Last night was the first night since we left Chiang Mai that I have had a decent sleep. Seems like I have been running on fumes for the last four days.
Our first night we were kept awake by a crying baby in the next door room. The room we were in was one of those rooms that attach through an interior door to another room. That door was a hollow core wood door so when the little babe in the next room wailed from 1am to 5am it sounded as if it was right in our beds with us.
The second and third night I lay awake in new surroundings in a bungalow that our friends had booked for us on Koh Phangan. The smell of must, and air freshener (which gives me terrible headaches), hard beds, lumpy pillows, and the sound of a tree knocking on the roof in the wind kept me awake. Those bungalows were not suitable for our family so we moved house to a small resort a few beaches over.
Haad Salad is a busier beach and on our fourth night we were kept awake by obnoxious, drunk men singing songs at the top of their lungs. To their credit they sounded fabulous and I liked the folky songs in some language I didn’t recognize, but not at 3am!
I am feeling old. And grumpy.
I’m not quite digging the Koh Phangan island feel. There are too many young people here to get their party on. When we were here 10 years ago we avoided the infamous Full Moon Party and felt the island gave a good dose of laid back island life. Now, ten years later, there are not only Full Moon Parties, but half moon parties, new moon parties, shiva moon parties, acid moon parties…the list goes on and on. It seems I have a very low tolerance for the young backpacker crowd who travel half way around the world to get wasted.
We are also feeling quite stressed with Christmas around the corner. Our resort is fully booked over Christmas and it seems most other places are too. The prices seem to double from the 23rd until New Years and we aren’t sure what to do. Keep pounding the pavement? Pay a ridiculous amount for a room? Leave the island and fly to Bangkok? Maybe head up to Prachuap Khiri Khan? The planner in me is freaking out for not having a plan!
Of course it’s not all bad;
Now that I have had a good night sleep I am hoping this anxious feeling I have had since we got here will subside. Our hotel is a beautiful three star place with all the modern conveniences. It is right on the ocean (I’m typing this on my balcony watching the waves pound the shore at 6am while my family sleeps).
We are very lucky to be surrounded by friends. Our friends from back home are the reason we came to this island and we have been hanging out with them every day. We also have friends staying in this resort with us whom we met at dinner one night in Chiang Mai. Having friends for our children to play with makes traveling SO much easier. Traveling with friends is like having a babysitter, our children are completely entertained and only come to us when they need to eat. The adult company has been pretty darn sweet too!