For some travelers making the journey to the tropical islands of Southern Thailand, a certain monthly festival is likely one of the common activities on an itinerary of things to do. The legendary event, known as the Full Moon Party, occurs on the night of the full moon each month on the tropical Thai isle of Koh Pha Ngan. This is one reason why the island is relatively well known in international circles today.
Koh Pha Ngan is located in the Gulf of Thailand, which means that the island enjoys a relatively calm ocean, and can be a pleasant environment for swimming or relaxing on the beach as the waves gently lap at your feet. The main way to get to the island is by ferry from the nearby island of Ko Samui, where there is also an international airport. There are multiple ferries available each day traveling from .Big Buddha. pier on Ko Samui to the port of Thong Sala on Koh Pha Ngan. Once on the island there are shared taxis called Songthaews, which provide a shared and bumpy ride around the island. The boats are likely a more pleasant way to travel and traveling from beach to beach by boat is certainly a scenic way to get more acquainted with Ko Pha Ngan.s more secluded coastal treasures.
The island features many beaches and other natural wonders for an adventurous traveler to enjoy. Numerous small bays are home to a plethora of pleasant swimming and snorkeling, along with an abundance of quaint island accommodations. Further inland are a variety of waterfalls and scenic lookouts, including those at Than Sadet National Park. The park, home to the largest waterfall on the island, is said to have been a favorite of a former king of Thailand. Ko Pha Ngan is also a great place to enjoy scuba diving and there are many schools around the island for obtaining a PADI scuba certification.
While Koh Pha Ngan has a lot more to offer travelers than just the Full Moon Party, it is no secret that the island.s numerous monthly festivals are a major reason the island is so popular with tourists. People occasionally make the journey from neighboring islands just to attend the special events. The beach known as Haad Rin is home to the famous Full Moon Party and the clubs are open all night on the beach with pulsing rhythms and performers also fire dancing all night long. As a note, Ko Pha Ngan is considered to be a great place to learn about the art of fire dancing, as there are some skilled performers who also teach. Haad Rin is not the place to be if you are looking for a quiet evening on a beach enjoying nature. There are also other monthly music festivals, on other areas of the island, including the popular Half Moon Party that happens twice a month.
Koh Pha Ngan is certainly a good place to enjoy a festive party atmosphere at night and natural wonders by day.