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Koh Phangan

Arrival & Exploration of Koh Phangan

And then there was the last island to visit :)

The full moon party island..!! Way better landscape than Koh Samui…way bigger than Koh Tao…

“Ko Pha Ngan (or Koh Phangan) is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in southeast Thailand in Surat Thani Province. It is part of the Samui Archipelago. It is famous for its full moon party at Haad Rin Beach and as a backpacker destination. Ko Pha Ngan has two sister islands: the larger Ko Samui to the south and the smaller Ko Tao to the north.”

Estimated perimeter: 40 km
From mainland: about 55 km
From Ko Samui: about 15 km
From Ko Tao: about 35 km
Main town: Thong Sala
Highest Point: Khao Ra, 630 m

First it starts with the short Ferry ride from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan…

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First incident on the boat…I fell asleep and got a severe sunburn all over my face…

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So I am in the right place…

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After arriving I immediately went to the full moon beach…

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The beach is definitely nicer than expected :)

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such a severe sunburn :P :P :P

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After the full moon beach I got to the other side of the Island, to the so called Sunset Beach….that beach was sooo amazing…

but to get there I had to cross some boardwalks that were not in their best shape..

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just down the road and then I might be there…IMG_6091 IMG_6107 IMG_6097

and there it is … Sunset Beach :)

almost no people and best sand in Thailand

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This is by far the best place I have seen in Thailand…

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beautiful nature, sand and awesome boardwalk on this site of the island…best place for meditation I guess..

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this is btw, the beach I ended up running in the evening :)

and when you go to the far end of the boardwalk you will come here..

now the category me as the:

THE WINNER!

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THE FLYER!IMG_6302

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THE MAN WHO CAN MAKE FIREBOLTS!IMG_6343

soooo back to the beach and try to find a nearby view point over the area..

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a little bit hiking and avoiding the killer animals..

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I eventually got up here…

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since I had to fight me a way through the jungle…and 10000 mosquitoes bit me, it was time to get a shower…/ Swim

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at the beach I found some guy who just completed his training for the upcoming full moon party…

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without bothering him too much…I went to the peer..

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awesome place for doing sunset shots…

but after the sunset shot it happened…my camera broke!!!

The shutter button does not work anymore…So from now on there will only be cellphone and underwater cam pics…FUCK IT! and Canon refuses to repair electronics abroad :/

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bye bye high quality pics…

next up…hiking the island..

Koh Tao

The Sunset – Koh Tao

For more romantic flair here are some pics of Koh Tao during the Sunset…the Sunset is coming soon…IMG_5904 IMG_5903

The sunset is coming slowly…

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Here is the beauty of the Thai Island….

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Amazing….and still so warm outside :)

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Balancing the sun on my shoulder was obviously the hardest part :)IMG_5958 IMG_5947 IMG_5910 IMG_5936 IMG_5906 IMG_5916 IMG_5963

next up…leaving to Koh Phangan

Koh Tao

South of Koh Tao

Next day next adventure…

Walking down South about 10km to a beach area for a little swim with the camera…this time I only brought my contour…So the quality might be a little bit away from what you are used to…Especially the weird wide angle give it a new touch…

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after arriving at the beach I headed straight into the water…

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DCIM100MEDIA DCIM100MEDIA DCIM100MEDIAsince I had no goggles with me I decided to go further north to climb a view point..first along the coastline and then right into the island..

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more hiking required for the view point..

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and there it is…the top south spot of Koh Tao..

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next up…Koh Phangan..

Who cares

The Mountain Hike – Koh Tao

With a slight hangover I decided to climb the highest point on Koh Tao…Many other tourists overtook me with their scooters to get to a bar somewhere on the mountain. However, the fun part always starts when you go off track and discover the jungle by yourself…

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There is the bar where anybody stopped and the actual path ended..

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Now lets get off the normal track…So many spiders and rarely used tracks are so much more exciting than these shitty touristy routes

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Lets get the adventure going…sometimes it was quite hard to make myself a way trough the dense vegetation…

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but look at the nature …so much rewarding..huge banana tree leafs…

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and especially since there was no other human being..it made the jungle so quiet…one could only hear the animals and birds…

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nature all over the place…

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and then suddenly a shelter in the middle of nowhere..

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looked like that nobody had been here for weeks…

but I eventually made it back to civilization since the island is so small…you gonna end up on a road at some point

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time to spend on the beach…tired but a great day..

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next up…exploration of the south part of the island..

