Full Moon Madness

Trip Start Jan 09, 2006
Trip End Aug 15, 2006

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Monday, April 17, 2006

We made it to the islands. That in itself was an adventure. The trip involved an 8+ hour bus ride in a VIP bus. VIPs are big rolling double decker buses that are A/C'd (when it works)and very comfy (if the A/C works). Then it was a 3+ hour boat trip to the island. Getting on that boat was interesting to say the least. It was already packed when we got in line to get on and by that time it was already standing room only.

Once on board and settled it was, per usual, Big Chang time. While on the bus we met a lovely Irishman and part time U.N. representative named Mark(the U.N. bit is an inside joke) who traveled and drank with us during our trip. We must have done a good job as Mark declaired that Ricky was to be made an honorary Irishman for his help in getting Mark "pissed". We would be fortunate enough to run into Mark several times during our stay, though Mark may use a different term. Just teasing ya Mark!

Tired, sweaty, worn out and ready to relax(strange how that phrase keps repeating) we haggled ourselves a ride to our accomidation. The First Villa, our destination, turned out to be quite the nice place, though the beach was lacking. The room was great and the A/C worked and the pool was fantastic.

(Why I love pools)

So good in fact that we lounged there for 2 days before we even left the resourt to explore the town. As a matter of fact, we had many many Big Changs around the pool. So many in fact that most of the other residents stayed away from our side of the pool. Wonder if it had something to do with views like this:

A few days before the big Full Moon Party we went into town to do some exploring. We hopped the 'Snoop Dog' boat tour and circled the island in a large and crowded long boat to see the local sites. We got to see waterfalls and beautiful beaches and do some snorkeling. Unfortunatly, unlike many other countries, the Thai's do not seem to much care for the upkeep of their reefs. They recklessly push polled the boat around the coral all the while dumping in tourists right on top of reef. No warnings or requests not to touch the coral. When we arrived at the site there were at least 40 people in the water and the majority were standing on the coral with their faces in the water. The reef had some serious damage and there is no doubt in my mind that it will only get worse.

After a few lazy days on the beach we made ready for the Full Moon Party. I had heard alot about these things. The Full Moon parties claim they host the largest raves on the planet. Not being a big raver I cannot tell you one way or the other, but it was big. Picture Mardi Gras day Bourbon Street crowds on a beach with the ocean on one side and bars on the other blasting out rythmic beats.

It was an amazing site. We arrived about 11pm and road the night out until way after sunrise. Each bar had it's own DJ spinning and one would think with all of them going at once it would sould terrible. In reality, as soon as you took 5 steps away from the bar the sound disapeared and as you approached the next bar there was no distortion. The beaches were also littered with passed out Thai's exchausted from the days water throwing. Later in night it became littered with light weights and dumb hippies who thought they could drink like they were born in New Orleans.

A few hours after sunrise we crawled away from the beach and after some street food, headed home. After some recovery time we were ready to go again. Unfortunatly Ricky and I chose to do this on our last night and had to sail home with big hangovers.

So, thats about it. We came we saw, we boozed and we partied. Now we're back in BBK and the Monkey is preparing for the long flight home. What will we do with no Monkey?

The world may never know....if they don't stay tooned that is!

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