Ko Phangan

Trip Start Apr 16, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, May 1, 2006

After getting the ferry for 2hours from Ko Tao(and watching American Pie on way!) landed at Thong Sala pier.Herded into small minibuses and after speaking with a french woman who now lives here and said go to Had Rin Nai sunset beach,as it had cheaper places to stay and was only a short walk to Had Rin Noi where the full moon parties happen and where all the life was.

Walked along beach and came across "friendly bungalows" where i checked into a shed on stilts,which was made of bamboo with leaks and holes everywhere,but least had a mossie net,250baht a night too so not bad!
Walking around town and heard, WAYAN! and looked around to see Day and Tam Som girls me and Paul had met in Gullivers,Bangkok!
Day was from Japan and had lived in England (before getting her car stolen in Liverpool,haha)and spoke better english than me.
Her first words to me were that she "loved me" and tried chatting me up in Gullivers saying she fancied me as i had a gap in my teeth!?cheers!but no thanks!
She worked as a journalist and had interviewed Flea from the Chilis,Nikelback and had dated Kelly from the Stereophonics(sorry Daz he dont love you no more!)
Me and Paul had tried to lose them in Bangkok as the other one took a shine to Paul and seemed to follow us everywhere,and now here they were all that way down south and bumping into me!
Ko Phangan really nice,gorgeous long beach lined with coconut and palm trees,bars on the front and just a chilled out atmosphere.
Ko Phangan full of lazy bars where you just walk in to watch a film,and theres just mats or cosy chairs and people just wait on you with food,you dont even have to move.Much more chilled out than anywhere else!All along the front beach were bars come 12 everyone goes to the beach to lie on mats,and drink buckets of whisky and coke and watch fire shows.

These blokes were good!juggling ropes,poles and everything alike in time to the music from the bar,throwing around their heads,between their legs and even throwing from one to another down the beach!Met a few lads from Manchester that had shared the ferry over with,Rich,Matt and Gav-doing the same route as me more or less onto Oz.
Stayed with them in the Cactus Bar and then talked to Elena from Norway until 8 the next morning!
Got scooter next day and toured island,wanted to try Kite boarding in Tong Sala,but no good as no wind and tide too low.Went down to the beach again at night and had a gay english lad come over and point out a thai and say "she loves you like crazy!" and then the girl comes over,followed by a ladyboy so i make my excuses and run!Every day in Phanghan was the same,up at 2-3pm,drag myself to the gorgeous beach or if too hung over go to a lazy bar and lie down watching the simpsons or a movie drinking smoothies and eating!
Went out to the Drop In Bar on the beach,met Magnus from Norway and two Dutch lads who turned out to be really sound and met up with them loads, Jonny and Simon. Jonny spent night telling me where to go on our next visit to Amsterdam!Then the fire jugglers bring out a massive ring and set fire to it,holding it six foot in the air-"the ring of fire!"
I go running up,dive head first and land straight on my head with a hair full of white sand!

Went to see some more THai boxing at the local stadium,but it was just amature blokes unfit just hammering each other for the tourist-the place was full of Americans whooping and hollering!
Met Ross and Matt from bournemouth whilst watching the football and headed down to the beach with them to get wasted on buckets of Sam Song and coke,Ross grabs one of the fire ropes and starts swinging it round his head,everyones clapping and cheering until BANG! smacks himself in the face!Hilarious!
Met a couple of girls from Denmark and stayed up til sunrise while they try and teach me and ross (whos face is still black!) Danish.
Massive thunderstorm in the night,got up and went to the fish restaurant and decided to have a shark steak.Wont eat anymore cos theyre my fave animal and endangered etc but wanted to just try a bit so had the smallest portion possible!At the front of the restaurant were all the fish you could think of,Barracuda,Tuna,massive prawns,shrimp,Jellyfish,you just chose your fish and weighed your amount and the bloke would then cook it for you,beautiful!

Went to the reggae bar which was totally open and plastered in messages and names in neon ink from people whod been there so had to leave my mark!Met Felix from Munich and headed down to the beach for some beers where we bumped into Jonny and Si from Holland again.Ended up drinking till 9 the next morning with Jonny.....again!and all decided to meet up the next night for the full moon party
Going out to meet the lads,thinking the Cup Final was the next night and walked past a bar rammed with scousers and realised id got the dates wrong!Made Jonny and Si sit through the cup final,GET IN STEVIE G!!!!!!and the dutch lads converted from Ajax to Liverpool now!Went to the beach,and for a beach about 50yards wide,and a mile long was just rammed full of people partying,all the bars pumping music,not one inch of sand was empty,never seen a party as big as this before,crazy!We grabbed a few buckets and just made our way through the thousands on the beach!Drinking till the sun came up,people were flaking out on the beach asleep so we decided to bury a few!finally about 8am in the morning,people still dancing away to trance like zombies me and Jonny crawled home.Decided to catch the ferry the next day after as didnt feel like travelling in that state whereas they had to fly back to Amsterdam 4 hours later-Unlucky!
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