With raging parties, white sand beaches, world class diving, beachfront resorts and dirt cheap alcohol; it's no surprise the islands off the eastern Thai peninsular are so popular. From waking up on the beach with a fresh ass tat and no wallet in Koh Phangan, to scoring a PADI dive cert in Koh Tao, we've got you covered with this blog on the Eastern Thai Island's.
The largest and most popular of the islands is the postcard perfect island destination of Koh Samui. Boasting beachfront resorts, white sand beaches, water sports and huge clubs, there's really something for everyone here.
Chaweng Beach is where most of the madness goes down with beach front resorts, clubs and a variety of water sports spanning the length of the beach. For the daytime adrenaline lovers, get high on the fly board, hire a jetski or, check out the water park.
By night, check out one of the islands many beach clubs like Ark Bar before heading out to Green Mango to party until late.
The island has plenty of other cool spots worth checking out, Lamai and Bo-Phut beaches are accessible via scooter.
After soaking up the sun in Koh Samui you'll be ready to really let your hair down and head to the party island of Koh Phangan.
Not one for the faint hearted , it seems as though anything goes on the party island. As thousands of party hard, neon clad, bucket sipping tourists flood the island year round for the in-famous Full Moon Party’s at Haardin Beach, the party never stops on Koh Phangan.
On nights leading up to the Full Moon Party you can find yourself entertained by wild all night beach and jungle parties; Half Moon, Black Moon, Jungle Experience party, basically there's always an excuse to let loose on Koh Phangan.
To avoid waking up on Haardrin beach without your belongings like hundreds of other drunk and/or drugged tourists every year, leave the belongings at home. No but seriously, watch the "fucking cheap buckets" of local Sangsom rum and other bucket drinks as there's plenty of cases of these containing methanol, leading to serious poisoning including loss of vision. Check the lid on the bottle hasn't been tampered with and never accept a bucket that's already been poured, especially from any shady Thai dudes informing you of the "good price for you my friend". Okay, so chances are you're here to party and this blog will be the last thing you're thinking of as you jump over a flaming rope with bucket in hand. Some better advice might be, take a friend whose smarter and more responsible than you, and stick with them. If you're the smartest of the bunch, then good luck to you my friend.
Maybe write your hotel name on your body and go easy on the magic milkshakes on magic mountain. When the liver starts failing, check out the aptly named Slip N Fly to ditch the hangover. Perhaps another bucket by the pool first..
Video below of yours truly eating shit on the Slip N Fly for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
After a (definitely not chill) day of Slip N' Fly'ing, head up to Stone Hill Resort and Amsterdam Sunset Bar to check out the islands best sunset view. Relax on the terrace with cocktail or special Thai milkshake in-hand and enjoy the sunset, or have a dip in the hillside pool. If you're looking for a truly unique location to stay, this here would be a good start.
Koh Phangan is no longer the local secret it once was and thanks to Leo in "The Beach" and the advent of the internet, it seems as though the party's never going to end in Koh Phangan. Leave your morals and judgement at home for this one, and expect thousands of neon wearing, sun-burnt, inebriated party goers, scooters, debauchery and not the cleanest of beaches. If you want a taste of Koh Phangan but don’t want to stay on the island, there are plenty of ferries going back and forth to the (slighty) less party centric island of Koh Samui daily . As the pounding of the liver takes it's toll, it could be time for an adventure of a different kind.
Koh Tao, the smallest of the three eastern islands and is a stark contrast from Koh Phangan and Samui. it is the perfect destination to earn your PADI open water diving certificate. Sometimes refered to as turtle island, prices are extremely cheap for diving courses and the island provides a relaxed getaway from the madness of Koh Phangan.
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