Ok... Time to be honest about Koh Phangan, this is the second island on the east side of mainland Thailand, I've visited, and isn't not great (I'm not going to bother with Koh Samui). In fact, it's pretty grim... The full moon party has come and gone, and the town of Haad Rin on the southern tip is pretty rough. The place where I'm staying is full of people with injuries, from people that have been burnt from flame rope skipping on the beach, to people that have fallen off scooters. (These are also known as Phangan tattoos!). But it's not just people in my hostel, loads of people I have seen in the bars are covered in bandages as well.
I'm glad that I'm only staying 3 nights... There is still loads for me to explore, and might as well enjoy the sights while im here. As I said yesterday, I've got a boat trip booked for today, so let the fun commence!
My pick up point for the boat trip was just across the road, at the travel agency I booked it though. I was there a little early, and even had egg on toast for breakfast before I left (Thank god I did, as we didn't eat until 15:00). Anyway, waiting in the air conditioned travel shop I was guessing it would be a taxi, or a van thing that would be picking me up for the tour... How I couldn't have been more wrong, when I was told that the transport had arrive. I got my stuff, opened the door and looked around, the only vehicle I could see was a scooter and sitting on the scooter was a Thai women about 40 years old. But that's not all, she had a child between her legs. I just thought to myself you have to be ####ing kidding me. Within a second of me thinking that, the Thai women, tapped the leather seat behind her, and I was told to get on... I was told it was only around the corner, I was on this thing for 40 seconds but that was long enough - I was a little scared for my life...! I would rather they just told me I could have walked to the pier...!!
When at the pier I just sat around waiting for a bit, I think we were waiting for other people to arrive... The boat was a long boat, with a massive engine in the back! The boat wasn't that big, but the managed to get about 40 people onboard, which included the drivers family! There was a massive group of 20-22 year olds onboard, it looked like they were on some kind of inclusive tour! We left the pier at Haad Rin, and headed to the Haad Yang beach. From here we could walk 5 minutes to the Thanprapaad waterfall. It was ok not a massive waterfall like I was expecting, a lot of people went for a swim, I didn't fancy it - it was a good chance for some photos. The clouds had blown over, and as we arrived back at the beach, to find our boat had gone. Thank god we had a guide, he said because if the storm coming over he's had to go to the next beach were the water would be less choppy.! This then meant that we had to be transported to this beach by road, a taxi arrive, it was like a pickup kind of car, with two rows of benches.. (of course no rails, seat belts!) Amazingly we managed to get 13 people on the back of this thing... It was the worst roads, and a very bumpy journey, everyone was holding on for dear life, especially the people that didn't actually get a seat! Lol. The beach was called Aow Thong Nai Pan Yai. While sand and clear blue water!! (well at least the water was clear, until a dog took a sh*t in there). Everyone then left the water.
We had a bit of time to chill on the beach, and the got back onto the long boat, looking out for any brown floating things in the water, our boat was called Snoop Dogg.!
Next stop was the bottle beach (Haad Khuad), located in the north of the Island, a little private beach, it was so nice, like paradise, perfect white sands, and blue/green sea, and had lunch. Of course, I needed to work on my tan, as I only have 3 weeks before Richard and Laura meet me in Phuket! Need to make sure I'm super tanned by then! Lol. An hour later we got back on the boat, and worked our way around the island to Haad Mae Haad which is the best place for snorkelling... Favourite fish I saw was angel and butterfly fish! The water was so salty, I'm sure I must have drank loads! Dirt. We then had the long journey back to the pier we started from, which meant we had been around the entire island, anticlockwise.. By now the sun was setting, and it looked amazing, if you took away the driver, and the fumes coming out of the massive diesel engine.
The first thing I did when I got back to the lazy house hostel was shower, needed to get the sticky salt feeling off my skin... Then went around the corner for a Thai curry, and they were watching War Horse, so I watched that while drinking a couple of beers... I got back to the hostel, about 11, and meet an English guy outside... He was telling me how his name is Superhands, which he had had changed by depole.??? Ok. I ended up crashing out about 12... Night.