May 16, 2006
Aug 15, 2006
Ko Pha Ngan is home of the famous full moon party. I figured since I was here and the moon was full, why not! And a party it was
. About 8000 drunk people. The party took place mainly on the beach. There were bars lined up all down the beach and they had sound systems you could probably hear in Bangkok. Evidently there are no liquor ordinances here. The locals had tables set up and sold "buckets" of mixed drinks. A bucket consisted of a liquor selection, mixer, straws. When you purchased your bucket they added ice and poured. I felt like an old man as it was mostly college aged. But I had a great time. I saw the sunrise! I have not done that in a looooong time.
I am staying in a place about 30 minutes from town. Its very laid back and quiet. It is on a hill overlooking the ocean. The ocean here is very shallow and at low tide the ocean really recedes. I've never seen anything like it. There is a small beach a short walk away and it has a spot you can swim during low tide. There is not much to see here so I have been just hanging out at the restaurant/lounge area.
Tomorrow I will head out to the next island over for a night. Koh Samui. From there I will travel across the peninsula to and island called Koh Phi Phi. Its supposed to be one of the most beautiful in Thailand. Its also in the area where the Tsunami hit. I hear its is mostly rebuilt. After Phi Phi I will go to Chaing Mai in the North and maybe Laos. Ive talked with several travellers who have been and raved about it.
Later, time for some Thai food!
I arrived Ko Pha Ngan the 10th after a brutal 11 hour bus ride. Luckily I was the only person to have an empty seat beside me. That helped but the girls in front of me reclined their seats to the max so I could not sit normally in my seat. We made one pit stop on the way down at 1:00 AM. The Mayor of the bus stop was hustling people through the line. If you took too long he would slap the counter and say "what chu want?" He was hustling his sandwiches too. "last stop, eat now!" There were 4 other busloads of weary travelers while we were there. When it was time for a bus to leave he would stand in the door, clap his hands and say "time to go, you go now". It was an amusing diversion. When I head back North it will be either train or plane!