We stayed at a bungalow on Koh Pha Ngan on the east coast of thailand, and during our stay, one of the guys who worked there had an attraction to my friend Laurie, which wasnt recipricated which caused him to almost strangle my friend Jasmine who was trying to stop him being forceful on Laurie. It ended up with a number of people trying to help us, and a fight breaking out. Police were called and we moved to a different bungalow...
Took kae (probably wrong spelling) are a bit more dangerous than the usual lizards (jing jok) and quite a bit bigger and fatter. You will often hear these took kae before you will see 1. It sounds like they are shouting took kae and is quite eery. These lizards can jump a fair distance and defends itself by biting people with its large jaws and will then lock its jaw into your flesh. The only way to remove these lizards once bitten is by getting to a hospital meanwhile the lizard is still alive flapping about on your flesh.
The photo shows a took kae beside the lamp above our bungalow door.
Walking around Hadrin, you will see many guys with cuts/bruises/bandages/arm slings.... Don't worry, they did not get robbed, but fell off their motocycles while attempting to travel inland. Phangan roads are notorious for the potholes and bumps. Do not attempt unless really foolhardy or a dirtbike expert.
While at the full moon party you will see the amount of garbage in the water, and all around the beach. It is a very sad sight to see but, if you want to experience this party, it is unavoidable.
I saw and spoke to a few people that had bad stories to tell about the glass on the beach. My only suggestion I can give is to wear footwear while parting to avoid all the debris, and you may want to avoid the water, unless you like swimming in urine, and vomit (sorry but it's true). The other glass stories involved people wrestling around on the beach, and cutting themselves quite badly on the broken glass.
Great way to get around - not so great if you fall off, since generally t-shirt and shorts vs. ground = pic on the left.
Luckily (!) it was near the end of my trip as it stopped me diving and going in the water at all in fact.
Very nice nurse patched me up at the medical centre - thank you!...
Wear a helmet - I wasn't and it could have been much worse - will do next time!
If you're coming to the full moon party taxi/truck, you will be stopped by police and asked to open bags and somewhat searched. So if you're planning to bring anything that you don't want the police to see, leave it back at your bungalow.
As for at the party itself, don't bring any valuables and watch out for pick pockets. There are a countless amount of people just waiting to take advantage of drunk people and their lack of judgement. Just bring cash to the party and leave any valuables with the bungalow safe - if you can trust them!
Make sure you don't leave any valueables in your room on the night of the full moon either! I've had friends get their stuff stolen on the night of the party because robbers know that no one will be at the resort and take advantage. Again, leave valuables in a safe with the resort or bungalow.
Have a blast!!
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
If you drink Sang Som, you may not be able to stop!
I have personally had an experience with this alcoholic beverage and it caused me to have a wild, exciting night.
This drink may cause memory loss!
1) take care of your belongings. Keep them in the safe of the bungalow if they have them. 2) Be very careful swimming on the west coast, as the coral is redicuously sharp and can easily slice open feet, arms, hands and anything else. 3) if sleeping near Sri Thanu, know in advance that it IS the main fishing port of Koh Phangan, and that boats tend to leave early in the morning. Like 6am or earlier early. Also know that all these boats have some sort of amplifier on their exhaust. They believe it chases the evil spirits away.
It's best not to rent a bike at this island. The roads are very bad.
Many tourists have bike accidents here, because they lost control of their bike. Their wounds are called: the bike scarifications / souvenirs.
Also when renting a bike: watch out for the insurance. When you don't talk about it and pay for it before renting a bike you will be sure of having to pay for it all when the bike is ruined or stolen.
I didn't go the Black moon party down at Hat RIn but have friends who have. Beware of what you take, eat and drink. If someone offers you something and you don't know them, don't take it. just common sense really. There's lots of drugs there and on the island but it's easy enough to avoid if you want. Jellyfish aren't as easy to avoid but just stay away from them if you see them. They aren't fun to be stung by to say the least. Don't worry about Sharks, you'll be lucky if you see one really. I'd be more afraid of just walking down one of the roads on Phangan than sharks or jellyfish or that stuff.
If you are heading to north-east part (Paanburi etc.)of Phangan, you need a 4 wheel drive jeep or powerful motorbike. The road there is absolutely worst i ever have seen. And i have seen a lot.
There are holes with depth of half meter, road is narrow and the uphills and downhills are unbelievable.
Do not bring your valuables to the party. Thousands people are there, you'll never catch the thief. Full Moon Party is the big day for robberies, because nobody is staying in the bunglow. Most bunglows provide lockers for you, don't leave valuables in room.
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