The Original Phangan Scooter Rental Experience

A typical Koh Phangan scooter rental experience by Charlene VanderWesthuizen Haines

We had a terrible experience in Koh Phangan in November 2015.

We stayed at Hut Sun Bungalows and Rented a Scooter nearby. As you come out of Hut Sun and you walk to the right towards the ATM machines and shop across the road there is a Scooter Rental Place that says Noppond offering scooters, beauty, laundry, etc.

We rented a scooter for 150 baht from them per day. We parked the scooter in Hut Sun’s scooter parking area and next morning discovered the bike had fallen over from its stationary position mysteriously. My husband checked to make sure scooter was alright – all good.

Most of the time we stayed there my husband had the flu so we didn’t do too much but it was nice to have the scooter to go to the shop, etc.

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Koh Phangan Paradise – Happy memories from a distant past ;)

Koh Phangan Paradise 1988/89: A real hippie smoking a chillum at the flea market next to Thommy Resort at Haad Rin beach.

Koh Phangan Paradise 1988/89: A real hippie sharing and smoking a chillum at the flea market next to Thommy Resort at Haad Rin beach.

Lovely Koh Phangan – My name is Eddy and it was the winter of 1988/89.

I was sitting in an old, pretty fucked up guesthouse in Freak Street Kathmandu, when I first heard about “Koh Phangan”.

All my way through India, up to the Pokhara Valley and back, I got haunted by the name “Koh Phangan”. Everywhere I went backpackers were all talking about this little paradise called “Koh Phangan”.

We have been travelling in India & Nepal all winter and back in the days India was deep and firmly in our hearts. Though, we didn’t know yet about a beautiful country called Siam, better known as Thailand.

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Koh Phangan swamped by floods, ferry service halted!

A motorcyclist rides among crashing waves at a beach in Chumphon. (Photo with friendly support from Bangkok Post by Amnard Thongdee)

A motorcyclist rides among crashing waves at a beach in Chumphon. (Photo with friendly support from Bangkok Post by Amnard Thongdee)

Heavy storms slammed two popular southern tourist destinations, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan on Monday, causing flooding and the suspension of ferry services between Surat Thani and Koh Phangan Island, home of the famous Full Moon Party.

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Russian Sergei Milentie faces deportation after gunfire shooting on Koh Phangan Island

Mr Sergei Milentie (seated second from right) at the news briefing on Monday. (Photo with friendly support from Bangkok Post by Supapong Chaolan)

Mr Sergei Milentie (seated second from right) at the news briefing on Monday. (Photo with friendly support from Bangkok Post by Supapong Chaolan)

A Russian national arrested on Saturday in connection with the Jan 12 shooting of Palita Lodge Bungalow on Koh Phangan is facing deportation after being charged with violating Thai laws on foreign employment and entertainment venues, police said.

Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakphan, commander of the Tourist Police Division, talked about a possible deportation at a news briefing on the resort island on Monday.

Sergei Milentie, 31, had been hired to run Similan Bar on Koh Phangan by Chanin Pechsri, 54, mayor of Tha Khanon municipality. Three Thai suspects, including Mr Chanin, were also taken into custody.

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Deputy Prime Minister Prawit orders crackdown on foreign mafia groups on Koh Phangan Island

Koh Phangan, host of the infamous full-moon party, reportedly has fallen under influence of what Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon calls "foreign mafia groups".

Koh Phangan, host of the infamous full-moon party, reportedly has fallen under influence of what Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon calls “foreign mafia groups”.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed local authorities in Surat Thani to stamp out foreign mafia groups in Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, following a shooting attack at a bar last Tuesday on Koh Phangan.

A Russian suspect, along with three Thai nationals, was detained over the bar attack which caused panic but did not result in injury.

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Police arrest local mayor after gunfire shooting at Had Rin beach on Koh Phangan Island

Police question Chanin Phetsri (centre) after arresting him on charges of attempted murder in connection with gunfire at a resort next door to a property he owns at Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan on Jan 12. (Photo with friendly support from Bangkok Post by Supapong Chaolan)

Police question Chanin Phetsri (centre) after arresting him on charges of attempted murder in connection with gunfire at a resort next door to a property he owns at Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan on Jan 12. (Photo with friendly support from Bangkok Post by Supapong Chaolan)

A local mayor is facing attempted murder charges in connection with a shooting incident that appeared to have been triggered by a noise complaint on the full-moon party island of Koh Phangan.

Police, armed with a court warrant, on Friday evening arrested Chanin Phetsri, 54, after searching his home in Tha Khanom municipality in Khiri Ratthanikhom district on the mainland of the southern province. He is charged with hiring two men to fire shots into a resort next door to a property he owns at Haad Rin beach on Koh Phangan. Mr Chanin is also the mayor of Tha Khanom.

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Party Mafia blamed for Gunfire on Full Moon Party Island

Police investigate the scene Wednesday where gunfire hit rooms in which tourists were sleeping the day before at Palita Lodge on Haad Rin Nok, Koh Phangan - Picture Credit @ Khaosodenglish.com By Sasiwan Mokkhasen

Police investigate the scene Wednesday where gunfire hit rooms in which tourists were sleeping the day before at Palita Lodge on Haad Rin Nok, Koh Phangan – Picture Credit @ Khaosodenglish.com By Sasiwan Mokkhasen

A dispute over all-night partying led to recent gunfire which hit tourists’ rooms on the southern island of Koh Phangan, police said today.

Five gunshots fired Tuesday at the Palita Lodge on Haad Rin Nok, the site of the island’s infamous “Full Moon Party“, are thought by police to be retaliation over the bungalow owner’s complaints about a nearby bar’s noisy late night parties.

“The Russian bar owner came to see me and my wife on Jan. 9, asking me to allow him to hold the party,” Palita Lodge owner Pairot Charoenwan said. “I said, ‘I am not in charge of this, why don’t you go ask the authorities?’”

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Rubbish – The Aftermath of a Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan

Rubbish: This is the aftermath of a full moon party in Thailand

Rubbish: This is the aftermath of a full moon party in Thailand

The legendary all-night Full Moon Beach Party on Paradise Island Koh Phangan in the south of Thailand ended with scenes that will shame many of the wealthy westerners who took part.

This shocking photo shows the disgusting scene on Hadrin beach following a Full-Moon Party on Koh Phangan Island. The legendary all-night Full Moon Party ended with the beach covered in a sea of plastic rubbish left by those who took part.

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Koh Phangan Colour Moon Festival returns!

Following the success of the first Phangan Colour Moon Festival, the event’s second edition is set to return on December 9-13, 2015

Following the success of the first Phangan Colour Moon Festival, the event’s second edition is set to return on December 9-13, 2015 – Picture Credit @ Pattaya Today

Following the success of the first Koh Phangan Colour Moon Festival, the event’s second edition is set to return on December 9-13, 2015 with greater celebrations and more exciting activities under the theme ‘Island of Power, energised by the moon’.

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Polish female tourist killed in motorbike accident on Koh Phangan Island

Polish female tourist killed in motorbike accident on Koh Phangan Island!

Polish female tourist killed in motorbike accident on Koh Phangan Island!

On December the 3rd a Polish girl was killed in a motorbike accident on the island of Koh Phangan.

Elżbieta “Ela” Bawarska, 24, was staying with some friends at the Shiralea Backpackers Resort at Haad Yao Beach on the west coast of the island. The accident occurred close to the resort.

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