beautiful islands, white beaches, palmtrees & coconuts .. welcome to southern Thailand !! after spending one night in `Surat Thani´ a big city on the east coast of Thailand we finally started our island hopping !! first destination: `Koh Phangan´ .. an amazing island known for its great diving spots. we stayed in a beach bungalow for three nights to see as much as we could here !! on our first day here we explored the north western part of the island by scooter. we visited several waterfalls in the central highlands, drove along these island streets with a damn good view & checked out various beach spots. wow .. it`s pure paradise !! on `Ban Chalok Lam´ beach we relaxed in the shade of a palmtree, walked along the white sand promenade & took a dip in the wonderful crystal clear water. by the way .. if you want to take the typical `thai holiday pic´ sitting on a swing under a palmtree then this is your location :)) however, we had to move further to see more of this little paradise on earth. next station: `Mae Haad´ beach on the west coast of `Koh Phangan´. here we went snorkeling .. what an experience !! colorful fish & other sea animals everywhere !! you also have the possibility to take part on a diving course here but as we try to travel `cheap´ this was not our price range :)) after a short afternoon nap in our bungalow (we got both pretty sunburnt) we went south to the island capital. the best place to get good local food here is probably the `Phantip Night Market´ in the city center. several food stands one next to each other offer hot dishes, fresh drinks & a lot of different snacks like empanadas, deep-fried seafood orsweet coconut pancakes .. pretty good stuff !! after this delicious stop we enjoyed the sunset on top of the `Top Rock Bar´ near our bungalow .. what an amazing first day !! the next morning began just as good as the first day ended :)) after having breakfast in a small beach bar we started our next adventure trip. as the popular `Bottle Beach´ in the north east of `Koh Phangan´ is known as the most beautiful one we had to go there too, of course. a lot of agencies offer boat trips or water taxis to this beach because the land route is pretty steep & stony. nevertheless we wanted to try it on our own & even if it was quite hard to manage getting further with the scooter we finally made it !! and what shell i say .. the way was worth it. the `Bottle Beach´ is located in a small bay between steep lime rocks & can be called a real dream beach .. white sand, palm trees & to our big surprise: not a lot of people !! the perfect place to let go your thoughts & relax :)) on o2.09.2o18 we took the ferry from `Koh Phangan´ to `Koh Samui´ .. the biggest island around here & very popular by tourists. actually we didn`t even want to come to this island because of its high popularity but when we read about the `Escape Beach Resort´ we knew we had to spend at least one day here. the right desicion .. we had such a great time just relaxing & enjoying the fancy pool right at the beach .. amazing !! well sometimes you have to treat yourself with some really good stuff .. don`t you think so ?! so today we already went back to `Surat Thani´ by ferry & even further .. i`ll keep you posted.