Sunday, May 10, 2009
Haad Rin, Thailand
Home of the Full Moon Party
It's only taken us one week on the beautiful island of Koh Pha Ngan to settle into a relaxed, beach lifestyle. After a sun-deprived winter in Montreal, we decided to overcompensate by spending every single day (and night in the case of the Full Moon Party), on the white, sandy beaches. With our vitamin D back to a healthy level, we attempted a few excursions into the natural enviro, heading north to Haad Salad and northwest to Ang Thong Marine Park for snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking.
Overall, we've spent the majority of our time on Koh Pha Ngan in Haad Rin, home of the famous Full Moon Party. After yet another flight, bringing our airtime to over 20 hours, we were dropped off by the taxi at an extremely wobbly pier (boy, wouldn't want to be drunk on that one). On the Haad Rin Queen, and we hesitate to say, Ferry, both a little tired and surrounded by a "unique" crowd of visitors, we were not exactly sure what to expect. Due to email miscommunications, we laughed as we were greeted by a smiling Thai man, holding a sign with Arielle's name printed across it in embarrassingly large letters. Clearly, he thought we were clueless (and after 20 hours in the air, he was probably right)! None of the other passengers received this "special" treatment. We climbed into the van he had waiting and were driven to the Tommy Resort, located right on Sunrise Beach where the Full Moon Party takes place. Originally, we thought we had booked a hotel away from the noise of the party, only to find out we were staying smack dab in the middle of the techno scene. The speakers themselves were... oh... about 3 times our height... meaning, big beats and NO SLEEP.
The Tommy Resort is conveniently located on Tommy Street, across from Tommy Bar and right next to Tommy Café, Tommy Travel, Tommy Massage, Tommy Tattoo, and yeah, well you get the idea. Only a few blocks away, we stumbled on Chicken Corner, where, guess what, one can find various booths selling all different parts of the chicken, grilled of course. We noticed that this simplistic naming tradition applied to many parts of Haad Rin, making finding locations very easy for the lost tourist.
Haad Rin is your typical beach town, full of open-air bungalows, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, all catering to the influx of western tourists arriving for the Full Moon Party. Surprisingly, we've seen more episodes of Friends and Family Guy while out dining or grabbing drinks in the past week than we've watched during 4 months back home in Montreal.
Tomorrow, we are leaving this island paradise- inspiration for the film starring Leonardo Decaprio called The Beach- for the town of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Although we are sad to leave the white sandy beaches behind, we look forward to our experience in a new city. More to come...
Love, Ayanna and Arielle