What are the Best Thailand Party Islands?

The Thais know how to party and travellers from around the world flock to its islands to sip a bucket, pick up some glow sticks and dance on the beach ’til dawn. Banish the hangover with a swim in the sea, a nap in a hammock under a palm tree and you’ll be ready to start all over again. Want to know the best place to party in Thailand? Look no further…

Top 5 Best Thailand Party Islands

1. Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan’s full moon parties are legendary and attract backpackers and holidaymakers alike. The brightly painted beach bars and Haad Rin beach itself rocks to the sound of house, trance, drum n’ bass, and hip-hop and the party doesn’t stop until the sun comes up. Don’t think that the partying is limited to once a month though – half-moon and black-moon parties are also popular and step into a bar any night of the week and there will be something going on. Paint yourself luminous colours, grab your glow sticks and head to the beach!

2. Koh Phi Phi

Famous both for the beauty depicted in the film The Beach and for the devastation brought to it by the 2004 tsunami, Koh Phi Phi remains a stunningly beautiful island, recovering well from disaster. Relax on the beach by day and climb to the viewpoint in time for sunset for spectacular views. Once the sun has gone down, the beach comes alive with fire eaters, fire jugglers and fire dancers and people sit on low tables with their feet in the sand sipping buckets of Thai whisky and cola. There is no shortage of bars on this tiny island so why not try a different one every night?

3. Koh Samui

As a crop of luxury resorts spring up across the island and it becomes more popular with wealthy tourists, Koh Samui is gradually becoming a more expensive destination but you can still find cheap accommodation and it offers some of the best nightlife in Thailand. Watch the sun set over Chaweng Beach, cocktail in hand, then move on to Green Mango Soi where most of the bars and clubs are located. The Green Mango Club is one of the best if you fancy dancing the night away – a converted warehouse, its two rooms blare out hip-hop and mainstream, and techno and house until the early morning.

4. Phuket

The nightlife in Phuket is centred on Patong Beach, where bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants line Bangla Road. Whether you want a cheap beer in a beer bar or a cocktail in a classy cocktail lounge, it’s all here in Patong. Tiger Club, just off Bangla Road, is always pumping but if mellow drinks are more your thing, check out tropical-themed Baya Beach. On the outskirts of town, just a short taxi ride away from the hotels of Phuket, Safari Club’s indoor and outdoor clubs are open until dawn and offer both live music and DJs.

5. Koh Chang

The “Elephant Island” provides a lower-key party destination. It is easy to find areas away from the madding crowds where you can have a quiet dinner on the beach followed by just a couple of drinks and an early night if you fancy a night off. The party scene here is more about getting together with your mates and having a few drinks and a good chat to some reggae beats than dancing to trance music all night.

12 Comments

  • Matt

    December 8, 2010

    If you’re after a party, look no further than Koh Phi Phi. I’m still not sure how I made it out of there alive!

  • Jayne

    December 8, 2010

    I agree with Matt – I’ve been to all 5 but somehow ended up back at Phi Phi for a second dose at new years last year. It called to me and nearly killed me! Great fun though 😉

  • Fiona

    December 8, 2010

    Wow, really regretting not experiencing this when I still lived nearby in Aus! Sounds amazing!

  • Beata

    December 8, 2010

    OMG that sounds cool. I will be there in few weeks. Any recommendations for budget places to stay?

  • William

    December 10, 2010

    Wow, some fantastic advice here in this blog. Thailand is an independent country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia. There are many places to visit i.e Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phukht, Koh Samui and many more famous beaches. Thailand has infinite layers which you need to explore to reveal its hidden secrets. This blog really will help me for next trip to Thailand.

  • Chris

    December 13, 2010

    Phi Phi NYE 2008… dancing on the back beach Ibiza Bar with a thousand other people from around the world everyone hugging and wishing each other a happy new year.

    Simple, perfect memory!

  • Lindsay aka @_thetraveller_

    December 24, 2010

    how did I manage to miss Thailand? These sound AMAZING… worsties!

  • Elle

    May 29, 2011

    Now you’re speaking my language! I definitely need to party it up in Thailand!

  • Sune

    November 19, 2012

    Koh Samed needs to be on this list. Legendary xmas party on Hat Sai Kaew Beach there!

  • Brandon Elijah Scott

    March 2, 2013

    Nice blog mate

  • Gap Year Escape

    April 10, 2013

    Thank you.

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