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    FULL MOON PARTY

    by vigi Written Apr 7, 2003

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    In 1987, Koh Phangan was very quiet and very remote. There were a small group of travellers staying there. Each full moon, the friends would walk to the sunset side of the island to light a fire, play an acoustic guitar, and listen to music powered by a car battery. Then the folks running Paradise Bungalows on the sunrise side decided to move the party to their side of the island, more and more travellers were staying with them, eventually the party was moved. It is the Kursakul family who run Paradise Bungalows who started the Full Moon Party.
    It's quite impressive that the Full Moon Party has not only continued to be popular all this time, but that it has actually grown.

    The party cranked up around 9pm as a thousand people gathered on Haad Rin beach. The full moon glowed above us in the crystal clear night sky. There were DJs on the beach who cranked dance tracks until 9am the next morning. Some people slept on the beach, some swim with a glorious sunrise.

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    Crappy Thai boxing.

    by LakeFever Written Oct 14, 2006

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    Thai boxing for a night out is a fun thing to do at least once during your visit to Thailand....the quality of venues varies big time....often the arenas are nothing more than a suspect ring and some semblance of a fence.....most if not all of these are not worth the money.....around 500baht to get in plus food and beer....although I prob wouldn’t eat the food from a vendor here.....save your boxing experience to a more established place which hosts events once a week...if you have to go while on the island (and I have a few times)....visit Tong Sala....it always makes for a good night out with the right people. The picture here is an example of what a suspect boxing place looks during the day...encountered this on a hike.

    It doesnt look this bad at night. A more proper arena in Chaing Mai
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    Get away from it all

    by traceyspacey Written Oct 25, 2007

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    If you feel the need to need to get away from it all try Bottle beach. There are only 4 bungalow operations there (3 of which are owned by the same family).

    The beach is quite and good for snorkeling. For nightlife, it's the make your own variety. One of the Bottle beach bungalows tries to show a film each night, but it depends on how much power the generator has.

    Bottle beach can only be reached by boat.

    Acomodation for all budgets. NO BIG RESORTS HERE YIPPPEEE

    A great place to relax Peaceful and quiet Great for snorkelling An example of the colourful wild life
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    Go for a walk...the bad roads are great for hiking

    by LakeFever Written Oct 14, 2006

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    You can walk from beach to beach via the shoreline....there is a ritz resort you have to go through but that hasnt been a problem anytime Ive passed....there is one section (10 ft wide) where you either have to get wet crossing (depending on the tide) or get the guy from the resort to float you across on a kayak you across - a service they provide their guest and assimilating trespassers. Both beaches are a little different in feel and its fun to hang out on either side from time to time......on the way back you can go via back road connecting the two...its pretty steep and a bit further than you would think but its not that bad when all is said and done. Be very cautious of dogs.....growling ones might come near you...just keep walking...they are territorial but generally wont attack if you stay your course on the road. Time to walk between the beaches is approx 45 mins each way. Note: I would walk back before dark…any sort of taxi between is hard to find.

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    Go and swim with the fishes

    by traceyspacey Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    If you get a chance go to Mae Haad/Ko Ma. We found that this place was great for snorkeling. Plenty of fish to be soon and if you head further out the coral is amazing. You may need flippers to reach the coral.

    Please don't stand on the coral.

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    Exploring the island

    by Glorija Written Jan 5, 2005

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    The island itself is not so small you can walk and expore it. Only if you have more than a week. So rent a motocycle and enjoy like I did. Nothing dangerous you wont found on a way just slow down.
    Me and Saso were looking for waterfalls and found many of then. If only there would be more water on each of the waterfall .... but we did feel what waterfall means ... many many many mosquitos ...

    Small but briliant - Ko Phangan
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    Buy a Lilo

    by LakeFever Written Aug 1, 2006

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    Dont wait to buy one of these bad boys......the longer you wit the more it costs you per day!
    Purchase in town (rather then at a resort) and save half. I bought the cheaper one (500B though) and it was fine. Left it at the bungalo, so one week use.
    The most relaxing ever.....a hammock in the water.
    ps. the brits called it a lilo, so it caught on with Amy and I.....however, we would refer to this as an air matress. :)

    Oh yea baby! Huff N puff N blow this thing up!
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    Tattoo

    by Jasen71 Written Dec 19, 2005

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    Whilst I was here I had a tattoo done on my right arm by a thai chap called 'Net' at his studio ' somewhere else ' . A clean tattoo parlour and equipment, and a first class job also.. You'll find his studio on the right handside of chicken corner before the bakery..

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    Raggae Boat Trip

    by troodee Written Nov 24, 2004

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    The Original and still the Best....

