Haad Rin Reflections

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Haad Rin Nok @ night. Fire jump rope with 'the crowd'. The Thai guys were standing on tables to spin the rope.
Sunset at Coral Bungalows, Koh Pha Ngan, Haad Rin Nai

The party scene was off the hook, as Adam said it would be.  Fire giant jump rope, fire limbo stick, fire staff, fire poi.  Drunk naked guy repeatedly trying to tackle the jump rope.  Ouch!  It was hilarious! 

Very mellow scene, sort of like our old full moon parties here on the island, except it is every night!  This was on an off night, during off season.  No new moon, no full moon, no half moon.  And still amazing. 

There were two or three main bars open, plus lots of stands selling 'Buckets', which are basically your typical sand castle plastic bucket full of ice, lots of straws, and your favourite alcohol and mixer.  Each bar had some sort of fire show going on, and different styles of music.
Haad Rin Nok @ night. Fire jump rope time exposure.
  There was one electronica dj that I liked, otherwise the music was a bit cheesed out, but still fun.

I was twirling Adam's fire ropes, but didn't end up lighting them up.  One guy wanted me to teach him some moves, but one of his hands was all wrapped up and injured. 

Another guy wanted to guess where I was from, and kept asking me to speak in my native tongue.  I told him 'English is my native tongue!' but he didn't believe me at first.  It was comic.  Then he wanted me to guess where he was from.  I guessed Holland or Denmark first, but I was wrong.  I asked 'what is your country famous for?' and he said 'Meatballs!' but the only place that I  could think of was Italy and I knew he wasn't Italian.  Eventually, he asked if I had ever heard of Ikea, so I correctly guessed that he was Swedish.
Trail along Haad Rin Nai, stone stairway.
  Fun times.

Got to bed around 6am or so, while Adam stayed up and went hiking.  Woke up around 9:30 when he retuned, and we talked about finance and investments for a few hours.  I had a bad headache and couldn't go back to sleep.  Adam wanted to solidify our plans of leaving tomorrow and I was getting stressed out.  Seriously, my trip was so relaxing that this is all I could come up with to be stressed about.  I finally left to go find breakfast (yogurt/fruit/cereal) and then a massage.  I felt much better! 

I think I will only go one more place on this trip and that's it--I wont try to get to Phuket.  I don't feel like rushing around yet.  Part of me just wants to stay here, but I'm sure Ao Nang and Railay will be grand.
Haad Rin Nai, early evening at the pool side Coral Bungalows. Koh Samui in the background.
  Then I can fly back to Bangkok on Monday.  Should work fine to leave tomorrow or Friday, then I would have two full days in Railay.  It was hard to shut my brain off while I was getting a massage.  Just kept stressing.  Maybe I can try another massage tomorrow.

I just finished an 80 baht meal--tofu pad thai, mango shake, garlic bread.  Yummy!  I would have left behind the garlic bread, but it was free if you ordered pad thai and a shake, which is what I wanted anyway.  I was pretty hungry.  I'll probably feel less stressed if I am not half-starved.  Don't forget to eat.  Especially when you can get dirt-cheap thai food! 

Met a couple of Israeli guys yesterday down here by the ocean.  They are funny!  They are smoking a spliffy at the next table now.  I guess it is a very popular place for Israeli vacation here, but unfortunately for them, they don't seem to have a good reputation.  They do seem to party pretty hard.  Okay, time for my nap.
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