Getting engaged on the Island of Koh Phangan, Thailand

Alex and I met traveling over a decade ago, ouch! And travel has dominated our lives and will always be an important part of who we are. As you can see from our posts we’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to explore this beautiful planet, and getting engaged on the Island of Koh Phangan was perhaps our most memorable travel adventure.

This was nearly 9 years ago now, and even though we haven’t had a chance to get back to Thailand since then, which is unfortunate, as the island of Koh Phangan is gorgeous. We doubt it’s beauty has changed during this time.

While Koh Phangan is famous infamous for it’s full moon parties, there is far more to the island. Alex and I did attend the full moon party, which was a crazy experience, but it isn’t for everyone. It wasn’t here that Alex proposed, thankfully! After the full moon party we stayed in a bungalow on a more isolated part of the island in the north west on the Haad Chao Pao Beach.

One afternoon we were walking along the beach and noticed signs for a Pirate Bar, and we decided to check it out later that evening. Upon arriving we found a DJ situated in the cliffs above the beach, and beautiful candle lit concrete platforms that hovered over the waves. The beach was the dance floor and it was beautiful. Alex and I took two cushions on one of these platforms and ordered a couple of drinks.

As we were still catching up on two and half years of separation we chatted away over our drinks, until Alex took my hand and told me that he was so happy to be here with me, he loved me and was wondering if I would marry him. Despite only being reunited for about a week I said yes!

To celebrate our engagement, we found a coconut that had fallen to the beach and cracked it open on a stone. It took a few hard hits to crack through its shell. I tasted it and ran straight to the ocean to wash my mouth out. It turns out it isn’t so wise to drink from coconuts that have fallen from the trees as they are probably rotten! Thankfully, it was not a sign of how things were to turn out.

Today Alex and I are celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary, and we are celebrating in Dubai (stories to come!). We’ve shared great times, and hard times, and I wouldn’t change any of it because the good times mean the world to me, and the hard times have taught us to be patient with each other and ultimately have brought us closer together. I look forward to all the anniversaries we will share together in the future and our continuing crazy adventures.

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6 thoughts on “Getting engaged on the Island of Koh Phangan, Thailand

  1. Congratulations on 8 years of marriage – where does the time go. I am sure you will get back to Thailand but in the mean time this planet has lots of wonderful places to explore. Enjoy the journey.

  2. That’s such a nice story! I would love to find someone I loved to travel with. 🙂 Also, thank you for showing that Koh Pangan has more to offer than just the crazy Full Moon parties!

    1. Thank you Karisa! And you’ll find a great travel partner no doubt! Plus we don’t always travel at our finest moments together anyway, hehe. And yes Koh Pangan has much more to offer than drunken revelry! 🙂

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