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Full Moon Party

Ko Phangan, Thailand

Having survived the dangers of Ko Tao, it was finally time to get some proper beach time so we headed to Ko Pha Ngan on the morning boat. Upon arrival we were harassed by the usual taxi touts before heading to Haad Rin beach in the back of a pickup. Amazingly we were greeted by four Irish lads bombing past on motorbikes whom Dan spotted were Noodles, Features and Lionsey from Sihanoukville. This happened to be a real stroke of luck as they directed us to probably the best hotel on the beach with pool and bar right on the beach front.

The next few days were spent building up to the Full Moon Party on 24 Nov. Each day we awoke to a beach getting busier, and later the nightlife filling up with more and more dedicated mooners.

In the four days prior to the Full Moon Party we joined forces with the Irish lads (who had now increased in numbers to eight) and entered a team into the beach football tournament. Four group matches, a quarter-final and a semi-final later we were in the final against a Skandi team. In what seemed to have been a final NOT for the neutral, the final score finished 0-0 after extra time. Unfortunately, the penalties did not go our way and we ended up as respectable runners-up with the prize money providing enough for a bucket of Samsong and Redbull each.

Finally the full moon was upon us so we went out to prepare ourselves for the event. Minimal clothing was key due to the risk of drunkenness and theft so we donned our shorts and t-shirts and took a small amount of cash for drinks. Karl took on the job of chief florescent painter and spent most of the night painting people with green and red paint (even getting paid to do so by a number of people). Dan, however, has to get the award for dedication (and title of 'dedicated mooner') by staying out throughout the night and even through most of the next day until 4pm. Some amusing sights included people that had decided it was a good idea to go to Mushroom Mountain or even taking slimming pills for their caffeine effects.

The day after the Party was truly a rest and recovery day. We then headed to catch the boat to Ko Samui and then the short flight to Singapore. (KC)

permalink written by  Sean, Karl & Dan on November 26, 2007 from Ko Phangan, Thailand
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