My 8th time here

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Lai on the boat

April 9-15, 2010

Hello again, my favorite beach. My friend said I'm crazy that always go to the same place and stay in the same bungalow. Well, if that place always gives me a good feeling so why would i have to change? I'm relaxed verytime I'm there especially now when I really need a break. This beach and this bungalow should give me a discount or actually free of charge for staying there as I always bring new people to join :) This is my 8th time, I think, in this Island at "Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach". I visit here at least once a year, it's really nice and I know some people already so i feel like I go back to another home. This time Laila , one of my best friends, agreed to join the trip.
me on the same boat
She's just back from the Uk after graduated her master degree in design management so she's free now. We had a nice trip together once at Lipe Island three years ago so we planned that this trip should be nice as much as the one before. And it was really ... superb!

We took long time to make a decision about where to go. Sure to the beach but which one? I gave her choices then finally we got the final destination which was almost the last minute so the bus we had is the normal one not the VIP. It's cheap (around 550THB per seat) but the seat wasn't comfortable at all. And the traffic was really crowded. It's a long holiday for Thai people and on the 9th April was the last day for work for most of Thai workers. Most of us headed to the same way to go to South. We took about 2.30hrs to the bus station, wow!

Arrived at the pier around 7am to see that the boat postponed to sail at 8am.
Central Cottage Resort
The cost for the ferry is raised from 200THB to 250THB. It still takes about 3 hours from DONSAK Pier to TONG SALA in Phangan. If I come alone, I would find a nice place to sleep but I was with Laila so we talked along the way which we wondered when we're in the island, would we have anything left to say?

It's crowded this time. Too many people on the ferry. Lucky that we took this way because the boat is big. There's another way to go to Phangan if you stopped at Chumporn then take a boat from there, that's more crowded. I used to come with that but I don't like., the boat is smaller and they were always over weight but the ferry was big, carry people and cars/trucks and many more space to sit even it's crowded. We arrived at 11.15am then we went to book the bus to go back to Bangkok. Lucky they got the seat on the day I want to back, thought it's full as it's  the festival time but if they didn't, I could stay here more longer as well because I really love this place.

We waited for the van to pick up us to the bungalow. The road is far far better than before, only 20 minutes to Tong Nai Pan beach. Phangan is becoming a touristic place more than ever but great that it doesn't have an airport here yet. Please don't.

 
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Lai on the boat
Lai on the boat
me on the same boat
me on the same boat
Central Cottage Resort
Central Cottage Resort
Our beach!
Our beach!
Thong Nai Pan Beach
photo by: newtampo