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Koh Phangan

Paradise Island

all seasons in one day 30 °C

It's amazing how fast 3 weeks can go by like no time at all. This seams to happen every time we go to Koh Phangan. When we look back and ask ourselves 'what did we do'? The answer is always the same, not much at all. Our days were spent visiting with friends on the Islands many beaches and laughing the time away. Koh Phangan is truly a timeless paradise.

This is my favorite beach, the location is TOP SECRET!
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Eric and I dedicated this time as our 'social time' considering we had spent the majority of the last few months with only each other. We arrived in Koh Phangan with our friends from home Richard and Michelle. We were soon joined, for a short time, by Jim and Kate (friends we met while traveling in Nepal). The first week in Koh Phangan was a bit hecktic with full moon party goers ruling the island. A week later once the chaos diminished, a good friend from home Karatron also joined the crew and brought with her the serenity we had been waiting for. Its amazing how quickly the day goes by, after a few games of cards and some laughs on the beach the day is over. Often at the end of the day, we would find ourselves at Pooh's Vegetarian Kitchen. A devout Buddist who makes the best Papaya Salad; you can taste the love. We eventually found a good Yoga teacher and were able to stretch our lazy muscles out.

Koh Phangan sunsets
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Our Yoga teacher Paula and her boyfriend Pascal knew the ins and outs of the island and were kind enough to take us to a hidden river bank in the jungle. We spent the day wading in the river and playing cards as Paula and Pascal cooked an amazing meal on the BBQ for everyone.

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Not the best photograph I know but after traveling all day through the muddy mountain off roads with scooters, we were just happy to arrive in one piece. A feeling of triumph at Bottle Beach.

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I try not to think much about the past or the future but for some reason I cannot get this dog out of my head. She was truly a loyal companion during our stay in Koh Phangan. I miss her dearly and think every day about how I can bring her home.

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We are now in Sumatra experiencing the natural and historic island. The lush greenery and lake front cottages are very relaxing... if you can handle the rain. Remind me again why I sent my rain jacket home?

Posted by H-Dizzle 20:37 Archived in Thailand Tagged beaches sunsets phangan phangan_beaches Comments (1)

Going Going Goa!!!

where psychedelic trance parties and beaches become timeless

sunny 33 °C

From the Ibiza nightlife of North Goa to the bustling beaches of the south, we found ourselves somewhere in between. We stayed in the small, only mildly crowded town of Vagator. Centrally located, Vagator became our hub and our home for the next 10 days. We rented a scooter and easily travelled to and from the surrounding beach towns.

Candolim Beach:
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It is the funiest thing trying to shoe the numerous mooching cows away from your food, they are considered a nuisance on the beach but are well fed none the less
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Garbage on the beach is a big problem in India, hopefully India's vast population will soon realize that when they litter no one is going to clean it up...
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Sadly it was time to move on and leave Vagator. We packed our bags and moved south to the beach town of Palolem. Palolem Beach was stunning and night after night the sunsets were a treat to watch.

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We stayed in Palolem for a few days and our train to Kerela was quickly approaching. We missed our hub-home and didn't feel like we experienced enough of what Goa had to offer. After pondering the pros and cons we decided to stay in Goa. We changed our trains, extended our flights and soon found ourselves back in Vagator - extending our stay in Goa to nearly a month.

Once back in Vagator we connected back with friends from Moondance Restaurant and our Indian family at Blue Bird Guesthouse. We spent Christmas Eve at a psychedelic trance party on the hilltop and Christmas day with our friends Lisa-Maria and Johnny in a bamboo hut watching the stunning sights of Anjuna beach.

My Christmas tree this year:
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A few days later Eric and I bought tickets to Sunburn Electronic Music Festival and partied the night away in the most impressive venue I have ever seen! The DJ sets were out of this world, the 7 stages were beautifully, elaborately put together and the sound and light show was jostling.

Eric and I at Sunburn trying to capture the moment before our camera died!
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New Years Eve was very enjoyably spent watching fireworks with friends at Spaghetti Beach. The beach was quite a sight as fireworks lit up the sky as far as the eye could see. A beautiful and epic way to end 2011.

Shortly after the hustle and bustle of the season we moved on to the quiet, peaceful beach town of Benolim. Wind down is on and Yoga is aplenty as we rejuvenate ourselves and prepare for the quickly approaching train to Kerela.

View from our balcony in Benolim, quiet serenity.
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Posted by H-Dizzle 03:54 Archived in India Tagged beaches sunsets goa vagator sunburn_festival Comments (0)

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