The white fine sand was our rendezvous for our late afternoon beer sesh. The crowd was basically consisted of your typical youthful beach place; half-naked men strolling along the shore, almost naked women trying to catch up with the men and naked sun-kissed women who seemed to not care at all. It was a relaxing day to booze up at Haad Rin Beach in Koh Pangan, up until sunset, when the serenity was cut short and the original party island of Thailand totally transformed into a huge moshpit of all-you-could-think-of-in-a-party. This wasn’t my idea, at all.
|Haad Rin Beach, Koh Pangan, Thailand|
|Beach. Sand. Hotties.|
We scored a bus+boat rides for THB500 which made everything easier. We boarded on a double-decker bus and the smooth 2-hour ride lulled us to sleep. After arriving at Thong Sala Pier, we were asked to wait for a few minutes before boarding the boat which we used for a quick run for food. At five in the afternoon, we left for Koh Pangan and endured the 3-hour ferry ride.
|Ferry Boat to Koh Pangan|
|Where's my backpack again?|
|Downtown Koh Pangan|
We arrived on the night of the Full Moon Party hence, Pre-Full Moon Parties spread out like disease on the beach. I, for one, didn’t know what to expect so I just tagged along wherever they went. The night was filled with loud music, booze, drugs, sex and more. I despised it a bit but enjoyed being with my friends. I couldn’t imagine how the real party would turn out after experiencing this one.
I went to bed earlier than everyone else after finishing few bottles of Leo Beer, cheapest at THB60. For them, the party has just commenced.
We woke up at around noon when someone mentioned food. Apparently, we slept too long after the shindig. We strolled around the area to look for a place to eat and I was surprised how deserted the place was. It was interesting though that just like the boat a day before, Haad Rin was filled with tourists that I couldn’t find any locals aside from the vendors around. It felt weird.
After a plateful of Chicken Fried Rice (my buddies opted to have Pad Thai but I like my rice meal more), we went back to our room and they continued the slumber. I headed towards the hostel’s entryway and had some coffee while I people-watched. At around three in the afternoon I forced everyone to get up to check out the beach.
Haad Rin Beach was lovely. The long-tail boats lined up on one end as people enjoyed basking under the intense heat of the sun. There were sun-worshippers of all sorts (naked and not) and I was starting to feel the beach vibe again (me missin’ it after weeks of traveling to Melaka, Langkawi and Penang).
We downed a number of beer bottles and relaxed while there’s still time to do so.
The Full Moon Party was a blast, literally. But there were some things that made me decide that it would also be my last (I will dedicate a separate post for it).
The breaking of dawn signaled our departure. Sleepless and hungry, we dragged our bags to a taxi that collected us from the hostel. We scored a good deal for the transfer from Koh Pangan to Krabi for THB550 on one of the travel agencies around. Our 33-hour gig in the most happening island in Thailand was over and we needed to hop on to another one while battling with the aftermath of the party that will be my last. We slept all throughout the boat ride that we didn’t notice the bed bugs from the cushioned seats feasting on our bodies.
|Bed bug-infested ferry|
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