it's christmas but there isn't a decorated tree in sight. the guys at the 7-11 painted a very sad looking snowman on the window. it's a crazy day because not only is it a holy holiday it is also a full moon. the asians are much more excited by a full moon than christmas.
koh phangan is home to the world famous full moon party which occurs, yep, you guessed it, every full moon. thousands of people come to the island for the few days around the full moon to celebrate and it's been going on for over 30 years. so the island population peaks then and traffic accidents and drug arrests go up but the actual party is on the east side of the island so it doesn't impact the west side so much.