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Sailing from Koh Samui to Ko Pha-Ngan Island – with Travel Tips

Thailand has left me good memories about everything. This time I will be showing you my sailing trip to one of the islands after Koh Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan Island. Before starting the journey, I think you should catch up with my first trip in Koh Samui.

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Or maybe you have come from that article? Congratulations you made it then! Thanks for sticking with my story.


Apparently the duration between the hotel I am staying to the pier is pretty far thus we took shuttle to go there since it takes an hour to arrive.

The reasons why we decided to go sailing because we wanted to go for snorkeling, swimming, and to also widen our horizon in Koh Samui since it had been days for us to stay in the resort. I went sailing with the colleagues of my sister.

The boat that we rented was Red Baron. Red Baron is moored at Petchetra Pier in Bangrak, Koh Samui. According to their website, the boat is a brand new traditional Sailing Junk Yacht which has been built by the famous Ship Yard Pernor in Suratthani and made from Takien Tong, a very hard and strong wood. Red Baron is the biggest Sailing Yacht around Samui and the gulf.

You can find a lot of great spots in the boat and these are the spot I found,

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taken at the very top of the boat, beware your balance

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Titanic spot for any poses, I did dab instead

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Showing off the big red sail as savoring the breeze embracing every strands of the hair

In the middle of the sailing, we stopped in Amphoe Koh Pha-ngan to swim around and do the snorkeling. I did not jump out of the boat since I never intended to dive.

You either can use the pool stairs or bravely jump from the top of the boat.

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You could swim reaching to the cave like in the picture above for around 200-300 meters from the boat. Since my camera was unfortunately not able to take the pictures below the water, a friend told me that the view below was not as mesmerizing as expected. Truthfully as we were about to reach the Koh Pha-ngan island, the sanitation of the sea was medium.

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As we reached the island, the Red Baron precisely did not stop exactly in the coastal area or we could not go back to Samui. We had to use a small boat which could fit 8 – 10 people.

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I did not take so many pictures in Ko Pha-ngan, I am sorry! There were so many sharps corals and gravels all around the coast until my friend’s foot got cut. There were also small fishes and snake fishes around the coast, it was precisely prohibited for us to step on them. It took so many struggles to walk starting from the small boat to the island. The weather felt much hotter than Samui, especially the sinking sands (not exactly quicksands) all over the coast made me feel pretty stressful. In Ko Pha-ngan island, you can also find resorts which could make you feel much closer to nature, look very suitable for Yoga and meditation I suppose. If you check maps, you could also find a waterfall nearby called Paradise Waterfall. I did not go there since this whole trip was quite draining my energy that quick.

Tips for Sailing:
1. Bring Sunblock SPF 28++, beach hat, personal snorkeling goods.
2. Wear strong and steady rubber shoes, not flipflop. 
3. Do not wear any watch or tight bracelets if you don't wanna leave a mark.

My first trip sailing to Ko Pha-ngan took around 4 hours sailing including departure and arrival. Nevertheless, this trip was utterly full of bliss and it all depends on how you perceive it. As you arrived back to the pier, you would be presented with unexpected souvenirs. You will find your face in at least one of the plates they are selling as souvenirs. They actually took some candid shots while we were on the boat and none of us even did realize about it. It costs ฿200 for each plate.

I hope this trip helps you as additional perspective before you go sailing around Koh Samui. Thanks for reading and have a great vacation!


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How To Make Scrapbook With Recycled Paper

As I’ve promised on 3 Fun Things I Do When I’m Bored ‘s post that I would post how I did my scrapbook with recycled paper where you don’t need to buy new papers and stuff, you only need old newspapers which are left out in your garage.

At first I didn’t mean to make a scrapbook at all, I even had no idea and didn’t know why that I actually made it eventually. I got a task from my Art teacher at school to make a recycled paper. I was really not into it at first because it wasn’t my thing at all (and still not, I guess because I’m a consumptive person eh?). But however I had to finish this work with my group.

I’m not gonna explain how to make recycled paper, because the needed stuff seems complicated and I’m pretty sure, 75% of people would rather buy recycled papers at Scrapbook Store instead of making it themselves. And here are things you need to make your own fancy scrapbook :

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  • Notebook
  • Recycled Paper
  • Glue (I used glue for wood because it sticks better than paper glue)
  • Scissor
  • Random Buttons
  • Any other stuff you may think it’s cute for your scrapbook

HOW TO :

  1. Take the hard cover off of the book. It’s either the front or the back page.

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  2. Glue the hard cover with recycled paper neatly.

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  3. Pierce the covered hard cover holes with scissor/knife or anything you think it’s sharp to use.

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  4. And your current scrapbook looks like mine so far

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  5. Now, it’s time to spice up your masterpiece. I made “Okay? Okay” sign for my scrapbook’s back page. And I used ice cream sticks for short quotes, letters from magazine, buttons and lace that I got from my button’s case as bonus. Use your creativity to make the most fancy scrapbook evah!
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    These are things I need for front cover,

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    And viola, this is how my front page looks like,

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  6. The scrapbook is done, BUT it still doesn’t look like a scrapbook to me. Let’s make a cover for it. Use duplex carton for its cover, adjust the size with your own scrapbook.

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  7. After that, cover the duplex carton with another carton or paper. It’s for the inside of scrapbook cover, so it won’t look messy. If you’ve finished covering the duplex carton, reverse the other side of duplex carton and cover it with recycled paper. If you’re running out of recycled paper, you can use carton/paper/fabric/etc.
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    inside of scrapbook cover

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    front scrapbook cover

  8. Back to your notebook, twine the notebook ring from the top to the bottom of notebook with scrapbook rope (I don’t know what it is called exactly but I found this rope in Scrapbook Store).

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    Do not tie the rope, take the scrapbook cover you’ve pierced, put the rope in the hole and twine the scrapbook cover like you did to your notebook.

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  9. Voila! It’s done! You can do anything you want with your scrapbook cover. And this is how my scrapbook looks like,

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     So, that was how I made my scrapbook and I hope you’re inspired to do the same. It’s really fun to do. Take some pictures, print ’em out and stick ’em on your scrapbook. Have a great weekend! 🙂


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