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Going to the Full Moon Party as a couple!

February 8, 2016

The Full Moon Party is one of Thailand’s main attractions for the hundreds of backpackers that visit the country each year. However it may not be top of your list if you’re travelling as a couple. I’ve been to Koh Phangan with friends and with Stu so I can tell you that it’s totally fine to go to the Full Moon Party with your partner!

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I’ve written before about the Full Moon Party, it’s a mental night that you need to experience at least once. Thousands of people packed on to a beach is not everyone’s cup of tea but Stu and I had a really good night. The travelling community is really friendly so you find yourselves talking to anyone you’re stood by and swapping stories about backpacking. You might feel like people won’t approach a couple but we didn’t really find this a problem. Stu’s really good at starting a conversation with anyone and I just joined in. This is probably how we made most of our friends travelling!

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Most of your time at the Full Moon Party will be spent drinking buckets of alcohol and dancing outside one of the many bars which line the beach. There’s also water slides from the tops of bars down to the beach and a sleeping zone for those that need a nap to last until sunrise. There’s so much going on that it doesn’t matter if you’re part of a big group or just with one other person. I’m sure plenty of people go on their own!

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People seem to have no inhibitions when they’re in another country so you’re bound to see some strange sights at the party. You just have to embrace the night and enjoy the experience as a whole. I found that there was a bit of a strange atmosphere because everyone is so determined to have a good time. It’s a bit like New Years Eve when you do something because you feel have to go out. If you try not to have too high expectations then you’ll enjoy the Full Moon Party whoever you go with. Just appreciate dancing on a beach until sunrise covered in UV paint!

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Have you been to the Full Moon Party? How did you find it?

Going to the Full Moon Party as a couple

Asia, Thailand, Travel

Wanderlust Wednesday – 21/10/15

October 21, 2015
Wanderlust Wednesday

Oops, I missed this last week! I’ve been really busy with work so haven’t found much time to blog. I’ll be making up for that over the next few days though hopefully. Anyway, back to Wanderlust Wednesday. This week take a look at my pictures from Koh Phi Phi in Thailand.20140322-144216.jpg 20140322-143949.jpg 20140322-143458.jpg 20140322-143443.jpg 20140322-142949.jpg  20140322-142931.jpg

Koh Phi Phi is definitely one of my favourite places on Earth! Have you been?

Asia, Malaysia, Travel

Wanderlust Wednesday – 7/10/15

October 7, 2015
Wanderlust Wednesday

I’ve had a busy few days, I’ve just found out I’ve secured a place in the London Marathon, managed to get tickets for Glastonbury festival next year and right now I’m off to London to work for the day! Anyway, back to ‘Wanderlust Wednesday’. This week I thought I would share some photos of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This was the first stop of mine and Stu’s trip. We were in awe of the Petronas Towers! Hope you enjoy our pictures!

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You can read about our trip to Kuala Lumpur here. Happy Wednesday!

Asia, Indonesia, Travel

Wanderlust Wednesday – 9/9/15

September 9, 2015

When I have a read through other travel blogs, I’m always really jealous of the photos. I’d love to learn how to take great photos – mine are always a quick snap taken on my digital camera or my iPhone. My photos may not be as professional looking as others but I thought I would share some with you on every Wednesday from now on.

Today we’re heading to Ubud in Bali. You can read about my time in Bali here.

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

What do you think of the photos? Would you like to see more? Leave a comment or tweet me @frankiegoesto__

Wanderlust Wednesday

Asia, Indonesia, Travel

Gili Trawangan – Island Living for Cheap!

January 5, 2015

Stop the search, I have found the desert island of your dreams. Small and secluded. Tranquil waters and pure white beaches. Swimming with turtles and the best damn sunset I ever seen.  Welcome to Gili Trawangan.

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The Gili Islands consist of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan and are located just off the Indonesian island of Lombok but are easily accessible from Bali as well. Being the biggest (but still tiny), Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it is known, is the most popular with tourists. Don’t let the fact that it is ‘popular’ put you off, you will still get that remote island experience that many crave.

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Finding somewhere to stay in Paradise is easy. There’s plenty of choice from beach bungalows to secluded apartments to hotels and hostels. The best news is that all options are incredibly cheap. A standard double bungalow with breakfast will cost about $10 a night. Breakfast tends to consist of a hot drink, fresh fruit and eggs or pancakes.

So what do you do once you’re here? As little or as much as you’d like. Spend every day sunbathing if you’d like, or hire a bike and cycle around the island. The latter I would definitely recommend. We took some snorkel gear with us and spent the day cycling to different snorkel spots and relaxing on secluded beaches. You can also try paddle boarding or even an open water dive. There are companies based on the island where you can gain your PADI qualification as well.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYou can stay on the other Gili Islands as well or you can just visit them by taking a boat trip around Gili Air and Gili Meno which we did. These boat trips run everyday and include lunch on Gili Air. The best thing about this trip is you are pretty much guaranteed to swim with a turtle which is a really special experience.

I hope you get a chance to visit this beautiful island one day, I’m glad I did!

Asia, Indonesia, Travel

Bali – The Australian Magaluf?

January 3, 2015

To those living in Australia it won’t come as a surprise to see the Indonesian island of Bali described as a cheap party destination but to many people in the Northern Hemisphere, Bali is seen as a luxury honeymoon spot for newlyweds to enjoy their start to married life. If you are considering Bali as your next holiday and want to avoid drunk Australians then you need to pick carefully when deciding where to stay on the island.

