Koh Phangan – The Magic Island

Koh Phangan – The Magic Island

I first came to Koh Phangan in 1995 as a young, naïve backpacker looking for somewhere special. Like most of us back then I’d heard about the island in whispered conversations from people I had met on my travel.  This was before Alex Garland’s book ‘The Beach’ had come out and a long time before the film created an explosion of interest. As I arrived on that fateful first day, off a ferry from Koh Samui, I stumbled into one of the world’s most magical places. I had no idea at that point just how much this place would impact my life, the friends I would meet, the parties I would experience and the chance to actually live the dream of staying long term on a paradise island where the main preoccupation is fun and total relaxation. It is a place that reminds you of the good in the world and the incredible beauty we are surrounded by.  In those days the roads were dirt where there were roads and a lot of the northern part of the island was inaccessible by car or bike so the long tail boats were an essential form of transport.  Almost all the accommodation was bamboo huts right on the beaches, shared bathrooms and showers and limited electric supplied by generators that would hum away in the background in the morning and evening. You could stay cheap and long term, food was incredibly good and a meal was always less than $1, accommodation right…

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