Full Moon party 2014 madness :)
Well the flight and journey to Koh Samui wasn't too bad, the flight was relatively quick and comfortable (Bangkok airways) and when we arrived they had different staff to assist you on how to get to your next destination. I left which type of boat up to Siobhan as I'm not the one who suffers from motion sickness. It was the choice between a ferry ride or a speed boat. We got the speed boat to Koh Phangan; which was as you imagine speedy and at the pier the other end you were huddled into taxis which had been expensive (We had a feeling this would be the case as it was full moon party season). When arriving at our hotel we were taken up to our room; which to say the least was basic. But it had air con, two beds and a bathroom (of sorts.... We were later to find the toilet didn't flush but that's another part of the tale). I think we had been spoilt by our accommodation in Chiang Mai but we had always known this wasn't to be the ritz. The hotel was split in two, the backpackers were we had been staying originally and the hotel, which had the swimming pool, pool bar, restaurant on the beach side (although the beach wasn't exactly quite a picture of perfection). The first night included in our package we had an all you can eat and all you can drink party invite included. So needless to say we over indulged on Chang beer; I think we were a bit overexcited as we had only a few beers occasionally in the last 7 days. We ended up in the pool in our bikinis till the early hours drinking and having a giggle with friends we made.
As a result the next morning got off to a sluggish start, we were both booked to do a dive in shallow water; although we both knew Siobhan was not going to do it. I had eventually geared myself up to go, had breakfast drove to the pier in one of the taxis (local bus, which was like a van with two rows of seats and you hung on for dear life). But alas I saw the boat bopping the water and could not face it, my Chang-over (someone called it this and it cracked us up) defeated me and I could not go. So we spent 3 hours laying on the beach, cooling in the sea and enjoying a fruit shake whilst we waited for everyone. I thought the beach was much nicer than the one near our resort but Siobhan had been wary as she had seen crabs that kept popping up from the sand and became quite freaked out. When our friends returned from the dive; one of them had not enjoyed it and the other said it had not been very clear water and you didn't go that deep so I had not been too disappointed. That evening following a shower; we went out to dinner with our new buddies Sam and Nancy but after not eating a lot all day we were hungry but chose the restaurant to hastily and this was disappointing as the food all came out at random times and separately and we were left waiting for ages for something that wasn't nice. Oh well! And to top it all off our toilet was still not flushing properly so the stench in our room had been disgusting.
The next day after a mammoth sleep we were booked to go on a mini tour of the Island. But first we asked if anything could be done to sort out our smelly room after complaining to our friends who were too moving rooms (for different reasons) we managed to get a room next to them in the hotel side of the resort near the pool and on the beachside. This was to cost us an extra 900 baht between us but that's just under about 40 pounds and we were willing. The organised day began with a trek to see Phangan waterfall; which unfortunately for us was just a trickle of a waterfall usually we were told it had plenty of water (?!?) but we trekked further up the to a beautiful view point where you could see miles of the Island. Although it was quite overcast today it was very humid and by the time we reached the top we were very sweaty but I must say it was worth it. We then drove to a Chinese temple, this alike other temples we had seen had been very beautifully detailed and the buildings had been white but decorated with colourful pictures and statues. Then we drove to a beautiful resort in the mountains where we were to have a Thai lunch; which was delicious and all freshly cooked for us. This restaurant had beautiful views of the Island and the sea so we soaked in the atmosphere, chilled and played cards. We were then to go a boat trip; Siobhan and Nancy had already decided they were not going to come so me and Sam went. When we got near a bay called bottle beach we were told to jump and swim to shore, it took me a while (I've never been the strongest swimmer and did doggy paddle) but I made it. Bottle beach was lovely; it was a quirky little beach you could only get too by boat, we had a drink each and played killer pool (I was not very good) and enjoyed the beach. Although at this point it had decided to rain so we kayaked back to the boat rather than swam (well a few lads swam) and made a blustery rainy way back to the pier. Tonight was also the night of the Full Moon party; the one reason we had come to Island. The once a month event which took place the night of the full moon. We booked for our taxi to get us there at 12.30am, as we had been warned not to get there too early else you will flag and seeing the sunrise is the worth it. So we leisurely got ready, went out for a Mexican dinner (much nicer than the night before), attempted and failed to nap and played cards by our rooms which had a table and chairs outside with a hammock until it was time to go. Well the Full Moon was a eye opening experience but an amazing one. It was held on Haad Rin beach, and as soon as we got there we saw swarms of people (some a bit worst for wears). The atmosphere was electric, loads of stalls were set up in the walkway to the beach selling various things and the beach itself was like a giant fun fair (minus the rides) lots of lights, music all in different parts of the beach playing their own stuff and although it sounds overbearing it wasn't at all it was brilliant There had even been people skipping under ropes of fire and sliding down fire slides. I must say some people forgot there graces but it was just something you overlooked. We danced and drank (well Sam and I did, buckets of vodka, sprite and some sort of redbull) until daylight hours; I think we decided to go home about 6.30am. The one reason we had come to the Island had not let us down; it was INCREDIBLE!!!
We slept until around 1.15pm but we had already anticipated the day after full moon was going to be a write off. Both surprisingly feeling ok (well me feeling ok.... No Chang-over) we had a refreshing dip in the pool then realising how hungry we were decided to go in search of some food. This day was a mixture of chilling by the pool and on the beach, napping and reading. We all went out to dinner that night and had a filling pasta dish each which was delicious and just chilled by our rooms.
On what was to be our final day in Koh Phangan; us girls decided to pamper ourselves. We firstly went and had a manicure each (although my nail polish only lasted until that evening; partly my own fault). Then we decided we wanted to experience a Thai massage; and woah what an experience that is. Then ladies may be tiny but gosh do they pull you around. Although to start with we got the giggles as we were not used to being pulled around in such ways, we all eventually relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. Although we all commented we did not realise we were so flexible. The massage lasted an hour each, and had only been 300 baht which is around a 6 pounds or so English money. Bargain We then sunbathed by the pool/beach all afternoon. Going for an early dinner at a lovely Thai restaurant and enjoyed a few final Chang beers whilst in the pool bar at the hotel (yes we were in the pool in our bikinis... We had to it was our final night).
The next day we checked out by 10am, we were driven to the pier for our ferry to the mainland which took a few hours, then shipped onto a bus which again took a few hours which took us to the train station ready for our night train to Bangkok. Which I am now writing this entry from. It was a 12 hour journey, from 18.30pm yesterday to 6.30am today. The train is not as desirable as we imagined and very hot. They come round and make your beds for you and surprisingly I managed to sleep quite well, well from about 21.30pm ish till 4am ish. I took top bunk and kept imagining I was going to roll off and Siobhan had the bottom of my bunk. The carriage consists of about 16 bed, top and bottom, no air con and just fans. But alas we are here in Bangkok to enjoy our last final days of the holiday
A nervous but excited Hayley xxxx