Koh Phagnan

I spent most of the night in Krabi hugging the bathroom floor praying to god that if I could just feel better I would NEVER eat food from a cart on the side of the road in Thailand no matter how good it looked. It made the boat/bus ride to Koh Phagnan the next day a little rough. First there was the 4 hour bus ride to Surat Thani, then the 2.5 hour ferry ride to Koh Phagnan. It wasn’t all bad though, I met 3 British guys traveling together and had agreed to share rooms before we even got each other’s names. We all sat with a bunch of other backpackers, playing cards on the ferry and drinking beer, counting down the minutes until we didn’t have to use the bathrooms on the boat ever again. We managed to book a pretty nice resort for cheap for that night (we fantasized the whole boat ride about the promise of flush toilets and hot showers), which was pretty close to the Black moon party that was going on that night. Unfortunately, as soon as we started drinking to go out that night I had an attack of sickness again and spent most of the night in the room moaning and running to the bathroom. The guys gradually made it back to the resort covered in body paint at various hours of the morning.

The next day turned out to be much better. The guys rented motor bikes and myself and 2 Aussie girls rode on the back of them around the island. We weren’t on them for 5 minutes before one of the guys ran a red light, was pulled over by the Thai police and escorted to the police station. We rode around the island a bit more, ate lunch in Hat Rin and booked rooms there for the following night. After getting back to the resort I had the craziest Thai massage, that at some point involved the massuese on her back with my whole body in the air balanced with the small of my back on her knees, while she pulled my arms back. I may bring her home and marry her.

It wasn’t too long after that we started getting into the vodka and red bull and things started deteriorating from there. We caught a cab into Hat Rin, where the have the full moon parties and started out at the “Warm up Bar” by drinking buckets (that’s the thing here, drinks come in buckets) of red bull, vodka and coke. Not long after that we walked by a tattoo shop and Jody decided to get a tattoo, while I got pierced. I nearly passed out while holding her hand for so long, watching them bang the bamboo into her skin. We partied on the beach until sunrise. Highlights included bartering leis for toilet paper in the bathroom, losing our shoes, meeting up with a guy from Phi Phi that both Jody and I knew from earlier on in our trips, Joel getting robbed of 15,000 baht right out of his pocket and many many other things that I am gradually remembering today.

This morning was a little rough. My ear hurts tons from getting pierced (I don’t know the name of the part I got pierced, but I can’t put my ipod headphones in anymore), I have a wicked sunburn and the Thai massage is making my muscles ache. We moved to our new hotel on the beach in Hat Rin, which is so totally swanky it has a MINIBAR. I spent the mojority of today sleeping in the hammock on our porch.

God, I love Thailand.

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6 Responses to “Koh Phagnan”

  1. Estrogen Overdosed Says:

    Obviously your parents didn’t teach you the relationship between body piercing and hepatitis C…

  2. Rohan Jayasekera Says:

    “I may bring her home and marry her”: Good, then you’d have to move back to Canada because you couldn’t get away with that in the States.

    I’m pretty envious about some of the fun you’re having. I suppose I should remind myself that I don’t have to fantasize about flush toilets and hot showers though.

  3. Estrogen Overdosed Says:

    When people not as worldly as you try find where you are, it would help if you spelled it right…it’s KO Phi Phi and Koh PHANGAN…:-)

  4. Jenny Says:

    Koh is the Thai word for island. All of the islands with the exception of Phuket are called “Koh …” And I’m constantly misspelling Pangan…sorry.

  5. Estrogen Overdosed Says:

    You would think National Geographic Maps would have various spellings for each place…nope.

    Just kept going HUH?, until we got the spelling accurate…google did better…with pictures of the beaches…its -15 here…damn…

  6. Bobby Says:

    I’m more than a little bit jealous, but still largely excited for you.

    This new lesbian, biker chick, badass Jenny is just the breath of fresh air that LA needs. Or, just the perfect product of a new city miles and miles and miles away from home. Either or.

    Xo.

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