Full Moon Party

Trip Start Feb 27, 2012
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Trip End May 19, 2012


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Flag of Thailand  , Nakhon Si Thammarat,
Friday, April 6, 2012

After a few hours recovery from our long mission to the island we met up with our kiwi-expat mates Jeff and Sam who will be joining us again for the next week or so in Thailand.

We had every intention of having a quiet night, this was not to be. Ko Phangan is a sanctuary for pure hedonism. Day or night there will be some massive party going on and it just so happened that on the evening that we arrived a "jungle party" was being thrown across the road from our hostel. Several buckets later (yes literally, they serve drinks in buckets here rather than glasses) and then all of our good intentions were swiftly abandoned.

The next night was the main event, full moon party! This was the most ridiculous party I have ever been to, we tried walking across the beach from one end of the crowd to the other but after half an hour and only making it half way we gave up. It seemed that the whole world had converged on this one island, on this one beach. And why? well because there's a full moon out of course!

Too many unspeakables happened that night to mention in this blog, sadly most of our photos are gone as we lost our camera a few days later. Needless to say though Liz and I were still up when sunrise came and the next day was a complete write-off except for the hour or so when I went for a swim and got heavily sunburn - vodka buckets plus burns to the forehead are not a comfortable combo!.

For our final full day we hired some scooted and went exploring around the island. This place is really beautiful. Paradise on earth in many respects - white sandy beaches, sparkling blue water, some of the best local food you have ever tasted (but when $3 for a meal is a bit too expensive, you can always grab a ham and cheese croissant from the worlds greatest store: 7-Eleven). Thoughts of quitting the real world and joining the ex-pat community here are buzzing through my mind right now.

The highlight of the day for us was stumbling across a tiny little bar/hut on the top of a secluded hill overlooking one half of the entire island, although Jeff stacked his scooter on the way back and had to pay an exorbitant fine to the rental company. I bit of cut-and-polish was probably all that was needed and it would have looked like new.

Sadly all good things must come to an end. The next morning we joined the tourist exodus from the island and had to cope with rain, double booked ferries with people overflowing from the decks and scam ridden bus trips all the way to Phuket. We're becoming pro's at this kind of treatment though so no big deal.
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