Playing on Koh Phangan


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After arriving in Haad Yao on Koh Phangan we had almost two days of rain. When the skies cleared we enjoyed the pristine beach. Fonto Mak Mak means Lots of Rain!

We walked from Haad Yao to Haad Salad and to Mae Haad and back again. One surprise on our walk was elephants.  They give elephant rides and you can touch the monkeys. It was not the most respectful set up for the animals. During the night, we heard animals noises! At first, I thought it was cows but it was large frogs!

All three bays in North West Koh Phangan are pretty but I am certain more lovely on a sunny day when the blues of the water can really be seen. It has been rainy and misty and not particularly nice but not pouring down. I did have a huge wipe out as we walked and lost my footing and all my belongings but I survived to wander back to Sandy Beach Bungalows. One sunny day, we enjoyed the snorkeling at Haad Yao.

Danni from Sandy Beach Bungalows (500 Baht $16usd fan room with breakfast) gave me a fire dance lesson and we watched his show.

This movie is from our month stay in Thailand (September 2012) and our year TRIP in South East Asia, see all the videos from our trip.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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