Our 4 days in Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan Travel Blog› entry 8 of 23 › view all entries
July 14th, 2009 – by: kels162164
After our horrendous trip to the island, we got to settle in to our resort, which is a beautiful collection of bungalows around a remote bay that is 45 minutes from the nearest town. There is a small "village" here, but I doubt you could qualify it as that. It is very beautiful and relaxing, however, after Bangkok prices, we've gotten a bit cheap and the 8 dollar dinners are shocking to us!!! Our hut is one of the closest to the beach- you walk out our door and you're on the sand.
Our first full day, we went exploring. The weather was still overcast from the previous day's storm, so there was no snorkeling to be had. We passed a restaurant in the village that had a learn to cook Thai sign out in front. We asked about it and it was going to be about 20 bucks cheaper than the one we had previously booked in the island's main town. After sampling the goods at lunch, we signed up. After a quick thai massage, we returned and started our cooking class with Gan, and Corey a New Zealander (also a drummer, what a coincidence) completed our class. We learned how to cook green curry, dry curry and chicken larb. Jeff and I were both huge fans of green curry, but it was the two dishes that we had never heard of before that blew us away.
One of the other Thais who worked at the restaurant and who spoke good English was able to hook us up with another local who took us all around the island on the third day. Our first stop was at an elephant trekking place, which was definitely touristy, but well worth it. Jeff and I were able to ride on a mama elephant, with her baby following us. It was really cute because the baby elephant definitely did not want to go on the trek, and kept stopping to eat something, check something out or roll around in the dirt.
At the elephant trek they also have a snake show, so of course Jeff is excited. What ensued was insanity- thirty minutes of cobra boxing, putting a tame king cobra inside the guys mouth, kissing the top of a spitting cobra's head, and dancing with pythons. Jeff was loving it, I was waiting for the guy to be rushed to the hospital! But in the end Jeff got his picture with the snakes all around him, so he was extremely happy.
Next up was snorkeling, on a beautiful beach with tons and tons and tons of coral and fish and sea slugs and shells etc. We even saw a whole bunch of sea urchins and were tempted to pry them off and have fresh sea urchin sushi, but we thought better of that since that didn't have such a great result when we tried it in Alaska.... The water was very warm and crystal clear, so it was perfect snorkeling weather!
After a quick stop at the food market at the main town and a waterfall, we headed back to the village, exhausted! We fell asleep at 9 last night, so we were up at 5:15 and watched the dawn on the beach. Very romantic- huh! Especially with all of the stray dogs following you around!!! :)
Tomorrow, we pack up and head on a boat (I have purchased dramamine, so I intend to knock myself out prior to boarding) to the larger island where we head back on a plane to Bangkok, and then to Japan. It's already been a week, and it seems like ages since we left Denver, but its gone by so fast!!!
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