So much sand, so little time.
Published/Last edited or updated: 27th October, 2016
With a rapidly developing range of accommodation from ultra-basic thatch bungalows for 200 baht a night through to totally decadent luxury suites for 15,000 baht a night, Ko Pha Ngan truly offers something for everyone.
Where's the party? Ko Pha Ngan has a long-running reputation for its full moon parties, which centre around what was once the loveliest beach on the island, Haad Rin. If you want to be out and about every night, all night, then Haad Rin is a good choice. Much of the eastern end of the beach is lined with large bars and come evening, many places arrange tables and axe pillows out on the sand.
Bear in mind that neither Haad Rin nor the full moon parties are secluded, invite-only events. You're just as likely to be sharing your patch of sand with the coolest super hip chic funky whatevers as you are with a vomiting bunch of 16-year-olds on their first trip overseas on Mummy and Daddy's credit cards.
Aside from Haad Rin, a number of other beaches run regular parties, so keep an eye out for the never-ending series of flyers you'll have thrust at you while trying to relax on the sand. Thong Nai Pan has a low-key yet entertaining scene, as does Haad Thian. Further afield you'll get a range of decent parties along Ban Kai and Ban Tai beaches – where the Half Moon Party (among others) takes place.
No party, have baby Over the years Ko Pha Ngan has also turned into a bit of a fave for those with young children. Haad Salad, Haad Yao (on the western side of Ko Pha Ngan – there are two) and Thong Nai Pan Noi and Yai all have long flat beaches and reasonably shallow water with resorts that can provide hot water without costing ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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