Pleasure Paradise

Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
Trip End May 17, 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Back in Thailand, we met up with Adrian and Eloise, and their friend Naomi, for an extended beach holiday.  We started in the Gulf of Thailand, visiting Koh Tao and Koh Phagnan islands, and then headed over to the Andaman Coast, ending our SE Asia odyssey in Krabi. 

Koh Tao was a diverīs paradise, though we stuck to lounging and swimming.  We stayed in our first ridiculous beach bungalow here and explored the tiny islandīs super-steep, dirt roads by motorbike. 

We were sad to leave Koh Tao, but could not believe our luck when we arrived at our next bungalow on Koh Phagnan.  In addition to our gorgeous accommodation, the lady who ran the place happened to be the best cook in Thailand and we lovingly referred to her as granny.  While we continued our lounge and swim routine, we also happened to be on island during the allegedly world famous "full moon party," where upwards of 30,000 people descend onto Hat Rin Beach for a night of debauchery.  Besides your standard blaring techno music and drunk tourists, we saw fire-dancers and flaming jump-ropes for the daring party-goer.  Unfortunately, one such party-goer, who was terrible at the jump-roping, decided to tackle the local guy swinging the rope.  Within two seconds, fifteen local guys surrounded him and gave him a deserved beat down.  Do not mess with Thai guys!  All in all, we were at the party for 8 hours, which we decided was 7 too many.  Eloise summed it up nicely when she said the best two things about the party were the ride there (cruising in the back of a truck at extreme speeds) and the film Stepbrothers, which was playing where we ate dinner.

Krabi was next, and while we had heard great things about it, it surpassed our expectations.  Known as a climbing mecca, the turquoise waters surrounding Krabi were pierced by dramatic karsts and strewn by stunning stretches of sand.  Phra Nang Beach, our favorite of the trip, is on par with our favorite beaches of all time.  We finally decided to participate in something other than lounging, swimming, or eating, and went on a snorkeling trip to several nearby islands.  We saw schools of fish and colorful coral, and even saw one of the most poisonous water snakes, which we didnīt realize until we were back in the boat.  Ignorance is bliss!       
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