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.



11 Responses to “A different type of island adventure”

  1. Looks absolutely wonderful James – except maybe the poor beach dog. And I have to admit, that if I am in a hotel rather than camping, I’ve always been rather partial to those with plenty of stars!

    • It was a great couple of weeks Chrissie, unfortunately I have now developed a taste for the more comfortable………………

  2. Stunning! And [belated] congrats on getting hitched. We spent our honeymoon in Cornwall but I absolutely would not have minded loadsa stars & gorgeous Thai scenery like shown on the pics above ^_^

  3. Looks horrendous – terrible weather, hydrated food and pools of infinity, that can’t be safe surely. Looks like a real epic, a relief to make it back in one piece. Oh well, back to a freezing cold bothy with the iron roof banging in the wind, eating sloppy luke warm couscous and sleeping in all your clothes soon enough. In the meantime, happy honeymoon!

    • Yep it was tough David, I did manage to pull through and survive the two weeks though. No doubt I will be wet and cold on a hill very soon.

  4. Marriage is all about compromise; sometimes it can be tough 😉
    Glad you enjoyed James, scenery looks almost as good as the Hebrides.

  5. Surely the British Mountains are better. I mean all these luxury places have to offer are comfy beds, gourmet foods, fine wines, great service, pools….. hang on a minute!

    Looks splendid


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