Day 20. After a restless night thanks to some very loud drunken neighbors at the resort, we were not ready to get up at a normal time on this morning. Justin read while I continued to sleep until about midday. We then got dressed and made our way to the busiest part if this island, and the location of the world famous Full Moon Parties, Haad Rin Beach. We were pleasantly surprised by what we found there. The streets were hilly and beautiful, and there was so much to see and do. We had such a fantastic time wandering around there that we decided to move to this part of the island after the five prepaid days at our current resort expired. We had found exactly what we were searching for on Koh Sumai, but never found, and this was very exciting for us. More on Haad Rin coming in later blog posts. On this evenng we watched the most breathtaking sunset we have seen on this whole vacation. It reminded us of the sunsets we had seen four years ago in the Philippines. Spectacular!!
Day 21. Sun, sand, walking along the ocean, and relaxing by our resorts swimming pool – That’s pretty much all we did today, and that’s all we had planned for. We slept late, walked to the grocery store for more water and snacks, got some smoothies and lunch then played card games and read books while lying in the sun. Obviously all that sunshine exhausted us – or maybe we were just being lazy- because we need a nap by the time 5pm came. When we woke up at 7pm we went to check out the Saturday Koh Phangan Night Market, and sampled various street foods for dinner.
Day 22. Today was another day of relaxation, and it seems that the more we relax the lazier we get!!! We booked our onward travel which will take us back to Bangkok once our island explorations are over. During the night the beach next to us had an insane techno party, and the music started up at about 11pm and got really loud from midnight. Justin managed to sleep right through it, but I needed earplugs – which only half muffled the noise. There were moments when I thought I might just wander over there to see what was going on since I couldn’t sleep anyway, but I don’t think a half dressed pregnant woman has much business pitching up at a techno party at 3am. Haha, imagine that!!! So instead I stayed in bed and did some reading. There are parties every single night of the week here… And yet there are so many families and people obviously here not to party at all – like us (pregnant and all). This evening was our last in the bungalow on the beach, and we were very much looking forward to moving down to Haad Rin because we had booked a fancy room with a Seaview and a big balcony which faces the sunsets.
Day 23. Some island explorations for us on thus day. After packing up all of our bags, we checked out of our bungalow accommodation and took a tuk-tuk to the north of the island. From there we were able to visit another much smaller island where we lay in the sun and swam on what felt like our own private beach. We caught another beautiful sunset on our way to our new sleeping spot…. We are absolutely loving our deluxe room near Haad Rin!!
We have seen, via Facebook, that there has been snowfall in Qingdao, China, and from the looks of it, it was enough to cover the ground and allow the kids – and fun-loving adults – to build snowmen. We can’t say that we are sad to have missed it because we would much rather be where we are, but we are hopeful that the snow means clearer skies will be waiting for us when we return to our Chinese home in about a week from now. With our bodies all tanned and after only wearing flip flops for a month, it’s going to be tough to adjust back to the cold weather, so let’s hope that at least the skies are not filled with smog. That would really make our transition back to China a more pleasant one!