19.01.2012 - 19.01.2012
This next stop on the travels doesn't need much explaining I suppose to the people who are aware of the location of the full moon party! We had decided to head south for Christmas to an island called Koh Phangan. We had booked well in advance a hotel that like all accommodation in Thailand is massively inflated price wise by the time of year and the influx of tourists. However, we considered it to be a Christmas luxury! I apologise in advance for the lack of cultural insight you will experience from this blog!
(view from the hotel, a little overcast!)
So the first night out wasn't really a night out, we just had a meal and then proceeded to chill out in our luxury hotel rooms on top of the cliff that looks over both the bays in the Hat Rin area. A friend called Jamie we had made on the way, through Sammy, had suggested he came join us during the Xmas period, and he turned up that evening.
The following day we got up late and mingled around the swimming pool, after a while Smith and I decide to have a wonder and explore the area. After coming back excited about the fish we had seen along the wooden walkways that skirted some of the rock faces along the coastline we decided to explore the town to see if we could invest in some fishing rods. After a little while we found some telescopic fishing rods and bartered a good deal on two of them! We set about working out how exactly we had to set up the rods with our trusty friend google! And went off to fish, that first day I managed to catch two fish and smith caught a one too, all very tropical looking, granted his more so than mine, in fact, his caused a slight panic in getting it off the hook, with it's leopard print spots and it's aggressive spines on it's dorsal fin! That night we went out to celebrate our traveling buddies Dans birthday. I'd be lier if I said I remembered much of the evening, I woke up with some funny stories from all sides of our group of friend of different capers people had got up to and I had a badly grazed knee, and I'm still trying to remember the exact manor in which I received it!
So after a day off and some more fishing Christmas eve came round and other night out ensued. We all wished each other an over emotional happy Christmas once it turned 12, especially for a group of people who had only been friends for a short time, thats what traveling and alcohol does to you! The following day we spend round the pool, an exciting prospect, and a first for an Xmas day! We had all arranged, a group of about 16 of us, to go for a traditional Christmas diner, I wore my Santa hat! The dinner I was surprisingly impressed with, it was a little cold, but unlike anywhere else in Asia they had managed to bring everyone's dinner out at the same time, so maybe that was their poor excuse, but I'll allow them it! Need I repeat myself, we went out that evening, and had a wicked night out!
I'll be honest the next day was a right off! Two days solid partying is going to take it's toll on an old codger like me! The following day we spent around the pool once more and then some further fishing, by this time both Smith and I were up to 6 fish each!
The following day we headed for our next destination, Krabi, and more precisely Ao Nang, were had planned to stay there for New Years, but there will be a slight twist to this tale!