Last time we met, we were on our way from Chang Mai in Northern Thailand and all the way down to Ao Mae Haad on Ko Phangan in Southern Thailand. In 48 hours we spent 30 on a bus and two in a boat but it was all worth it when we came to Mae Haad. This is not the first time we’ve been here, we came here near the beginning of our trip as can be seen in previous posts: Island hopping, Little piece of heaven and From one island to the next.
The journey wasn’t without its incidents as we discovered when we arrived in Mae Haad. When we opened our bags it was obvious that someone had gone through the bags in search for something. After a closer inspection we were only missing a flashlight, a watch, a wallet with 1,000 ISK and one roll of gaffer tape. Since the Icelandic króna is practically worthless these days it wasn’t such a big loss :) maybe the biggest loss was in my watch but I’m sure I’ll make up for that in China!
We have been warned on several occasions not to leave any valuables in our big back pack and fortunately we have our ears open once in a while. We had all our valuables with us – it was unlucky that the watch was there but I had bought a nice fake watch in Chang Mai. Of course I won’t tell anyone which kind because I want you to think that I have the real thing ;)
The life for the past five days here in Mae Haad has been wonderfully simple. We wake up around nine and go to the beach – eat lunch when we get hungry and then head for the beach again until about sunset – then its time to clean up before dinner – eat dinner and go to sleep. The beach here is beautiful and great snorkeling. There is plenty of people during the day but most come here by bike and go back before dinner so the evenings are quiet.
Once a month there is a big Full Moon party here on Ko Phangan with up to 30,000 visitors. On the day of the Full Moon Party we rented a motor bike and drove around the island. We tried to drive to Bottle Beach, supposedly one of the most beautiful beaches around, but the road was so horrible that we turned around when we could almost see the beach. There is possible to get there by boat so we might try that before we leave. After Bottle Beach we went to Haad Rin where the party takes place. We thought that we would be able to catch the beginning of the party before heading home but it started very slowly unlike an Icelandic “Verslunarmannahelgi” and we kind of missed it :( The roads here are not that great that we wanted to be driving in the dark on the busiest night of the month.