Thursday, September 15, 2011

Full Moon Party-Day 12

Of course we both woke up sore, again.  This sore wasn't from too much exercise (like climbing steep stairs), it was from the traumatic fall yesterday.  We postponed our snorkeling tour and took the day off to relax.

We walked into town for breakfast and ate at the food stalls.  The Mo got his usual crispy pork and I opted for a lighter option of steamed chicken with chicken flavored rice.

  We stocked up on beers, water and snacks and laid out by the beach near our hotel for a few hours.

 I definitely got some stares and the "double take" a few times in town, not because they thought I was hot, but because I had a huge noticeable gash on my face.  I would just smile back.  Some people even started conversation with me and offered sympathy, I accepted with politeness.  Our travel agent freaked out when she saw me since I looked perfectly fine yesterday when we booked our tours and transfers with her.  She reacted the way my own mom probably would have.

Bright neon clothing and accessories seems to be the proper attire for the full moon party and the Mo and I must have missed out on that memo.  We went shopping at a few several places to find something bright and "glow in the dark" to wear.  These places must make a killing because they charge about $9.00 for a cheap, flimsy tank and the shops were filled with Full Moon goers trying to find the perfect attire.  $9.00 can buy a person at least six phad thai's in Koh Phangan, and that's going by tourist prices.

With some bargaining, we walked away with 2 tank tops and a headband.  The tank top was long enough for me to wear as a dress.

We went to the Phantip Center Food Court for a late lunch/early dinner.  This place offers free WIFI so it's popular with both the locals and tourists.  The Mo and I shared papaya salad, fried calamari, steamed fish with ginger and soy sauce and steamed mussels with lemongrass.  (I know...we overordered).. We didn't finish it all but I don't feel too bad.. The total was less than $10.00.

We took a songathew back to our hotel.  The Mo took a nap so he could be wide awake for tonight's Fullmoon Party Festivities, I couldn't nap.  I laid out on our hammock on our deck and read.  I finished reading Tina Fey's Bossypants, which was a hilarious book.  Sometimes, I would even laugh out loud and the Mo would look at me like I was a crazy person.

I headed to the bungalow's bar to grab a coffee and people watch. The bar was full of backpackers pre gaming and painting each other with bright body paint.  It was too early for me to get started.  If you know me, I have a hard time pacing myself, it's either "sober Kim" or "drunk Kim", you rarely see an "in between Kim",(I also have another rule of hiding food from people until they are drunk..but I'll save that for another post)
I finally got the Mo to wake up and we joined the others and drank Singha and painted each other.

I don't know where to begin with the Full Moon Party.  It was an insane scene. There must have been at least 10,000 people there, and that's the low season too.  The party usually attracts 30,000 people in high season.  In a way, it was a bit overwhelming.  There was just so many party scenes on Haad Rin beach.  Each beach bar blasted a different genre of music.  We chose the one that played R&B and Pop, because you know how much I love dancing to "only girl in the world" by Rihanna and Katy Perry.

There was so much going on that you had to be intoxicated or on drugs to not notice.  Guys were peeing in the ocean, people were puking or past out right on the beach, there were people in the medical clinics and there were those that were practically having sex with strangers.  The beach was packed with all sorts of crazy people, that the girl with half her face bleeding seemed to go unnoticed.  I was considered normal.  It was just a mind blowing night.

Although we wanted to just get wasted and have a great time, we really needed to be responsible.  I didn't need anymore injuries or come home pregnant with an Irish man's baby.  Also, our bungalow was a good 20 minute ride back so we wouldn't miss our shuttle or else we would be up the wazoo for a ride back.

We shared a songsam red bull coke bucket and had a good buzz going.  We danced, people watched and had our first schnitzel.  We were home by three and past out.

It was definitely an amazing and indescribable experience.  I can't put into words what I saw and how I felt.  Next time, we'll get a bungalow in Haad Rin and just get wasted, enjoy the party then stumble home.  Hopefully our friends will join us next time!