Week Twelve - Ko Phangan and Ko Tao
Trip Start Aug 26, 2003
50Trip End Aug 24, 2004
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Due to complaints from one Christine Orr this weeks entry will have less guff from Peter.
Up for last bit of sun for Nic and get transfer to catamaran to Ko Phangan at lunchtime. Have booked Long Beach Resort bungalow in North West of island - 600 baht per night. Cheapest room with fan (no a/c) and cold water only. Nicola is getting very frugal. 30 minute boat ride in gorgeous sunshine. Pick up in Resort's jeep after walking for half hour to find it. Soaked in sweat and sit in back with ladyboy and driver in front. 15 minutes later arrive at gorg beach and resort. Room is indeed a little frugal but fine with nice wee balcony which comes into its own over the next few days. Get into trunks and go for swim. Meet an Aussie girl and her friend from San Fran
Day 79 - Wednesday 12 November
Still torrential rain when we get up so sit on balcony. Nicola reading Peter getting RSI from Gameboy. Nicola falls on way to shop and badly scrapes her leg - clumsy oaf. Get some provisions for rest of day on balcony. Pringles shares soar. Watch monsoon into the night. Very relaxing.
Day 80 - Thursday 13 November
More of the same. Dash to internet cafe during break in the weather and send general e-mail to friends and family. Kill bottle of Vod with pineapple.
Day 81 - Friday 14 November
Woken up at 6am by more T&L
Day 82 - Saturday 15 November
Have had enough of sitting about so decide to hire Moped to take trip to south side of island to buy some of the class Full Moon Party t-shirts which we didnt have the wherewithall to buy on the night
Day 83 - Sunday 16 November
Nicola stays in bed all day. Peter gets up to watch England match with Marty and the owner of the resort whos best mate is the King of Thailand's son. Force a couple of pints down and eventually return to room at 10. Nicola reading. Pack ready to leave tomorrow. Have enjoyed Ko Phangan and Long Beach resort although weather prevented us from spending much time on the beach.
Day 84 - Monday 17 November
Get lift in resorts jeep to pier for boat to Ko Phangan (1.5 hours) which is supposed to be a divers/ snorkellers paradise. Walk to Sensi Resort which we had read about but it hasnt opened for the season yet. Walk back to ferry and get taxi (big Jeep thankfully) over to Tanote Bay on the East of the Island. Horrific roads. Takes car 40 minutes to cover 5kms. Beautiful bay and nice resort. Hut on cliffs big with fan no a/c and cold water only. 600 baht. Other 5 resorts in bay closed so very quiet. Go snorkelling with masks and snorkels bought on Phangan. Both masks crap so have to hire from resort. Fantastic snorkelling. Millions of fish and nice coral. Have dinner and decide that it is just too quiet so tell them we are going tomorrow which doesnt please them. Book taxi for 8.30 am. Hot night. Electricity goes off at midnight which makes for sleepless night.