Im heading with few friends to southern Thailand on the 11 of September, I have doubts rather i should visit phi phi island before Im heading to Phangan, or instead visit Ko tao. what are the differences between the night life of those two islands?. the original plan was to land in bgk travel to phi phi for 4 days and then heading to Phangan.
#1 hacohenamit has been a member since 16/7/2013. Posts: 1
Bangkok has better nightlife. Islands have crappy reggae wannabe bars. Main reason for islands is kayaking/snorkelling. Phi Phi, Ko Hong and Krabi are good for those things. All close by.
Phangan has little of anything and is a rather boring island. The main thing it has is fmp crap. Worst thing in Thailand.
Tao is a divers island. Again reggae type bars.
#2 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
It all depends on what you mean by nightlife.
I haven't bee to Phi Phi but have spent time on Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.
The divers on Koh Tao are a pretty rowdy bunch so you'll have lots on fun there, should you wish. You won't regret going there. Don't expect night clubs, but there is plenty of life in the bars.
Phangan was a great place to relax. I didn't make the Full Moon party but did make the half moon party - which was great fun. Anything that involves thousands of people and alcohol gets the thumbs up from me. We spent three weeks on Phangan - after a month of hectic travelling it was what we wanted. Very relaxing if you can find the right place. I didn't go to Haad Rin.
Comparing the night life of these islands you won't find big differences. As mentioned above it is more about (reggae) bars then any night clubs, pretty much the same. (both lastly visited in 2010)
#4 greg121 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 22
I'd suggest visit Koh Tao, Phangan and Samui islands instead, it's raining season at the west coast and September it's probably rain everyday. If you like diving / snorkeling I recommend visit Koh Tao, it's a beautiful island, about nightlife Koh Tao have beach bars at night same too. you can also hire boat to koh Phangan which is next to Koh Tao, or make day trip to Mu Koh Angtong,(about this island http://www.hoteltrip.com/travelblogs/2013/03/04/unseen-landscape-moo-koh-ang-thong-national-park/) there is worth visiting just like stay in Phuket or Krabi and you need to see Phi Phi Islands
visit Koh Tao I advice take bus instead book a flight, because koh tao is close to Chomporn province and Bus+Boat will be faster.
http://www.lomprayah.com/ we use this company, you can get on at Khoa San Road in Bangkok.
enjoy your trips
#5 RiniRabbit has been a member since 31/7/2012. Posts: 78
Good point about the rain â€“ not sure why I didnâ€™t think of that
I would disagree with the Samui recommendation though, I thought it was an awful place. We left the island early after a couple of days. Each to his own though!