Takin’ a break on Koh Phangan…
Believe it or not all of this travelin’ stuff can get pretty tiring and as such we decided to take a little break on a little island called Koh Phangan.
Koh Phangan is most famous for it’s monthly full moon parties, which we have heard involve plastic buckets full of red-bull, coca-cola and homemade whiskey. Sounds irresistible, right? Surprisingly we have been able to resist the siren call of what sounds like a “night of vomiting and the worst hangover of my life” in a bucket and have instead opted to spend our days swimming in the clear water, riding around the verdant island on our moped and getting some work done.
However if I ever have a change of heart about the party scene on Koh Phangan, there is a nasty plastic bucket drink booth with my name on it!
Since being in Thailand we have seen almost every night at least one khom loi, or floating lantern, making it’s way across the sky like a giant phosphorescent jellyfish. Apparently it is a symbol of good luck and though they are used in many different holidays and festivals they are also just lit up and let off throughout the year as a symbol of problems and worries floating away. Admittedly while spending 2 weeks on the beach we didn’t have too many problems or worries to send off, but it was still a really fun experience. I was pretty worried that I hadn’t gotten to let off a rice paper orb yet and that worry certainly left me as I felt it’s oiled rice paper and bamboo frame straining at my fingertips as the candle filled the interior with it’s warm airborne-magic-making air.
I know it probably seems like our lives are a never-ending corona commercial, but it rarely ever is. The two weeks on Koh Phangan pretty much were though. Though I guess it would have been a “Chang” beer commercial instead of corona…
After a couple weeks in paradise we boarded a plane for Bangkok, ready to be thrown into the craziness of a big city once again. Or at least that’s what we told ourselves to talk each other off the island.