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After spending Christmas on Koh Tao, it was time to do the short boat journey over to Koh Phangan to spend New Years on Koh Phangan which turns out is the best place to spend New Year’s Eve in Thailand!
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-parties before New Year’s Eve and we also had some recovery days before moving on and this worked really well!
New Years on Koh Phangan
Important Tips for New Year’s Eve in Thailand:
Accommodation books up fast, especially on Koh Phangan so make sure you book that as soon as you know you’re going there! (Hopefully, this post will help you make that decision!) I use Booking.com for all my hotel and hostel bookings including Thailand because it has so many options!
Transport (Buses & Boats) really book up in advance at this time of year too (Koh Phangan doesn’t have an airport so you have to get a boat there) so I would recommend booking your bus and boat to and from Koh Phangan in advance as you won’t be the only person wanting to get on the island before New Year and wanting to leave afterwards! You can book these tickets online now which makes it much easier and the prices are pretty much the same!
Where to stay in Koh Phangan over New Years?
Haad Rin is the main party place and town in Koh Phangan for backpackers and tourists so if you want to be in the action and go to all of the parties then definitely stay in and around Haad Rin!
Be warned though that Haad Rin gets especially busy over the Christmas and New Year period. Some people don’t like Haad Rin as it’s very backpacker-y and touristy but I love it because it’s such good fun and so convenient!
If you want to stay further out in a more relaxing area of Koh Phangan and head into Haad Rin for the Parties I suggest Shiralea Backpackers Resort, I stayed here in 2019 and loved it! They have dorm rooms and bungalows, a pool, a bar, great staff and it’s close to Haad Yao beach!
For more accommodation options in Haad Rin and on Koh Phangan, have a look at Booking.com here who offer great deals and flexible options.
Pre-New Years Parties in Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is a popular place to spend Christmas in Thailand so there are parties every night and all of the bars are open from before Christmas right up until New Year’s Eve. So if you go to Koh Phangan for New Years and you like to party, I suggest getting there 3-4 nights before to enjoy these parties!
Not only are there parties on the beach every night but there are also some main parties like the Jungle Party before New Year’s Eve. If you want to save some money I suggest avoiding these parties as they can cost a lot to get in, drinks are more expensive and you have to get transport to them. I like staying in and around Haad Rin instead!
Like the Full Moon Parties here, the pre-nights can actually be more fun because they are less busy than the main nights of New Year’s Eve or a Full Moon Party!
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!
Before we knew it it was 31st December! Although New Year’s 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 galore, my favourite!
I’d been to 2 Full Moon Parties before being in Koh Phangan for New Years and I knew that the Koh Phangan New Years Eve party would be a lot busier and I was worried about how busy it would be but, to be honest, it wasn’t toooo busy!
People were coming onto the island by the boatload from the nearby islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao and I had envisioned of us not being able to get onto the beach due to the number of people, it was busy don’t get me wrong, 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 and it becomes more fun and manageable!
Visiting Koh Phangan for New Years Eve from Koh Samui or Koh Tao
If you don’t want to spend 7 nights on Koh Phangan, you can stay in accommodation on Koh Samui or Koh Tao and get the boat over just for the new years eve party. The boats do book up fast though and I recommend booking them in advance, you can book a boat to Koh Phangan with full transfers at a range of times here on 12GO Asia:
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!
Remember to get insurance before you go on your trip!
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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 6:00 am it was starting to get light and the sun started to rise out of the ocean.. this has 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 a doubt it was my best New Year, I would 100% consider going back to Koh Phangan for New Year.
- More of my Thailand Posts:
- 60 Tips To Know BEFORE Going to Thailand To Have The BEST Time!
- 2 Week Holiday in Thailand Itinerary to see the North & the South Islands!
- Ultimate One Month Itinerary for Thailand & it’s Party Islands!
- Getting a Bamboo Tattoo on Phi Phi Island in Thailand!!
- Having an Awesome Christmas on Koh Tao, Thailand!