Railay had a really interesting cave in it. We had been in 3 or 4 caves thus far and this one was smaller than most but it was still interesting for a specific reason. When you reached the center of the cave there was absolutely no sound at all. It was the quietest place I had ever been in my life. I never realized what absolute silence sounds like before, I thought things were silent from time to time, but usually there’s always even the tiniest sounds going on in the background. There’s always a car driving by outside, a gust of wind through the trees, a bird chirping, or even a faint hum from your refrigerator. Absolute silence has a real power to it, which is really interesting since it’s merely a lack of noise. If you haven’t been to a place like this, you may have never experienced it before. This cave was a little more controlled than most, it had a walkway built in it and was lit in the main areas. My friend Tim and I decided to strap on our headlights and jump the railing to explore the area of the cave that no one went. We squeezed through tight spaces and climb incredible steep and slippery dirty hills. (I managed to loose both my flip flops on the way up) When we finally reached the top there was a tiny little circular area, then… A bat frantically swooped down and attacked us! It was pretty freaky. After calming down we looked in the back area of the room and there was a tiny little hole that we could barely fit our heads through, and a rope leaded down the hole. This was super curious because it lead into a huge new area of the cave that we didn’t see any other way to access, but it was too small for anyone but a child to fit into. We wondered if Thai kids were crazy enough to play in these kinds of areas, and to go down that rope into the unknown.
Despite all the fun things to do in Railay it was more of a relaxation destination than a party area. Each night we would head down to the beach with a bunch of drinks and watch the sunset dip into the ocean. There’s something about playing Frisbee on a beach as day turns into night and the sky lights up with beautiful colors that really gives you a feeling of being free.
One night on this beach will go down as the drunkest night in my history. During the sunset we played beer Frisbee and my team lost horribly. We ended up having to chug 4 cans of beer in only about 30 minutes. Due to the speed of the drinking I was pretty drunk at this point. I was feeling a little bit cocky at the moment and once something came up and Rebecca said she could drink more than me I declared that even after 4 beers I could destroy her in a drinking competition. (Not one of my brightest moments, Rebecca was pretty badass and could hold her own at drinking.) Anyway the challenge was on. The original idea was to go shot for shot with the sangsom we had, but we decided there wasn’t enough left to settle it that way. Instead we split the remaining sangsom into two water bottles and had a chugging competition. Sangsom is 40% alcohol, so chugging it straight is totally retarded, but I mean, I was already drunk… and it WAS a challenge. We bet a bottle of Sangsom on it.
Rebecca and I cheers each other and it was on. Surprisingly we both chugged it in mere seconds. I won by a split second but I’ve never seen a girl chug 40% anything before so kudos to Rebecca. It really really burned on the way down, and it took a few moments before we could talk again.
Needless to say, after having a bamboo sword fight and running around the beach a bit it really hit me. I was puking in the ocean moments later. My friend told me his favorite moment was when a picture perfect family was watching me, and the little boy said “Mommy whats that man doing?” and the mom simply said “He’s puking in the ocean hunny.”
Despite how brainless that whole ordeal was I don’t regret it at all. I really believe you have to do these stupid things while you’re young and reckless or when you get older you won’t feel as if you took advantage of your youth enough. It makes a fun story now too. Don’t be afraid to let loose once in a while, be reckless, do something stupid for fun… it gets you out of your comfort zone, it creates lasting memories and gives you something to look back and laugh at. As long as you aren’t causing long term damage to yourself or others (or ending up in jail) it’s okay to act stupid now and then.
Anyway I puked good and got it all out of my system and then I felt awesome! I have a really hard time remembering the rest of the night but apparently I was a lot of fun. I do remember at one point running into a restaurant, ordering a cheeseburger and then running away. Then I have a vague memory of crawling along the ground back towards my bungalow, laughing at my inability to walk. My friends helped me make it back into my bed, and then left me a nice reminder of the night before on my chest for me to see in the mirror when I woke up.
Everyone’s gotta have one of those nights at one time or another. 😀