KO PHA NGAN, FULL MOON PARTY AND BANGKOK PROTEST MARCH

I first came to KO PHA NGAN in 1994. It was during the FULL MOON PARTY both then and now (totally unplanned). I’ve stayed at the THE SANCTUARY twice before.

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YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE WATER TAXI TO GET TO THE SANCTUARY
It took us 12 hours of traveling from Chiang Mia to get here, right at sunset. At the reception I tell them who I am and that I made reservations over 3 months ago. He insist that I prove I have reservations, “your kidding?” “Don’t you have my reservation?” I get the WiFi password, dig through the correspondences and presto. He finally opens his reservation book and there’s my name. They made me feel like I was on trial. It took a 1/2 hour, just to get the room. There is so many people here, I’ve never seen it so crowded.

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MOSQUITO NETS ARE THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT BEING BITTEN
The beach here is nice and the water is warm.

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IS THERE ANY SUN IN SLOVENIA?
I’ve been sick but still want to see the full moon party. We hang out and take a few photos of the (pre) craziness.

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I feel terrible, we take the taxi boat back to our cottage. My dreams come true, I throw-up (finally), I feel great now.
The Sanctuary use to be the escape from the partying of the Full Moon beach. But no longer, a new bar played house music ALL night and loud. The Sanctuary provides ear plugs, not my idea of a quiet beach resort. The resorts here need to buy out the house music guy and reclaim the solace that this area use to be.
We head to Bangkok for some shopping, eating and protesting!
The best way to get around Bangkok is with a Tuk Tuk.

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THEY USE LPG INSTEAD OF GASOLINE
I really wanted to experience the protest in Bangkok. (Thank You Chops). So we boarded a bus until we saw some marching got off the bus and joined in. I got a Thai flag, whistle and we started marching. Natasa wasn’t to keen on this adventure, “I have family at home.” People were taking our pictures and video taping us. I had someone come up and ask us to “ask Obama for his help.” I felt good about supporting the Thais in their struggle for a true democracy.
I VIDEO TAPED THE MARCH, WATCH IT HERE
The Thai people really made us feel welcome at their protest march, giving us water, muffins and

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THIS GUY WHO GAVE ME A BOWL OF FISH BALL SOUP
He was so amazing I had to video tape him. I have not adjusted the speed in any way, he was crazy fast. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Tourism is 10% of Thailand’s economy and the business community is pressuring the government to find solutions and fast, it’s actually quite interesting.
The protesters have blocked all the main streets downtown trying to shut the government down. Of course I got the T-Shirt, “SHUT BANGKOK DOWN” and a couple extras for my protest friends back home.- Our Tuk Tuk is turned back from several streets

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BANGKOK IS NOTORIOUS FOR IT’S TRAFFIC PROBLEMS, THIS WORKED
Were finally back to our hotel, Natasa reminds me just our stuff is there, we don’t have a room anymore. She suggest a walk to the river, before we part ways at the airport in a few hours.

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WE HAD A GREAT, EVENT PACKED, VACATION? I NEED A REST AFTER ALL WE DID!
Natasa is going back to Slovenia and I’m heading to Myanmar (Burma). I will be going at a much slower pace, since I have a little more time.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed sharing our adventure? I know we did.
Love
Jeff and Natasa
YOU CAN SEE ALL THE THAILAND PHOTOS HERE

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4 thoughts on “KO PHA NGAN, FULL MOON PARTY AND BANGKOK PROTEST MARCH

  1. marchagainstcorruptionsf

    WOW! So good ! Taking part in historical events and supporting democracy ! and bathing elephants !?! all with a rad babe along with you ?!!!! yeah……you are killing it ! I just about died looking at all the pictures of you and Natasa with the elephants. So funny and awesome. Thanks for the update and all the photos.

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  2. Kathryn Reder

    Beautiful. Love seeing pictures of you and lover/friend, Natasha. You look so happy and I love the fullness you are living your life in. What will happen next, I wonder?

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  3. Mary Shea

    Hi Jeff! I hope you are feeling better. You two look so cute together. I hope she will come to Portland one of these days so I can meet her. I am sure she is a sweetheart!! Have fun on the rest of your trip. Everything looks so great. I just took a road trip from CO. to NC. In NC right now for a few days then will head back home. Take care and keep in touch. I do so enjoy reading all about your adventures!!!
    love, mary

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