There might come a time in your life where you ended up at Koh Pha Ngan, and were in desperate need of a Koh Pha Ngan nightlife guide.
I’m here to help you. 😀
In this post I will cover:
- Full-Moon party
- Half-Moon festival
- Beer-bars with working girls
- Stuff that happens outside the big events
- Happy Ending Massage
Most of the action is going on south-east on the island, in Haad Rin. There are some small bars and restaurants in north too at the beaches, but it’s very calm as it’s mostly families there on charter-trips.
At the bottom of this post you’ll find a map of everything I’ve been talking about in this post.
First. Let’s start with the two parties that ‘everyone’ comes to this island for. I think you already know the answer.
Full Moon Party
Personally I don’t like this party. I like the idea of it, but in reality it’s a clusterfuck of all the people on this planet I hate. Backpackers, young precocious snotty kids, forty-year olds that never grew up (in a bad way), Thai thugs looking for trouble, and that idiot who is looking for his friend.
Mix that with sky-high blood alcohol levels, other brain-dead drugs and multiply it with 40.000.
There you have full moon party. It was fun once, but I will probably never attend again.
A lot of the people here don’t even seem to enjoy the party. It seems like they’re here just to take pictures, so they can put it on Instagram to show of how cool they are to friends back home.
Anyways, enough ranting.
This party takes place one time each month, when it’s full-moon duuuh, and it’s happening on the Haad Rin beach southeast on the Island.
Check map below.
Buckets: I honestly don’t remember
Pro tip – Make sure you get a hostel in the town Haad Rin, next to the action. Then you don’t have to drive that death-road from Haad Rin to Thong Sala crammed like sardines together with a bunch of squawking drunk retards, where the rest of the hostels are.
Trust me on this guys. That road is a death trap the night full moon party is going on. People die on that stretch every month!
If you come to this island and think you are immortal, you have a high chance of ending up on that grim tourist death statistic.
Half Moon Festival
A very clever guy had to come up with this party. The conversation probably went like this: “Hey, we have Full Moon party. Why not Half Moon too?”
I’ve heard rumors of a No Moon Party coming very soon too!
This party I actually liked. The music was awesome, and it’s easy to see where the money you have to pay for the ticket went. The sound system is legendary, the decoration was amazing and it was not too crammed. And no beach where drunk people drown!
The festival takes place at an isolated place in the jungle.
You can find more information on this site about dates and tickets.
Cover: 900 baht
Buckets: Still overpriced
+ whatever you have to pay for transport, as this festival is far out in the jungle. Some hostels will sell you tickets with transport included.
Pro tip – Stay at a hostel in Thong Sala. That way you don’t have to drive that exact same death road from Haad Rin.
Beer-bars with working girls
If you didn’t have any luck with that white smelly skunk from Denmark, there are still hope.
Beer-bars are found on the main road between Thong Sala and Haad Rin. But don’t have too high expectations. The hot girls are all going to Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, where the real money is made.
But, you can be lucky and find a girl who is decent. Who knows? 😀
The bars are hard to miss as there will be standing half-naked Asian girls out in the road in miniskirts trying to pull into their bar.
I’ve marked the beer-bars for you in the map below, just in case.
Prices for sex
Bar-fine: 300 – 400 baht
Short-time: 1000 – 1500 baht
Long-time: 1500 – 2500 baht
When it’s not Full or Half moon
Haad Rin beach
Haad Rin is where most of the action is going on when it’s not a full moon or half-moon party, but don’t expect it to be high-energy like the big events.
Everyone that goes to this island is just waiting for the big events. In the meantime people will just chill at the bars by the beach.
At Haad Rin beach there are two big bars by the beach. They’re exactly the same, so it does not matter who you go too.
The names are The Cactus Bar and Drop In Bar. There will be some kind of entertainment at these bars too. Like Thai flame shows and jumping rope.
Haad Rin town
At Haad Rin there is a little town too. You will find a lot of small bars, restaurants and gem shop around in the streets. The bars here, just like at the Haad Rin beach, are mostly filled up with young tourists from the Western world that are waiting for Full Moon / Half Moon.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post. Most nightlife is going on south-east on the island. There are some small bars and restaurant up in north too, but it’s very calm.
In north you will find big resorts, but they are mostly populated with families with kids and divers.
Happy Ending Massage
There are small massage shops all over the island. The biggest concentration of them are in Haad Rin. This is also where the hottest and youngest girls work in my opinion.
Not all the shops will perform happy ending here. My best advise is to not be shy, and just ask. But nothing is guaranteed.
This island is not exactly a monger destination, and if you want unlimited choices with girls you should rather go to Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket.