Melow Mountain Bar: Chill Out
A great place to start and end the night....sit out overlooking the beach.....bars, lights, and fire shows....great music to chill while sitting on the pillows on the floor. People mix and mingle around the low tables (thai style)...
Dance if you want....no one gives a crap...
Cold beers, coolers, smoke and shakes available...have fun!
Dress Code: Nadda, just have to take off your shoes when entering.
Game Bar: GAME BAR
This Bar is Located about 1 1/2 blocks off the beach. This is where people usually wound up later on in the evenings. It is a good bar to get a bucket. (explained in a later tip w/ picture) I liked the way it was set up, there is a small bar area where you could sit on a bar stool and hang near the bartender, there are mats and short tables all over the floors so you could grab a couple mats and hang with a intimate or large group of friends, or there are the hammocks - the people that were in thier "own little world" usually hung out in those. every night it seemed something different would happen here, some nights it seemed everyone just came to hang out and listen to the loud music, and other nights people were up and dancing and making fools of themselves and even on another night there was a large birthday party with a *deliciouse* cake that got passed around. Its a rather small bar and I really liked that, its just one big room and pretty much the same crowd every night so it was cool to get to know people.
Dress Code: No requirements other than you have to take your shoes off before you go up. It was funny because we always seemed to go home with someone elses sandals, but somehow we always ended up with our own again after the next day or so.
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Dolphin Bar: THE DOLPHIN BAR
I enjoyed this bar on those nights when you just want to hang out with a couple of friends and RELAX. This bar totally discourages loud people. They play really mellow music like Bob Marley etc. This is another good bar to get a Bucket (explained later on in another tip with a picture) The way it is set up is pretty unique, they have these small little open "room" areas - depending on the size of group you are with, they have rooms to accomodate your group. the rooms consist of floor mats and short tables and very dimmed lighting. This is definately one of those places that stands out for me.
Dress Code: No special requirements other than no loud noise.
Game bar: THIS is a Bucket
If you have read some of my other tips about the game bar or the dolphin bar, you would have read something about a BUCKET.... (a bottle of Thai Rum/Whiskey , red bull, cokes, limes, and a bunch of straws...)
This is a Bucket. ENJOY.
but try to make it to your bungalow at the end of the night, I woke up underneath ours in the sand. hmmph! those buckets! theyll get ya every time!
Full Moon Parties: Full Moon Madness
One of the main reasons thousands of people flock to Ko Pha Ngan is for the Full Moon Parties, held every month on the full moon. The party is held on Had Rin beach. The beachfront is lined with restaurants and bars, and with the addition of huge speakers and pumping sounds systems, the beach becomes a huge outdoor nightclub. Early in the evening there are tables and mats along the beach for people to have a quiet drink at dusk. By 10pm the beach is packed with thousands of people sharing "buckets of joy" and dancing their hearts out. Amid the fire twirlers, glowing tattoo's and flashing paraphenalia sold by the locals, you can find a bar cranking music that you fancy (anything from trance to Kylie Minogue to Eminem and everything between). By 5am there are a lot of bodies passed out around the beach but the party is still cranking. At midday the next day, the beach is littered with debris, of the human and rubbish form, and there are still a few people carrying on the party.
We had a fantastic time at the FMP, but if you're after a quiet night out, it's probably best to avoid Had Rin in the days around the full moon.
- check the date of the full moon party as there is sometimes a Buddhist holiday on the actual day of the full moon, so the party is the day after. There is a website that lists all the dates.
- There are limited toilets at Had Rin, and every business owner charges at least 10 Baht for use of their facilities. As the night goes on, the ocean becomes a communal toilet (eww).
- There are bars all along the beach selling alcohol. One of the novelty drinks are the "buckets of joy", made up of a bucket of ice, straws, coke, red bull and Sang Song, a Thai whiskey.
- Be aware drugs illegal and if caught you face large fines. There are also road blocks along the way to Had Rin where police search everyone in the vehicle. It is also common for people to require hospitalisation (for Psych issues mostly) after using at the party.
Dress Code: Whatever takes your fancy!!! Shoes are recommended, as there can be glass in the sand. I know of someone who cut his foot at the FMP and spent a few days in hospital. Nasty way to spend your holiday! It's also advisable to leave valuables at home (or in one of the lockers around Had Rin).
Full Moon Party: Party!!!
World famous party, must to visit if you are there at the right time.
Cheap drinks. A bucket of rhum+coke+ice+red bull for 250bahts(about half an liter).
Dress Code: Anything goes(not naked, though)
Pirates Bar: west Koh Phangan
This is a place where I just discovered on my third to last day in Phangan. It is perhaps one of the coolest bars in Phangan, imo. Its in the shape of a pirate ship, complete with flags all over the place. Its a nice sit down kind of place that has great upbeat music pumping(not deafening) off to the side. The 'dance floor' is the sand of the ocean. At high tide, the only way to get there is to walk around on a plank of sorts to avoid getting soaked. If I go back to Phangan, Ill definately be back there.
