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 !!

Best Full Moon Party Koh Phangan !!


I went  on the 3rd of July to the full moon party on Koh Phangan. People come from all around the world to this unique event. The party is situated in Haad Rin Beach, South Koh Phangan. The entry cost 150 baht wich is really cheap. People are getting some nice ” Glow in the dark Tatoos.” The best thing for this party is to buy yourself a nice T-Shirt from there because one way or another you will have painting on you at the end of the night. Don’t sleep in your bed with it, because some hotels charge you 30 euros for a new set of sheets !!

Check out this nice video of the night !!

I was with my friend from Montreal.  We bought ourselves some pink shirts with nice full moon logos on them. We met so many girls and so sexy. We danced with them all night. It was really easy to lost my buddy since so many people were attending the party, but you finally meet back some where with different girls.

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This party goes until very late int he morning, and then there is an after party very close from the beach for those who wish to continue dancing… I prefer going back home with a nice girl those days but I still went there to see and people were half dead with huge eyes dancing.  The most popular bar is the cactus, located in the middle of the beach, it could be a good meeting point with your friends.

On our way back we found many people laying on the beach half conscious. Some people were also fucking each other at the end of the beach in the water, so remember to bring condoms with you because you never know what can happen. This party is crazy, I never seen something like this.If you like nice blond sexy girls from northern Europe or brunettes or what ever you dreamed of, this is for sure the best place to go.

World’s Famous Pool Party

Last night I went to a crazy pool party in Koh Phangan with my friend from Montreal.  The pool is at Coral Bungalows, entrance is free, beer is very cheap and everyone is very drunk and having a good time around or in the pool.  Girls are all in Bikinis, swimming and dancing  I did not had that many pool party like this in my life, it was insane.  Tonight another Pool Party before the Full Moon and Tomorrow We celebrate all night long on the beach for the Full Moon Party.  There is so many girls on this islands at the moment.  Last Full moon here it rained so let’s hope tomorrow not.

So many girls were there, we cruised around the pool making video and party with all of them, it was just incredible.  You want to know more about dating women click on the images below, check it out !!

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Check my Movie, uploaded yesterday after awesome pool party !

 

MAYA BEACH THAILAND 2010!

The south of the Gulf off Thailand is beautiful.  They did the movie the beach in this area.  The famous beach is from Koh Phi Phi and the rest of the movie have been filmed all around, Koh Chang, Phuket and Bangkok.  I went many times on Phi Phi island and I love this island.  The fact that no cars or scooters are allowed on the island is amazing.  Everyone walk or use a bicycle to get around.  No crazy sound to wake you up badly in the morning.  Party every night on the beach and in the little bars.  There is even a place you can jump on the ring and fight your opponent for a bucket of spirit.

Check out this nice video I made from the Beach !!

I met 3 guys from India on the ferry to Koh Phi Phi, they never been diving so I brought them in a dive school, and we all went diving.  I was their instructor, everything went really well.  For people who are not always in the water, they were pretty good and confident. Then we went on a journey to the Famous Beach and just before we stopped for cliffs jumping.  It was really high, and on the same island a little further we could find little monkeys living there, waiting for tourists to bring them food.

Once we stepped on the beach, I felt so much more relax, it was a dream for me to go there one day, and I accomplished it right there.  We decided to go later than every one else, to make it more special but especially to make sure we are the only ones are almost they only ones on the beach.  Because in the day time, it become so crowded, I suggest if you want to go leave the harbor at 15:00 go cliff jumping until 16:00 and then got o the beach, by this time tourists will be back on the island.

There is also a second way to enter the beach, the Classical one, from the front where everyone is, but there is also the back entry.  It is a little bit more adventurous, you have to jump in the water from your boat, then swim to the ladder, climb and pass through a small jungle to arrive right on ‘The Beach’.  This way could be more fun if you like the adventure.

Antigua Guatemala

After our trip to Nicaragua, Simon from Germany and I decided to make Guatemala our next destinations.  We took the chicken buses across El Salvador for approximately 25 U.S $.  Then at the boarder we took another bus to Guatemala City.  From Guatemala City, buses goes everywhere in the country.  We decided at first to go at Lago de Atitlán to celebrate new year there.  This place is very beautiful, three little village live around the lake and are surrounded by three big Volcanoes.  This place is also very high in Altitude, 1513 meters.

The lake is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed in an eruption 84,000 years ago. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.  The lake basin supports extensive coffee growth and a variety of farm crops, most notably corn. Other significant agricultural products include onions, beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, chile verde, strawberries, avocados and fruit. The lake itself is rich in animal life which provides a significant food source for the largely indigenous population.

We stayed in Santa Cruz, a very nice little town and our hotel had a Jacuzzi on the top.  The panorama was amazing from everywhere you looked.

Then We went in Antigua to learn Spanish and to visit the area.  Once we arrived there many school teachers were waiting for new students at the bus station.  Antigua is known as a destination for people who want to learn Spanish through immersion. There are many Spanish language schools in Antigua and it is one of the most popular and best recognized centers for Spanish language study by students from Europe and North America. Language institutes are one of the primary industries of Antigua, along with tourism.

