Full moon party is the most desired party by tourists travelling in Asia. It’s an all night party that takes place on a beach of Haad Rin on an island called Ko Pha Ngan on the night of every full moon. The event brings thousands of people who dress and paint their bodies in NEON COLOURS and they do stupid things. But more about it a little bit later.
Every now and then someone would jump in the air despite the weight on the shoulders and scream “!!!Cockroach!!!”
So me and my friend were staying at a hostel in Bangkok and decided that we have to go to experience the party. Mind the detail that the distance from the capital to the island is 770km and it takes roughly 12hours to drive. We have packed our backpacks, bought the bus tickets and left on the adventure to participate in the party ourselves.
All the eager tourists gathered up at a bus stop where we were meant to be picked up from. We’ve waited for one hour looking at buses just driving passed and hoping that our bus would finally come. A thai man from the ticket office approached and told us we have to walk to our bus (only in Asia- a bus doesn’t actually pick you up, you have to go and pick up the bus 🙂 ). We lifted our packs and walked for 20min through some dodgy dark streets and places when cockroaches make their way through passing on top of your feet. Every now and then someone would jump in the air despite the weight on the shoulders and scream “!!!Cockroach!!!”. We finally arrived at designated place but there was still no sign of the bus. No one was telling us what is going on, time was passing by and the thai people started putting stickers on each one of us. There was hope…Everyone was tired and annoyed by unknowingly waiting…
You’re probably asking why would I need a sleeping bag if the temperatures in Asia reach around 40°C, I assure you that thing was the most useful from everything I have taken, and I didn’t expect to be using it as much. When I entered the bus I felt like I entered into Narnia, it was freezing! The air-conditioning was set to some arctic temperatures.
Hallelujah! The bus arrived! Everybody jumped up on their feet grabbed the packs and started queueing in front of the bus door. First we had to put our bags in the luggage hold which I was a bit skeptic about as I have heard stories about people who hide in there and on the way rob the bags. Anyway all I wanted is to finally sit down and be on the way. I unclipped my sleeping bag from the backpack and jumped on the bus making myself comfortable. You’re probably asking why would I need a sleeping bag if the temperatures in Asia reach around 40°C, I assure you that this thing was the most useful from everything I have taken, and I didn’t expect to be using it as much. When I entered the bus I felt like I entered into Narnia, it was freezing! The air-conditioning was set to some arctic temperatures. I didn’t hesitate a minute but quickly jumped into my cosy sleeping bag and felt sorry for the people who had nothing but shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops on them.
He took out some spray and sprayed around as he was refreshing the air at least that’s what we all thought he was doing..but we were wrong…there was no smell and that was the last thing I remembered before I passed out sleeping.
Right after the departure the ticket office man made his way through the bus collecting our names and signatures, I hoped we didn’t sign any phone contracts or loans as everything was written in thai! Also he kept on sticking more stickers to our t-shirts, opening the curtains so no light was coming in whether you wanted it or not, then he took out some spray and sprayed around as he was refreshing the air at least that’s what we all thought he was doing..but we were wrong…there was no smell and that was the last thing I remembered before I passed out sleeping. After I woke up having one of the best sleeps in days, I started questioning that mysterious spray, I asked my just waking up friend and she said she also fell into some deep sleep, we asked the people around us and we all agreed that the guy must have put us to sleep with some magic spray. I was convinced that they must have robbed us… I checked all my belongings but everything was in place, then I started worrying if my backpack was still in the luggage hold…
After a few hours driving we got woken up by a thai man shouting something in his language. He seemed very concerned but no one knew what is happening, the bus stopped. And the man was pointing at the exit door repeating something that sounded like “tchimba” we all were confused until someone figured out what was the guy saying and shouted “change bus”. Everyone rushed packing things and looking for shoes under the seats. I saw through the window that they are already taking our bags out of the bus and throwing on the side, it was so dark that it was hard to spot your own backpack. Half asleep we walked to some place with benches and a tiny little shop and have been told to wait for another bus. So we did…15minutes, 25 minutes, half an hour, one hour, more stickers, bus came. Backpack in, sleeping bag out, signing more contracts-you know the drill 🙂 this time without the sleeping spray. Happy to be en route again. Sleeping on a bus its very freaking uncomfortable so I felt like I performed all the yoga poses finally finding the “ok I think I can sleep like that” position. Little did I know after a couple of hours the bus stops and I get to hear “tchimba” again. People started anxiously talking between each other what the hell is going on and doubt if we will ever make it to the destination. We didn’t even know where we were…
This time we all looked like zombies getting out of the bus, backpacks suddenly have become too heavy to lift up, we were all tired. No one was even talking anymore. Laying down on our bags, trying to keep cockroaches away, hungry, sweaty and exhausted couldn’t be angry and annoyed anymore. Just waited for another bus, hoping it will be the last one, hoping to not hear “tchimba” again.
We ditched our bags in the hotel’s office, jumped into bikinis and went for a swim in the sea. The beach was beautiful with golden sand, palm trees everywhere and jumping into the water after all this hassle felt better than any shower or a double bed.
We made it to a city called Surat Thani from there we had to take one hour bus drive to the ferry port and then get on a 4hours ferry ride and then jump on a little track that would take us to our hotel, we could barely walk… My backpack felt double the weight and I could kill for a shower and a comfy bed. We arrived at the hotel just to be told that our room is not ready yet…couldn’t get any worse... We ditched our bags in the hotel’s office, jumped into bikinis and went for a swim in the sea. The beach was beautiful with golden sand, palm trees everywhere and jumping into the water after all this hassle felt better than any shower or a double bed.
We were staying in some little bungalows surrounded by loads of plants and palm trees, we entered the room there was a bed just the bed, no pillows no blanket and the sheet looked like it has seen vast amount of people in it’s life. I was thanking myself again for taking the sleeping bag as I wouldn’t want to touch that sheet with my skin. There was some rotten wood around the bed, the roof was made up from leaves and plants I could see through it in a few spots, ohh noo..spiders and bugs will be coming out of everything here- I thought to myself! I went to check the bathroom, shower was right next to the toilet so the toilet automatically gets cleaned while showering. Here the walls were made up from dried leaves!
I was even more concerned about the unwanted crawling visitors, I checked the toilet in and out and around before I sat down to make sure Im the only one using it. The showers have only cold water which is good for cooling you down in this heat but not so good for a proper cleaning. The moment you are out of the shower, you become sticky and sweaty all over again…I didn’t feel very well and we were very tired after the long night of travelling so we decided to catch some ZZzzzz before the big party. I closed myself tightly in the sleeping bag and If I could I would also zip up my head in, so I could be 100% protected from anything that crawls. I was boiling, I had a fever, it was so hot but I didn’t care, I hate bugs. I was just thankful we had our own pillows- It was a very clever move to steal a travel pillow off the turkish airline plane that we flew with so didn’t have to touch the not so much encouraging to sleep on linen. The pillow was as much of a help as the sleeping bag and btw it made it back to Europe with us! 🙂
To be continued…