We arrived into Koh Phangan on the evening of the Full Moon Party. Fair to say we were shattered after a full day of travelling (two ferries and a plane!) but the tiredness was soon shaken off after a few pre party Chang’s.
If you haven’t heard of or been to the Full Moon Party in Thailand, it’s basically a rave which happens every full moon on Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangnan. It’s backpacker central really. Music wise there’s something for everyone, there’s loads of bars down the beach which play all different genres of music. The drinks all come in buckets, like the ones you’d fill with sand at the beach, but filled with Red Bull (the Thai version), a mixer of your choice and a 300 ml bottle of alcohol. Lethal.
Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to explore Koh Phangnan as the next day was spent blissfully laying by the pool, which was needed as the tour had been so full on so far, aaaaand we were all a lil hungover. The day after we headed over to Koh Samui, I was excited as I’d heard a lot of positive things about the island.
As soon as we got to Koh Samui we headed straight for the beach, a few of us decided to treat ourselves and went to a hotel pool for a bit of luxury and took full advantage of their happy hour, it would be rude not to!? We had no plans for the rest of that day so we just chilled and grabbed some food in the evening.
The day after we went on a boat trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park, on the way I went up to the top deck of the boat and fell asleep for about an hour in the sun. We climbed up to a view point, then kayaked for 15/20 minutes to the next beach and like an idiot I didn’t wear a hat. Can you see where this is going!? When we got to the beach I stayed in the shade because the heat was getting too much and one of the girls said to me ‘Ooh Em your ear looks red’ so I’m like right, hat on, it’s cool.
You’ll soon find out that it wasn’t cool. Not at all.
That night a few of us went out in Koh Samui and long story short, one of the girls got a Chang bottle thrown to her head, we took her to hospital where she had to have stitches. As I was sat in the waiting room I felt my ear and it was all blistered. I thought they’d magically disappear by the morning. Sadly not. We travelled to Koh Tao the next day so thankfully I was out of the sun for most of it.
We went for drinks on Sairee Beach that evening and the sunset was amazing, the bars were quite vibey too.
The morning after I woke up and headed straight to the pharmacy because my ear wasn’t looking or feeling great. The doctor said it was second-degree sunburn (gahhhhh), he gave me some tablets and told me to keep my ear covered. The bandage wasn’t subtle at all but obviously I owned it. That day we were going on a snorkelling trip to see turtles, I wasn’t able to snorkel because I couldn’t get my ear wet so I was gutted. I sat on the boat and caught some rays instead. The bandage gave me a lovely looking tanline too.
I had an allergic reaction to the tablets that the doctor gave me and the sunburn got infected. Yaaas. I got given antibiotics and some cream from the pharmacist when I got back to Bangkok, when travelling back from Koh Tao I stayed in Bangkok for a couple of nights with one of the girls I’d met before heading home. AND THEN, I took my nail polish off to find that one of my toe nails was coming off. Brilliant. Too many injuries for one gal! I had to laugh through it else I would have continued to cry for days.
I fell in love with Koh Tao. I wish I could have stayed longer and I also wish my ear situation didn’t happen but hey ho. Both Koh Tao and Koh Samui were quiet in comparison to Koh Phangnan but I liked that, it was nice to be in calmer surroundings for the last leg of our trip. We had a good night out in Koh Tao, in Koh Samui I remember us walking for a while to find a bar we were all into but there were quite a few to choose from.
I had the time of my life in Thailand. I met some amazing people, visited the most beautiful places, got my first tattoo, ate my first and only scorpion, had more injuries in a 3 week period than ever in my life, witnessed numerous gorgeous sunsets, climbed up to a few view points and lived my best life for 3 whole weeks.
I can’t wait to plan my next adventure!
Lots of love