My Experience Island Hopping at Camp Thailand
After spending three weeks at Camp Chiang Mai in Thailand, exploring the jungles, white water rafting, teaching English and visiting temples I thought I better visit the islands to see the other side of Thailand. After all everyone kept talking about how incredible the island’s are and all my Camp Thailand friends were doing the Island Hopping Tour. So I thought, why not!
Now getting to the islands from the north of Thailand isn’t the most glamorous experience. You’ve got to get an overnight train to Bangkok following by a 16 hour coach down to the ferry port. So you’re travelling for quite a while! As long as you’ve got a good book, some friends and a charged iPod you should be alright!
So we started by exploring Koh Tao for a few days. Koh Tao is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It genuinely is like a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. The beaches have insanely clear water and there’s bars and restaurants dotted the whole way along the beach. For the first island we visited on our Island Hopping Tour we were pretty stoked with Koh Tao. During our few days here we experienced boat parties, bar crawls and snorkelling. Plus around all of that we found some time to work on our tan.
After a few days in Koh Tao we took a day trip to the tiny island Koh Nangyuan. Time to get that three island view pic that you’ve been waiting for. If you’re not sure what I mean, you’ll know when you get there. I’m almost 100% certain that one of your friends on Facebook will have a picture of them here as their profile picture. After a day of exploring this beautiful little island we hopped on a ferry over to Koh Pha Ngan, the infamous full moon party island.
This was our final destination on our Island Hopping Tour, meaning there was mixed emotions all round. We were all so excited to finally be visiting Koh Pha Ngan but so sad about finishing the Island Hopping Tour. Not to mention finishing Camp Thailand all together, we weren’t ready to leave at all.
Koh Pha Ngan
Whilst at Koh Pha Ngan we visited “The Challenge”. An obstacle course based on Total Wipeout which results in probably one of the funniest days you’ll have. It’s so silly but such a laugh! On top of that we explored some breathtakingly beautiful beaches, saw some incredible sunsets, drank buckets at various beach parties and so much more.
Then it was time to head back to Bangkok, we’d all been dreading this day. Partially for the night bus and partially because it meant it was home time and we had to leave Camp Thailand. We all had an incredible time on the Island Hopping Tour, I’d recommend it to anyone doing Camp Thailand! It really is the cherry on the cake of your experience. Island Hopping in Thailand is just great, you have to do it!