Koh Phangan

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Asia, Continent, Play-by-plays, Thailand | 0 comments

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The south of Thailand is known for its beautiful tropical islands. Some of the more popular include Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi and of course Koh Phangan. Unfortunately due to my time constraints I could only visit one of these islands and I choose Koh Phangan.

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Koh Phangan is very popular amongst the backpacker community because of the Full Moon Party. This party, as its name suggests, happens on the night of the full moon of each month and some call it “the best party on the planet”. This beach party originated in the 1980s and draws crowds of 20,000-30,000 people. Given it popularity and really bold titles, I decided to check it out and come to a conclusion of my own.

Since tourists flock from all corners of the world to visit this beach party, I decided to stay on the side of the island where the party doesn’t occur. I stayed at the Nice Sea Resort on Srithanu Beach (which seemed to be a great idea given some of the horror stories I heard from other travelers who stayed at hostels on Hadd Rin beach where the party happens). Not only did I get a relatively inexpensive villa on the beach, I found this cool drum circle and jammed out with some guys for a few hours.

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Sooooo the full moon party…. Well I can’t say it was the best party that I’ve ever been to. From reports there were about 15,000 people, which makes it the most populated party that I’ve attended and also the most hectic. If you go there with friends like I did, don’t expect to be with them longer than about an hour. This is fine though because you have 14,000 other people that you can hang out with, and it’s not hard meeting people. From body paint and beach bars blasting techno all night to buckets full of alcohol and balloons filled with laughing gas for purchase, you can find anything that you want on this beach. A warning though: while it is generally safe, any event with this many people can turn dangerous. There have been some reports of bad things that have happened in the past so have your wits about you. Beyond that have a blast!

After recovering from partying until the sun came up, we decided to explore the island a bit more and check out a Muay Thai match. Muay Thai is a form of martial arts which originated in Thailand and is very similar to kickboxing. Over the past 20 years it’s become one of the most famous fighting styles in the world. Although I knew it was popular for adults to get in the ring, it was pretty surprising seeing matches between kids this young.

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