After a stormy week in Koh Samui and limited touristy things to do, Harmony and I were really excited for a change in scenery! The weather was finally clearing up and there was even a stunning sunset to welcome us to Koh Phangan!
From Koh Samui, the boat journey took no longer than an hour. It cost 300 Baht each and was easy enough to organise online. From Koh Phangan's main pier (Thong Sala), a taxi to our hostel (Pink's Bungalows) cost 100 Baht each. The hostel couldn't have been more budget, with nothing but a fan in the room and a blanket-less bed. Also, let's just say that the shared toilets had no flush, and I'll say no more! Fortunately, the food at the hostel was fantastic and the location was great. It was right on the beach, surrounded by palm trees and very peaceful.
The Area (What To Do)
On our first day, we went on a short walk to see the island's biggest tree. It's much more impressive than it sounds, as it measures 14m in diameter and over 53m tall! From here, we walked along the side of the road in a circle back to the hostel. Along the way, we saw a few temples (Wat Nai and Wat Pho, which were no more than a few shacks and some small stupas). We also came across a coconut farm with mountains of piled up coconuts. Amongst the island's actual mountains and the many palm trees, were lots of stilt houses with puppies, cats and chickens playing outside, and also a monkey tied to a tree - why, I just don't know!