Youssef & Paca
Fly into Koh Samui with Youssef. Totally open air terminal with thatch roof, very cool (reminds me of Punta Cana). A driver is waiting to pick us in a Toyota minibus to deliver us to the ferry for the ride to Koh Phangan. Met some backpackers on the ferry from all over, and some even from San Diego, although most were Aussies and Euro's.
Arrival on at Haad Rin made me very happy with my decision to stay on Haad Yuan. Haad Rin is very busy and noisy (more on that later). Took a longtail to Haad Rin. Stayed at Pariya in a huge hut (70 sq meters) for only $100/night (although you can find much cheaper). First thing we hit the beach and immediately meet the over tanned over blonded swedish girl.
Haad Yuan is only accessible by way of longtail or by jungle trekking (not easy) over a mountain. It is an easy trek to Haad Tien and on the way is Bamboo Hut at the end of the stick bridge. The manager is from Burma (forgot his name) and always was welcoming us from the first day. After dinner, we took water taxi to Haad Rin for Muay Thai boxing, very cool. Muay Thai lasted until about 01:00 and we walked back to the beach to join the almost full moon party. The beach was occupied by nearly 10,000 party people from the world over. The dj's at the clubs spin, house, trance, jungle, D&B, reggae, rock, etc. There is music for everyone. We met people from the UK, South Africa, Australia, Israel, Dubai, etc. A "bucket" is good for the rest of the night and only cost the equivalent of $6. We hung out at the Cactus, Backyard, Drop-In, etc. Needless to say it was a freakin awesome time. I left early at 05:30. Really the party exists until 09:00.
Second night we also arrived for the real full moon party and again, it was an awesome time. Met some locals even. Youssef enjoyed the trip so much that he changed his tickets for the return so that he could join me in Hong Kong the following week.