Me and my girlfriend will be going from Bangkok to Koh Tao around 26-27 december this year for some relaxing and diving, but we then wanted to hit the NYE Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan on the 31st. Our first thought was to stay one-two nights in Koh Phangan during the party, but we've now realized that's nearly impossible, and we don't want to live on Koh Phangan for the 5-7 days minimum over new years.
So now we've been thinking about booking a full week on Koh Tao, and just take the boat over for the party and back again next morning. Is there anyone who has any experience with this?
I've read about a lot of people transfering from Koh Samui by boat, but you don't hear about as many doing it from Koh Tao. I've read some people mentioning a "party boat" from koh tao as well, but I haven't really gotten any confirmation there is one? If there is, do you need to book in advance to be guaranteed a seat?
We're flying from Surat Thani on the 3rd of January to Kuala Lumpur, so we're on a rather tight schedule, which is why it would be comfortable to stay on Koh Tao the whole week.
Anyone with experience? All answers appreciated.
#1 alexanderaroch has been a member since 1/9/2012. Posts: 2
I don't have any experience of Kao to Phangan on party night. But I hate unanswered questions so I'll throw in what I know.
For a start, Tao to Pnangan is a lot further than Samui to Phangan. I've not heard of anyone organising specialised speedboat etc transfers for party night.
But there is no reason why you can't use the normal big ferry transfers, although my memory of the times involved means you would have to come down on party afternoon, stay all night, and then go back next day. Google for Lomprayah and Songserm to see ferry times.
Another option: Not all places on Phangan have the compulsory 4/7 nights etc around party time. Google Longtail Resort., Mae Had View, Plaas, Bamboo Hut, Mai Pen Rai, Beam to see what their policy is (if you want lower midrange maybe Cookies, Had Salad). These places are on a diverse number of beaches but the thing about FMP night is that all beaches lay on transport to the party. The only one I'd be hesitant about is Bottle Beach ( I'm sure they have a SUV that goes down, but getting back may not be real easy).
I too have never heard of special boat transfer from Ko Tao to KP on party nights and agree with Tezza that you can easily take the regular ferry. The last ferry from Ko Tao is at 3pm and the first one in the morning is at 8:30am.
You can find accommodations that don't have the minimum 5 night stay and considering you are leaving out of Surat Thani it may be best to stay a few days on KP. However, this is one of the busiest times on the island and not because of the party but because it is holiday time all over the world. So you better start looking into accommodations now and make a reservation ASAP.
#3 guava_girl has been a member since 21/10/2010. Posts: 252
Hey, me and a couple of mates did this last new years for the same reasons you stated, it's super easy to do, we caught a regular ferry (easily booked through your accommodation) on the morning of the 31st (though there's a number throughout the day and afternoon) and stayed and partied all night and caught the ferry back to koh tao around 8ish in the morning on the 1st. I'd recommend this as we loved koh tao and it was a LOT cheaper than the options on KP over that new years period. So as long as you have no issue not sleeping till late morning the next day this is a good option, seemed like quite a few people were doing this as well. Hope that helps.
#4 tjm has been a member since 26/9/2011. Posts: 2
Thanks for all the good replys!
We managed to get the last bungalow on Longtail beach resort for 3 nights, so we're gonna stay on Koh Phangan after all. Like guava_girl said, it's gonna be easier with the transfer to Surat Thani as well.
It's gonna be legendary!
#5 alexanderaroch has been a member since 1/9/2012. Posts: 2
FMPs are amongst the most dangerous things to do there. People die every year at these things. Also the most non Thai thing you can do. There's also a lot of drink spiking, fire burns, drug arrests and sometimes overloaded boats sink on the way back.