The main area which has been developed to suit the Western clientèle is Kuta. Think Mcdonalds and other fast food outlets on every corner, chain stores such as Topshop, New Look and even Mark and Spencers and bars and restaurants serving every cuisine imaginable. Not exactly what you picture when you think of this island. If you don’t want to experience any Balinese culture and just want cheap food and alcohol then Kuta is perfect for you. This is where the Australian TV programme What really happens in Bali is based. The programme is fairly similar to the UK’s Magaluf Weekender and depicts young Aussies in a bad light. Kuta offers no culture apart from Bali souvenirs sold on the hundreds of market stalls. The place is crawling with teenagers on their first mates holiday and adults on family holidays still getting just as drunk.

A short taxi ride away from Kuta you have the slightly more upmarket resort of Seminyak. Seminyak is home to lots of little boutique shops. Some of these are owned by Indonesian designers so you feel a little better browsing these stores rather than the same shops you go in every weekend at home. The beaches are also much quieter than Kuta beach. You still get locals trying to sell you jewellery, fruit etc but as this happens all over Asia I think it is to be expected. In general, Seminyak is more expensive than Kuta for food and accommodation. The hotels which line the beach are incredible 5 star resorts so the whole area is suited for a certain class of person.

Have I put you off Bali yet? Have no fear, away from the rowdy party spots there are still places to visit in Bali which stay true to their culture.

The most popular of these is Ubud. This inland town is home to the famous monkey sanctuary and plenty of inspiring temples. The hotels seem to be more in keeping with Indonesian style and this gives you a better experience overall. You can definitely relax more in Ubud and take in the beautiful culture of the island. Take a visit to a temple or just watch the locals go about their daily lives. If you’re still desperate for a beach escape then try the nearby island Gili Trawangan. I loved it there and I’ll write a full blog post on this tiny paradise soon. This is what Bali is really about, not a cheap Bintang vest and an Arak cocktail.

What do you think? Have I judged Kuta unfairly or can you recommend anywhere else to visit in Bali?

Asia, Thailand, Travel

Koh Tao, Thailand

March 31, 2014

Staying at Jizo’s Hostel.

We left the party island for the chilled beaches of Koh Tao. Neither of us had been here before but it came recommended by a number of fellow backpackers. We arrived after a short boat trip and quickly found accommodation. It was only a cheap dorm room but a bed was all we needed when we wanted to spend most of our time on the beach. And the beaches of Koh Tao did not disappoint!

This island has a much more chilled out vibe with lots of live music and a more relaxed nightlife. There was still the usual Thai fire shows but people tended to sit down to watch it instead of downing buckets and dancing around.

Although we decided against it, Koh Tao is a really cheap place to dive and to get any diving qualifications if that interests you. We were told that there are better places to dive, but if price is an issue then this would be the place to come.

We also had some amazing food here. I’m tempted to say it was the best of our whole trip. There’s loads of restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from, offering a variety of cuisines. We found it was best to stick to Thai food though. If you fancy seafood I would definitely recommend Barracuda. Good food, fantastic presentation and not too expensive! You can’t go wrong really.

We left Koh Tao with a heavy heart, we will miss island life but it was time for our Asian adventure to end and head Down Under…

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Asia, Thailand, Travel

Koh Phangan, Thailand

March 26, 2014

Staying at Charung Bungalows.

If I’m being honest, the only reason we visited Koh Phangan was for the Full Moon Party. We had to stay for 5 nights as our accommodation had that as their minimum nights stay over the full moon period. This made us feel a bit trapped because Koh Phangan is nowhere near as idyllic as Phi Phi. However we made up for the lack of scenery by covering ourselves in UV paint and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Here’s what we looked like…

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The party itself was mental. Thousands of people on one beach, all in bright colours, most with a bucket in hand and all trying to squeeze past each other to find space to dance. There’s lots to take in with plenty of different bars playing different types of music so you’re bound find something you like. One bar even had a waterside from the rooftop down to the beach which was fun! As the aim of the full moon party is to try and stay until sunrise, there’s a handy ‘sleep zone’ cornered off on the beach for those who have had too much to drink to have a quick nap before partying some more. As I said, it was mental.

Asia, Thailand, Travel

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

March 22, 2014

Staying at the Oasis Guesthouse.

I love this island so much. It’s paradise by day and you can party on the beach at night. The main beach is a beautiful bay with amazing scenery and this is what draws me to Phi Phi. Every island has a beach, but none are as beautiful as here.

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We stayed on this island for 6 nights. Our room was quite basic but it’s all we needed when we planned to spend most of our time at the beach. We wanted to use this time to work on our traveller tans after 3 weeks walking around various cities.

There’s lots of things to do here such as diving, snorkelling, various boat trips and a walk to the viewpoint. The viewpoint is definitely worth doing. It’s a long climb to the top but it’s definitely worth it. You have to pay 20baht to get in but that gives you access to a little remembrance garden for the 2004 tsunami as well. We timed our walk so we could watch the sunset from the top and the views did not disappoint!

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We also did a half day boat trip to Phi Phi Leh, the smaller sister island. This is where Maya Bay is, the beach used in the Leonardo DiCaprio film ‘The Beach’. It’s another beautiful island and we did some snorkelling and kayaking here as well. The trip cost 600 baht each and included tea, coffee, drinking water and a meal served at sunset. You can get the trip for cheaper but your meal won’t be cooked fresh so watch out for food poisoning!

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Next island on the agenda is Koh Phangan for the full moon party. Get your uv paint ready!

Asia, Thailand, Travel

Paradise?

March 12, 2014

We are currently staying on Koh Phi Phi. I’ll write about our time here soon but until then I’ll just leave you with these pictures. Have a good day!

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