Koh Phangan

This island is located halfway between the islands of Ko Samui and Koh Tao. This island is famous and notorious for the monthly Full Moon Party. Tourism started on this island in the 80’s. Mostly by backpackers who wanted an alternative for the more touristic island of Koh Samui. Facilities like roads, tap water, and electricity where scarce ate these days. The numbers of tourist visiting the island were not exceeding a few hundred. Nowadays tourism at Koh Phangan is booming with thousands of visitors. The island can also be reached by airplane or by ferry from Surat Thani city. Also island hopping by (speed)boat from one of the surrounding islands is an option

Full moon party at Haad Rin Beach
Since 1985 there is a monthly party which attracts revellers from all over Thailand and the rest of the world. People often dress up in bright coloured T-shirts and paint their face with illuminating paint. Alcohol is often served in small buckets with straws. The location of this party is Haad Rin beach in the south eastern tip of the island. Boats from neighbouring Koh Samui will drop of guests on the south west beach from where they can walk through Haad Rin town to reach the party at the north east beach side.

Haad Rin Beach

Beside the noisy and crowded Full Moon Party (only at the small south eastern corner of the island) the island also has very quiet parts where you can experience the tropical island vibe. Another beautiful destination are the nearby islands of the Ang Thong National Marine Park which can be visited with boat trips from Koh Phangan.

Travel and background information
Detailed information on WikiTravel.
Extended information on www.travelfish.org.
Full moon party on Wikipeadia.
Travel report / guide by The Telegraph: Koh Phangan: a quieter side to Thailand’s party island

Burning text during the Full Moon Party at Hat Rin beach, Koh Phangan. Source: Flickr, Joe Stump
Burning text during the Full Moon Party at Hat Rin beach, Koh Phangan. Source: Flickr, Joe Stump