Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, and Koh Tao
23.11.2007 - 28.11.2007 32 °C
What a crazy adventure. We've been in Thailand for almost 2 weeks now and we can't get enough of the sun and beaches. We took a day trip to Koh Samui to lay on the beach. But we had been on such amazing beaches with pure, white sand and clear, calm water, Koh Samui came up sub-par. The sand wasn't so soft, almost rocky and the water cooler and less clear. The drop off into the water took me alittle by surprise and before you knewit, you were being carried away deeper and deeper by the strong currents. I was content with laying out all day to darken the already darkened skin. Hmmm... what's darker than black? Then we went to the south of Lamai Beach to look at the "largest genetalia shaped rock in all of Asia" as my guide book reads. It's called the grandmother and grandfather rocks, a couple of perverse looking structures that I dare not post on this blog.
See Ellen and I near the grandmother structure.
We went to Koh Phangan's Haad Rin Beach for the Full Moon Party on Nov 24th. The night before, however, we decided to pre party and get a taste of what the actual party would be like. Ellen, Christy, and I decided to buy a bucket of Bacardi, pineapple juice and Sprite. We shared it, but since I was holding the bucket, I practically chugged it in 4.3 seconds. That's why I never buy cocktails at home. Who wants to be the prissy girl holding the martini glass not dancing? So in order to free my hands and dance like a monkey, I chugged this bucket, and the next, and the next. Ooops. Cuz by the end of the night, of the pre-party, I barely remembered walking home. But it was fun. The next morning was hell on earth, but at least I learned how to gauge my alcohol intake before the night of the actual party. What happened to my tolerance? The 10 shots of Patron without being fazed? Gone, I guess.
It was Christy's birthday and to celebrate we laid out all day by the beautiful pool at Coco Hut.
Then to treat ourselves afer a long hung over day of doing absolutely nothing, we got an hour long massage during sunset, poolside, with aromatherapy oils. So nice. Then we had dinner, celebrated Chrsty's bday with a celebratory pancake then headed off to the Full Moon Party. It was absolutely insane. I didn't bring my camera for fear of losing it. Imagine THOUSANDS of people in bikinis, shorts, skimpy dresses, covered in glow in the dark paint, holding buckets of the alcohol of your choice, dancing like monkeys to music that ranged from trance to rock and roll to reggae. The South China Sea became a toilet. Others chose to make out with strangers in it. But overall, the site was amazing. I had never seen or experienced anything like it.
Ellen and I before the party... still sober. Everybody loved the hat, by the way. Especially the English... who said I looked lke Sherlock Holmes. It became my trademark and everyone that we had met previously, in China, Vietnam, and Cambodia recognized me because of the hat.. so it became my signature look. Haha.
We partied until about 630AM. The sun was up, you got a clear view of all the partiers. People were still dancing full force. But we were tired, as we had to catch a boat off the island to head to Koh Tao. We got 3 hours of sleep, said good bye to the beautiful Coco Hut and were off. That hour long boat ride was the longest and most miserable of my life. Being hung over and sea sick at the same time.... no fun. I thought I had Delhi Belly and was in the bathroom letting out my breakfast (and then my dinner from the night before) the whole time. Ellen totally took take of me while I was in there. (Thanks dude). But every 3rd person was sick and barf bags and vertigo-relieving inhalers were being passed around everywhere. I spend the night and the next day eating saltines, drinking Sprite, and watching movies at Ban's Diving Resort in Koh Tao.
Koh Tao is known to have some of the best diving in the world. So Christy and Ellen wanted to check it out... perfect timing, so I could recuperate from the vertigo. At this point, however, I suspected some food poisoning from some shady looking chicken in the pad thai I had. Cuz it's been about 4 days later and I'm still a little queasy. Koh Tao was beautiful. The visibility in the water was pretty poor so their diving trip didn't turn out that great. But the resort we stayed at was again another beautiful bungalow perched on a cliff, overlooking the water in the distance. We're spoiling ourselves with these nice hotels... cuz soon enough, we'll be in Nepal and India, roughing it again in the backpacker circuit.
See the view of the hammock and palms in the glow of the setting sun at Sairee Beach...
We had our last dinner in Koh tao with Christy, our fellow American traveller... at Choppers.