Koh Panang - am I 10 years too late?

Trip Start Mar 12, 2007
Trip End Mar 12, 2008

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Koh Panang is probably one of the most famous islands. Originally famous for its beauty, it is perhaps now more famous for its full moon party.  It is safe to say that most of the Thai islands are not the places they used to be thanks to the influx of tourists and Koh Panang is no different.  That it not to say they have been ruined, as they remain absolutely stunning, its just that if you want your own secluded beach then the Maldives are a better bet.  The reality is that Thailand is now a HUGE holiday destination and it caters for all the tourists needs, be it lilo's, latte's of LSD. 

Before I got to southern Thailand I had heard mixed reports about the Islands, about how they have been ruined since being 'discovered' blah blah blah.  The fact is that they were too beautiful to keep quiet and still are and the 'too many speedos' argument just does not carry any weight as I would like to know of a beach that is speedo free. 

I went to all corners (by that I mean the bits that had roads) of Koh Panang and up there for me as a beach holiday destination.  Does it win the most stunning, no,  that supposedly goes to Koh Phi Phi, my next destination.  Woohooo!
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