Why I Skipped the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, Thailand

If we had to speculate on what the biggest beach party in the world is, we would quickly say the Full Moon Party. Koh Phangan Thailand is known for this celebration that occurs when the moon is at its brightest, and there is are some pretty wild stories that have come out of it.

As the celebration only occurs once per month, I never thought that my travel schedule would line up in order to make it. 

As luck would have it, I arrived on a gorgeous Koh Samui beach just before the party was about to take place and was all set to head to Koh Phangan to attend. 

But in a stroke of randomness at the last second I changed my mind– I decided to skip the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party.

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The Best Amenities a Hostel Should Have

Throughout my travels I have stayed in a number of hostels.  Some were as cheap as $3 per night in Cambodia all the way to the $30+ per night hostels of Paris and other western European cities.  There is only one common point between all hostels, and that is they are all different.

Unlike major chains, which tend to churn out hotel after hotel in the same cookie-cutter establishment, hostels tend to be locally owned businesses with unique designs.  More often than not, the hostel moves in to an already developed space and maintains some of the amenities that are already built in.  With this variety in design, I've found a number of features that I absolutely love, and others I cannot stand at all.

This post will feature the first of those two topics, amenities that I wish all hostels would offer and jump at booking when I find.  The second post in this series will look at the exact opposite, things I cannot stand! So potential hostel owners take note! 

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Nikko’s Famous Yakitori Shop – Hippari Dako

Food at Hippari Dako in Nikko, JapanThere are many dishes iconic of Japan that I've tried and are worthy of their reputation.  Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), okonomiyaki (fried “whatever-you-want” pancakes), sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market, gyoza, ramen, and more; its all good and the list is endless.  There is one in particular, however, that isn't even Japanese and it is still one of the most amazing things you can ever have: yakitori.  The best place to get this concoction in Japan? Nikko's own Hippari Dako, conveniently located right next to the temples that bear the same name (and perfect for after trying the onsen experience which is famous in the region).

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Onsen Experience – Bathing With 20 Japanese Men

The Japanese onsen is something reported by many travel sites as a cant miss experience.  Many of the more popular spas, powered by incredibly hot spring water, are located in the mountainous regions of the country.  Because of this they are highly regarded not just for their therapeutic values, but for the beauty which the onsen is built around.

To me, this sounded like a great experience and something I absolutely had to try.  So when I made the trip north to check out the Nikko temple shortly after my arrival to the country, I knew I had to check one out.

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