03.10.2009 - 08.10.2009 30 °C
Our next stop after Koh Tao was Koh Phangan, and it took us about an hour to get to by boat. Our friend Katie who we had met in Koh Tao was already there with the two other friends she was travelling with, so we headed to a place called "Two Rocks" where they were staying and checked in for a few nights. This place was gorgeous, a few little beach bungalows that were literally on the beach. We had a room for all four of us, with two double beds and a small shower room, and a balcony with a hammock that looked out over the beach. The owner of the bungalows was very friendly and helpful, and he let us borrow his canoe and lit camp fires in the evening right on the beach. The sea here was so clear, and you could walk out really far and it was still only knee deep.
We had some really nice weather while we were there, and spend some good time sunbathing on the beach with the girls. The sunsets here we amazing, and we got some nice pictures of us all just as the sun was setting one evening. Here we are standing by a couple of rocks, which I guess is how the place got it's name.
The roads on this island were extremely steep. One afternoon a couple of girls asked me and jay if we wanted to borrow their moped for an hour before they had to return it, so we set off to explore the island. We didn't get too far before we were at the bottom of one of the steepest roads I have ever seen, and we didn't even make it half way up when our moped couldn't cope and we were nearly rolling down backwards. So we turned around and headed back, and decided that next time we would need to get one each.
The room here was very basic, and although it was nice to be on the beach, it meant we had to put up with the creepy crawlies as well. This wasn't too bad and I was coping quite well until one night when I woke up to find a huge cockroach crawling on my face. My nerves haven't been the same since!!!
Koh Phangan is where the full moon party takes place, a huge beach party each month to celebrate the full moon. We had timed our arrival here to coincide with the party, and on the night when we headed to the bar at our beach bungalows, people were preparing by painting themselves with flourescent paint. We joined in and here is a picture of what we looked like just before we were leaving.
We took a taxi to the party, which again had to go over the hills and only just made it up them, with people hanging out of the back of the truck holding on for dear life....we were safely inside the truck but it was still scary. When we got there is was soooooo loud, and the beach was crowded. The music was not what we would usually listen to but we still had a good time drinking on the beach and chatting to people, and we didn't leave until about 6am the next morning after the sun had risen. We were exhausted so headed straight to bed.
We decided one afternoon to have another go at the mopeds so this time we all rented one each. They are so cheap, and to rent one for 24 hours costs just £3. We got them and headed staright to the petrol station across the street and filled them up ready for our exploring. For Stacey, this was as far as the fun went, and as she tried to pull away from the petrol pump of the gravel the bike skidded and fell over and she cut her knee. This was enough for her so she took it straight back and decided she would stroll up and down the road while we went off and explored. We went all around the island, and saw elephants and amazing beaches, and then on the way home found an English pub where we had a really nice English Breakfast as a special treat.
After a few nights at Two Rocks which is on the south of the island, we decided to head to the north of the island to see what it was like up there and spend a couple of nights there. We hired an open back jeep, loaded up our stuff and headed along the dirt roads to the north. The roads here are a mixture of proper concrete roads, and dirt tracks, some of wich are barely passable. It wasn't a comfortable journey, especially for me and jay who were being tossed around in the open back part of the truck with all the bags. At one point we were faced with a hill that was almost vertical and full of potholes, so I swapped with Stacey, put the jeep into 4WD and we managed to get up there, only to realise we had taken a wrong turn and this wasn't really a proper road, so we had to turn around and get back down it. Eventually we got to where we wanted to be, and found a really nice place right on the ocean called Coral Bay, which again was small bungalows with a beach right alongside. This time we got 2 bungalows, and our friend came and met us again and checked into a third.
It was quite remote here but the beach was beautiful and it was nice to spend a couple of days just relaxing and not really doing much. After a couple of nights here, it was time to go to the next island, Koh Samui.