Ko Pha Ngan and bus to Trang

13th of July
Another day on the motorbike. We went up to the north again. We drove until the we couldn’t go any further. Sandra wanted to relax on the beach and I decided to climb up some rocks. It took me an hour or so to get to the top of the rocks, but the scenery was wonderful. I felt like a little Robinson.. I could see the next beach, which wasn’t reachable by motorbike, and it looked like on one of those Postcard-Beaches or Movie scenarios. Awesome!! Around 6:00 pm we decided to go to Hat Rin once more, to see what the ” Half Moon Party” was like. It wasn’t a big party at all, just a small group of people, hopping around on the beach…

14th of July
My last day in Ko Pha Nang. Also my last day with Sandra and Zlatko, the two other travellers who I stayed with the past 9 days ( I may meet Sandra again later this month) . Sandra wanted to stay on the island and Zlatko is flying over to Europe as I’m sitting in this Internet-cafe right now. Since I had to wait the whole day to get on the night ferry to Surat Thani, I just walked around in Thong Sala and had a few drinks.

The night ferry left Thong Sala at 10:00 pm. I might come back on the 4th of August, to see what the “Original Full Moon Party” is like.

15th of July, Bus to Trang
The night ferry from Thong Sala arrived at Surat Thani at 5:00 am. A mini van picked me up at the pier and took me to another place, where tourists where already waiting for their busses. Three mine-van’s and two different bus-stations later, I arrived at the same place again, and the guy at the bus-office told me that I can go to Trang… WOW! And this day was just about to start!

It took about two hours, to get a town where the driver dropped me of and told me that I need to get a motorcycle-taxi and go to another bus station. OK! I was to tired to fight and tell them that I paid for a trip to TRANG. Fortunately I got on a bus to Trang. But after my arrival in Trang, I had to found out that no one ever heard about a Youth Hostel in or around Trang.

A friendly police men took me to a mini-van station, and then I was on my way to Had Yao, the place I thought I would find a nice Youth Hostel. At least I thought so.

The mini-van driver took me to a small “resort” next to the beach. I met other travellers from Denmark, who where also “stranded” in the middle of nowhere. Shortly after my arrival, a horrible storm came up (monsoon, as the owner of the so called resort told me a hundred times). The storm lasted for about three hours. After a short walk around in the rain I was also able to find the youth hostel, just about a ten minute walk away from the “resort”.

I and the travellers from Denmark decided not to stay at the “resort” and luckily found a minivan which brought us back to Trang. Since the weather down here is in a horrible condition, I’m going to leave this place tomorrow, to go to Malaysia, or to Ko Phi Phi. …

Ko Pha Nang, Haad Rin

We rented a motorcycle (150 Baht) to cruise around the island and find out what the other beaches have to offer. Sandra, the German girl, turned out to be a very good driver, so I didn’t have to worry and could enjoy the beauty of the island. We stayed near Thong Sala at a small bungalow village and from there we took the road along the coast all up the northern part of Ko Phangan. Most of the roads are in good condition, but unfortunately the island is very hilly. Sometimes I had to jump of the bike so Sandra could make it up those hills. The Thai People always laugh at us. I think its unusual for the guy to sit on tha back and let the  girl do the driving.

I have to admit that the northern beaches are much more beautiful then southern beaches. Far less tourists and sandy beaches. In the South you get a lot of mud an corals (I got scratches all over my feet). Around 4:00 p.m. we arrived at Haad Rin, the mass-tourist part of Ko Phangan. The whole town is one big “party” and is well know for the “Full Moon Party, which was just three days before we arrived on the island. After dinner we went straight back to our bungalows on the other site of the island.

12th of July, Ko Pha Ngan, Hiking to Long Beach
Since the weather was very fine, Sandra and I decided to do a “beach walk” up to the “Long Beach” (very nice place!) which we had discovered just the day before. It was a 10 kilometre walk, most of the beaches on the way were in a horrible condition, lot’s of rocks and dirt. Just the last two kilometres before Long Beach turned out to be a little bit more friendly. Not knowing about the distance back to our bungalow on the road (15 kilometres..) we decided to do some “hitchhiking. Three or four kilometres, roasting in the sun and tired of walking up and down the hills, we decided to use a taxi instead. Hitchhiking seems to be not very common on the islands..

Ko Samui

The past three day where really enjoyable. Much better then the hot, busy and crowded Bangkok. On the 7th of July I took the night-train to Surat Thani. To use the train is not that bad at all, they have air-condition and you even get shower on the train (second class). After the arrival in Surat Thani, I took the ferry to Ko Samui.

I spent the last two nights in Ko Samui. The Island of Ko Samui is a place I don’t recommend at all. They have all the stuff you get all around the world, Mc Donalds, Starbucks, they are already opening up a Burger King (!!) And – it’s very expensive compared to Bangkok. Although, the beaches are really nice and I got sunburned while I was walking from one end of the beach to the other… (Ouch).

10th of July, Ferry to Ko Pha Ngan
Today I took another ferry to Koh Pha Ngan, which is less touristiy then Ko Samui. I got an bungalow next to the beach (just a few steps) which I share with an German girl I met in Bangkok (Sandra).

