Not So Full Moon Party
Trip Start Aug 05, 2011
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Where I stayed
Rich Resort & Swing Bar
The reason for our visit to the dark and stormy side was the infamous Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. We opted to stay on Samui and take a speedboat over to Hat Rin for the festivities. Being a little naive in our planning we hadn't realised that the transfer to the boat would be a 30 minute drive and the boat itself was another 30 very rough minutes. We hadn't really known what to expect from the Full Moon and arrived into crazy Hat Rin to find shop after shop selling fluorescent tshirts, buckets and UV body paint
Second to the bars and music the other attraction was fire. The night prior to the Full Moon we had joined the beach party at the Swing Bar where we were staying, not as seedy as it sounds, there are literally swings as seats all around the bar. Here there were two fire dancers who were pretty impressive as well as fire limbo which Dave did really well in and during which only one person got burnt, but the main spectacle was a human fire work. A guy stood on a metal platform in the sea and spun fireworks which sent sparks in every direction creating a fantastic display. Having seen this the fire shows at the Full Moon had a lot to live up to. The participant fire sports were impressive and included a slide with flames down the sides and the opportunity to spit fire with the aim of lighting a staff in the centre of a ring
The atmosphere at the Party was amazing and everyone just seemed to be wanting to have fun. It was a little like being at a festival with the headline act being the Moon. We, as I am sure many others do, had our hearts set on taking a cool picture of the moon, it is a Full Moon Party after all, but were concerned that the moon seemed to be disappearing before our eyes. It seemed to go from a full moon to just a sliver and we were left feeling very confused. We documented this strange phenomenon and thought no more about it. It wasn't until the next day while we watched the BBC that we discovered that we had witnessed a lunar eclipse. Pretty cool really, especially at a Full Moon Party.
We had a great time and although we had the journey home in the back of our minds, therefore did not take full advantage of the bucket deals, we danced the night away.