Finding Paradise Via Longtail Boats

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Longtail boat ride between Haad Rin and Haad Yuan/Haad Tien
Early afternoon:   Enjoying Haad Yuan

Just arrived by boat taxi (for 150 baht) to  Haad Yuan, a beach  around the corner from Haad Rin, the beach where the Full Moon Parties take place.  That town is great!  The beach is world-class. 

We got a little bungalow at a small 'resort' on the west coast.  There is a pool right at the beach, and an exercise room.  We also have a restaurant/bar there, and our own private bathroom/shower. 

After settling in yesterday, we walked toward town, which is more on the east coast.  The town is between the two beaches on sort of a peninsula at the south of Koh Pha Ngan.
Arriving at Haad Yuan. I love these little houses!
  We stopped on our way and got some Thai soup and a cup of green tea.  There is so much good food and interesting litle hang outs that show free DVD's (all good ones too) that I just feel overwhelmed with options of what to do and eat, and where to relax! 

Went for a swim at the nearly-perfect beach.  There are bars all along the sand.  I swam out pretty far, and found some jelly fish or something a bit painful, so I swam back in to shore.  The jellies must have been small, because it wasn't too painful, but it was still a surprise.  The marks are gone only a day later.

Adam took me to a little bakery that has super good treats!  I am glad he is around because he knows enough Thai to get by, but unfortunately it makes me somewhat dependent on that. 

Went back to the room around 4 or 5 pm, intending to nap and then go hit the all night beach party that happens every night, but Adam woke up at 2am and I was too lazy to go.
Haad Yuan.
  I stayed in bed until 8:30 or 9am.  I don't know if it was my 2 partial nights catching up, or a poison from the jellies, but I cant believe I slept so long! 

I was planning to stay in one place all day today, but Adam suggested I grab a boat over to here  to Haad Yuan while he slept, which is great!  This beach is so quiet, except occasional boats, and the ocean looks perfect.  It is also grand to get some alone time to recharge and write. 

I think I took almost a roll of film just on the boat ride here, which was only a 15 minute ride.  I would love to live at this beach for part of the year.  Only problem now is I need to use the toilet and my bathroom is a 15 minute boat ride plus a 10 minute walk away.  Time to find a potty.

Late afternoon:  Recuperating at Haad Tien

Went to one of the fancy yoga resorts at Haad Yuan and used the nicest bathroom I have seen since I've been in Thailand!  It really was exciting.
Haad Yuan---View back toward the beach. I am in love with this place.
  Believe me.  Beautiful blue countertops, soap, even toilet paper!  Style.  Mirrors.

Several of the little resorts here resemble ewok villages with wooden plank walk ways built into the rocks above the water.  My favourite one had bungalows for 3000 baht per month for an outside restroom or 6000 baht per month for an inside restroom.  Not entirely sure what this means, but I really fell in love with Haad Yuan.  It is famous for yoga retreats and magic mushrooms.  I didn't partake of the mushrooms, or the yoga, but I did see evidence of both.

It was time to get moving if I was going to find Haad Tien.  Walked on a trail that evidently wanted to take me to Haad Rin (yes, you can hike between the beaches), so I followed it for a bit to look for any Haad Tien signs and found none.
Haad Tien. Absolutely gorgeous.
  Turned back, and followed the rock trail which seemed to go in the right direction.  I think I took the road (much) less traveled--I ended up on a mosquitoey jungle trail that was insanely humid.  I use the term 'trail' very loosely here.  Getting lost in the jungle in Southeast Asia.  Great plan.  It ended with me jumping down a small dirt embankment to the surprise of a group of laughing Thai teenage boys.  I was bleeding, as I had been attacked by a sharp palm frond during my trek, and I was completely sweating through my clothes.  It must have been a funny sight--a foreigner girl randomly popping out of the jungle, looking like hell.  I laughed along with them.  It was one of my favourite moments of the trip.

Considering my condition may have had an effect on my perception, the beach at Haad Tien was a bit underwhelming.
Leaving Haad Tien---Just before we almost ran into a rock!
  Especially after my beloved Haad Yuan that I loved so much!  However, I was ready for a swim!  Beautiful water, and another jellyfish sting on my arm.  Turned around and went back to shore, once again.  It was still a nice swim. 

Time was getting on to 4pm, and a boat taxi was leaving for Haad Rin, so after getting the price (150 baht) I jumped in.  I am losing weight since I have been here--just haven't been too hungry.  I should probably eat soon, but I can eat at night when it is cool, and food will be more appealing. 

Oh yeah--the taxi driver's son drove us part way back, and we narrowly missed a rock!

Sunset at Coral Bungalows, Koh Pha Ngan, Haad Rin Nai

Coral Bungalows is my temporary home.
Longtail ride from Haad Tien back to Haad Rin Nok. This young man almost ran us into a rock!
  Adam is taking a nap as I probably should do.  I just ate a kilo of mangosteen down here at the beach by my resort's restaurant and pool.  It was very peaceful until a minute ago when they turned up the music.  I must be getting old. 

I need to send some emails, hopefully tonight, when I'm in town for the party scene.  There are so many beautiful people here at the beaches.  No one is obese, most are tan and in great shape, and it makes me a bit self-conscious sometimes. 

I need to decide if I want to fly out of Krabi or Phuket.  I want to check out Adam's pad but I also want to have some more time to explore on my own, and I don't want to be clingy.  I doubt I would want to ever live in Patong anyway, but it would be good to expose myself to that scene at some point.
Leaving Haad Tien on the longtail boat.
  I would love to stay on this island, for the rest of my trip or longer. 

Looking forward to staying awake to hit the scene tonight.  It will be fun to party with Adam like the old days, maybe twirl some fire, etc.  Feeling a bit tired.  Hungry?  I haven't eaten much today.
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Haad Yuan.  I love this place.
Haad Yuan. I love this place.
Haad Yuan plank walkways.
Haad Yuan plank walkways.
Haad Yuan--my path to paradise.
Haad Yuan--my path to paradise.
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Haad Yuan--Ewok Village
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Haad Yuan Bungalow
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Haad Yuan---Stone stairway with g…
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Haad Yuan---More great views.
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Leaving Haad Tien
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Haad Tien
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Haad Tien
Haad Tien
Haad Tien
Haad Yuan
Haad Yuan
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Haad Rin Nok---almost back!
Haad Rin Nok---almost back!
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