In order for one to really appreciate New Year one must be prepared. First step Half Moon party. A tuk tuk drive into the darkness of the jungle and we are wondering 'where the hell are we' but off in the distance we can hear the bass kicking in and neon lights lighting up the sky. After paying an inflated entrance ticket price, the entrance is lined with neon stalls and body painting artists. The centre is filled with UV lights and artwork, visual projectors and fire artists. Tribal house and Dance beats (I think) bang out into the night sky. Everyone has a bucket in one hand and the other in the air. We danced into the wee hours of the morning until our legs hurt. "Hallelujah", they have food stalls onsite. A quick stuff of our faces and it's back into the tuk tuk picking up our complimentary CD on the way out. Bet that's a joy to listen to.
New Year's Eve! Dressed in our Full Moon t-shirts and more lights than a Christmas tree we line our bellies with food. I manage to get food down me of course and I would be wearing white. It's the first time we've seen the streets empty, it's like a ghost town….but we need a tuk tuk. They spend all day hassling us but when you want one there no were to be seen. After walking down a few dark alleys we chase down a tuk tuk. We're off! On board we get a free drink from jolly London man (don't worry we watched him pour it so it's not laced with GHB). At the entrance we pick up a cheap bucket our wristbands and shimmy ourselves down to the packed beachfront. Everyone is in an upbeat mood and dancing under the stars. I'd never seen so many people; the beach was lined with happy faces. 10 seconds to go and the countdown begins. 10……5…….3……2…….1! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hugs, kisses and everything in between. A 20 minute firework display is under way that would put any of the major cities (ummmm London) to shame. We hijack a small bar full of Thai dancing to Rihanna and quickly become the highlight for them. They LOVED us ;D (We have the pictures to prove it). We slapped on the UV paint on our arms, downed more and more buckets and watched the sunrise come up over the ocean. Here's to 2012!!!.