Temple Wat Suthat Thep Wararam – วัดสุทัศนเทพวราราม

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This is a temple in the middle of Bangkok. Not one of the biggest ones, or a common turist attraction. There are other much bigger temples that are more popular. As you can see on the legend above the grounds are very big. And the building in green was being refurbished and off-limits. We only visited the main temple which is the yellow square on the right side.

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Klong Koi Beach – The most relaxed place on Koh Chang

White Sands Beach, Lonely Beach and now Klong Koi Beach!

Lonely beach used to be the shoe-string backbacker haven of Koh Chang. That is no longer the case. Read the post about Lonely Beach.

The new paradise on Koh Chang is Klong Koi Beach, which is like Lonely Beach was about 10 years ago. And not a lot of people know about it yet, although I am guessing that in 3-4 years, that will change too.

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The Boat Chalet

The Boat Chalet

This was clearly a very nice resort once upon a time. But it has fallen into disrepair over the years. Perhaps it is because of the location, it is literally at the end of the road. And there is nothing else around it except a waterfall which is part of the National Park in Koh Chang.

It is nothing like I have ever seen before. An old cruise ship had been turned into a hotel in the resort. An amazing feat, since The Galaxy is not in the water as one would think, but a section of land close to the sea had been dug out, the ship beached in the location, and then the land behind was refilled, leaving only a small lake behind the ship. Returning the beach to its’ original state.

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The trip to Koh Phangan

We started in Bangkok

We made sure that we bought the tickets a day in advance, but that was still cutting it close. The travel agent had to call to make sure that there where tickets available.

It would probably be better to get the tickets a few days in advance, essentially if it it Full Moon Party season. We chose to take the Lomprayah bus and speed boat. It is the most expensive choice, but also the most comfortable.

Since it was high season, in other words, the days before the Full Moon Party, we had to pay extra. About 1550 Baht per person. It could have been a lot cheaper if we had taken the government train and the normal ferry. But that would also have taken a lot longer. Thipsx_20151215_142709-800x600.jpgnk around 22 hours with transfers and such, instead of the 11 hour bus trip we had.

We took the night bus, which was delayed by 1½ hours, with minimal information from Lompraya, just saying “The Bus will be here soon, maybe 30 min.” I knew it could take some time and perhaps they didn’t know themselves. But, I knew we could get some food and drink and just find a good spot to wait.

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