Ko Pha Ngan Journals

Life on Ko Pha Ngan

A May 2002 trip to Ko Pha Ngan by kiwilee

Full Moon Party Photo, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand More Photos
Quote: How I managed to pass 5 days on the Island known as the party capital of the South East Asia.

Life on Ko Pha Ngan

Overview

Welcome to the party capital of the South Pacific Photo, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
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The Full Moon Party, what can I say. An absolutely mad nite. Make sure you dont miss it. I loved wasting the afternoon away playing on the beach, then watching movies or The Simpsons in many of the fine establishments on the island

Quick Tips:

Think about where you want to stay on Ko Pha Ngan. Whether to have peace and quiet and cheap bungalows, or to pay more to live in the thick of it in Hat Rin. You may find that its ever so slightly cheaper to live in Hat Rin when you add up a few taxi fares. But I`d say stay away.

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Emerald Ocean Bungalows Photo, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
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How much am i allowed to rant about this place??? This is a group of a dozen bungalows run by Mickey and her family, who are quite possibly the nicest Thai's in Thailand. They are set right on the beach at Ban Tai, about a 15 minute ride from Thong Sala. The rooms themselves are your typical island fare. Bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin. Fans in every room, 24 hour power, and a hammock on the porch. What really makes this place is the owners. They cook the best food I ate in Thailand. It was all really fresh and the servings were giant, even by my Kiwi standards. Also, if you ask Mickey nicely enough, then she'll teach you how to cook the food, so you can fry your nood...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 16, 2002

Emerald Ocean Bungalows
Ban Tai
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

Full Moon Party

Attraction

Full Moon Party Photo, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
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The guide book said "Apocaypse Now without the war". It wouldn't be far wrong. It was absolutely mental. All the bars along the beach play different music, so you can get anything from drum n bass to hard house. The drinks were flowing freely, and diet pills and codeine were in abundance as well. Interestingly enough a power cut plunged the island into darkness just before I went into Hat Rin (karma perhaps). A spectacular lightning storm threatened to dampen the night but the party gods intervened and the clouds overhead receeded. The lightning kept coming and the forks that kept striking behind the hills of Pha Ngan mixed in with all the lasers and strobes from the bars to bring an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2002

Full Moon Party
Hat Rin Beach
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

The Rabble Photo, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
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If you are still fairly new to Thailand when you make your pilgrimage to Ko Pha Ngan, you may be in for a shock when you step off the boat. At the end of the pier stands a swarm of locals all with signs and yelling "TAXI, TAXI" at the top of their voices. Now if you have just endured an overnight train followed by a cramped boat ride then this may be a little more than you can bear. Especially when they start jostling and pushing you as you try and walk through them. If you have somewhere lined up to stay, then just ignore them and walk past. You'll see all the songthaews further on, and there are a few drivers who seem to take a much more relaxed view to getting passengers. Just ask t...Read More
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If you are coming to Thailand looking for a good time, then there is no way you can pass up the offer of a Bucket.Consisting of ice, Sang Som (Thai rum) and Red Bull, this potent mix is sure to get your night up and running. There are rumours about what is in Thai spirits that are so cheaply sold. Whether this is true or not, they seem to have perfected the art of hangover free alcohol.If you find the right flyer, it should be possible to swap it for a free bucket to get your night kick-started. Otherwise, 160 baht isnt a lot to fork out for a drink that can be shared by 6 people.We ended up having so much fun with the bucket, that it made it's way back to England along with some supp...Read More

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kiwilee

kiwilee
London, New Zealand