1st stop for Suksakham, Koh Phangan!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the most famous attraction of this tropical island, the Full Moon Party. A stop on all South East Asia backpacking circuits, this mother of all parties can draw over 30,000 people in peak season. Most of the 30,000 stay for just few days,not venturing far from Haad Rin, where the festivities are held, which is a shame because they miss out on a truly beautiful island that has so much more to offer.
Step away from Haad Rin and you’ll find the type of island you’ve seen in movies and video games. Covered in waterfall infested jungles, and surrounded by dozens of pristine beaches, you’ll have the opportunity to experience real #islandlife.
Apart from the obvious attraction of the full moon party, Koh Phangan and its surrounding islands have plenty to keep you busy. On the island itself you’ll find many yoga studios where you can practice your downward dog, or trek up through the jungle to any number of waterfalls for a dip in some ice cold fresh water. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can head over to neighbouring Koh Tao, well known as one of the cheapest and most beautiful places in the world to become a PADI certified scuba diver.
Things to Do:
Attend the original and infamous Full Moon Party!
The crowning glory of Koh Phangan, the Full Moon Party is a right of passage for every backpacker travelling through South East Asia.
Up to 30,000 people descend on the small town of Haad Rin each month to indulge in pure hedonism. And pure hedonism is what they get. More UV paint than you’ve ever seen, suspiciously cheap buckets of alcohol, fire dancers that will make your jaw drop, music from every genre, and ravers from every corner of the globe. There are parties all week in the lead up to the main event, and if you survive them, you’ll be in for a long night. The music doesn’t stop until noon the following day!
Love it or hate it, the Full Moon Party is quite the spectacle, and something we think every traveller should experience at least once.
Practice your Sun Salutations
Yoga is one of the biggest draws to the island, outside of the monthly Full Moon Party of course. There are dozens of Yoga schools across the island offering drop-in sessions for as little as $8, or as many people do, you can sign up for a month long course that will have you well on your way to being a certified instructor!
Where there is yoga, there is inevitably everything else that tends to accompany it like meditation, healthy eating, spiritual healing. If you’re the spiritual kind, you’ll definitely find your tribe on this island!
Explore the Deep Blue
You can find the island of Koh Tao just an hours ferry ride north. Above the waves there isn’t anything that remarkable about Koh Tao, you could describe it as a smaller Koh Phangan. But beneath the waves, oh my!
There is a huge concentration of quality dive sites surrounding the island which has attracted what seems like hundreds of dive schools to the island. This has made Koh Tao one of the cheapest places in the world to become a PADI certified scuba diver. So if you’ve ever considered scuba diving, this is the place to do it.
Live the Beach Bum Life
We can’t think of many better ways to end a day than watching the sunset below the sea every evening, with sand between your toes and a beer in your hand. There’s definitely no better way to wake up than a morning dip in crystal clear waters.
Living life on the beach is a rare gift, that is usually reserved for one week a year, if you’re lucky. Fortunately for us, on Koh Phangan this will be our reality for a month!