Lodge is normally included in the Spanish lessons, some places you can live in a Spanish family, so you can learn faster.  My first week, I was living in a family, with two kids of 10-14 years old.  I stayed only one week because after every diner I was always meeting my friend Simon who was also living in another family, to McDonald because the food was not enough for us.

You can book for a week or a month if you need.  The teachers are very friendly and open.  If you want you can ask your teacher for a walk in the park while conversing in Spanish as part of your lessons.  One day I even took my teacher in the bus to come in Guatemala city with me.  I had to go there for my visa extension in Central America.  The lessons are always one to one teaching, this  is much better to learn at your own pace.  It took me 2 weeks to get a good base,  as I was already pretty good since Spanish is Very similar to French.  The we decided to visit some volcanoes around.

We visited Volcano Pacaya.  The volcano was still active so we could see real Lava.  We took 5 hours to climb to the top.  Once arrive what we saw was incredible, real lava only 1 meter away from us.  The ground was really hot.  We had the good idea of bringing sausages with us and some beer.  We cooked our food on the lava, lt was not long for the sausages to be ready to eat !!  At some places you, we could not stay more then a few seconds because it was too hot.

After our trip in Guatemala, we decided to go around the city and practice our Spanish.  We met some nice girls here.  They are very beautiful and friendly.  It helps us really to speak Spanish and we were really good.  We also got invited by a family in their house to drink and talk with them.  People have been very welcoming with us.

Something we really like in Antigua, was that we could buy many fireworks for very cheap and throw them all around in the parks, they had so many choices, smoke bombs to huge fireworks going very high up in the sky.  We had so much fun cruising around the town with the little touk-touk taxis and meeting people.

Then Simon went up to Mexico because he had to go back to Germany, and I decided to go back on my little Island in Honduras.

Check out the photos gallery !!!

Nicaragua, San Juan Del Sul, Omotepe, Masaya, Tippitapa, All Around !!

Nicaragua was beautiful , I separated from my friend Curtis, and went on my own to San Juan Del Sul.  My goal was to surf in the area.  Checked in a small hotel, stayed there 3 nights till I met three crazy guys traveling together, Arnaud was from France, Axel the Photograph for München, Germany, and Simon from Dresden, Germany.  Arnaud bought a little car in Mexico and was going down to Panama, stopping everywhere on the way, Axel had by a Truck and was doing the same thing as Arnaud and Simon was traveling central America like me.

We decided to go all around Nicaragua together.  First We went to Leon, then Masaya, then we visited the capital Managua, then we went to Tipitapa ( country side ), the down to Granada and Finally to Omotepe to visit the wonderful volcanos.  The local currency is Cordebas 1 US dollars is around 24 Cordebas and A big beer cost 16-18 Cordebas so less than a dollar.  This country is very cheap to travel.  We met many girls form Nicaragua, they are very hot girls but also very friendly, many nights we went out with some of them that we met ridding in our cars.  They like partying all night long and they are very good fun.  Most of them do not speak English, so don’t forget your dictionary.

 

The best part of the trip was Omotepe, two volcanoes forming an island.  The Volcanoes are inactive, The biggest one is call “Conception” and the small one Maderas.  We climbed up Maderas in 6 hours.  Maderas is wonderful to climb, you go through different zone of nature while going up the mountain, at the beginning the vegetation is very low and towards the ascension rising to a beautiful Jungle. The best way to go on a journey is to rent a guide for the day, it’s cheaper if you go in group, so try to meet up people there and go all together.  The hotel were you stay should arrange a lunch for you.  On the Island, the have their own natural water coming from the volcano Maderas.  The nature is very present on this Island, snakes, monkeys, spiders and sharks.  Also many places you can find awesome waterfalls and you can even drink the water falling.  Our guide liked to tell us stories about people trying to climb Conception Volcano and never coming back because the have been eaten by huge snakes.  I think it could be a very good Volcano to climb, but you need to be a little bit more experience.  Maderas is hard but if you are in good shape, it is a good training for you.  After Nicaragua I decided to go to Guatemala with Simon from Germany to go and learn Spanish.  Check out the photo album from Nicaragua and the volcano, it is beautiful.

In Nicaragua they have the best Rum I never tasted, Flor De Caña.  This alcohol is so good, at the beginning I was drinking it with mixers, and at the end straight up form the bottle.  The more old you buy the more sweet it is.  7 years old is very good but 14 even better.  I love Flor De Caña so much that we decided to go directly to the factory and by a big quantity.  The factory is located in the rich volcanic fertile soil of Chichigalpa where they grow sugar cane to produce this sweet rum.  Flor De Caña is the most popular rum in Central America and won many international prices.

Diving is also amazing there, you can dive with hammerheads sharks of the islands little and bog corn.  I did not have time to go there since you need to fly from Managua to those Islands.  But i met many people that have dive there and just heard wonderful stories, I will go back for sure.  Managua is the Capital where you can find the richer side of the country, same as a big city, filled with Casinos, Offices, Prostitutes, Bars, Fast Foods etc…

Nicaragua is also a great country for investments, they sell many lands for very cheap and this will be a very famous destination in the future.  You can do everything there.  Golf Hiking, Kayaking, Partying, Surfing, Diving, Visiting and they also have amazing beaches along the Pacific Coast.