Everything must come to an end... to Ko Pha Ngan!
Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
171Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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Signs here are more often in Thai and Hebrew than English, and my resort sounds just like Tel-Aviv if you listen in to some of the conversations going on. I rent a lime green moped, to be referred to as Limey from here on, and check out the crazy yet somehow small and cute town. Relaxing on the beach, I spark up a few conversations and quickly realize that the people here are quite different than those on Ko Tao. Here, there is a narrow focus on the partying whereas Tao highlights relaxing as its most sought after attribute. I choose the shark steak at a local seafood bbq joint and then hit up Sunrise beach to see what all the talk is about. Oh, Mae Had is centered between 2 beaches, sunrise and sunset (so aptly named for which direction they face). Sunrise is known as the rave capital of the world, maybe???, or at least the site for the full moon parties. The scene is a relaxed version of what you would see on Daytona Beach, at least for now, as bars set up chairs in the sand and vendors sell all sorts of jungle juice buckets. One of the bars is offering free buckets to anyone who can kick a soccer ball into any one of a few circles in the goal. It is harder than it looks, but I manage to walk away three buckets later with a bit of a buzz and the pleasure of having run into Lucy, the British girl I saw at Angkor Wat at sunrise just a few short hours after meeting them her in a bar.
I head to a "cross-dressing" pool party where I find Nicky, the English girl from Bangkok who I had missed meeting back up with a week earlier. She is now with her sister, Emma, and we all resume having fun and laughing just as Nicky and I did in Bangkok. We pick another Brit, James (the level-headed guy who is quiet yet interesting, and will later become known as hammock boy), and head back to the madness that sunrise beach has become.
The night ends with an early morning swim back at Cocohut and a little star gazing...