Dec 27 2012
Ko Pha Ngan never has a shortage of parties, and New Year’s Eve is certainly no exception. Indeed, in true Ko Pha Ngan style, not only do parties lead up to the special day, but parties are held afterwards as well for those who want to keep the celebratory spirit alive. Here’s a wrap up of all the best places to be on Ko Pha Ngan to ring in 2013 before, during, and after December 31.
On December 27 — yes today, now — head to Jungle Experience and get your dancing feet moving to underground house and tech. With international and local DJs, as well as beautiful glowing art displays, and a setting in the middle of the jungle, this aptly-named party is well-worth the 300 baht entrance fee that partiers have to pay if they arrive after 23:00 (it’s free before that). Hardcore partiers will love that this event often doesn’t shut down until 09:00 the next day. Turn at the 7-eleven along the main road in Baan Tai and look for the signs.
Feel like partying during the day? Backyard has been the official full moon after party for the past 20 years, and this year, they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary on December 29, which explains why it’s taking place before the full moon, instead of afterwards as usual. Starting at 07:00 and running through till 21:00, head to Soi Moon Paradise in Haad Rin to join in the fun, dancing to uplifting tech and progressive house.
On New Year’s Eve itself, partiers on the island will be migrating to Haad Rin, where one of the biggest full moon parties of the year takes place. Normally, the party takes place on New Year’s Eve without any consideration of the phase of the moon, but the cool thing this year is that the moon won’t be far off from being full, as December’s actual full moon takes place on December 28. This is a great place to come if you’re low on funds, as those “traditional” Thai booze buckets are dirt cheap — some only 150 baht — and so is food. Expect a massive crowd of partiers covered in glow paint from all over the world, as well as a fantastic fireworks display. The party usually gets going around 22:00, and lasts until at least 08:00 the next day. Entrance is 100 baht.
If the full moon is a bit too crazy for you, and you’d like to check out something a bit more secluded, head to Haad Thian, which is just a short boat ride away from Haad Rin (catch a boat directly from the main beach — it should be about 200 baht per head). Guy’s Bar is a popular party destination, and this year’s New Year’s Eve party will be no exception.
For those of you who aren’t ready to settle down after January 1, Rhythm & Sands is a music festival that takes places in Baan Tai, which is located between Thong Sala and Haad Rin. For this party, which takes place on January 2, they’ve booked Belgian prodigy Netsky to perform alongside other big name local and international DJs. Three main stages will feature multiple music genres, as well as entertainment and fire performances, and a huge pool in the centere for when the heat of the dancefloor gets too much. Tickets are 500 baht, which includes two drinks, and can be purchased online (see link earlier in this paragraph). The party kicks off at 20:00 (though most people don’t arrive until about midnight), and carries on until sunrise.
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