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Famous as the birthplace of Thailand’s original Full Moon Party, the island has developed a unique nightlife scene. Many visitors to Koh Phangan will only experience the full moon and miss the island’s other party possibilities. Across any night of the year, Koh Phangan can be hosting a number of parties that cater to all tastes, from deep house and trance festivals such as the Half Moon Jungle parties to small off-the-radar hippie style gatherings, known only to the locals.
There a lot of buckets in Koh Phangan. The Thai classic has to be SangSom. Confusingly it’s often sold as “Thai whiskey” but is actually rum, distilled from sugarcane. SangSom is the main component of Thailand’s notorious “buckets of alcohol.”
Beer is big in Thailand. The biggest local brands are Chang, Leo, and Sighna. Red Bull’s roots are also in Thailand but note the original/local version is not carbonated (no fizz or bubbles).
The world famous Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan takes place on Haad Rin beach located at the southern tip of the island. Anybody wanting the full moon experience should stay in Haad Rin town. The island of Koh Phangan is surprisingly large and organizing transport from Haad Rin to your hotel can be difficult, especially for any drunk person.
While many other islands around Thailand hold full moon parties, Koh Phangan’s party is by far the most popular backpacker’s full moon. During the lead up to full moon, trains and buses full of party people heading to Koh Phangan sell out, so don’t leave your booking until the last minute. Not all full moon parties take place during the actual full moon, parties can be moved by a day or two to avoid religious holidays when drinking alcohol is prohibited. Check out the Full Moon Party Schedule.
It’s normal for most hotels and hostels across Koh Phangan to require a minimum booking of three nights during full moon period. As people arrive in Haad Rin expect the parties to build up, at least two days before and two days after the full moon. Don’t forget, accommodation in Haad Rin books up early, try to book at least 2 weeks before the full moon.
The Main Event
Full Moon Party on Haad Rin can be a similar size to a small European festival, so get ready for 30,000 party people. Try to stick with your friends or at least have a meeting point in case you get separated. Wear shoes because there will be broken glass in the sand and take a waterproof bag for your phone and money.
Following the full moon party, a huge number of people start to leave Koh Phangan and Haad Rin town. A lot of the full moon backpackers travel on to Koh Toa so be prepared to book your Koh Toa accommodation and ferry transfer a couple of days in advance.
Koh Phangan outside the Full Moon
Many visitors to Koh Phangan will only experience the full moon and miss out on the islands other parties and nightlife. Across any night of the year, there can a number of parties on Koh Phangan catering to all tastes, from deep house and trance festivals such as the Half Moon Jungle parties to small off the radar hippie style gatherings, known only to the locals. For the chance to see the local side of Koh Phangan check out Island Boys.
Gay Owned Guest House and Bar
This Bar in the heart of Thong Sala the main town it is gay operated and has a wide range of nice cocktails as well as delicious food. This inviting bar and its good emplacement makes this place a perfect spot to begin, end or even have a fun night out. Don’t miss out on their famous burgers and French crepes. Its open-minded approach attracts gays as well as heterosexuals and creates a convivial atmosphere. The guesthouse upstairs has cozy rooms.
For You Guesthouse – Gay-Friendly Hotel Koh Phangan
Music: Expect international pop & easy listening which suitable to sit & chill and enjoy beach life.
Crowd: A mix of budget backpackers and international tourist.
Dress: There is no dress code for anywhere on Koh Phangan. Its beachwear everywhere
How to get there
For You Guesthouse is located in Thong Sala, Koh Phangan’s main town on the islands west coast.
Alcove Koh Phangan | Gay-Friendly Beachfront Wine Bar and Bungalows
Alcove Koh Phangan is a cosy bar, located right on the beach, will make you feel like home in tropical paradise immediately. Great for sunsets, the place is known for its live music and beach fire shows on Sundays but also for its beautiful French hosts Melanie and Karinne who will make sure your stay with them is memorable. Alcove Koh Phangan, the gay-owned bistro is a great choice of delicious wines, the plateau of cheeses and delicatessens, roasted duck legs and salads and many more make this place a must go. Popular for the gay community on Sundays. Don’t miss out on their cosy bungalows close to the beach.
Alcove Koh Phangan
Music: Sundays at Alcove Koh Phangan is live music night with spectacular beach fire shows.
Crowd: The bar has a relaxed mix of international tourist. Alcove Koh Phangan is welcome for all visitors.
Dress: There is no dress code for anywhere on Koh Phangan. It’s beachwear everywhere and here.
How to get there
West coast of Koh Phangan on the beautiful Hinkong Beach where many trendy and great atmosphere bars, included Alcove Koh Phangan.