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March 10, 2013

A different type of island adventure

by backpackingbongos

For my stag doo I had the pleasure of visiting a wild and uninhabited island with some friends.  For the subsequent honeymoon I was told that this type of island visit was not acceptable.  Apparently bothies do not provide dream accommodation and Hebridean weather can often be inclement.

Two other islands were chosen instead, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan located in the Gulf of Thailand.  It was all rather nice to be honest and I have now decided that I quite like accommodation that have stars attached to them.  Five stars are very much my favourite.  Anyway as this is an outdoor blog I won’t bore you with the details.  Just a few photos that show a bit of scenery.  Normal Bongo blogging service will resume shortly.

Sunset from Big Buddha Beach, Koh Samui.




The aforementioned Big Buddha.



The view from our balcony the first few nights.  There was much chirping and buzzing from the surrounding foliage.  It can be noisy in the tropics.


Waiting at the pier for our speedboat to Koh Phangan.


A stunning beach on Koh Phangan.  The jungle clad mountain interior dropping down to soft powder sands.


Cat and rabbit chilling in our favourite restaurant.



One of the many beach dogs that hung out near our hotel.  Thankfully they are reasonably healthy and well fed, although this old chap looks like he has fought a few battles.  Friendly mutts who do their best to charm the tourists.


Our final beach on Koh Samui and where I found out I was not very good at handling a sea kayak amongst the surf.


We have always wanted to swim in an infinity pool.  This one perched high above the sea was particularly awesome.