During my recent trip to Thailand which was to relax and not discover new conspiracy theories I made it over to the island next to Koh Samui called Koh Phangan. This is a smaller island than Koh Samui. It has a very different feel to Koh Samui. It is less main stream and less commerically developed. It seems that nature has been given more of a chance to flourish in Koh Phangan than in Koh Samui. It is not the nature, however, that Koh Phangan is famous for. It’s the Full Moon Party on Haad Rin Sunrise Beach.
I had originally planned to spend one night in Haad Rin, but on looking for full moon accommodation I quickly realized two things. Firstly, the place gets fully booked during the time of the full moon; and, secondly, all the bungalows, resorts and hotels in Haad Rin have a minimum stay requirement of at least 5 nights when there’s a party going on. So instead I took the Haad Rin Queen over in the morning and then took it back to Koh Samui the following day.
Haad Rin is a pleasant town. There’s plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. I liked the fact that I could walk around Haad Rin. Places like Lamai and Chaweng in Koh Samui were too big for my liking.
As the evening of the full moon approached the atmosphere of Haad Rin changed. People started appearing covered in fluorescent body paint. Haad Rin quickly developed a carnival atmosphere with everyoe out to have a good time. Lots of the bars in Haad Rin held warm-up parties. People were not holding back – they were necking the alcohol.
At 10pm I went down to the beach, the main party venue. It is a long beach lined with bars. Each place has its own powerful sound system playing 1 type of music. The Cactus and the Drop In were playing chart and RnB. Paradise Bungalows played electro and trance. Vinyl Club and Zoom Bar played psy-trance and Orchid played drum abnd Bass. I started out at Orchid since liked their music the best. I soon fell in with a group of people.
The beach was really busy. Lots of people were danicng at all of the venues. Between the bars were small shacks selling ’buckets’. This is a lethal combination of Thai whiskey, coke and Red Bull. I stuck to the beer.
Later on we went to Mellow Mountain. It’s at the northern end of the beach. It’s a great spot from which to see the party. They had some cool seating and played some mellow music.
My new found friends partied all night. I struggled to keep up with them. In the morning we said goodbye. I went to Haad Rin pier; they went to the Backyard Pub for an after party.
Great times. I really recommend going to the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan at least once.