Tales From A Broad

My year of teaching English in Japan is up. Next mission: backpack Asia before going home to the U.S.A. Currently HOME!





Koh Phangan: Pick Your Poison

Koh Samui is only a 45 minute ferry ride from Koh Phanghan, the island that parties are made of. Notorious full and half moon parties, jungle and waterfall parties, and the biggest New Year's party in Thailand. Like other hedonistic backpacker havens (see Goa, Ibiza and Amsterdam), Koh Phanghan proves that it can stand the test of thousands of cheap flip flop imprints and beer bottle caps. A Dionysian dream.

Koh Phaghan by day...Koh Phanghan by night...These "Buckets of Joy," as the Thais like to call them, are plastic buckets filled with your choice of toxic Thai whiskey, Red Bull, and/or Coke. Seemingly harmless, one sip of this lethal potion made it clear that it would be a looong night. The lax regulations on how many amphetamines Red Bull in Thailand can have made sure that we stayed up until sunrise practically every night. This was more like "Buckets of Liquid Crack," my friends, and they cost less than a bottle of water.Eating, drinking, sleeping on the beach...Fire limbo and alcohol: a winning combination.Mellow Mushroom "Bar" in the back...guess what they sell?
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