Christmas and New Year Full Moon mayhem!
Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
47Trip End Dec 01, 2010
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Where I stayed
My Palace, Ban Tai
Serenity Bungalows, Haad Rin
Sea Mew, Thong Sala
Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, we certainly did hear on Ko Phangan.
We arrived on this island on the morning of the 24th at 6am after spending the night on the sleeper train from Surat Thani with the task of finding accommodation on an island with 'no accommodation available'. So after a strong few coffees in a hotel recepion (the only place open at that time) we set off on our mission. We soon found there were infact some rooms available around the Haad Rin area aka Party Beach however they were all very expencive due to peak season!
After an hour of searching we found some bungalows up on the cliffs overlooking the beach... The views were immence but the room was pretty dark and dingy and ofcource several gekos, One who was mahoosive and tailless : S We spent Xmas eve on the beach partying and Xmas day nursing our hangovers watching films and eating rice dishes in a bar nearby
By our second night here we felt the non stop music and partying was impossible to keep up until NYE and so moved down the road on our rented scooter to a lovely little guest house called My Palace. We stayed here for 2 nights as it was booked up from the 28th - 1st (like everywhere seemed to be at this point) We stumbled across an open air BBQ in Ban Tai on the 2nd night where u had hot coals in the middle of your table. It was a case of all you can eat, help yourself and cook it yourself... We had a FEAST!
We explored the island on our scooter, the roads were dirt tracks full of pot holes and steap hills, it was a bumpy ride for alex on the back! We even had a snake incounter when a big 6ft black one decided to dart across the road infront of us! I was terrified!! This was all well worth it though as we found some beautiful beaches, waterfalls and view points up in the jungle. We also, luckily, managed to find some accomidation for the rest of our stay at Sea Mew guest house (we think they got the translation a bit wrong) in Thong Sala.
NYE was mental. We joined 50,000 people on Haad Rin beach to drink buckets and dance all night, we somehow managed to bump into our 4 mates we met in Phi Phi.. What an amazing night!! wouldn't have liked to do the clean up opperation in the morning though- Carnage!
Next stop Ko Samui