After 5 brilliant days on Koh Tao where we spent Christmas it was time to do the short boat journey over to Koh Phangan.
When looking online for accommodation most places had a minimum of 7 nights stay so we headed there on 27th December so we had some pre party time before New Years Eve and then we also had some recovery days before moving on and this worked really well!
We stayed at Shenanigans Lazy House Hostel, at the time of booking they said they would have a pool but it wasn’t finished until our third day there, once it was finished it was good though and there was a great atmosphere. Our room wasn’t great and we had some problems with the staff. We paid £230.00 each for a triple room for 7 nights so it was very pricey but one of the best options i could find online that wasn’t a dorm room.. i would recommend this place if you’re looking to stay in Haad Rin though!
Haad Rin is a town on Koh Phangan island where the full moon party beach is, it was especially busy over this period, some people don’t like Haad Rin as its very backpacker-y and touristy but i love it! I think you have to embrace this side of Thailand now and again!
We didn’t do much during the day on our days there but we did have some great nights, each night we headed out onto the beach to Cactus bar, got some buckets, watched the fire dancers, had a dance, made new friends and then did it all over again the following night.
There are always pre parties away from Haad Rin but having stood on a broken beer bottle at the Jungle Party in 2014 which ended my trip in Asia i decided to stay away from that this year and we definitely saved money by staying on the beach and not paying entrance fees for the other parties!
Before we knew it it was 31st December! Although New Years Eve didn’t have a Full Moon the New Year’s Eve party was exactly the same as a Full Moon Party.. everyone was wearing neon clothes, covered in neon paint and of course it was buckets gallore!
I’d been to 2 Full Moon Parties before this and i knew being New Year this party would be a lot busier which it was but to be honest it wasn’t toooo busy! People were coming onto the island by the boat load from the near by islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao and I had envisions of us not being able to get onto the beach due to the amount of people but it really wasn’t that bad and of course as the night goes on more people drop off and go to bed so the beach clears.
Before we knew it we were counting down to the New Year and on cue as we were all hugging a firework show started and it was a great moment!
We spent pretty much all night at Sunrise Bar which plays Drum and Bass and we had so much fun!
As i said, as the night goes on the beach gets lets busy so you can walk about a bit more and have less chance of losing friends and by 6:00am it was starting to get light and the sun started to rise out of the ocean.. this had always been my favourite part about the Full Moon parties i’ve been to but having an amazing sunrise and it being the first day of the New Year just made it that much more special and amazing!
Without doubt it was my best New Year, i would 100% consider going back to Koh Phangan for New Year.. in fact i want to go back this year!!