This was our stop for Christmas & New Year as I had already booked a really nice private resort called "Harmony Beach" when I was back home as I heard that everywhere on this Island got fully booked up by Oct/Nov for the xmas & NYE celebrations. HB resort was an excellent choice that was recommended highly by many other travellers & it had good comments & write ups on the website. We had our own Bungalow overlooking the Secluded Private Beach & it was so chilled and away from the hustle & bustle of the Had Rin Area. So this was the best place to kick back & relax. Only people staying at the resort could really get to this place as it was barrackaded in by massive rocks by the Ocean.
The only problem was that this was so secluded they were no shops or anything near & you had to hike down / up this hill then get a taxi/tuk tuk or hire a moped to get out of the resort but everything was here so sometimes it was so easy just to stay here & chill out with everyone as it had a really good vibe & everyone got to know everyone else as they was a kind of a Huge Bamboo Restaurant / Bar / Movie / Chill Out Area's all combined, so it was a nice close community & Dave (Owner) was very welcoming & Friendly. We met loads of people there & 3 Actors which were Flashpacking around, they had big parts in The Bill / Casualty / Soaps etc but I didn't recognise them cos I dont watch any of them. It was weird as Dave the owner was called Disco Dave & one of the other Actors was called Disco Daz so they was 3 Disco's in the same place which was funny.
Will, Jesse & Anthony that I had been travelling all stayed at Harmony Resort then George came over a bit later so they was a few of us for xmas & new year.
The first day we went Kayaking as these were free at this resort then we hired Mopeds to get around the Island. This was Jesse's Birthday so we decided to go to the North Beaches then Party on the night around Had Rin but Sarah came off her Moped so we took her to Hostpital & she needed stiches etc & was basically bandaged up for xmas & new year!!
On the Nights we basically went to the 7/11 shops & got fully loaded before leaving the resort before heading to Had Rin to save on money. We had our own little spot everynight at the back of the resort, iPod on, cards & play stupid drinking games; Thumb Master, Pose Master, loads at the same time so we were pretty hammered before going out - haha.
Had Rin Beach was always a good place to party at the Night & it was 23rd so we all bought theses Stupid Santa Hats & decided it would be a good idea jumping in the Fire Skipping rope - good larff!! Christmas Eve was funny & we went to the Black Moon Party in the Jungle till daft O Clock again with our flashing Santa Hats.
Xmas Day was a bit different to home as we went on our Mopeds to all the nicest Beaches; Miami Beach, Haad Salad & had Cocktails on Koh Ma Island (best snorkelling Island in Phangan) with a guy we met on the Island called Charlie. We then headed down the West Coast which was amazing Scenery then me, Anthony & Jesse dropped our bikes off then got a Tuk Tuk to the Mason Arms which everyone goes to as its just like a pub back home. Everyone in there was Westerners; mostly English/Irish/Welsh/ all the pissheads really - haha & they were all in the xmas spirit, hats on singing to xmas songs & basically drank lots. The xmas Dinner was gorgeous & a big portion with all the trimmings......not as good as yours though Mam - haha. It had been an eventfull day already & it was only 2pm or something so we continued then went back to harmony Beach for our own Resort Party on the Beach for a BBQ. After that we went to the Coral Bungalows Pool Party to meet a few others then Had Rin Beach for one massive Party. They was about 20,000 people on the Beach dancing & celebrating.
After xmas day the next few days we just chilled out on Hammoks, watched movies, went around the Island etc until New Years Eve which was even crazier thean xmas but I'll keep it short as this is one long Blog but we were here for 10 days or so.
New Years Eve everyone at Harmony Resort had another BBQ "all you can eat" buffet & the food was amazing so we were all stuffed before going out which didnt help. Then we went to meet George & another 15 others at his resort Bird Bungalows for pre-drinks before heading to the Full Moon Party. After getting fully loaded there we head to the Beach for the Fireworks & it was absolutely packed, they clocked 35,000 people going onto the Beach & most of the people sneaking in around the cove as it was free (like us) - haha.
They was about 15 of us that stuck together @ 12 O' Clock for the fireworks & it was a good celebration. Think I spilt a few drinks jumping around but hey....it was NYE, I was on Had Rin Beach in Thailand & 35,000 people going offitt & fireworks above us. Definately THE BEST New Year I have had without a doubt. I even had florescent Green Glow in the dark Glasses on - haha (See pics on facebook)
I also seen loads of people I had met on my Travels even Paul Smith, Shipley from Boro & Sarah Ruddock from home in Yarm which was random.
New Years Day I booked my Boat ticket to Suratthani & Bus/Boat to do a Visa run to Burma to get another 15 days in Thailand. Of which was a nightmare 20 hours journey from KP to Burma to Krabi Town but I met Anthony in Krabi the following night.
Krabi next Stop..........