Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on June 19, 2011
Following the full moon party on Ko Pha Ngan we set sail (boarded a Catamaran more like) to see the small island of Ko Tao – so named because its outline resembles a Turtle nose-diving. Now I’ve not seen too many Turtles though I’m pretty sure they look nothing like the island of Ko Tao – with a little more imagination, it’s like a squashed jelly-baby, upside down(!)
It’s a tiny island with very little to do other than kick back and take it easy, my kind of place!
We’re staying not far from where the various boats dock, a place called Mae Hat – it’s ok, the main area is a place called Hat Sai Ree which is roughly 2km from here and for some reason, it’s choka block full of Lady Boys which given the size of the place is surprising to say the least, not a camel toe in sight!
Last night we hooked up with Mathieu – a French guy we met whilst leaving East Railay who then changed his plans to go to the full moon with us a couple of days back. He’s a bon ouef(!) and has been working in Africa for the last ten years. Soon to return to Marseille before leaving Europe for a motorbike trip round South America later this year.
Whilst drinking last night Mathieu suggested we hire some motorbikes to see the Island – drunkenly I agreed and this morning we picked up two spanking new Kawasaki KLX250 Motorbikes – both bikes had less than 400km on the clock. With no protective clothing nor a properly fitted helmet, we blazed off to check out the island. Due to the size of the place theres minimal roads, mostly dirt tracks which in the main are either steep uphill or steep downhills – quite sandy and slippy, the fitted cross tyres (road/off-road) were so so, I certainly didn’t feel that confident on them.
Just as we stopped for lunch the heavens opened and it properly lashed it down, having no choice other than sitting it out, we ordered some great food and shared a couple of Changs – a great finish to the day.
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Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on June 15, 2011
Whilst in East/West Railay numerous people had mentioned full moon parties to the two of us – whilst there would be such a party taking place on Ton Sai, the bigger and much better party is taking place on Koh Pha-ngan in a place called Hat Trin which is in the south of the Island. Being a couple of old and bold ravers(!) we decided to up sticks and get cross to the Gulf of Thailand – a journey involving a Long Boat, a pick-up, a bus journey followed by a ferry to the island and then another pick-up; it’s only 200km in total though it’s taken then whole day!
Anyways, tomorrow is the full moon – we have permission for lift off!
Posted in South East Asia, Thailand | Tagged: all nighter, east railay, full moon party, hat trin, koh pha-ngan, rave, raving, thailand, west railay | 4 Comments »
Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on June 13, 2011
Wading aboard and taking a Long Tail Boat, we quickly arrived at Ton Sai beach and within ten minutes had seen all of the delights on offer. Being out of season, it was quiet – very quiet. Whilst cool listening to the jungle, it just seemed a little bit of a let down – the room we ended up taking was only slightly cheaper than the one we had in East Railay, and lacked pretty much everything!
We wandered down to the beach and took a seat (or lay down cushion type thing) to watch the climbers, well, the two pairs who were practicing some bouldering moves wondering why we’d left East/West Railay with its various bars and numerous food choices. At 5pm the bar suddenly sprung into life as the electricity came on, music blared out ( typically, Bob ‘bloody’ Marley) and the lights came on.
This was it, Ton Sai it’s glory!
We waited an hour before heading back (our leccy kicked in at 6) and wandered out to view two or three of the open restaurants before vowing to return to East Railay the next day, thankfully we’d bought the key from our previous room with us so hopefully it’ll still be available!
Waking early, we headed back, choosing to walk – a thirty minute walk through hilly jungle where we were snaffled by mosquitoes arriving almost dehydrated back at our ‘old’ hotel – back to life and a decent room and a decent bed!
Posted in South East Asia, Thailand | Tagged: bob marley, east railay, krabi, krabi province, ton sai, west railay | 2 Comments »