Koh Phangan: Ao Thong Nai Pan Noi

I’ve written a long post this morning, complete with photos, but it keeps disappearing so I’ll try a text only post and save the photos for later.

The beach we’re staying on is absolutely beautiful and the resort is possibly the most luxurious I’ve ever stayed in. It is on a headland between two beaches and, although it’s a bit of a hike to get back up to our bungalow (particularly during the day when the heat is in the high 30’s and the humidity is extreme) the views are amazing and it’s turquoise water, white sand and coconut palms as far as the eye can see.

I don’t know much about Koh Phangan, but if someone were to suggest that this was the most quiet, middle class beach on the island I’d believe them. It’s super clean, no people walking the beach trying to sell anything, the price of everything is about a quarter what you’d pay at home – but I’m sure things are cheaper elsewhere. Except sunscreen. We didn’t bring any and it’s ridiculously expensive here. It also seems that there aren’t many people here right now.

Luke and I were pretty tired when we landed in Koh Samui but after many days of naps and relaxing we’re feeling great. Today is our last full day at Panviman resort and tomorrow we’re heading to Mae Had, where the snorkling is supposed to be reasonable.

So far the things I’m enjoying most are the food, swimming, the vistas and learning a bit of Thai. I think the best thing I’ve learned is ‘alloy muk!’ = ‘too delicious!’. People smile a lot when you say that.

Things I am not enjoying so much: the humidity and not being able to communicate with Thai people very well. Apart from one guy at reception, there’s no one here who speak much English at all and I am full of questions about what people here do and think.


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