Koh Phangan

06/17/2016

This morning we woke up and enjoyed one last amazing continental breakfast. We were both kind of sad to leave this place, as it was perfect for us. But on the other hand, we knew where we were headed was definitely going to be equally as amazing.
We couldn't figure out how to book ferry tickets online so we literally just went to the port and hoped they had extras this morning. Lucky for us it all worked out good and from my understanding, it's the norm to do that. We were two hours early so we hit up an ATM and a "Family Mart" to get some snacks.
Getting onto the ferry was pretty hectic, they put a sticker on your chest so they knew what pier you were getting off at. A man stood on top of a chair and directed everyone by yelling. The ferry ride itself was only about 30 minutes and it went by really quick.

When we got to the island, we noticed a man holding up a sign with the name of our hotel on it. We got into his car, and away we went. Almost immediately I felt safer on this island. It feels less run down than Koh Samui did. The little shops on the streets look cleaner and the streets don't feel as dangerous. Its safe to say, we were getting very excited as we pulled up to our hotel.

A famous party on Koh Phangan called The Full Moon Party made it difficult for us to find a place to stay. There were lots of cheap hostels but many of them looked just a little too dumpy, plus air conditioning is a MUST where ever we stay. We were left with not a lot of options, so we decided to splurge a little bit. And by a little bit, I mean a lot.

Now, keep in mind we went a little all out on this hotel. Also keep in mind that we are sweaty, grubby, backpacking young adults walking into a five star hotel. They probably thought we had the wrong place!

I could basically rave on about this hotel for days. I have never seen a hotel so fancy in my entire life. As soon as we walked in I felt like I was a famous person. They took our bags and we didn't see them again until we got to our room. They gave us a glass of lemon water, and a cold towel for our faces. I sat there feeling very out of place while they took our information, but nevertheless, we soaked it all in. Next, they took us on a golf cart to show us around the resort. There's a board walk that goes through a little marsh. A spa that overlooks the enormous pool that's filled with lounging beds. Next to to the pool is an open style bar and a bit further down is a building where they do cooking classes. Along the beach is a huge restaurant that is designed so uniquely. This place is HUGE.
Next, the man on the golf cart took us to our room. Okay so it's not really a room, it's basically like an apartment! First, there's a patio with a couch outside, and inside the huge glass doors there's living room with a small kitchen like area, a wardrobe stretching from one end of the room to the other, a step leading up to the huge bed that looks like it's floating, and a bathroom the size of my bedroom at home. Needless to say, I was in total awe.
First we decided to test out the pool. As soon as we got there a lady from the bar walked over and asked if she could get us a drink. I tried my first Chang beer, which I actually really liked! After we laid by the pool we walked along the boardwalk, seeing if we could spot crocodiles.
Just as it was beginning to spit rain, we walked to the restaurant. We noticed that there is literally no one here. We've only noticed two other groups of people. It's so strange. We were the only ones in the entire restaurant, our waiter was so eager to serve us. The food was not only presented beautifully but it tasted in even better. James got the Pad Thai and I had the Pineapple Fried Rice. The restaurant over looks the beach so we sat beside an opened window and watched the rain fall.

It was still raining pretty heavy after we had dinner so one of the workers took us back to our room on the golf cart!
All in all, today felt pretty magical.

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