Koh Phangan holidays that never end
On the 16th October 2011 I came to the island Koh Phangan, sometimes spelled Ko Pha-Ngan too (one of the islands in the Gulf of Thailand) where I was supposed to stay for just 2 nights and leave early in the morning on the 18th to the next island Koh Tao. But as soon as I came, it all started to change. I met some crazy Slovak guys living there which was so much fun!
It never happened to me anywhere else in the world that there were so many people from my home country in the same place. And even living there!
And to be honest, even going abroad in order to see different cultures and habits, I didn’t mind to run into these guys. At least they could show me around the island and tell me more about the life there. And we could compare the culture and the way of living back home and in Thailand easier. But I don’t think the Slovak community in Koh Phangan was the main reason why I fell in love with this beautiful island straight away.
There is this kind of lazy atmosphere on the island, which makes you feel good, extremely good! I couldn’t believe I was really changing my plans completely just to stay longer in Koh Phangan.
Instead of my two days in Koh Tao island after Koh Phangan, I actually stayed those two days hanging around Koh Phangan for longer. And I even skipped visiting Phuket as everyone says it’s too touristy already and Krabi as well because of the lack of the time. All this just to stay a bit more enjoying Koh Phangan best beaches.
It was the same with so many people I met. I am talking about some kind of ”Koh Phangan illness’‘ that gets all the visitors. Everyone who comes here, wants to stay longer or even live here. The same happened to my Slovak friends.
They came here on holidays and then had to come back very soon. Now they all live here.
And even today, I got a message from an unknown guy reading my blog that he found this unreal beach in Koh Phangan so he is going to stay here for a couple of weeks. Absolutely unplanned for him. Not really a big surprise to me as during the 5 days I stayed in Phangan it is not the first time I hear about this kind of things.
You will come to Koh Phangan for holidays but in the end those holidays will never end.
Get ready for that. If you do not want this to happen, then do not visit.
There must be something magic about this island.
The thing is I still haven’t figured out what. Who visits the island has a big difficulty to leave. Koh Phangan has so many stunning places to visit, things to do and see with its just 168 square kilometres, that’s for sure. Many parts are still a bit virgin as just 12,000 locals live here so there is still plenty of things waiting for you to discover.
But is it all you need to make your holidays longer than usual or move in here like so many people have done by now? Would it be enough to hang out at the sandy beaches, watch the sunset every night from a different viewpoint, relax at the boat or eat cheap local Thai food? Would it be enough for a never-ending holidays? I guess so.
Or the island is somehow haunted in a way it gets under your skin and you just do not want to leave. As if you were tied up with Koh Phangan.
You get here, but it is almost impossible to go away.
The holidays in Koh Phangan never end. Your life will become more relaxed, and a bit lazy and still your days will pass so quickly here! And when the time flies by, it means you are having a good time, right? Even if it feels like you do nothing all day long 😀
As I write this, I am sitting at the bungalow terrace a couple of meters from the beach.And I just decided to stay for one more day 😀 So my 2 days in here are already 6. And who know what will come afterwards.
There is just something about Ko Phangan that will really get you. Forever.