Famous for the Full Moon Party that takes place here, Koh Phangan is just a short ferry ride from Koh Samui. We planned to get to Koh Phangan the day of the Full Moon Party but it turns out they decided to change the date to the following night?! Luckily for us, we had to book a minimum of 5 nights in the hotel over the Full Moon Party time so we still had somewhere to stay, it just meant that our plans for Koh Tao had fallen through. We stayed in the Buri Beach Resort which was our least favourite hotel we stayed in during our holiday in Thailand; it was the only hotel that didn’t give us complimentary bath robes and slippers! But still, it was clean and just a 10 minute walk to Haad Rin beach so we couldn’t complain! The rain continued intermittently so we had a chilled day.
On the day of the Full Moon Party, our first full day on Koh Phangan, we decided to explore the nearby area by foot; we walked down to Haad Rin beach and looked in the local shops for our Full Moon Party t-shirts for that night, I even got myself a hair braid! Lucy had seen a really nice private beach on Instagram that she wanted to find so after Google mapping we eventually found it and it did look as good as the pics on Instagram! We acted as though we were hotel guests in case we got kicked out but luckily no-one noticed us there! The hotel was called Cocohut Village and although I didn’t get to see the rooms, the hotel from the outside and the beach itself was really nice – I’d probably consider staying here if I was to visit Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party again (depending on price obviously!). We took A LOT of photos on the various swings that hung from the palm trees overlooking the beach, it was like we found paradise! Luckily the rain decided to hold out too!
In the evening, we walked down to Haad Rin beach for the Full Moon Party and it was mental to see the contrast of what was earlier a peaceful beach, now turned into a massive party full of little stands selling the famous buckets, loud music and hoops of fire for people to jump through. Lucy and I aren’t massive drinkers and I was worried about the safety (I am a worrier and I had read a lot of things about how dangerous the Full Moon Parties are, especially for girls – but it was absolutely fine because I am a responsible adult!) so we opted for alcohol-free buckets consisting of Sprite or Fanta! It was quite interesting to watch everyone get in a state through alcohol and drugs. We didn’t stay too late as we had a day trip booked to Koh Nang Yuan the next morning.
As we had more time than anticipated on Koh Phangan, we took a boat trip to Koh Nang Yuan and it was stunning! We took the trek up to the top for an amazing look-out over the island, it was well worth the tiring walk up there! The waters are crystal clear too which was great for snorkelling.
I only got to spend a short time on Koh Phangan and I’m too scared to hire a moped but I’ve heard the island has some really lovely beaches – go explore and recommend your favourite places in Koh Phangan below!
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