Dress Code: umm, wear something? probably the only dresscode and Im sure its negotiable too.
Bios dynamic kitchen.: Chilling out
Very cool atmosphere, good music, hammocks, excellent drinks. I also spottted some chilums changing hands....:-).
Also food available, but we never ate there, so dunno the taste of it.
Also few huts for rent.
Dress Code: Are you kidding? Well, lets say this way; the waiters didnt wear any shirts.
So, basically very casual...
Hat Rin: Full Moon Party and more
For wild, uninhibited nightlife there's only one place to go on the island : Hat Rin!!!
The famous Full Moon Party is a huge dance event on the beach, which shouldn't be missed if you have the chance, but even on other nights, there's always something going on. The atmosphere on the beach is great, you sit on bamboo mats, listen to music (it's not only techno) and drink a couple of 'Buckets of Joy'.
Even though Hat Rin is not a 'prole-free' zone, the crowd is pretty mixed.
If you consider yourself sophisticated you need to have the ability to switch off your brain while you're in Hat Rin, otherwise you won't be able to enjoy yourself.
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Chai Bar: Good Chillin Beach Bar
Tong Nai Pan Yai.....the one bar open late everynight, playing tunes and people droping in and out.
DJ Mai mixing the tunes and a twice a week beach party featuring fire dancing, a fire ring and fireworks.....they love their fire!
Anyway, a good place to chill and meet other people staying on the beach. Most nights pretty quiet with small groups of people sitting around tables and beach.
Dress Code: Anything goes
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BUCKETS: Enjoy one or two.....MAX!
The famous BUCKETS are everywhere on the island...no place more prevalent than Hadd Rin on any given party evening. Each bucket includes a Micky (or little smaller) bottle of spirits...a bottle of red bull and a mix of coke or sprite. You can choose your ingredients...all for 150 baht or $4.50 Canadian.....served with a bunch of straws as they are meant to carry around and share with friends....very competitive prices on Hadd Rin....significantly more expensive buying from a bar on the island....get creative and buy the ingredients at the store...better yet, throw a party!
Dress Code: Maybe a bib....or a wheelchair!
Cool Runnings: Chaloklam
this is cool wee stoner bar owned by a french guy who is really sound. They encourage the use of cannabis and provide mushroom shakes to the more adventurous traveller like myself. You can drink one of these and trip out for 6 hours at the bar, its one way of passing the night in! good reggae tunes as well.
Dress Code: none
Full Moon Party: FULL MOON PARTY - Ko Pha Ngan
On the beach, hundreds of people, many many bars and clubs, loud music and lots of alcohol!!! buckets of booze are sold on the side of the street for about 150 baht which is cheaper than in the bars and you just sit on the beach or dance all night long (well until you cant anylonger... the music will be on all night (as well the booze) so u can do what you want....
Dress Code: Most people when they go to these partys wear stuff they dont mind getting wet or dirty as the party is on the beach and all not long, weather doesnt always hold so you relax. Many wear swimsuits under clothes so they can go swimming...
Reggae Bar: Jamming session
A group of us wandered up the road to try this place and so glad that we did.
It is like being in an overgrown tree house, with different parts to sit in. We were here when the rain suddenly came down. So the guy's at the bar picked up their guitars and started playing. My boyfriend and a couple of others got going on the drums. It was a brilliant night.
Just watch the stairs to the bathroom, they are a little slippery in the rain!
Dress Code: No dress code
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Nightlife in Thong Nai Pan: Top Picks
There are many bars in Thong Nai Pan, though not all are consistently open. Each bar picks a day of the week to have a party, so there is always somewhere to go. My top picks on Yai Beach:
1) Funky Buddha- Sunday and Thursday nights (sometimes only Thursdays if it is slow). DJ Lai plays funky house and electro house music, this place has a nightclub feel and gets going late in the night. Staff can be dodgy.
2) Yai Bar- a social meeting spot on the beach. Pool tables, fire shows, drinks under the stars.
3) Yard Bar- a hidden gem, chillout bar in the village with great cocktails, & an outdoor cinema. (closed 2008)
4) Nu Bar- more upscale, huge list of cocktails, pool table, very large and spread out so good for couples who want a little privacy.
5) Hideaway Bar- this is actually on Noi beach, on Friday nights. The locals from both Thong Nai Pans go, as well as most tourists. Standard music but a good social scene. You can walk from one beach to the other, take a torch.
The Game Bar on Yai beach is also very nice, but hasn't been open for awhile.
Dress Code: no dress code (are you kidding?)
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