day 1 is just a boring trip report of my flights and what not, day 2 is more about partying/thailand
Typically I don't sweat traveling at all, but I was way much anxious that normal before this trip. My itinerary: 14+ hour flight to to India + layover , 4 hours to Bangkok, hall ass through customs get my bag and jump on a flight with a different airline to Koh Samui. From there my plan was to cab to the pier and try to find someone with a speedboat (!) to take me to Haad Rin.
Obviously there's a ton that could go wrong, but fortunately, everything went about as smoothly as it could have. I get to the airport, deciding that I am willing to spend up to $2400 on an upgrade to business. It turns out to be $600 (booya!), and maybe I could have even negotiated that down since less than 1/3rd of the business seats were taken! I managed to get like 7 hours of sleep and also crushed a bunch of Season 3 of the Wire (which I embarrassingly had not seen yet) so that was a complete breeze.
The four hour flight to Bangkok was actually significantly worse than the first part of the trip; I didn't have enough personal space and too many crying babies for my liking but w/e. Then was an easy one hour flight to Koh Samui. I was a bit uneasy about the idea of taking a speedboat, given what an easy target I would be, so when a few airline employees told me it was unsafe because of high tides, I decided to spend the night in a hotel.
I've been working out quite a bit (4-5x per week, mostly compound lifts) and don't want to lose all my progress, so I am going to try to do some bodyweight exercises every day. This morning I did 3 sets of 20 pushups, 20 air squats, 20 sit-ups and 50 jumping jacks then went for a swim. Now after a nice (and super cheap, gotta love the exchange rate!) breakfast I am off to catch a ferry and head to the Full Moon Party!
I knew that the FMP was on a a beach but wow it's really amazing how gorgeous it is… it really is paradise. The first thing we did when I got here was go jet-skiing. Jet skiing is obviously sweet, but it was particularly awesome here. The jet ski guys didn't try to hustle us even though we were 3 white guys, the jet skis went fast as fuck, and instead of having a small area where we could jet ski we actually were able to go all over the island. I ended up staying out a bit longer than I was supposed to (I was out there for 42 minutes but only paid for 30) but the workers ended up not making a stink about it. Even though it would have only been 200-300 baht ($8-12 ) it's nice to just not have to worry about getting hustled all the time.
Another nice surprise is there is a decent (they have a squat rack!! ) gym 5 minutes away. I lifted yesterday with Ben's roommate Jeremy who was doing back. We deadlifted (1/5/200), rowed (3/5/120), and did some chinups and curls. I will definitely have enough time consuming enough calories/protein; despite being tasty, the food is significantly less meat heavy than I am used to.
After some eating, a few trips to the pool/ocean, and a crucial nap, it was time for us to get our bucket on. We head to the beach, and since Ben/Jeremy have been here since Christmas (Ben's gone out every night besides one, what a champion), they have a go to bucket guy. It was really unlike anything I've ever seen, he was maybe pouring 40% of the bottle into each 'drink.' I'm not going to pretend to know how many shots I consumed but I do know that after 1 bucket I was drunk and after 2 I was shitfucked.
Partying here is unlike anything I've seen. On the left side of the beach there's mushroom mountain… which is as it sounds, on the top of the hill there are bars that make drinks with shrooms in them. Throughout the rest of the beach are various types of music playing and everyone just going nuts. I really like party environments where people are not self conscious, everyone is just trying to have a good time. There's also a variety of fire-related entertainment,which is as it sounds… guys juggling stuff that is on fire, fire limbo, FIRE JUMP ROPE (this is no joke, a ton of people get pretty burned trying to do this). I asked if someone were too drunk, if they would still let them try it and everyone just laughed at me "Dan, we're not in America anymore."
Something that surprised me is how few Thai people were here… it's pretty much all tourist though on the night of the actual full moon that is supposed to change. Far and away the most common nationalities I ran into last night were Australians, Swedes, and Israelis in that order. That said, I've been really impressed at how attractive most of the girls were.
I have some other things I probably should write down, but I am hungry and the beach is a bit more tempting than the computer screen.