KOH PHANGAN 2012, THAILAND

I was living and working for the last 8 months on Koh Phangan, Thailand. Koh Phangan is well known for its Full Moon Party. People come from everywhere to attend this huge moon festival. In August was the busiest party of the whole year. More than 15 000 thousands people attended.  This Island is by far the best place I never lived.  There is everything needed !

Koh Phangan is a Dream Island for foreigners looking for a bit of both of the two world. Party on one side of the island and nature and quiet on the other. Houses are really cheap there and very practical. All furnished, kitchen, air-con, high-speed wi-fi, private terrace and garden, even if you get lucky and there is some available in Hin-Kong Resort or Lake view houses, you can even have a view on the ocean. Either a view on Koh Tao or Koh Samui. All of this for as lees as       10 000 baht ( 250 euros ) a month this is very cheap.

Check out this movie I made from Koh Phangan in HD !

The island have little restaurant, reggae bars, pubs, bungalows, golf training range, tattoo artists, Muay Thai schools and very good diving centers.

Scuba Diving in Koh Phangan has been very popular since a long time due to the famous site name Sail Rock. Sail Rock is categorized in many traveling guides, like one of the best diving spot in the Gulf of Thailand. You can see Bull Sharks, wich are always there, sometimes whale sharks comes around the rock to feed from the enormous quantity of plankton brought by the different currents streaming around. This dive guarantee a minimum of 100 000 fishes on the dive site, sometimes even more. At only an hour from Koh Phangan, 20 minutes with a speed boat, it makes a the perfect start for a day on Koh Phangan. You are back from the trip at around 14:30 and have the rest of the day to go to the beach or to ride around the island with a motorbike.

Party on the island is very nice.  Their is party for every taste of music, hip hop, trance, techno, black moon party, shiva moon, half moon, full moon, jungle party, waterfall party and many different pool party.  A must to go will be the coral bungalow pool party.  Don’t bring your phone, because you will probably end up in the pool with it.  There is a lot of nice girls, a very nice atmosphere and the pool is next to the beach. The beer is also very cheap.

I love Koh Phangan and I will miss this Island !!


Bali and Gili Islands, Indonesia

I just came back from vacations in Bali and Gili Islands. It was a wonderful holiday ! I first arrive at the airport and decided to head straight to Kuta Beach. On my way out of the airport, many taxi drivers were waiting for us, I paid 75 000Rp ( 7 u.s dollars ) to get to Kuta. Arrived in Kuta, I went walking around poppies line 1 and 2 to find a hotel and then I went straight to the beach to look at the surfers riding the waves. I rented a board to some local guys on the beach 3 $/hour and went in the waves. My last surfing session was in the Maldives 3 years ago, so it was difficult for me to get back on a surf board. I did the mistake of taking a short board for advance and never stood up on my board the first day ! Second I started with the very long board to get my balance back and there I was, surfing the waves of Kuta Beach on a fantastic morning!

Check out my video of Bali !!

I rented a motorbike and went to Ubud to visit the Rice terraces. It took me 2 hours to get there. The route is not difficult but there is so many traffic, but the advantage with a motorbike, you can skip most of it. For the international driving license thing when driving a motorbike, it exists. They do ask you if they see you riding a motorbike and you are a foreigner. The funny thing, I asked a local and he told me that some of them don’t even have a driving license. Anyways, I got arrested one time by them, and I showed my Driving license from home but he did not accept it. After talking with him, trying to explain him that it was also an international license, he got tired and let me go. The police are checking the license only in Kuta Beach, because I never had any problems anywhere else.

After a couple of days, I met my friends from Koh Phangan in Legian.  We had so much fun in Seminyak, it becomes very interesting in the night time, solo artists singing in the bars and people dancing or relaxing on the beach.  The wind is fresh, people are so nice, I think till my travels, Balinese people are the best, always kind, laughing and helpful, they really enjoyed your company and this you can feel it.

Since a long time, I wanted to go to a water park,  but unfortunately for me, areas I live in don’t have those kind of thing.  They have a really cool water park in Kuta Beach call the   ” Waterbom ” They have nice rides, but nothing so scary except maybe the Climax.  We had a lot of fun in the slides and the pools.  We met many people from Australia, for them it is more than cheap to come in Bali for vacations.  Lucky people !!

Five days were left to my vacations, so I decided to go to the Gili Islands with my two friends from France.  We took a speed boat to get there and that is where the vacation really started.  Once you get there you can feel the island mode again, in Bali was nice but still, too crowded and noisy.  Gili Trawangan party and diving video coming soon !!

Check out the video of Gili Islands !!