Bangkok, Ko Toa and Ko Phangan
After spending a couple of days in Kolkata's trendy 'Park St' I decided to hit Thailand! First stop was Bangkok and the backpackers shine, Koh San Road. Going from India to Thailand was a massive culture shock, i wasnt used to clean streets, 24hr electricity and so many westerners.
Koh San Road is the place to see and be seen. The road is rammed with big name shops like Boots and Starbucks as well as a mix of stalls selling clothes, cheap jewellery and of course not forgetting the endless bars. I spent a day looking at temples before chilling out in the evening in one of the many bars showing pirate DVD's.
The next night I meet up with mates from India and we hit the Legendary Patpong area of Bangkok which is home to an awesome market and 'The Ping Pong' Show. The 'show' was everything you'd expect and we left some 300 baht poorer and a little mentally scared.
After seeing all the 'sights' of Bangkok we headed south to the islands. Koh Tao was the first stop, which is an awesome quite island with nice beaches offering kayaking and Scuba diving. At night the beaches transform into bars and a small nightlife erupts. It was here we meet an awesome group of 'gap-years' and after a few drinks we hit 'The Cave bar'. The bar was set out like Fred Flintstones house with a life like replica, 'Albeit', working behind the bar. The night progressed with drinking games and dancing with randoms.
After another night much the same we headed to Koh Phangan, home of the full moon party. The first night we joined the few thousand people in the 'full moon warm up'. The beach is a few hundred metres long, rammed with bars pumping out the lastest drum and bass, Indie and Techno. Small stalls fight to sell you cheap buckets for 150 baht. The south side of the beach boasts fire throwers and drunken dancers while the north side, up near 'mellow mountain', where the kids go for kicks. Mine came in the shape of a 'Shroom shake' that had me dancing and hallucinating for hours.
Nights were spent partying to the early hours and during the day we all chilled out by the pool or on the beach, nursed our hang overs and exchanged travel stories. We'd take massages, ride around on scooters and watch pirates movies in the local bars - life was good!
I meet up with Sarah and her trio. The girls were a right laugh and when the full moon came around i found them dancing on the poduims! At full moon (my 5th night on the island) the beach was littered with People and as on nights before we dance to the early hours, most of us (male and female) with our chests painted enjoying a 5000+ party on the beach. AWESOME!!!!
After 12 nights of pool and beach parties im looking forward to chilling out in Nepal, my next stop off.
Pictures available at;
Fun in the Islands
Sex, Drugs and Luna Cycles - Part 1
Sex, Drugs and Luna Cycles - Part 2