16.08.2005 34 °C
i am now in Koh Phangan, just north of Koh Samui after a couple of days more on Samui. did the whole renting a bike thing for a couple of days and went exploring around the island. the first day it prompty rained from just after i collected the bike till the early evening, but we braved it and went to meet some friends from my travels who were close by. the second day we and the landlord of the hostel went to play crazy golf in the north of the island. it was boiling and it took us ages to finish, but we got starting talking to the owner and he told us about a movie which is being made on the main land called 'Blackbeard' and for which they require extras. all three of us put are names down and i leave tomorrow to go back to the mainland to 'star' in the movie. it sounds like a laugh and you are supposed to get free transport, accomodation, food etc and also about 1200 baht (70 baht to a pound) a day - and its 3 days so we thought why not.
in the evening i went out to watch the footie and to have a few cheeky drinks, which turned into a all nighter and as a result i didint get to bed till stupid oclock in the morning. next day caught the ferry to Koh Phangan with lucy and also the guest house owner from Luis guesthouse in Lamai. i would reccomend anybody to stay there as its small, cheap but with a massive tv/stereo system and free pool table and a small bar. added to this Lui is icelandic and completly nuts and his mrs is a thai lady who is crazy - it made for a really good week - by far the best guesthouse i have stayed in so far on my travels. we all really got on so we invited him to come wityh us to the next island up for a few days untill the movie work starts.
first night on the island was the half moon party and as it looks likely that i will miss the full moon party i proceeded to enjoy the moment/evening. it was ok but nothing really special - the main problem is that everybody comes here especially for the parties so they are maybe on 2 week holidays and so they are clean, unsmelly, smartly dressed folks whilst i am none of the above for more than about 30 minutes a week (at a push). these people have been nicknamed - "makeup backpackers" and they are everywhere here. its not even an especially nice island - its ok but not as nice as Ko Samui in my view.
despite that we decided to rent bikes and see a bit of the island for a day, we were warned that the roads werent great and that tourists are always crashing into things. 5 minutes out of the main town area where we are staying we found the first crash site where a bloke had hit a car. managed to avoid anything of this sort for the rest of day and caught the sun nicely, as it was boiling all day.
today i have been diving - in 'one of the best dive sites in thailand' but dont believe the hype on that one. we dived sail rock, which is 40 minutes out to sea and it was ok, but not as good as other ones i have done. the best part was a vertical swim through called the chimney where you are enclosed all the way around apart from going up -it was pretty cool but the water quality was poor and there wasnt anything really big to see.
anyway hollywood beckons so i better go..........