Koh Phanang on foot and by scooter

 

After a bus ride from Surathani (only one of two short bus rides while in Thailand… I have been wanting to avoid them like the plague) and a pleasant boat ride we arrived in Koh Phanang. Once again to be honest it was not what I had expected, like I said before I was expecting more from the beaches. So much so in fact that while there for 7 nights we didn’t swim in the sea once… Just in the pool!

This aside we still enjoyed our time in Koh Phanang, sunbathing by the pool, reading our books, eating plenty of Thai food along with walking around and renting a scooter for a day.

 

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Fun in the sun on Koh Nang-Yuan

So I am jumping the gun a little with this post! After our adventurous train ride up through the south of Thailand to Surathani we caught the Ferry across to Koh Phanang. Where we had a very relaxing time for 7 nights… Making a clean get away to Koh Tao a day before the chaos of the infamous Full Moon Party! Koh Tao is a pretty small Island itself but right next to it is an even smaller island Koh Nang-Yuan which is fantastic for a spot of snorkeling or diving. Unfortunately I was still getting over a cold so diving was not on the cards for us but snorkeling was all good! After a fifteen minute water taxi ride, we made it and our taxi driver would pick us up again at three. Service with a smile for only 400 Baht return!

Before being able to step foot on the Island we were asked to hand in our water bottles… It was refreshing to say the least, seeing no rubbish on the beach unlike in Koh Phanang and Koh Tao.

Before spending some time on the beach, we decided to climb one of the two peaks on the Island. I didn’t realise how unfit I was!

After our walk back down it was time for a well deserved fresh coconut shake, before hitting the beach for a spot of snorkeling and some sunbathing.

The water here was crystal clear as well as clean and there were plenty of fish all shapes and sizes to keep oneself occupied for hours! Up until we came here we had been really disappointed with the beaches on both Koh Phanang and Koh Tao. Maybe we were expecting too much I am not really sure, but I half imagined the two Islands to have waters like the Caribbean. This of course set me up for a big let down, and I realised I was expecting to much and that this is not the Caribbean! However on this little island the water was just as nice and the snorkeling was just as good.