THAILAND: FUN In the Islands Under The SUN!

Thailand is more than Bangkok and Patpong. A weekend or even a week long adventure to Thailand's southern peninsula and one could be far away from the big cities! There are a plethora of islands to choose, each with plenty of sun kissed beaches, and a playful laid back atmosphere to feel worlds away from being at the office!

Among the multitude of islands on either side of Thailand's southern peninsula, I will focus, for this time on the more notable islands, mainly Koh Samui, Koh Chang and also a bit of Phuket. 

I remember when I was first coming to Thailand, islands like Koh Samui, Koh Chang and many other islands were virtually unheard of back water escapes which only a few backpackers would find their way to. They had a very minimal infrastructure for tourists and was a perfect way to feel like a rugged adventure and truly wonderful fun moments such as "Full Moon Parties" which in the late 1980s were fun loving, parties on the beach with a hippy flavour, when they were still intimate and non commercial. Of course nowadays everything has changed, and these islands have embraced tourism fully with full amenities for the discerning tourist, but there are also still plenty of  places to escape the tourist scene and enjoy to an extent how the islands were like before they were put on the tourist map. During the day enjoy the natural adventures and party away to exotic island nightlife at the many bars and clubs, catering to every kind of interest, including fun drag shows at gay bars, all hugging the beach! 

Koh Sami, is a popular island which has been nicknamed "Coconut island" is an adventures playground. Explore the tropical nature on an exciting jungle tour, where you can even take a zip line experience to add to the excitement! If imitating Tarzan of the jungle is not your thing, there are scuba diving and amazing snorkeling experiences with even scuba diving lessons! Of course there are  even temples to visit as this is Thailand! Treat yourself to a spa session to retire from your rugged day at nature!  

Nightclubs and bars are in Chewang, which also have all the bright lights and everything else that is attracted to the night dazzle, or if you are interested in the trendy and fashionable, then put Bophut on your agenda.

Koh Chang, meaning "Elephant Island" in Thai, is, from my opinion, a bit more "off the beaten path" in the way of the tourist machine. Staying in a small, simple beach bungalow, making a beach picnic is still the norm here, of course with luxury resorts and more comfortable options being available on the island. How does a sea safari sound? Imagine, being on an authentic fishing vessel for a four day snorkeling and island hopping adventure! If you missed out on the jungle trek on Koh Samui, you have your opportunity here, or see majestic waterfalls, or even more different, go to a crocodile show or have a swim with some dolphins!

If you are already missing the big city, you can get a feel of it in Phuket. I remember when I was approaching the city from the motorway how much it reminded me of Hong Kong. This city is complete with gay bars and every kind of bar, every kind of luxury hotel or resort. Go see an entertaining dinner show, have a massage, and even drive out to the countryside villages just moments from Phuket's city and Patong beach area.What are you waiting for, enjoy the sun and all the fun as it is all waiting for you!  


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