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What's a good beach on Ko Pha Ngan?

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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.

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If the choice doesn't leave you floundering to make a decision, you'll also have to choose the atmosphere you like best for a holiday: there's well over a dozen beaches with characters spanning hedonist-haven to party-animal to secluded strips of sand that no guidebook has ever mentioned. Here's a cheat sheet to some of Ko Pha Ngan's better beachside options – we'll leave the accommodation choices for another time.

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.

Haad Rin Beach is still pretty amazing. Photo taken in or around What's a good beach on Ko Pha Ngan?, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand by David Luekens.

Haad Rin Beach is still pretty amazing. Photo: David Luekens

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) ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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