Ang Thong National Marine Park, Thailand

Full Moon

After a whirlwind of planes and airports this month’s we’ve landed in Koh Samui, the third biggest island of Thailand. We’re officially avoiding a Sydney winter and chasing the summer around the globe.

Even though our trip coincides with the famous full moon parties on neighbouring island Koh Pha-ngan, that’s not why we are here!

Like Ibiza, these islands have two sides – a very loose party side and a tranquil wellness side.

A short boat ride will take you out to the incredible Angthong National Marine Park. It’s 42 rocky islands clustered in the sea, and they’re quite spectacular.

The Thai people are incredibly hospitable and their cuisine sensational.

There’s no surf here, but I hear Sydney has excellent winter conditions today and 3-4 ft.

Our Koh Samui trip was well organised by The Luxe Nomad (they have villas all over the globe). We’re staying in an enormous beachfront villa that could hold 3 families.

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Chris Friend, give him a little face, he'll rip it

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