Date of stay: January 2015
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Koh Phangan is in the Gulf of Thailand and is one of the most known places for backpacking in Southeast Asia, particularly because of the world famous Full Moon Party, so be prepared for a lot of partying here. We spent one day there and it was enough according to us. You can also escape from the madness and head to the eastern or northern beaches on the island such as Haat Rin.
To be honest, the only purpose of going there was because of the Full Moon Party. At this party, each bar has its own sound system, so you’ll hear different music every few feet. The beach is lined with people selling alcohol and fire dancers putting on shows. Little booths are also set up, which sell glow-in-the-dark face paint as kids run up and down the beach hawking trinkets and glowsticks. It happens during the full moon every month.. If you miss it, there’s always the half moon party, quarter moon party, and black moon party. Really, every day is a party here... lol
Useful information in Thailand:
Be aware of the drugs in your alcoholic drinks, some local bartenders might put methanol in your drinks. As there are heaps of beach parties, you might be able to get in with alcohol bought at 7 eleven.
Try to keep emotional intelligence when dealing with street vendors. In Thailand, they can be rude if they think that you are trying to cheat when bargaining.
If you arrived at the Surat Thani Airport, bring some Bahts (Thai Currency) with you. I couldn’t find an exchange office in the airport so I had to withdraw money and therefore some fees were applied.
You can usually find expats working there so they can give you useful information about where to buy stuff or hire tours.