Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year from Koh Phangan!

Koh Phangan, an island in the Gulf of Thailand.  It’s known for two things:  beauty and parties.  Year-round, people from all over flock to Haad Rin Beach on Koh Phangan.  This is where they hold the infamous Full Moon Party once a month.  THEN… once a year... on December 31st, they combine the lunacy of the Full Moon Party with a New Year’s Eve extravaganza.  Words can’t really explain what Haad Rin is like for New Year’s Eve.  Many argue it’s the best NYE party in the world.  It’s an 800-meter long shoreline filled with more than 30,000 people.  There’s music blaring from gigantic sound systems.  There’s dancing in the ocean.  There's face painting.  There are buckets and buckets of booze.  And there’s fire.  Ohhh ho ho, there is fire.  Fire dancers.  Fire works.  Jump ropes of fire.  Slides of fire.  Lots and lots of fire.  It’s like Funland in the Pinocchio story, where all the bad boys go to have a good time.  Except there's girls there too.  I was lucky enough to be there for the second year in a row.  I dare not bring a camera, so all I have are a few photos that friends took from this year and last.  It was a great year to finish up a great year.  I hope that everyone had as good of a year in 2011 as I did.  I know that 2012 will be even better!





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