Koh Phangan is an island in Thailand whose name has become synonymous with the famous Full Moon Parties that take place once a month. This lively, all-night event boasts some 30,000 travelers all gathered on Haad Rin beach having the experience of a lifetime. And that is only the beginning of what Koh Phangan has to offer.
Full Moon Party, Half Moon Party, water parks, beaches and bars all welcome backpackers and travelers to enjoy what they have to offer. Which is why we at Globalized Citizen have drawn up the top 5 things to do in Koh Phangan. Because if you’re going, you might as well do them all and return with a story to tell.
Full Moon Party is thrown on the beach of Haad Rin once a month during the full moon. Founded by a group of like-minded travelers who appreciated the stark beauty of Koh Phangan’s full moon, this tradition has carried on and brings out 10,000 to 30,000 people each month to celebrate the night by dancing to drum and bass or trance, watching the fireworks and fire-eaters, or simply drinking and enjoying the night. By the night’s end, the Full Moon Party becomes the epitome of paradise.
Half Moon Party happens twice a month (at each half moon) deep in the jungle of Ban Tai. Resident DJs play to large dance floors full of dancing travelers, and a “chill deck” stands nearby for those who need a drink and a quick break from the tribal house and trance beats. Food stalls, paint booths, and t-shirt stands are all within reach, so parties can run anywhere until 2am or even 6am.
Slip ‘N’ Fly is a water park in Koh Phangan that opens its doors during the full moon period and the half moon period to travelers who want to experience the two massive water slides that have made the park famous. Slip ‘N’ Fly provides an all day party (10:00 AM until 8:00 PM) on the ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’ slides, as they’re called, that launch the riders well into the air before they land in the pools below. The site also features a locker room and changing room, food courts, and tons of games for anyone looking to skip the slides.
Amsterdam Bar has an amazing atmosphere, delicious food, and one of the best views on the island. This is a must for backpackers looking for a comfortable place to hang out for an evening—the sunset is said to be the best in Thailand. Curl up on the wooden deck outside, order a drink and enjoy the sights of Ko Samui, Ko Tao, and Ang Thong National Park.
Bottleneck Beach is a secluded shore on Koh Phangan. Quiet and relaxing, this beach is only accessible by boat which keeps its sands relatively untouched. However, for the lucky travelers who are privy to its waters, there is plenty to do. In addition to sparking blue waters and sand, there is snorkeling, fishing, diving, wind surfing, elephant trekking, boat cruises and massages are only a glimpse into all that Bottleneck Beach has to offer.
Koh Phangan is a true Thailand destination with plenty to see and even more to do. On a Globalized Citizen Thailand Experience trip, regardless of the duration of your stay, you’re bound to find something and somewhere that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime!