Well in the last five years I’ve had some pretty sweet Christmases but this one takes the cake for most fun.
The one that really sticks in my mind as being very different to any other was the time I went to a full moon party on Christmas Eve on Koh Phangan island in Thailand. It was just sheer luck there happened to be a full moon on Christmas eve (as there is always one on New Years Eve – full moon or not). A group of us (people I haven’t seen for years and probably won’t see again) headed from Koh Samui where I was living at the time to the hedonistic island of Koh Phanghan. How we managed to find accommodation I’ll never know as over the full moon time everything on the island books out and there is always a minimum stay of over two nights but I do remember not actually sleeping in the accommodation because the hammocks outside where much more appealing than the dark and dingy room. We met up with someone I had been on a visa run to Malaysia with who was living on the island already for a little pre party dinner and drinks and then headed down to the madness that is Had Rin beach.
I had been to a full moon and half moon party before so I knew what to expect:
1. Crazy English people
2. Fire dancers
3.Fluro body paint
4. Loud music
5. Thousands of people
6. A damn good time.
Now even though it was on Xmas eve of course as the clock struck midnight the Christmas cheer arrived, there were all sorts of weird and wonderful Christmas outfits and plenty of Santa hats. There was the skipping rope of fire, fire dancers and all sorts of weirdness. I will never forget sitting on the beach and watching the sunrise on that Christmas day. I do love a good sunrise and this one even though there was bellowing dance music in the background and all sorts of weird and wonderful people stumbling down Had Rin beach there was something oddly calming about it. I somehow managed to bury my cell phone in the sand at some point of the night so there was no contact with home that day but someone tried to phone it a few weeks later and a Thai lady answered so it was obviously found. After the full moon party I escaped to Ko Tao for a bit of a relax after the madness.
Definitely one of the most memorable Christmas days and probably one that will never be repeated.