Dancing Elephant Hostel Review from Koh Phangan, Thailand

David and I - In front of Dancing Elephant for the Full Moon Party August 2009

The party doesn’t stop on Haadrin Beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand. Everyday music is blasting throughout the beach and buckets of alcohol are sold in every corner. Once a month though, the Full Moon Party takes the beach on full force. Many backpackers flock to Koh Phangan making it difficult to find accommodation in such a small town. Most places require a minimum of three to four nights stay for the party as well. Booking ahead is essential and finding the proper place to stay is just as important to take full advantage of the party.

Hospitalized at the Full Moon Party

“You’re lucky you’re not unconscious right now” the doctor said to me. Although I was shocked, I knew something was wrong when I had finally decided to get medical attention. I had the feeling of ‘pins-and-needles’ coming up through my body as walking became more difficult. Stephanie was there to hold onto me and to get me to the clinic. Luckily, this beach has dozens of clinics spread out all within walking distance making it quite easy to find one.

Khao Mai Kaew Cave Adventures in Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta has easily been my favorite island in Thailand. It’s less crowded and has more of an intimate feeling towards it. It was a relief after the overcrowded mayhem of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi. With not a clue what there was to do on the island, we rented a motorbike and looked at the map trying to guess what we thought was worth a visit. Dotted near the middle, there’s a mark for Khao Mai Kaew Cave, our guidebook doesn’t say much besides that is it one of the best caves you can visit in Thailand.

Bangkok for New Year’s Eve

This is my third time back in Bangkok and I’m still not tired of it. I met up with Stephanie and her friend Liz at the airport as I arrived too. They had just come back from a camper van trip for two months in Australia. I was their tour guide for the first few days while I remembered all there was to do in Bangkok. Mostly aimless walking which is so easy to do in Bangkok. We were preparing ourselves for the bigger night out for New Years Eve though I did seem to forget how dangerous a bucket can be on one of our first night out. Puking on the streets of Koh San Road is not a good look but considering the type of parties that street has, I wasn’t the only one.

Words of Wisdom in Photos from Chiang Mai, Thailand

I love inspirational quotes. I’m frequently posting quotes I’m inspired by on Art of Backpacking’s Facebook Page that may relate to travelers. These signs were spotted in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There were plenty of these signs at this particular park but I took shots of my favorite ones.