Thursday, October 6, 2011

Koh Phangan 2011

We arrived in Koh Phangang, took a taxi which took us to a dock from where we caught a longtail boat to Bottle Beach.  We checked in at Bottle Beach 2 resort, but after walking around and exploring the various resorts, we found Bottle Beach 1 resort (which was much much nicer and usually a lot more expensive) and checked in there for 50 Baht a night less.  The bungalow was much bigger and nicer but because it was low season, they offered some significant discounts.  We didn’t really do much at Bottle Beach, but it was a hard change from being really busy on Koh Tao to having absolutely nothing to do.  We kept looking for things to do.  I decided I needed to catch up on our blog but Andrew was pretty much at a loss.  He even started reading to kill the time.  After trying to kill some time with a massage on the beach and just hanging out and reading, we decided it was time to head to a less secluded beach on Koh Phangan.  We took a longtail back to port and grabbed a taxi to Had Yao, where we had stayed the first time we were here.  We spent a day just riding around on the rented motorbike, another day laying on the beach and getting another massage, and yet another day just driving around, stopping at places along the way to drink coffee.  The last night we spent in Thong Sala, which is the main town on the island, as we were taking the 7am ferry to Suratthani and from there a bus to Hat Yai, and another bus from there to Kuala Lumpur.   This was really our last few days in Asia, as we were flying from KL to Paris.  It was very bitter sweet.  On one hand we’re ready to leave but on the other hand it’s hard to realize the life we have been living for the past year is coming to a close.  But we are also very excited to see our family in Poland.  Although we spent a lot of time with family in Australia, we haven’t seen any immediate family for a year now and we will get to see Andrew’s brother in Poland.  We still have 2 months before we come back to Canada but it feels like the adventure is over.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing as I think we’re ready to head back to real life, but I’m sure everyone can relate to the feeling of coming back home from vacation.  You’re glad to be back but wish you could still be sitting on the beach.  Well times that by 10 and that’s how we feel.   But we are happy to be heading in the direction of home and I can’t wait to see everyone!

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