do a jungle safari...all of them with private guides included of course, so that nothing interesting happens and to make sure that your designer trekking outfit wont get dirty.
But the worst thing was, that Koh Samui the sex tourism scene is very distinctive here. I've seen old, fat and ugly white men with beautiful (too) young thai women (girls) everyday. They can buy these girls for a day, a night or a whole month. I even met someone who bought a thai "housewife" for a year. It is widely accepted in society and no one seemed to pay much attention. But I did, it sickened me and I still can't understand how these beautiful girls can waste themselves like this. It's maybe the only way to escape poverty and misery, which makes it even more disgusting to watch those old, ugly men taking advantage of their situation...
Anyway, I realised that this was not my world and not what I was looking for and so I escaped to Koh Phi Phi.
Or may I say paradise?
Koh Phi Phi is definitely the most beautiful place I've ever seen! I would have loved to stay longer, for ever, but my time didn't allow it since my next destination is awaiting me: Vietnam.
It was a month full of incredible experience, I got to get to know myself better, made so many new and amazing friends, experienced loads of adventures and finally got used to the allday life and hassle of a backpacker-nomad. Honestly, at the moment I can hardly imagine to get back to a normal life again. I love it so much and I am so looking forward to the following months.