Sunday, April 13, 2014

Koh Phangan ...Do over

To get to Koh Phangan, the party island, we had to fly into Koh Samui international airport and take a 1 hr ferry to Haad Rin, Koh Phangan.  The flight from Krabi to Koh Samui was less than 40 minutes so I was surprised that the airline actually served a light meal and drinks on the flight.

The airport was nothing like I've ever seen.  Koh Samui's International airport featured open-aired passenger terminals and baggage claim areas.

Since our flight was delayed, we were afraid we would miss the 4 PM ferry to Haad Rin and have to wait until 6:30.  Lucikly, the drive to Buddha Pier was less than 10 minutes and we barely made it. The Haad Rin Queen ferry ride took a little less than an hour to get to the pier.

We walked to our hostel, Lazy House Shenanigans where we had booked 2 beds in a 4 bed dorm room for the next 5 nights.  We chose a package deal that included breakfast and a daily vodka bucket drink.  Paul, the manager was very nice and he gave us a walk through along with an extensive guide on where to eat.

The rooms were clean and the hostel had a beautiful landscaped garden with 2 separate seating areas.  There's also a balcony where you can people watch.

Once we saw the private room, we upgraded immediately for a little bit more money.  The private rooms were new, clean and modern.  Each had AC, an LCD screen and an up to date bathroom.

After we got settled in, we walked around Haad Rin towards the beach.  There's a plethora of shops selling souvenirs, hats, Thailand "beach wear."

There's also many restaurants that cater to the tourists selling pizza, schnitzels, and burgers.

We bought beers and sat on Haad Rin beach to take it all in.  By this time Monday night, there will be up to 30,000 people from all over the world, dancing, fucking, peeing in the ocean, taking drugs and just mingling...

Afterwards, we went and grabbed a bite at Om Ganesh, Indian Restaurant. It was very popular on Trip Advisor.  Since we planned on drinking, we didn't want to order rice or heavy curries and settled for apps and naan, Indian bread.  You know me, I like to drink on an semi-empty stomach, preferably, empty then gorge later...

We went across the street to Outback for some drinks.  This is not the same as your typical Outback Steakhouse in the states.

Time for vodka buckets! We will sleep well tonight!