Posts Tagged ‘thailand’

Parties in Ban Tai in Koh Phangan

Thailand has several names. One of them is the ‘land of the free’. This moniker is partly because Thailand was never taken over by the British or the Japanese, and partly because Thai people tend to value their independence. When first going to Thailand it can be hard to understand how a country with prevalent traditional Buddhist values also is the world center for transsexuals. It is not a permissive attitude like in Western Europe that explains this seeming contradiction, but rather a ‘live and let live’ philosophy – one’s own karma is one’s own business.

The land of the free can also refer to the fact that Thailand remains a fairly decentralized country. In the south particularly they speak their own dialect and tend to ignore or just pay lip service to the edicts coming from Bangkok.

An example of this is the parties around the small village of Ban Tai on the tropical island of Koh Phangan. Ever since the Full Moon Party in Haad Rin started attracting big crowds there has been a general proliferation of all night techno and trance parties on the island. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Come-Back Thailand Beaches: Thong Nai Pan Beaches Worth Exploring

Thong Nai Pan means in Thai ‘bay of Pan’ because it is believed that the twin bay on the tropical island of Koh Phangan was given to a man called Pan as a reward by the King of Thailand for services rendered to the crown.

There are two main beaches in the Thong Nai Pan area – Thong Nai Pan Yai (‘big bay of Pan’) and Thong Nai Pan Noi (‘small bay of Pan’). Both of these beaches are stunning white sand places with warm turquoise water that is good for year round swimming. Read the rest of this entry »

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