Full Moon Madness
Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
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We decided to stay away from Haad Rin (where the Full Moon Party is) as it can severely damage the budget with non-stop partying. On the boat from Surat Thani to Ko Phangan a rep from a resort talked us into staying on the opposite side of the island. It was beautiful, quiet and our bungalow sat right on the beach with a tiny palm tree for shade. However on the second day it started to rain and never really stopped for the rest of the time we were there. There wasn't much to do when it rained so we headed off to Haad Rin on a couple of motorbikes to go and sample a few bars and restaurants. The next day was my 25th birthday. Ben and Amy bought me a vest, tin box and a beach dude style necklace
The next day and hung over we decided against moving that day despite the magnificent eagle caged next to our bungalows keeping us awake in the morning. It turned out to be a good thing because that day three comical Dutch lads, Christina and Anneka from Sweden, Canadian Nick, a lad who thought he was Sting and did nothing but meditate and a group of Irish that did nothing but drink. Honestly they did not stop. So we started to have fun in the rain, drinking, watching footy, drinking and playing chess. Amy's new favourite game.
Canadian Caitlan met up with us again on the night of the Full Moon Party which turned out to be one of the strangest nights of our lives
Firstly, we had been drinking all day and Amy was flat out asleep when it came to getting ready to go. I tried my hardest but anyone who knows Amy will understand that waking her up is nion impossible. She refused and screamed that she never wanted to go to the Full Moon anyway. Despite the Full Moon Party being ours and 10,000 other people's sole reason for being in Ko Phangan. Remember we left Ko Phangan a day before the party in February so that we could experience it for the first time with Amy. Anyway, as I walked to the taxi without Amy I was so annoyed I just had to laugh.
We were told by the rep on the boat that we would have a free taxi to the Full Moon Party. They wanted to charge us 200 Bhat each which disgruntled nearly everyone. We crammed into the taxi. I jumped into the front while everyone else clambered on to the back of the pick-up. Totally unaware of everyone arguing with the taxi man about the price, the next thing I knew , I was getting dragged out of the taxi by my neck. None too plussed I swiftly got into my pushy, what the f*** you doing mode. A few quick remarks about his mullet and podge followed and when I walked away - WHACK he punched me on the back of the head. I turned, everyone now staring in disbelief and was about to retaliate. I didn't fortunately but went to see Amy and tell her what had just happened. She couldn't believe it. I went back to wind him up a bit more but he had disappeared
We got there but it was raining. Therefore we drank even more bottles of Chang, more vodkas and a couple of Thai Buckets. Then the real madness began. The whole beach was full of bars playing various kinds of dance music from trance to Break Beats. After a bit of a dance we went and sat by the sea and watched the surf role in, a hundred or so lads pissing in it and a couple of skinny dippers splashing around in it. Then we heard some shouting and screaming. Four girls were dragging some bloke out of the water. Not what you need in the state we were in but with our lifeguard skills we thought we had better go and have a look. We did and about ten other people did the same. Amy took charge but I have to say this guy looked dead. He was a westerner and in his late 20s early 30s. His mouth was locked up, there was no pulse and he was blue. Nevertheless Amy checked his airways, checked for breathing and started mouth to mouth. Someone else checked for a pulse then a girl started CPR. This went on for twenty minutes. Nobody knew when to stop because none of his friends were there to say, no lifeguards came (there wasn't any) and when the Police turned up all they did was push people away
We partyed on and had a good time. In the morning I was dancing in the bar up on the cliffs looking over the beach when I noticed Amy fast asleep on a nice bit of sand. No sign of Ben though. Ten minutes later one lad said "Is that your girlfriend?" I looked and saw one of the funniest sights ever. Amy was asleep but the tide had come in a little bit and the water was lapping up around her. I told you, impossible to wake. Everyone was asking if she would be Okay. I assured them "yeah she will be as happy as Larry." One lad said I should check. I dared him to do it. Just as i was about to head down the steps to see if she wanted to come for a dance I noticed Ben staggering up the beach. He spotted me and started waving. He started to shout something and then tripped over Amy. Hilarious! We all decided we better head home as it was now well into the next day. A mad taxi ride home with excellent craic from a Frenchman and a couple of days of trying to pull our heads around followed
The next days continued to rain, everyone seemed to be depressed and hangovers that a lot of people were trying to postpone with the aid of Chang were starting to take hold. We decided to leave for Ko Toa.