Despite having slept a full 14 hours, Herb and I awoke still feeling tired and groggy. Our first day on Koh Phangan started off accordingly sluggish – after checking our email via a torturous cellular connection (which shockingly does work, even on these more remote islands) we exchanged photos, grabbed a quick bite at the restaurant downstairs…
…and even got in a quick workout. Coral Bungalows provides a FREE gym for its guests, and rusty or not, we were stoked at the opportunity 🙂
Originally we’d planned to rent motorcycles and spend the day exploring a bit of the island, but by the time we finally made it off-premises it was already late afternoon so we decided to just have a stroll through town instead.
It was actually surprisingly quiet. Here in Haadrin, the real activity doesn’t get started until sunset – so during daylight hours the vibe could only be described as…
Still, it was a nice change from the preceding week – even if a bit overcast.
Sandy beaches, swaying palms, souvenir stalls, and an all-round laid back atmosphere; worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
We spent the rest of the day just roaming about, perusing the various trinkets and idly searching for replacement hookah charcoals (we tried 3 different bars, but apparently the quick-lighting coals are so hard to get out here that nobody was willing to sell).
Then at dinner we spent an hour or so chatting with a stoner from California named Dylan – a regular visitor to the islands, whose insights and experiences shed some new and pretty interesting light on the ever-perplexing enigma that is Thai culture.
This left just enough time for a quick trip to the beach party area – it hadn’t yet picked up…
…But it did provide a peek at just some of the things to come 😉
Finally, after accomplishing a full day of nothing in particular, we returned to our room to get ready for our first big event on the island: the famous Coral Bungalows Pool Party.