June 14th

Trip Start Mar 10, 2010
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Trip End Sep 13, 2010


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Set off early to get the boat to the party island of Ko Phangan and despite our irrigonal intentions ended up at Coral Bungalows on Haadrin Nai. It was immediately clear that this was the place to be. More toursits in one place than weve seen in Asia, great food, an inviting pool and stunning views and I dont just mean the sunsets. All for a fiver a night.

We knew, much to our disapointment, that we had missed the Full Moon Party but we arrived just in time for the Black Moon Party, (with half moon partys as well, every weekend is an excuse to party). Unfortunately the party was crap. Mainly because we were viewing it from the outside. Having being told not to take much money with us for security reasons, we were shocked to find a steep 500 baht entrance fee to the party, especially when the full moon was free. After trying to sneak onto the beach further up and failing miserably we, along with the rest of coral bungalows (about 2/3 of the people there anyway) returned to the hotel and continued to party there instead.

The following day we met up with Ben and Charlotte from our boat on the Whitsunday islands and their friend from home Alex. Spent time with them by the pool and went out that evening to see Hat Yai (sunrise) beach. Jason, due to illness did not join us and neither did pete due to his informous and frequent thai belly claims. Had my first bucket tonight (vodka/whisky mix served in a giant bucket that gets you drunk) which quickly turned into 3 during the course of the night. Watched the first England game of the World cup on the beach. The other entertainment was an incredible 8 year old dire dancer (who was better than most of the adults), got to meet Anthony Costa from Blue (his double anyway) and danced the night away on tables. There was also a line of stalls (30-40 of them) selling bukets. When you walk past they all start screaming at you and waving their arms trying to single themselves out from the masses. So we did the honerable thing and went to the quiet ones when we needed a refil. Stayed up until 7am to watch the sunrise and watched other members of the group go for a swim. I passed however, seeing as most people had been using the sea as the toilet for the last 8 hours. All in all. A good night.

We then had another day of , youv'e guessed it, not a lot. Had had a few days keeping my scabs dry so spent some time in the pool to clean it out a bit. Sorry to the other guests. It worked wonders, but rubbing with a towel afterwards, not so much. Sunbathing wasn't quite complete without the frequent 'FLY IN THE WOUND!' cry from Dave. Those buggars are definately the worst thig about Thailand, and weve gone through a lot. There are quite literally everywhere and near impossibly to avoid, its best not to think too much about it when you see them crawling over the food your about to eat.

Went out for a meal on our last night and discovered 'Shark steak' which was definately worth a try. Im still annoyed that I missed out on the crocodile pies as we went for the cheaper alternative beef.  Going through a lack of thai-food at the moment. After the first few weeks I quickly got bored of rice and have since been eating a very western, unhealthy diet.  Planning to set that straight in Ko Toa though.

Because of the company, we ended up having an extra day on the island and we have formed a tempary group of 6 to travel with the next week. Onto Ko Toa tomorrow! Cheapest diving site in the world.

Love to all back home!
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