Thailand: the east coast and the Full Moon Party!
When I thought there wasn’t a better place in Thailand than Phi Phi; Koh Samui and koh Panghan came…
There are a few things everyone should know about Thailand. First, I’m pretty sure it has the nicest people in the world. Every Thai you meet will say something nice to you or give you one of those smiles that make your day just better!
And secondly, for the first time in Asia, I didn’t feel like locals were constantly trying to rip me off. On the contrary, everyone helps tourists, making us feel very welcomed.
But, there’s two ways of traveling in Thailand. You’re either a backpacker on a party mode, or you’re a tourist relaxing in one of those incredibly luxurious resorts. I don’t really know how, but these 2 worlds never get mixed up.
Koh Samui was the only place where we kind of feel that there’s a whole different way of travelling in Thailand. Here there’s many incredible hotels. In fact, the beach is sort of divided by resorts. Plus, the shops and restaurants look better and more expensive, and the night scene is more “sophisticated” (for Asia standards). Prostitution is a huge thing, and maybe therefore nightclubs are so crazy. I saw little girls, maybe 13 years old, working as prostitutes, hunting for tourists!
On the other hand, Koh Panghan is a totally different island. It’s very wild and not so explored. Here’s where the famous Full Moon Party is held, so the island is colonized by backpackers with one single goal in their minds – have as much fun as they can possibly bare!
There are jungle parties in the middle of nowhere, there are secret party gardens, waterfall parties, beach after parties…the island never sleeps! And I don’t mean only the foreigners, Thai people also like to have fun. After all, they’re the ones who created the famous buckets, which are part of the reason why every party is so intense Thailand!
Koh Panghan was my favorite place in Thailand. Not just for the obvious reasons, but also for the place itself. During the day we could stay in a quiet relaxing place, away from the crowds. Beach bungalows are very spread throughout the island, distance is kept, and therefore, beaches never get too packed, there’s no noise or pollution of any kind.
Every time we wanted to go back to civilization, we had our rented motorbikes for 2€ a day, which took us anywhere in the island. Except when it didn’t, of course.
For that price, scooters were obviously bad quality. So they didn’t go up the hill with 2 people on it. Believe me, I tried and the bike just died halfway to the top.
Anyway, renting scooters was also a fun thing to do. We were asked if we had ridden one before, to which we honestly answered the truth “no”. Did they give us the bikes anyway? YES! With no second thoughts!!
I guess it’s Asia so everything’s ‘same same…but different’!…..I miss Thailand!
- Thailand Travel Pros: Bangkok, Samui, PhiPhi. Is Angkor too much? (ask.metafilter.com)
- The Beaches of Thailand (visit-chiang-mai-online.com)