My wife and I are planning our Thailand trip, and we have about 5 days at the end of our trip to enjoy some island/beach time. We'll be there in the beginning of July. It seems that, due to the weather, the Ko Samui area makes a lot of sense. We'd like to "get away from it all" though, so we were thinking we could fly from Bankok to Ko Samui then head to Ko Pha Ngan for a couple days of relaxing beach time. We're also really excited about kayaking in the Ang Thong marine park for a day. Then back to Ko Samui and back to Bankok. My questions are- do you think Ko Pha Ngan is a bad choice for us, considering we don't really want any part of the full moon party madness? Is it worth any of our preciously limited time to spend on Ko Samui itself, or would you recommend heading directly to Ko Pha Ngan? Would you recommend something else?
For reference, the beginning of our trip will be a couple days in Jakarta (visiting family), a couple days in Bali, then Bankok, a couple days in Chang Mai, then finishing the trip up on island time.
Thanks in advance for the advice!
#1 mieldog has been a member since 28/4/2013. Posts: 1
Ko pan gan offers some lovely beaches that are very quiet. The main culprit is had rin beach where the main craziness is. Other beaches will have some odd small party a day or so before or after too. I'm sure you'll find that the northeast coast is pretty chilled out, as well as the northwest coast which is probably the quietest.
You can easily avoid the FMP scene on Koh Phangan. Just stay away from Hat Rin (moon-rise-side beach) during that time. I've been to the northern beaches then (Ao Chao Phao, Si Thanu, Chalok Lom, etc.) and you wouldn't even know there was a FMP. Also check out the quiet east coast, e.g. Hat Yuan and Hat Sadet. FMP is pretty much contained to Hat Rin the party beach. Tip: Good snorkeling between Mae Had and tiny island Koh Ma on the northwest corner if the tide is right.
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KPN has nice enough beaches but there's not much to do there. If you want good snorkelling and kayaking trips I'd go to Krabi instead. Don't worry about the weather. Why people have this weird idea that it's sunny 100% of the time in one spot and rainy 100% of the time in another I don't understand. I travel every year in May/June/July to so called "rainy" spots and get sunshine day after day.
Ang Thong marine park is the main trip you can do from Samui/KPN and it's double the price you'll pay for trips out of Krabi and Krabi has multiple trips you can do. You can do awesome kayaking and snorkelling trips from Krabi that only cost 600-900 baht.