Finding Paradise Via Longtail Boats
Koh Phangan Travel Blog› entry 6 of 14 › view all entries
July 29th, 2008 – by: aerynn
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.
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.
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.
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.
Considering my condition may have had an effect on my perception, the beach at Haad Tien was a bit underwhelming.
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.
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.
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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