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Koh Samui / Koh Pha Ngan Xmas and New Year 2010!!

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1. Posted by Katie85 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hello! wondering if anyone can help.....

Me and my friend will be in Thailand for christmas and new year! we land in Bangkok on the 20th of Dec and plan to leave and head to Koh Samui on the 24th of dec to spend christmas and new year there!!

We do want to go to the Full Moon parties on Koh Pha Ngan on both Christmas day and New Years Eve.....i have been advised to stay on Koh Samui as it is a nicer and quiter place to stay and to get the ferry over to Koh Pha Ngan on the days of the parties and head back to Koh Samui the followig morning!

Has anyone done this?

Do you think this is a good idea??? Will it be easy to get on the ferry on the mornings of the party??

Thanks Everyone!

Katie

2. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 6y

I much prefer Koh Pha Ngan to Koh Samui so I would recommend staying on Koh Pha Ngan instead of Koh Samui, but everyone's different. Just as a general rule of thumb though, Koh Samui is more touristy and Koh Pha Ngan is more backpackery. Koh Samui attracts an older crowd whereas Koh Pha Ngan tends to attract younger people (hence the parties).

In Koh Pha Ngan it's only Haad Rin which is busy (Haad Rin is where they have the Full Moon Parties). There's loads of other beaces which are really quiet. Ban Kai and Ban Tai are the beaches along from Haad Rin and the resorts on those beaches are very quiet (quieter than Chaweng Beach on Samui).

But if you wanted to stay in Koh Samui and get the ferry across then there's ferries from Haad Rin to Koh Samui every couple of hours so it's easy enough to do.

However if you want to go to Koh Pha Ngan for the Christmas party then I would recommend getting to Koh Samui before 24th December. Just to give you a night to settle in before heading across for the party.

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4. Posted by susanfree (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

HI This post is of use to us as we are deciding on whether to head to Koh Samui or Ko Phangan

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by ashleigh87 (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

go to koh phangan!! I went there and koh samui and much preferred koh phangan althogh i stayed on haad rin which i wouldnt recomend as the beach is horrible - there are other much nicer beaches on the island. koh samui - i stayed on chaweng which was horrible id never stay in that area again if i went back!