I am going to the Full Moon Party this year, and would like to know if anyone have a suggest of where I can find accomodation on Ko Phangang? And how many days should I arrive before the party? Is it hard to find accomodation too during November and December?
Sorry for all the questions...
I'd get there about 3/4 days before the night, chillout and relax. I stayed on the other side of the island where it was more chilled out and quiet. Then we got a taxi from our hotel to the full moon party and a taxi back the next morning. If you stay on the beach, dont expect anything short of madness all night long! no chance of sleep...
If you're fussy about where you want to stay then I'd get there a week before to ensure you have a good choice of resorts with vacancies.
If you're not fussy then 3-5 days before should be okay. You may have to stay on the sunset coast but it's only a 5-10 minute walk from one side of the peninsula to the other, so although I prefer sunrise, either side is okay.
If you end up on the sunset coast then Seaside Bungalows is a really nice resort run by a totally friendly family.
On Sunrise, Anan Bungalows are the cheapest, and there are a few resorts further back from the beach at that end of the beach which look like they would be the last to fill up, so try that end of the beach first.
thanks for the tips! Gonna keep that in mind...
hey, is it also true that there are many breakins in the bungalows during the party? I don't want to carry all my things, such as mobile, cam, mp3, creditcards and such...
There are reports of breakins during the party, and even on Samui they tend to step up security a bit during the festivities. I was at the party in January and I stayed on Bophut in Samui and caught the boat over and back. It was a short stumble from the pier and they have boats that run every hour across the bay. PM me if you want the hotel info where I stayed, it was pretty solid
I've never actually heard of any break-ins over Full Moon but the local Koh han Ngan leaflets/publications tell you to be careful with your valuables, so I presume they must happen occasionally. Some resorts have lockers or a safe, but you sometimes need to bring your own lock.
At the guest house i stayed at the couple that owned it offered to take a bag of our valuables to put away for the niught which jsut put our minds at ease. though we had friends staying right on the beach in had rin and i dont think anybody had any problems with theft, just noise though again the stories do circulate so probly best to take some precaution.
we arrived 2 days before and managed to get accomodation on the other side of the island. it was so nice and peaceful, i dont think you oculd have a bad time any where on koh phangan.i cant wait to go back at the end of this year.
I arrived the day before the party at the end of November 2004 and was lucky to find a spot at Mac Bay Resort (http://www.macbayresort.com/) in Ban Tai (about a 20 minute taxi/motorbike ride from Had Rin where the party is). The roads between Had Rin and Ban Tai are nuts. The cabins and beach there were decent and you're close to a 7-Eleven where you can find the basics and a public phone. Thong Sala, which is the main town on Phangan, is about 15 minutes away.
If you're looking for a little more laid back, Had Yao in the island's north-west is the place to be. I stayed at Long Bay Resort(http://www.long-bay.com/ - not Long Beach which is next door) which was absolute paradise. The beach is fantastic, the pool is right next to the beach, the restaurant is good and every night five or ten resorts in the area have catch-of-the-day barbecues right on the sand. The only downfall is that it's at least 40 minutes away from the full moon party.
If you're just there for a non-stop party, stay right on Had Rin itself. There are cabins all over the place, but like others have warned, they fill up fast before a Full Moon Party, so get there at least three days ahead of time.
Any way you slice it, I'm jealous! I did a six-month tour that brought me through parts of Europe, Asia and Australia/NZ and the 10 days I spent on Koh Phangan were among the very best of the trip.
You can just go there and walking through all the cheap guesthouse. It's everywhere and cheap. No need for reservation or anything.