Koh Lanta Sunsets – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

koh-lanta-sunset-beach-sergio You know how much I am in love with Koh Lanta’s lovely Sunset Beach… if you are even half as romantic as I am, well, you should definitely check this beautiful island out! Koh Lanta Yai (not YAY! LOL) is the biggest island belonging to the Koh Lanta district, part of the Krabi province, off the Andaman coast of Thailand, south of Phuket and Krabi. Being the biggest island of the archipelago, 25 km-long, Koh Lanta Yai is also commonly known as just Koh Lanta. There are several ways to get to Koh Lanta: as it is not very far from Krabi, you can get a minivan from there, and then take a small ferry that bring you straight to the island. As I was travelling in very high season (the first days of January 2016) I had the opportunity to get to the island via speed boat directly from Koh Lipe, the beautiful Malay island you have already discovered with me. Actually, coming from the tiny Paradise – like island of Koh Lipe, arriving in the huge island of Koh Lanta was kind of a shock! The island is increasingly very touristic, especially in high season, so that the place is rivaling some of the better known Thai resorts, such as Phuket and Koh Samui!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

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What's New in Gay Bangkok

mango-tree - gay Bangkok Innovative craft cocktails, hip vintage shops, authentic Neapolitan pizza, futuristic shopping centers, fourth-wave coffee, efficient sky rail and subway lines, and talented drag queens; we’re not talking about Los Angeles, Seattle, or London here: this is gay Bangkok! I’ve been to this city at least a dozen times since 2005 and its evolution of late reminds me what happened to Shanghai: a proliferation of shiny modern buildings, developments, and efficient infrastructure, at the cost of heritage sites, old-time character, and historic districts. Gay Bangkok’s world-famous street food strip, Sukhumvit Soi 38 (a handful of Thai restaurants around the world, including in Washington D.C. and Adelaide, Australia, are named after it) saw most of its longtime hawkers forced to evacuate in March when a new condominium tower began construction. Pak Khlong Talad flower market, a centuries-old institution, was largely cleared out in April, and May signaled the end for night market stalls along famed gay nightlife destination, Silom. “I have mixed feelings about the development,” admits Stuart, a college friend who moved here about 13 years ago when he fell in love with Thailand and a beguiling Thai lawyer. “On one hand, progress and modernization has its benefits, but I also miss the quirkiness, local ingenuity, and sense of community the old markets represent. Soi 38 was hot and sweaty, but it was delicious, cheap, and customers came from all walks of life, from movie stars to construction workers. Same for the now- demolished old Sam Yan market, which sat on top of a MRT subway station.”

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport

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Trekking in Thailand – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Thailand - Scruffy Italian Traveler I didn’t know Thailand was such a great place for trekking! I found it out when I first touched the Thai soil. In October 2015, on my first trip to Southeast Asia, soon after arriving in beautiful Bangkok, I started organizing a few excursions around Thailand. As I was not sure on how it worked, I asked help to a touristic agency, licensed by the TAT (the official Tourism of Thailand Association). I followed the recommendations of my tuk tuk driver around Bangkok and he put me in good hands! The agency planned everything for me: flights around Thailand, train tickets for short ways, accommodation, trekking excursions… After, I learned that I could have avoided to book the excursions in advance: once arrived in Chiang Mai, the starting point of most trekking trips, it is easy to arrange a few days of exploration, as there are plenty of agencies willing to help! I flew into Chiang Mai, the second largest city of Thailand, located in the northern plains. Chiang Mai is a pleasant, 700 years old city, which is a beautiful place to visit on its own. If you have time, I’d suggest you to reserve one full day (or at least one afternoon) of your trip to visit the ancient Buddhist temple of the city. I had chosen a 3 days (2 nights) trekking excursions: the perfect length to explore the amazing green scenery Thailand has to offer! Luckily enough, I was put in a very nice trekking group, all around my age (or younger): a good bunch of 12 guys and gals! We bonded and we are still in contact!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at the Scruffy Italian Traveler

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Full Moon Party in Thailand – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Full Moon Party - Scruffy Italian Traveler I couldnt sleep a few nights ago Do you know why? It was Full Moon Night! So I was over thinking and I recalled the great time I had in Ko Pha Ngan Have you ever been to its infamouse Full Moon Party? I promise it is a lot of fun What is exactly a Full Moon Party? It is a Beach Party to celebrate the Full Moon! The most famous Full Moon party in the world started and still takes place every month in Thailand, on one of the islands of the Samui archipelago, in the Gulf Coast, Ko Pha Ngan. It is held every month for more than 30 years now, on the Full Moon night. The Gulf coast of Thailand is worldwide well known for the three tiny, fine islands of the beautiful Samui archipelago: Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan. The best known, and very popular with tourists and backpackers from all over the world, is Ko Samui. If you know me by now at least a bit, you might have guessed I decided to stay away from Ko Samui: although a beach heaven, and a bigger island with plenty of choices for any taste apparently, the place has recently become too crowded. Its resorts and beach bars are attracting far too many tourists, rivaling Phuket.

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Note from a reader: The author should have noted that the full moon revelers have so trashed, misused and desecrated Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Tao that the government has made them off limits and will arrest anyone who sets foot on any of the islands.

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Gay Beach Festival to Launch in Phuket

cassia-gallery3 THIS April, gay beach festival TropOut will head to Thailand for its grand unveiling. TropOut will draw together likeminded travellers from all over the globe in a bid to promote unguarded and stylish travel experiences for gay people and their straight friends. Offering a point of difference for gay travellers, TropOut’s aim is to inspire a stylish beach festival which gives gay travellers from all over the globe the opportunity to Chill, Party & Explore together. Guests can also experience Thailand’s rich culture and spectacular sights.

Full Story at Star Observer

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Life’s a Beach in Koh Tao – Globetrotter Girls

Koh Tao Over the past few years, I’ve been finding it increasingly difficult to take a vacation. You might be thinking ‘Aren’t you always on vacation?’, but the truth is, that no matter where in the world I am, I always find myself working. Writing articles, answering emails, working on freelance projects, pitching ideas, being active on social media, dealing with the technical side of running an online business, and so on. I am always connected, always checking my emails, and a true vacation is rare. So when I welcomed my first visitor to Thailand and her visit was 100% vacation time for her, I saw this as the perfect opportunity for me to get some R&R, too, instead of working on my laptop until I fall asleep with my head on the keyboard (happens more often than I’d like to admit). The plan was to take some time off together, to splurge on tasty food, take time to relax and to explore together, lay on the beach and enjoy sunset beers. And Koh Tao turned out to be the perfect place to do exactly that. I’d long wanted to visit Koh Tao, the smallest of the three most popular islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It is less touristy than the other two (Koh Samui and Koh Phangan), known for great snorkeling and diving spots, pristine beaches and a clientele of independent and younger travelers. While Samui largely attracts a resort clientele and Phangan is the backpackers haven with now not only a full moon party but also a half moon party, black moon party and I’m sure several other moons to celebrate, Koh Tao attracts mainly divers as it is known to be home to some of the best diving sites in South East Asia.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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