Pink Buckets and Neon Paint = no sleep
26.11.2012 - 01.12.2012 28 °C
There is so much hype about this party and yes we have been to it before but being on our last leg of our trip Chloe wanted to go one more time to party it out.
We thought it would also be a good opportunity to grab some rays to top the tan up, actually to get a tan as we hadn't been beaching it for some time now. Unfortunately, it rained the entire time we were there, being rainy season of course it did. But it's still hot and if you go at the right time you can get an amazing tan on one of the many beautiful beaches. It's not all about the Full Moon there is a lot to see on the island....it really is lovely.
We made our way from Langkawi taking the ferry to Satun apx 23 ringgit, a taxi to the bus station apx 20baht, a bus to Surit Thani (5hrs) 123 baht, another taxi to the ferry 20 baht and finally the night ferry to Koh Phagnan 400 baht. Far cheaper than going via an organised tour, ours cost about 16 quid each, the tour would have been 40 quid. On the overnight ferry is a long line of foam mattresses pushed together as beds with your allocated number on, believe me it's very cozy...you could be sleeping next to anyone! Not really my thing but it had to be done and I knew I wouldn't be getting any sleep so it didn't matter too much. We spoke to a few people who were literally weeks into their trip which made me feel sooo envious.....because I knew what was ahead of them.....ahead off me.....9 days before we went home.
When we got in it started to pour down with rain and it was 6am, we hadn't booked anywhere and everywhere was shut. Rushing through the rain we bumbed into two guys from Switzerland making their way back from a party, there's a party every night in this place. They kindly invited to 'house' us until everything opened but we decided to get some food instead of sleep so thanked them and ventured into the rain again. We made our way to Mama Schnitzels....a restaurant open 24 hrs that has a menu like a book....Gordon Ramsey would have a fit if he saw the amount of dishes each restaurant offers in this place....seriously what ever you want they have it.....even during power cuts, they just flick on the generator and kitchen is open. We struggled finishing our food because of the large portions and made our way to Haad Rin bungalows which have good rooms near to the beach at decent prices, we opted for tv and air con which was abit more but a blessing later in the stay! 1200 baht but you can get a fan room for 400. To get this place go to the 7/11 on the corner opposite the clinic and pharmacy.....it's very central.
"Open at 10" one local told us and invited us into his bar, we had to go in because of the rain. Our rucksacks were wet through and later the smell of our clothes.....awful....the joys of back packing! Inside the bar were left overs from the night before....one guy asleep on a ledge and another sprawled across aload of cushions!
At about 8am we got our room and went to sleep...bliss. The evening was to go to the beach bar Cactus which is where everyone goes, we bumbed into the Swiss guys again so it was nice to talk to someone. Infact, I ended up spending a few evenings with them until they left, very good company so thank you guys, especially Patrick.
Now back to the full moon....practically everyone wears neon stuff, tops, shorts, paint, jewellery etc you name it, it can be painted on you in neon colours. You've got to be careful not to get it on the bedding or else they will fine you! I painted flowers down Chloe's arm and I was lazy so just puts pink dots on my legs....simple. The streets are full of venders selling all sorts of food which can be out on their stall for hours.....and hours. The party is much the same as the other nights except on the full moon .....it is packed!!! People come over from the other islands especially.
There is a lot of talk about drugs, fights and even deaths, luckily we didn't see anything like this....considering the amount of people there its controlled well....by the people there....this time I didn't see any police. A guy staying near us was hit in the face and needed stitches to his cheek....he had a huge black eye!
The thing to buy are buckets....like a bucket you would make a sandcastle from, they are filled with vodka or whiskey and topped us with coke, lychee, sprite etc all for 150 baht (3quid) all you see around is people wearing neon and carrying pink buckets.
Being as busy as it was I lost Chloe and so I stayed in one spot .....as discussed....but she never came back for me (ummmmm) ....as unbeknown to me she was at the medical centre helping the guy get his cheek stitched up. So I ended up chatting to a stall vender who made jewellery, very interesting but I did wonder if he was mistaking my 'chat' for 'interest' so when he asked if I wanted to go to the party with him....I lied.....yes....I told him I was tired. My plan was to go back to my room, wait abit, then go out, but he insisted on walking me back to my room, so I was quite relieved to see Patrick knocking on our door when I got there.
So I did the best thing and went off to the party with Patrick and found Chloe. It was a crazy evening as we decided to go sit on our porch instead of going to the after party, which starts at about 6 am. In the end everyone left and it was me....wide awake and Chloe sound asleep. Later I was woken to moaning.....Chloe....in pain...unfortunately she had a slice of pizza from one of the stalls and now she was paying for it, she was so sick and had stomach cramps for the following two days/nights which meant I was stuck in the room being nurse, which is where the TV came into play. Not what either of us had in mind.
We had to stay an extra day because she was ill, I went to the chemist and they told me many had been in for the same meds....clearly the street food at 3/4/5/6 am....which is put out at 7pm. So a revisit to Koh Tao was cancelled and now we were making our way to Bangkok for the grand finalle which is going to be grand ....as we are going to stay in a 5 star hotel by the river just for some plush. But first we have to do an overnight train and a ferry.......I'm thinking we will look like riff raff going into the lovely hotel....it's times like this I wish I had my heels, perfume, hair dryer, clothes.......my stuff, but there's going to be plenty of time for that in a few days time......yikes.....where has the time gone?
Tips for the full moon: don't wear anything you really like...it'll get ruined by the paint.
Watch your money.... 1000 baht looks like 100 baht in the dark
Careful with the buckets, they are quite strong
Look upto the sky, when we were there there was a perfect ring around the moon....never seen anything like it.
Don't swim in the sea at the party....it's more wee than sea!
Heres a link to the ferry times to help with transfers to Koh Tao, Surit Thani and Koh Samui