08 Dec 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.
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.