Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Ten days in Thailand; Ko Phangan
It was considerably more difficult getting there than we anticipated. From Bangkok, we took a 12 hour train to a little southern town called Surathani, and from there a 2 hour bus ride and yet another 2 hour boat ride. The boat was absolutely crammed beyond capacity with 20-something backpackers all headed to the same island for the party. But the ocean was a welcome sight and just a gorgeous as the postcards;
Out of sheer ignorance and stupidity, I forgot to bring sunscreen with me. So after 2 hours on a boat in the noon-day sun a couple miles from the equator, I was rather toasted. This set the base for the permanent bright red sunburn I would wear for the rest of my vacation. After that initial boat ride, there was no amount of sunscreen that could shield me from increasing my "Tan." Aloe and moisturizer became very close friends of mine.
When we got there, we had no idea what our hotel would look like or where it was. We just knew it was called "Beer Bungalo" so I just assumed it would resemble a college frat house close to the ocean. It turned out that I have horse-shoes falling out of my ass, because that depiction couldn't have been further from the truth. It was a beautiful little bungalo right on the edge of a private beach with complimentary room service and all the white sand you could stuff into your bikini.