Waxing Gibbous (not quite Full Moon) Party Beach

Trip Start May 18, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, August 11, 2003

As I continue to island hop up the east coast of Thailand I found myself at Had Rin beach on Koh Pha-Ngan today. The transfer up from Koh Samui was painless enough; 10 minute/50B ride to Big Buddha Pier followed by a 1 hour/100B boat journey to Had Rin Pier. On arrival I had to trek about a kilometre up the beach (yes with my suitcase) until I found somewhere to stay the night that was not already full.

Had Rin is infamous for its monthly Full Moon Parties and with the next full moon in a couple of days time people were already arriving early and securing their accommodation. I am just passing through, however, and will be in Koh Toa tomorrow for my advanced diving course.

The beaches are littered with rubbish around Had Rin which detracts somewhat from the natural beauty of this part of the island. Twenty years ago I'm sure this beach was as pristine as the ones on Koh Samui, before anyone had ever heard of Full Moon Parties.
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