We arrived in Bangkok late at night and got into a shuttle bus to transport us to the main street of activity. We had looked up some accomodation that looked really nice so headed straight there...only to find that there was no room at the inn!! Disaster. It was late and we really wanted to sleep and put our oh so heavy bags down so we found the first place that was available. If I said 'crack house' that would be a compliment. It was horrible. There weren't actual people doing those sorts of things in there but just the shoddy look of everything was enough to put us off but by that point we didnt care. There were two beds and that was good enough. The 'bathroom' (if you can call it that) was horrible. No toilet paper, no flusher on the toilet and no sink to even spit my toothpaste in. A shower was definitely out of the question. And to top things off, we had some visitors in the night...about a thousand bed bugs, gross. As soon as it turned 12pm the next day, we were out of that place and went back to the original hotel to see if anyone had checked out...they had. The room was like heaven. Air conditioning, our own bathroom with a sink, paper and a flusher and it was clean. Didn't care that it was a bit more expensive (8 pounds a night is considered very expensive over here). There was a rooftop pool as well so I was more than happy.
The next few days were spent lazing around by the pool and bargaining with the locals for some new clothes. Can't really argue too much with 4 quid a dress and it is much better than Primarni quality. A lot better in fact. We ate a lot at the little stalls on the side of the road, plenty more noodles and rice and something new that I've introduced into my diet....corn on the cob. Never have I realised what a tasty treat it is. I have been denying myself of it all these years and just a simple bit of butter and salt makes it all the more delicious.
After a few days in Bangkok, we jumped on the overnight bus down to Surit Thani where we got on a boat to the island of Koh Pha-Ngan for the one and only Full Moon Party. We arrived on Koh Pha-Ngan a couple of days before the full moon to relax on the beach before we went mental at the party and it was there that we met up with the boys again from Singapore/Australia.
Full Moon is actually mental. From the resort we were staying at, they arranged a 'taxi' to take a few of us down there. It was a 35 minute journey in the truck and should on a normal day take 13 passengers. But on this night, they decided to fit 20 of us in there. Not really the safest, but I was in the thick of it so I was fine. It was the two lads stood up on the little trailer at the back holding on for dear life to the rails on the back of the truck. Once at the beach, we were off. There was music blaring from every corner and stand after stand full of 'buckets'. Doesn't really need ' ' coz they are literally buckets. They fill them up with vodka, rum, whatever you want and add a mixer to it. Crazy. We had ben warned by the boys that they are lethal so for a change, we took it easy...at first. I wasnt really feeling the effect of the crazy buckets so kept drinking more. Until I felt a bit light headed and whilst everyone else was dancing around me, I decided to take a little nap. Not lay down, just sat up with my head sunk into my chest. Very attractive. A few minutes later I was back on form with the rest of them.
We all had some illuminous paint put on our badies so when you do eventually see the photos, my lips are painted pink and yes I do look like the Joker but I blame the little Thai paint man who did it. It was even worse originally, I had to have a little touch up. After some more dancing, 6am soon arrived and even though the party was going on well into the next day, we'd all had enough. Back in the dangerousmobile for the ride home which was surprisingly a lot better when full up on buckets!!
Hangovers were varied the next day. Mine didnt come out until the late afternoon and we were all feeling abit ropey so filled ourselves up on naughty food treats. Two of the boys left the day after that and so was just Adam and Lewis left to entertain us. We had some nice little meals on the beach at night time and me and Jade treated ourselves to a thai oil massage. Living the life of luxury.
Its a little known traveller fact that one in three people gets 'ill' out in Thailand and by that I mean the little accident that happened on the Inca Trek that really should have been saved for a toilet. Well, Andy (one of the guys who left early) got it first and so out of the six of us, there was just one more left so that the ratio was complete. And who could that have possibly been.....me.
We decided to rent out mopeds for the day and have a look around the island for something to do. we fed some real life elephants, i held a monkey and its baby and we went to a real English pub....in the middle of an island in Thailand, how mad. It was there that i was stuck down. Me and Jade decided to get a refreshing iced coffee. 10 minues later, we knew it had been a bad idea. Jade felt abit dodgy and I was definitely dodgy. Three days I spent on and off the toilet. I wasn't massively ill but it just didnt seem to go away for a while. Not 100% now really but its all good.
Next port of call is the island just below this one...Ko Samui. Lots of chill out time and sunbathing so that I can fit in amongst these Thai's.
Lots of love xxxxxxxxx