Apparently, there are hundreds of islands in Thailand. There’s also a lot of mainland, but lots and lots of islands, in both the Andaman Sea on the west side, and the Gulf of Thailand on the east.
We started our journey on Koh Lanta. This is one of the larger Thaislands (see what I did there?), fairly quiet, with most of its development on the west side. There is a small community on the east side (Old Town), but most of the restaurants, hotels, night life and beaches are on the west. It has a noticeable Muslim influence, mostly found in the food and dress, and of course the daily calls to prayer. I found these quite soothing, and in general, found the people on Lanta very friendly and welcoming.
But that is now “the old.” Out with the old. After four months there, we made a move over to the east side of the country, to Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. According to some of the internet people, we’ve moved from the #9 best Thaisland to #5. Moving on up!
Your first question is probably “how do you pronounce Koh Phangan?”
Second is “Why did you move?” If you are going to move half way around the world, you’d better like where you are. Life really is short. That sounds trite, but it’s also true. Our worlds were not being rocked in Lanta, and so we moved forward.
So far, we have yet to attend one of these, but never say never, right?