Full Moon Party

Trip Start Nov 10, 2005
Trip End Apr 30, 2006

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Ask yourself: what is every child's dream? Now think of an answer...

If your answer was to fight for world peace you clearly do not remember what it was like to be a child. Obviously, the answer is to participate in the world's largest water fight. Welcome to Thai New Year (or "celebration of water")!! I spent a week on an island in southern Thailand anticipating both the New Year's festivities and the full moon party on Ko Phangan which happened to coincide on the same day. The island is exactly what a tropical paradise should be: porcelain white beaches as soft as a baby's butt, mountains that reach for the sky and water as blue as Benjamin Moore's "blue wave" (yeah, that's right, look it up). I nestled into a bungalow atop the mountain overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, sat in my hammock, and enjoyed the view both from the bungalow and the eye candy on the beach below. It was paradise.
As New Year's drew closer many of those looking to party on neighbouring islands made their way to Ko Phangan in anticipation. On New Year's eve (day) the town is packed with beautiful people armed with automatic assault water guns, buckets and chalk dust. Lining the streets they attack all those in sight in a 'take no prisoners' water fight that does not stop until the next day. Once night arrives the beach becomes the dance floor, packed with thousands of party goers looking for a new high. Glow sticks, rave music, more water, food, dance and neon paint turn this once peaceful island into the biggest party outside Bangkok. Taboos are forgotten and anything goes. This is a world renowned event, as I've come to learn and you can see lots of pictures here: http://fullmoonparty-thailand.com/
After the full moon party I headed north for a few days away from the party scene in hopes of finding a few quiet days on the beach. What I got was the international beach town of Hua Hin. As Hua Hin is located three hours outside Bangkok it is vacation central for both Thai's and farang (foreigners). I had been going to a local gym on Ko Phangan and thought it a good idea to keep up my routine while there. I got word that the Hilton had workout facilities and made my way over to four star comfort. After struggling with some of the counter staff who wanted to sell me a month's pass to the gym I spoke with the manager who thought it a good idea to grant me a 3 day pass for the Hilton's facilities. I thought this was a good idea too! Weight room, pool, billiards, sauna, water slide and my two personal favourites; hot showers and clean towels come standard. It's amazing the appeal of a clean bathroom after backpacking. So, for my last three days at a beach town I basically lived at the Hilton during the day soaking up its fine service and facilities. At night I enjoyed the biggest prawns I have ever seen at a local restaurant and was amazed by how 'friendly' the local women are with the farang. I think every white male there was walking around with a Thai girl on their arm.
My last two days in Thailand were spent in Bangkok where I shopped until I could shop no more. I was impressed with my stamina, alas; I do not want to shop again for a long time. Now I'm off to Belgium!!!!

(Sorry - no pictures this time)
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