Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Food and Drinks in Koh Phangan

Eating and drinking in Koh Phangan was a bit different than the other town we visited.  We spent a little more money than we did in the busy cities of Krabi and Patong Beach but we had some of the best foods ever.  There are less street vendors and food stalls and more small budget restaurants offering both Thai and western cuisine, catering to backpackers.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party and Foam Party

Today's the reason why thousands of visitors flock to Koh Phangan, it's the 2014 April Full Moon Party.  Celebrated once a month on the Full Moon, Haad Rin beach can expect up to 30,000 people partying the night away in the wee hours of the morning.  The beach bars line up and blast different sets on their sophisticated music system and the vendors hope to make bank selling food and buckets of booze.

There are many pre-parties the days leading up to the big Full Moon Party.  Many bars offer themed events with special guest DJ's or different theme like the "Jungle Experience."  The Mo and I dropped in the "Drop In Foam Party" at the Drop In Club Resort.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Celebrating the Songkran Festival in Thongsala Koh Phangan

We woke up in Haad Rin the usual time around 8 AM and most of the town is still sleeping and recovering from partying hard the night before.  There are small clues that the Thai Songkran festival has begun.  We hear people shouting "Happy New Years!" and see a couple people on motorbikes with water guns.  We head to our usual breakfast spot, Lazy House, where the expat Jaime is already wet and his face smeared with white cream.

The word "Songkran" is derived from Sanskrit and means change.  The holiday is celebrated throughout most of Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bengal.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Koh Phangan ...Do over

To get to Koh Phangan, the party island, we had to fly into Koh Samui international airport and take a 1 hr ferry to Haad Rin, Koh Phangan.  The flight from Krabi to Koh Samui was less than 40 minutes so I was surprised that the airline actually served a light meal and drinks on the flight.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Glory of Krabi Town's markets

To get to Koh Phangan for the full moon party, the Mo and I stayed overnight in Krabi Town to catch a flight the next day.  Although we stayed at the beach town of Ao Nang a couple years ago, we didn't get a chance to explore Krabi Town itself.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Captain Bob's Booze Cruise in Koh Phi Phi

Whilst in Koh Phi Phi, the Mo and I partook in a sunset booze cruise with Captain Bob and his team. The tour was super expensive (compared to other tours offered on the island) but they had excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.  There were different prices for men and ladies, 3000 THB ($ 93 USD) and 2500 THB ($ 77.50 USD) respectively.  Later I learned from fellow guests that prices could be negotiated on the island, our loss. I made the mistake of booking advance online.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fun in the sun at Phi Phi Islands

Phi Phi Islands is a group of islands with beautiful idyllic beaches off the coast of Phuket.  We took a 90 minute ferry to Phi Phi Don where we stayed for 2 nights.  The island reminds me of Montezuma, Costa Rica.  It's small and everything is within walking distance.  Everyone walks barefoot on the streets and small roads.  The faces all start to look familiar after a couple of days.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bangla Road

Oh Bangla Road... I left you feeling dirty

Bangla Road in Phuket is where people go to drink, people watch and for some men, fulfill their fantasies.  The renowned street in Patong Beach is lined with girl bars and night clubs, it's pretty much Phuket's "Red Light District."

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Patong Street Food

What's the point of traveling to another country if you're not going to test the limits of your stomach and try some street food?  The Mo and I have traveled to many "developing" countries and one of the things we love to do is try the street food carts.  Yes, we've regretted a handful of times, one occurrence from me eating corn on the cob with pork and Coconut milk at the Russian market and the Mo in another region, both in Cambodia.

Yeah, we're cheap but we also love the food and the experience of eating from a street cart.  Here are some of the street grub on our recent trip. Some more adventurous than others:

(Note: We were actually present to take all the food pictures below and consumed it on our travels in Thailand. None of these photos are "borrowed" from the world wide web)

** Exchange rate based on Google 4/9/2014

Street Noodles:

Noodle Cart (Pad Thai - Fried Rice Noodles) 
Price:  100 THB = $ 3.00 USD
There's a handful of fried noodle carts in the Patong area. The going rate is about 100 THB which is about $ 3.00 USD.  You have a choice of noodles and meat/seafood.    The most popular combination would be the skinny pad thai rice noodles with chicken.  It's pretty much the staple food in Thailand for most tourists.  I also like the wide rice noodles with Thai Basil aka "Phad Kee Mao." ** Note that the food court charges double, 200 THB for the same portion size.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Prices of beer, groceries, food, manicures, transportation and more in Patong Beach

Here's a simple run down on prices we paid for goods and services in Patong Beach.
It's an abridged version.

Food And Drinks
Click here to see a separate post about Patong Street Food.
Most of these prices are based on ones we seen at 7-11.  The big grocery store, The Big C offers lower prices.  It's a bit of an inconvenience to walk into Juncelyon Mall and leave with bags without having a cart.