Koh Tao

Leaving Koh Samui – Arrival on Koh Tao

Leaving Koh Samui…

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Finally I got away from that touristy island and headed north towards the diving islands Koh Tao…

“Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao,  “Turtle Island”) is an island in Thailand and forms part of the Chumphon Archipelago on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². Administratively it forms a tambon within the district (amphoe) Ko Pha Ngan of Surat Thani Province. As of 2006 its official population was 1,382.The main settlement is Ban Mae Hat.

The economy of the island is almost exclusively centred on tourism, especially scuba diving.

Ko Tao was named by its first settlers after the island’s turtle-like shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for hawksbill and green turtles. Development of tourism has negatively impacted the health of these grounds but a breeding programme organised in 2004 by the Royal Thai Navy and KT-DOC, a coalition of local scuba diving centres, has reintroduced hundreds of juvenile turtles to the island’s ecosystem.”

The ferry ride took 1.5 hours…

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Finally arriving at Koh Tao..

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it was already quite late…and the sunset was coming soon..

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some time left to discover the beach area..

best opportunity for long time exposure shots…

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found the cat…

It got dark really quickly..

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good night Koh Tao…

next up…more of the island..

Waterfall

Waterfall Koh Samui

Next day next scooter ride…

This time my friend from Singapore came over to explore the island with me …The scooter itself was slow, scratched and out of petrol when we got it..

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Nevertheless we were lucky with the weather…First stop on the way to the waterfalls was the coastline..

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Second stop was a small waterfall in the middle of the island..

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Koh Samui has one of the longest waterfalls I have ever seen in my life..

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Combind with a great view…we were climbing the waterfall for hours..

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there were so many natural pools on our way up…the water was not that clear, but it absolutely fun to swim in them..

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on the way up we saw the biggest spider ever on earth…massive thing…bigger than a cat..

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more climbing…

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it was almost dark when we turned around and got back home…

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next up Koh Tao….

Koh Samui

Island by foot – Koh Samui

next sunny day…And I decided to explore the northern part of the island by foot..

Therefore I had to walk 10km north…close to the airport…

My goal of the day was to find the big buddha..yes another one and then get a good view on one of the mountains…

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on my way I walked past the airport and was able to take some pictures…however it is forbidden to taker pictures of the airport…

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besides the runway…there was not much to see..so I continued my walk further north…it was boiling hot…bloody hell

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the coconut trees are just amazing..IMG_4863 IMG_4865 IMG_4868

finally I reached the area with the big buddha..it was located on some kind of an island…right at the coastline..

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and here he is my buddha buddy…

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after fighting against aliens and predators…I went on to the hill

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many sea sculptures were on my way to the hill…

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the way to the top of the hill was really steep…I like it..

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the view was just epic…

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on my way back home…I walked past some tremendous resorts at the beach…

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other findings on my walk today…

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next up the waterfalls…

Temple

The Hill Temple

First thing to do in Koh Samui is exploring the area around my hostel that is located on the far East side of the island…

Google maps revealed that there is a small Lake nearby so I went running there… On my run I saw a minor Hill nearby with some temple on top..

So next plan.. Running back home and going back with my camera to the temple..

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After reaching the temple I had a nice view on the lake and on the tiny airport on the other side..

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The Temple itself was guarded by crazy animals..

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So after overcoming my predators..I reached the temple..

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it was nice but nothing to fancy…some tiny sculptures were also around

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but the sincere was beautiful..

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to close the day…some impression of the evening…

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next up…another Buddha

Bye Krabi

Leaving Krabi to Koh Samui

After relaxing 4 days I left Krabi towards Koh Samui… The biggest Island in the Gulf of Thailand.. Since the island has its own airport many tourists come here every year…

“Koh Samui is an island off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus, Thailand. Geographically in the Chumphon Archipelago, it is administratively part of Surat Thani Province. Koh Samui is Thailand’s second-largest island after Phuket, with an area of 228.7 km2, a population of over 63,000 and an annual tourist population of 1.5 million. Abundant tourist resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and coconut trees are present on the island.”

But at first I was drop of in a city near the coast to take a ferry to Koh Samui..

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There was also a small market nearby…

Lets take the ferry…

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When the ferry dropped me at the beach.. I had to take a taxi (motorcycle) that brought me to the other side of the island.. Unfortunately it started raining so that we had to stop by a seven eleven to wait until the rain stops…

I bought me an umbrella to protect me even a little bit against the heavy rain on the motorbike…

What did I do on the island besides lying on the beach and going for a run…

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1) going to the big Buddha in the north of the island
2) enjoying a great view over the landscape
3) going to a temple on a small gill
4) discovering natural pool and waterfall via scooter

at night Koh Samui is different…but still touristy and already Christmas…

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look at the German luxury products…absolutely incredible..IMG_4703 IMG_4702whatever “Cheers” is…

next up the big Buddha…