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Am sitting in an internet cafe, its 3.43am on the 8th of December. I can't believe it's only Friday (just), feels like we've been here ages already!
The flight from Perth to Bangkok was good - met up with Shannon at the airport and we sat together, so that was pretty cool. Also met a couple of other 5th years in the airport taking the same flight! One poor girl, Jo, ended up sitting next to a slimy old man (three guesses why HE is going to Thailand) who kept touching her leg and asking her inappropriate questions until she managed to firmly tell him to bugger off... but not in those terms...
Dan and I chose to spend the hours between flights in the new Bangkok airport by drinking coffee and playing cards. Joel slept on the couch of the lounge. Dan and I had more fun, but I think Joel was probably more with it later in the day...
Landed in Koh Samui.. coolest airport I've ever been to. It has no walls! No really, its all huts.. It's really cool, but kinda weird...
Humidity kicked in.. got covered with sweat just standing there, so that was a nice introduction to Thailand...
We caught the first ferry over to Koh Phangan at 8am. It was okay at the start but became rockier.. we were sitting on chairs outside on the deck of the ferry, when a large wave came and knocked the boat, all the chairs went sliding down with us in them! We learned after that to hold onto the poles... We did eventually make it to Koh Phangan though, and stepped off the VERY rocky boat onto the shore. We later found out that further ferries for the day were cancelled due to the poor weather, so we were lucky to have made it over!
After a bit of hassle and running around, we managed to get a taxi to the place we're staying, called Triangle Lodge. The boys (Mike and Joel) booked themselves a nice bungalow, with walls and a tiled floor and a toilet that flushes. They booked Dan and I a budget bungalow (the last one left). Our bungalow has holes in the walls (covered by girlie pictures, which is nice..) and the floor boards are quite dodgy and we don't have much confidence in NOT going through them pretty soon.. We have enough space for a mattress, and thats it. We do have a fan in the ceiling, it's pretty good.
The bathroom in the bungalow has no door, which is somewhat disconcerting. The toilet does have a seat, but it doesn't flush so you need to chuck buckets of water down. The sink has a drain that just opens straight out onto the floor, so when you wash your hands you can waash your feet at the same time. Also, when you spit your toothpaste out, you spit it onto your feet. We've taken to spitting in the corner of the bathroom, near an actual drain. The shower is cold water only.
We slept all day on the 6th. Got up late evening, met up with some other 6th years here and had some dinner. I had spaghetti with green curry (Italian and Thai goes really well, surprisingly). The drinks are very cheap.. Chang beer is good. You can get a big one (as in, a big bottle, like about 750ml) for 60 baht (about $2). The bucket drinks are crazy - you pick your spirit (get hip flask sized amount), then combine with red bull and a soft drink e.g. coke, lime soda. You get a bunch of straws and drink it out of a bucket. They cost about 250 baht each, depending on what you get in it.
Oh, and did I mention the Red Bull here is actually Red Bull concentrate - so it's REALLY strong and tastes like cough medicine.
The full moon party was nuts. It actually wasn't as crowded as it probably would have been if the ferries from Koh Samui were running later in the day. Was still pretty busy though, a few thousand easily. Parties up and down the beach, bon fires, guys doing fire twirling.. they are so cool! There are heaps of different clubs and they all open onto the beach, so you just walk up to find the music you like and start dancing!
We hung out at the Orchid Club mostly for some dnb (they actualy played a lot of Pendulum!) and then wandered between the others when we felt like it.
Dan and I started to fade around 3am, so we went and got Thai massages for an hour.. it was SO good.. bliss for 200 baht.. felt so rejuvenated afterwards, so went back to the beach to dance! We made it til 5.30am, when we decided to go and get massage number 2.. after that one, we were falling asleep so caught a taxi back to our bungalow for bed...
Today - we slept! Got up around lunchtime, walked to the resort the other sixth years are staying in (luxury! flushing toilets!) and swam in their pool, which was really joy. Then we made our way down to the main beach, and I got my hair braided. It took 2.5 hours, 1200 baht.. and now I have 85 small braids in my hair. It's pretty cool, my hair feels very light and its fun to play with.. I'm hoping to leave it in for a few weeks. Yay for not having to wash my hair!
The beach is a lot quieter tonight.. hardly anyone around, just a few hundred people at a couple of the clubs drinking and dancing and chilling out. We're about to go home, after some food - we're all pretty tired.
Tomorrow we are heading over to Koh Samui (bigger island) for more island-style relaxation, and we will meet up with Simon the next day (I think...). After that we're going to head up to Chang Mai and get some trekking done, and ride elephants!
I'll get a sim card soon for my phone, and I'll e-mail the number when I get it.
Okay, I better go, everyone's waiting for me to get off the internet!
Take care, I'll write soon
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