Koh or Ko is "island" in Thai, written "เกาะ"! Situated south of Bangkok in the gulf of Thailand these 3 magic locations are visited by hoards of tourists every year. There is no question, I have witnessed some amazing scenery here, particularly the infamous white sands, palm trees and turquoise waters which are common to all three islands.
Using the ferry from the mainland, Koh Samui is the first island and the largest of the three (21 km wide). The weather was bad here at this time and was quite touristy. Chaweng was the main spot on the island with the best beaches and a large collection of bars and clubs. Koh Phangan was much smaller and only a short distance from Koh Samui by ferry. I liked it here, renting a scooter and constantly driving from Haad Rin to the far north was both relaxing and visually appealing. There are some magical beaches here on this island. Koh Phangan is renowned for its Moon Parties, with the Full Moon party every month being the main attraction on the beaches of Haad Rin. My visa dates made making this difficult so I opted for the half moon party instead. Located in a jungle area, this was pretty cool. An arena surrounded by a few bars, a high deck with a music DJ and a sea of psychadelic colours that wisped and bouned uncontrollably above the thousands of heads and air thumping disco fists. Expect dance/trance music here though, cos thats what your gonna get! Koh Tao was my favourite, smaller and quiter than the previous two. The beaches here are really amazing, less touristy also. Koh Tao is known for its scuba diving, where obtaining a license can be done very cheaply compared to elsewhere in the world. I done some snorkelling, which was really cool but to be honest I was pretty crap at it and panicked even in waters a couple of feet deep!
Some "soccer volleyball" played by the Thai on Freedom beach, Koh Tao.
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