August 12th, 2006

Day 19: Koh Phangan and a paradisical beachside resort

Last night Mateo went out to the 7-Eleven next to our bungalow and hung out for a bit. He struck up a good conversation with some Germens and came in past midnight waking me up with his bright and happy voice. I wasn’t upset, though. I was pretty happy to see Mateo having a good time with some other people around. Unfortunately for him, though, that meant that he was very tired the next morning. :P

We got up without a hitch and headed for the port. We were taking the ultra-cheap boat to Koh Phangan, so we headed out to the older rundown dock and waited until 10:30 for our boat to show up. For some odd reason I was feeling a little sick before getting on the boat and got a little sick during our journey, but it seems like I was the only one to be so unfortunate. All the others, mostly young attractive European couples, were just fine.

Koh Phangan is about 1 1/2 to 2 hours away from Koh Tao and about 20 to 30 mintues from the more popular and developed Koh Samui. We decided to stay here as opposed to Koh Samui for a variety of reasons, but mostly because we were looking for a more relaxed atmosphere for a few days. Koh Tao, which we just left, was crowded and the beaches were not so good for swimming.

Koh Phangan is most famous for their Full Moon Parties. Held once a month, these parties, with an average of 5000-12000 ravers, are the biggest beach parties in the world. But unfortunately (or fortunately) for us we missed this month’s party by three days, so when we arrived it was not crowded at the port at all. In fact most people at the port were waiting to go to Koh Samui, where the serious partiers go in-between Full Moon Parties.

This is all good news for us, since all we really want to do is find a nice beach and relax on it for a while. Perhaps we will go to one party while we are here to see what it is like, but it is not priority #1. The area that the beach parties usually take place is on the other side of the island, a few kilometers away.

In any case, we got off the boat and had breakfast at around noon and looked through our Lonely Planet for a place to stay. As we flipped through our book a man with a picture book came up to us and tried to persuade into going to his resort. It was only 350 baht a night for a two-bed bungalow on a secluded semi-private beach, so we double checked our Lonely Planet to see if they were listed. They were, and the review was positive (although they did say it was away from the hustle and bustle of the party beaches, a plus for us). So we got a pickup truck and headed over to the resort.

I am always a bit concerned about solicited places to stay or eat, but this place is a real winner. We have a nice bungalow with two hammocks right on the beach. The water is the perfect temperature and you can walk all the way out to the deep water without having to walk over nasty coral that can hurt your feet. That is something that both of us were really wanting in Koh Tao, but the beaches there aren’t good for much besides sunbathing.

Speaking of sunbathing, since our beach is semi-private there are a few topless sunbathers walking around out here. This is the first time I have seen that. It is pretty cool, but honestly it just makes me wish I was here with Signe (topless). *lech*

All and all, this is a great looking place and I am looking forward to spending a few more days here before we head back to Bangkok and then to Chiang Mai. Tomorrow we are going to rent bicycles and go around the island.

Until then, take care.

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