I had an very funny afternoon. I met a twenty year old monk next to our bungalow. We “talked” for about three hours, (it took me 15 minutes to find out that he asked me for a coke) and he showed me different ways of Thai Fighting” .

After Sunset Sandra and I decided to get something to eat and we walked along the beach to the next town, which took us about 30 minutes. We just had dinner and are now about to walk back to our bungalow. I will spend the next three days in Koh Pha Ngan, do some hiking trips and may rent a motorcycle before I go to Trang, which is a city in the very south of Thailand.

Arriving in Bangkok

I just arrived at the Bangkok International Youth hostel. Wow – this is going to be my first report to all of you – so what can I tell you?

I spent my last evening in Austria in Vienna, together with my Cousin. We went to a “Biergarten” named Fischer Braeu. For me the last chance to eat a original “Wiener Schnitzel” and a cold beer (or two…)
My last night in Austria was quit strange, four different dreams and every time I missed that dam plane! Thank god those dreams didn’t come true, I went to the airport early, got my tickets and had my first take-off to Zurich. I left Zurich at 3:00 p.m. and went straight to Bangkok.

The flight was quiet comfortable, I was sitting next to two young Swiss girls so time passed by pretty fast. A very funny short-story: Whenever I asked the stewardess for a “Coke” she smiled at me, and handed me an “Orange Juice”. But beside that little misunderstanding, it was a very enjoyable flight.

Arriving in Bangkok, after 11 hours on the plane went along with an unfortunate surprise. My luggage didn’t make it to Bangkok, it decided to stay in Zurich. Fortunately it will arrive later today. I’m a very optimistic person and I look at this in a very positive way: I didn’t have to carry “the BIG bag” trough the whole city. He He. Well, on my way to the hostel I already met a local – Rudi – I’m going to meet him again in the afternoon to talk about Austria (right – I’m a very trusting person).

5th of July, My first day in Bangkok
I spent my first afternoon waiting at the hostel for my luggage, talking to other travellers. At 3:00 pm I met Rudi again who invited me to his home. We talked about this and that, but mostly about Austria and his work. He is a “croupier” at a cruise ship, and married to an Malaysian woman. I was also invited to eat at their house, but after more then 28 hours without sleep my stomach just said NO.  I spent about three hours at Rudji’s house before I went back to the hostel.

I was still without my luggage, so I had to wait until 9:00 pm. Not being tired at all at this time, I decided to join a few other backpackers (two guys and three girls) to go to Patpong, which is one of the most famous “sex-districts” of Bangkok. We went there by Tuk Tuk (70 Bhat) which took us about half an hour. For me, Thailand and Bangkok was always known as a place for sex-tourists, walking around at Patpong, I found out that it’s not soo bad at all. You get invited to see sex shows quite frequently, but if you say “No thanks”, they leave you alone.

After about 1,5 hour we decided to go back to the hostel by taxi (120 Bhat). So, after about 36 hours without sleep, I went to bed for the very first time in Bangkok.

6th of July, Train Station Bangkok
A very relaxing day, we first went to the train station to get a train-ticket for Surat Thani, and then we took the Bus Nr. 29 to go – well where ever it would take us… It took as through the whole city. To explore Bangkok by bus is really recommendable, it’s only 3.5 Baht a ride, and you can see the whole city.

7th of July
We went to the “Grand Palace”, a very impressive place, but since I’m coming back to Bangkok later this month, I did not spend much time there.

Backpacking Reports

All my blog-entries here are presented from oldest to  newest, which is unusual for blogs, but most of it was written as a continous storie, so its easier to show the posts in chronological order.

To give you a short overview in which time frame this trips took place:

Thailand – July – August & October 2001
Australia – August & September 2001
South Africa- May & June 2003
Costa Rica- November 2003
New Zealand – September & October 2005
Cuba – April & June 2007

Argentinia & Antarctica 2008 in Deutsch
South East Asia – 2009

The Bahama on the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Four days on board of the Disney Wonder, cruising around the Bahamas, with an afternoon on Paradise Beach, a night out in Nassau and a full day on Castaway Cay, the private island of the Disney Inc. Really a nice way to start travelling around Florida!

Castaway Cay is a private island or “out island” in the Bahamas which serves as an exclusive port for the Disney Cruise Line ships Disney Wonder and Disney Magic. It is located at 26°05′N 77°32′W near Great Abaco Island, and was formerly known as Gorda Cay. It is owned in full by The Walt Disney Company, giving them substantial control over the experience of visitors to the island. A post office on the island has special Bahamian postage specific to Disney Cruise Line, and a “Castaway Cay” postmark.

Florida Disneyparks

Magic Kingdom is fine if you are with your kids but you can skip it if you have been to Eurodisney. The only thing they don’t have their is Splash Mountain. MGM is for moviebuffs, since it offers lots of probs from films and the Indiana Jones Stundshow is worth watching.

The “Animal Kingdom” ranks as my favourite Disneyparks out of all four Disneyworld themeparks. There is a lot to see, the attraction don’t get stuck all the time and there is plenty of usefull informations even for adults

Epcot Center is very interresting, the rides are quiet old, expect the Crash-Test Dummie Race, but the different countries are very entertaining to visit, and don’t miss the movies about Canada, China and France, they are fantastic.