    Half a day trip from about 12.30 pm till 6 pm. 500 baht including lunch, dinner and Free Smiles ;)

    After a "life threatening" scramble up a rocky hillside we reached the Wang Sai Waterfall (disappointingly small) for a quick dip in the water, a quick sojourn on Had Thong Lang for a quick spot of lazing on the beach and some snorkelling off Koh Kong Nui and finially for some R&R on Koh Tae Nai before heading back to Had Rin.

    The guide was sartorically humorous and quick to poke fun at us tourist types, but also extremely friendly and welcoming.

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    Moped Madness!!

    by Armado Written Apr 17, 2005

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    Rent a bike! It's awesome! You can drive around the whole island, you ride on empty roads, these bikes are very fast!!! 100 km/h is no problem for these little monsters, so be careful! Thai roads are not that great, a lot of wholes and roughnesses, so watch out where yer going!

    TIP1: Don't forget your suncream!!!!! you will be riding your bike all day probably, exposed to full sunshine so suncream is a VERY important thing to carry around....just wanted to emphasize it ;)

    TIP2: Bring your passport when you are going to rent a bike, and remember that you will have to pay bigtime for every scratch on the bike that wasn't there before you rented it!

    A ride through paradise!
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    Thai cooking classes

    by astro_kerryn Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    Obviously you can go to Thai cooking classes pretty much anywhere in Thailand, even Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. I went into a little cafe right near "Charm Beach" where I was staying and they were advertising classes so I booked in.to make Tom Yum Goong, which actually did turn out to be yum!!! Whilst a rather amateurish set up, the girl who taught me was lovely and meticulous in her set up!

    But as I said, you can find classes everywhere, even on remote islands, cafe's and restaurants have caught onto this tourist favourite, so they usually oblige, if you can't find somewhere, just ask the local shops or markets. Some local's even do it out of there houses apparently.

    hmmmm, yummy thai food!!
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    Full Moon Party

    by diamond_dog Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    Well there's not much point writing about the Full Moon Party in great detail because thats probaly been done to death on these pages and every guide book but i will give you these 10 tips from my vast untapped knowledge of them.

    1: Full Moon partys are brilliant.
    2: If taking pills, dont drop till around 3AM coz then youve got more of the morning to enjoy them.
    3: The morning is the best part of the night., if you know what i mean.
    4: If buying pills dont buy them off any Thai guys who are wearing a unifrom and carrying guns
    5: The best bar is the Zoom Bar at around 5AM till 11AM
    6: Dont believe anyone who tells you that backyard is the place to be the next day, you will probaly regret it.
    7: Avoid the temptation to buy the DVDs of the party that are on sale the next day. Altough you think you were the coolest thing on the whole beach you were dancing like a turkey. do you want your friends and family to see this.
    8: Chemists on the island can be known to sell plenty of things to help you come down after a party of this magnitude. if you need to be told what then you probaly should not be taking them.
    9: Dont be a complete prat and fall asleep on the beach drunk and wake up and wonder why all your money and wallet is gone.
    10: Dont be a complete prat and fall asleep on the beach drunk and wake up and wonder why that cute 'girl' is now a guy.

    Early morning Aerobics on Had Rin is always fun

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  • Tantra Yoga on Thong Nai Pan Yai

    by girllrig Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can take a tantra yoga course while you are in Thong Nai Pan, and even go on a retreat! Ask for Dao at Chai Ya Bar/Restaurant (9:30am) or Thai Terrace Bungalows (4pm). Dao was certified by an Indian man whose school is located in Ban Tai (see website below). If you want to take a serious course (ie. Teacher Training), she can introduce you to him. Tantra Yoga combines meditation and breathing with asanas. The classes are 200 baht each, 1 1/2- 2 hours long, and are good for any level. Dao also does occasional retreats by longtail boat to Ang Thong National Marine Park. This is a great way to de-stress from your real life as well as meeting some great people.

    (This yoga no longer exists UFN)

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    Luminous Tattoo

    by Kriesta Written May 20, 2006

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    Lots of ppl are doing luminous tattoo when they arrived at Fullmoon Party for the fun sake of it. It cost about 50baht and it also last for 24hrs. Lots of design and u can even design your own and asked them to do it on ur body. Cool stuff.

    Luminous tattoo designs

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  • Diving & Snorkelling

    by Charliebird Written Oct 18, 2009

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    If you want to go diving or snorkelling you really should look further than Koh Tao! Koh Phangan offers the same sites pus more and avoids all the overcrowded Koh Tao madness.

    I recently went diving with Reefers Dive Resort as they offered free accommodation while I was doing my advanced course. The owners have been working on the island diving for years but have just opened their own shop so they have this amazing enthusiam which really rubs off on everyone around them. I took a couple of trips and we saw a whale shark which was one of the best experiences of my life. After diving I wasn't just a customer; they really made sure that i felt part of the group and always invited everyone to join for sunset beers especially if you're travelling by yourself. The equipment is brand new and the service top class. Im going back for more diving with them as soon as i can.

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