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A few years ago I attended Sunjam in Utila, Honduras — an intimate rave on a deserted Central American island. In light of the serious dearth of information available ahead of time, I wrote a Surviving Sunjam survival guide. While the Full Moon Party in Thailand is much more heavily documented, my recent return to Southeast Asia’s…

Since I left home last June on my Great Escape, I’ve been doing (very delayed!) monthly roundups. As this blog is not just a resource for other travelers but also my own personal travel diary, I like to take some time to reflect on not just what I did, but how I felt. I also like…

Full Moon Party

Close your eyes and picture your fantasy New Year’s Eve celebration. Does it involve a white sand beach, a dress code of flip-flops, thousands of rowdy revelers and alcohol that is served quite literally by the bucket? Then I have the party for you. The Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan, Thailand has taken on legendary…

Soooo. We’re back to catching up on the Monthly Roundups that I dropped the ball on. Since we are fast approaching the dawn of the Month 5 Roundup, I better wrap up 3 and 4 here.  So now for a little Alex in Wanderland time machine action… Months 3 and 4 were blissfully spent living the…

As I waved goodbye to Mark pulling away on the Lomprayah ferry, I realized how little I knew about the island I was standing on. Koh Phangan is known around the world for its wild raves celebrating the waxing and waning of the moon, from the original Full Moon Party to the Half Moon Party (which…