My wife to be and i will be spending 4 weeks in Thailand for our honeymoon (Sep 16th - Oct 17th) and we were hoping to spend a week or 2 on the south east islands at the end of our trip. unfortunately this coincides with a full moon party (14th i think) and we really want to avoid the crowds of drunk westerners!
I've heard everything books up around full moon time, is this the case even at this time of year? I know there is more than one beach to visit and i know Thai beaches have been discussed at length here but does anyone have any advice for avoiding the FMPs? Would it be better to go at the start of or trip
#1 creasetofu has been a member since 5/1/2011. Posts: 4
Just avoid Ko Pha Ngann(especially Haad Rin), Ko Samui & Koh Tao at this time. Bang Saphan Yai, Koh Phayam, Krabi or Koh Lanta may be better options. I'm not a big fan of the FMP, been 2x - never again
You don't even need to avoid Ko Phangan. I've been there during full moon parties several times and you just need to avoid Had Rin and stay further up the island. I've even woken up next morning with people asking about the party and I'm thinking "what party?" Anyway Sept/Oct is one of the deadest times of year tourism-wise (rainy) so just grab a room or a bungalow up the top-west coast, the north (Bottle Beach) or one of the quiet coves on the east side, avoid Had Rin (and adjacent Baan Tai and maybe even Thong Sala town) and it's all good.
The OPs main concern was this:
"unfortunately this coincides with a full moon party (14th i think) and we really want to avoid the crowds of drunk westerners!"
So my reply is that they don't need to be concerned and can even find a peaceful spot on the same island. Agree though some of the places you mentioned are good alternatives.
Agree with the above, also Thiong Nai Pan beaches in the North East of Phangan are fantastic. I certainly wouldn't be put off.
BTW, the full moon parties are not as bad as people make out. If you can I'd recommend heading to the half moon party. I found it very enjoyable and I'm not usually into that kind of thing. You'd be very surprised at who turns out, it can be a right odd mix of people
Thanks for all your tips, has certainly give us some food for thought!
#10 creasetofu has been a member since 5/1/2011. Posts: 4
alymtl recommended some islands on the Andaman side of Thailand but I would avoid these at the moment. They are in the middle of their monsoon of from what I have been told it has been a bad one. You may not even be able to get to these islands at the moment.
Agree that the north west and north east of Koh Phangan are a great place to visit and you will avoid most of the full moon partiers. I have been plenty of times during the FMP and you would not even know it was going on unless you went to that area of the island or some of the beaches along the west coast that are close by.
Koh Samui and Koh Tao are fine regarless as the party is on KP.
#11 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252