Bad moon risin'
Trip Start Oct 27, 2004
35Trip End Aug 17, 2005
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On reflection we probably should have taken the journey even slower and spent some time in the villages we stopped in along the banks, but we had promised too many people that we would make the party in Koh Pha Ngnan. We also had no malaria prophylaxis and we were already paranoid enough without spending time with the water-buffalo farmers and rice-paddy workers!
Coming back into Thailand was a real shock to the system, again
Chiang Mai was a little dissapointing, maybe it was the area we stayed in but the town seemed to have two attractions: Temples and brothels. It was only a whistle-stop on the way to the full moon party, so it was of no realy consequence whether we liked the place or not.
We finally arrived, after 4 days travelling, on the beautiful Bottle beach. Surrounded on three sides by dense jungle and on one side by the big, blue Thai gulf, the beach is a real knock to the senses. We remembered again how easy it is to convince yourself that you are somehow bettering yourself by spending six hours a day in a hammock and 4 in the sea. I know it isn't the kind of mind-expanding travel that you come away for, but it certainly is a lot of fun.
The real reason for being on the island was the full moon party, which takes place on the beautiful Hat Rin beach. There isn't really one "party", just lots of bars and lots of people on the beach. The atmosphere was wonderful and it was a real experience seeing all these different types of people just having a party. There were plenty of "Oi, Oi, come on you nutters!" ravers from the early ninetes on the beach, plenty of girls dressed as angels and enough glow-sticks to light New York. There were also plenty of people passed out with a bucket of red bull spilt by their side and plenty of ladyboys taking advantage of the poor people.
I can't say it ranks with the Taj as far as travelling experiences go, but it was certainly a good night/morning. Meeting up with the people we had met in Laos was also great. Now we go to Kuala Lumpar to try and find a route to Indonesia, where once again we'll be putting some real travelling time and not just pretending to 'find ourselves' in Thailand (Oh, there were plenty of them at the party too!).