Nightlife in Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is famous around the world for its Full Moon Party. This party attracts up to 40,000 people in the high season. The party is held on Haad Rin Nok or Haad Rin Sunrise beach. If you want to stay in Haad Rin during the party you will need to book in advance. There is also normally a minimum stay of 3 to 5 nights.
The other parties in Koh Phangan include the Half Moon Party (Ban Tai) and the Black Moon Culture Party (Ban Tai). They play mostly psy-trance and hard techno. Although smaller parties, some people prefer them because there is just 1 sound system, rather than several competiting sound systems. For more information about the Full Moon Party, Half Moon Party, Black Moon Party, Jungle Experience, Shiva Moon Family as well as the after parties at Backyard Pub and Ban Sabai check out www.fullmoonpartythailand.info and www.blog.fullmoonpartythailand.info
Most of the bars and clubs in Koh Phangan are concentrated in Haad Rin, Ban Tai and Thongsala. The small red light area is between Ban Tai and Thongsala. Below is a list of a few of the better bars and other nightspots in Koh Phangan with links to websites where available.
This year the annual Koh Phangan Film Festival will be held between February 24th and 26th at the Holiday Beach Resort in Ban Tai. The opening party is at the Ando Loco Mexican Restaurant (on the road between Thongsala and Ban Tai) on the 23rd February. For more details go to the official Koh Phangan Film Festival website: www.phanganfilmfestival.com
Club 9 - Haad Rin - Is Koh Phangan's newest club. It is also the biggest indoor venue on the island. Club 9 has live acts and attracts international DJs. There's also a VIP room. Club 9 is behind the Zoom Bar on Haad Rin Nok. There's a Facebook page with zero useful information about Club 9.
Same Same - Haad Rin (Soi Viking) - Popular place with draught beer, pizza oven, live music/DJs, pool table, sports on a big screen. Scandinavian theme. www.same-same.com
Reggae House - Haad Rin Nai - Chilled bar with beanbags and hammocks. Has a pool table and a selection of cocktails. Also has a tattoo studio.
Outback Bar - Haad Rin - Live sports, draught guinness, English breakfast, free WiFi. Popular warm-up venue before the Full Moon Party.
Drop in Club - Haad Rin Nok - One of the most popular Full Moon Venues with plenty of seating. Also a popular resort for those wanting to attend the Full Moon Party. The Drop in Club has a foam party 2 days before the FMP.
Mellow Mountain - Haad Rin Nok - At the quieter northern end of the beach. More mellow than other bars on the Full Moon strip. Plays chilled beats and is famous for its special shakes.
Orchid - Haad Rin Nok - This is the only breakbeats venue at the Full Moon Party. Anyone who loves hip hop and drum and bass should head to the Orchid and check out DJ kay.
Backyard Pub - Haad Rin - This bar in the jungle near Haad Rin Nai has a famous after party that starts at 10am after the Full Moon Party and finishes at 10pm. Here you will meet the party monsters and hear the best DJs from the FMP. There is also a party every Sunday that plays progressive house.
White Rabbit Bar - Ban Tai - This new bar is opposite the Hideout Bar. It organizes an open mic night on Thurdays. Free wi-fi and happy hour between 6pm and 8pm.
Ban Sabai - Ban Tai beach - Bar and resort that has a day party after all the main parties (FMP, Half Moon Party, Black Moon, Shiva Moon and Jungle Experience). Free entry. Plays hard psy-trance and techno.
Bangers and Mash - Thongsala - on the road between Thongsala and Ban Tai, next to the Food Factory Restaurant. It's a pub with live music every Monday and Thursday night. Jazz, funk and hip hop are served along with draft beers.
Ando Loco - Thongsala (road to Ban Tai) - Mexican bar and restaurant. Happy Hour from 4pm -6pm. Free ping pong table.
The Mason's Arms - A mock Tudor pub just outside of Thong Sala. It has the best range of draught beers including Guinness, Kilkenny, Weston's cider and Kronenbourg. It has a pool table, beer garden and serves great pub grub. www.themasonsarms.in.th
Sky Sports Bar - Thongsala (road to Baan Tai). 3 big screens, pool tables, English breakfast.
Sheesha Bar - Chaloklum - Stylish bar on a mellow beach. Has sheesha pipes and a wine menu.
Omega Bar - Chaloklum - Has a large beer garden and outdoor jam sessions on Wednesday evenings.
The Jam Bar - moo6 Hin Kong beach road - Open mic night every Saturday. www.thejamphangan.com
Amsterdam Bar - Wok Tum - Has a great sea view and a relaxed atmosphere. Has a party 2 nights before the Full Moon.
3 Monkeys Bar - Great little bar on Srithanu beach that opens from afternoon until late. Serves beer and cocktails and has a free BBQ twice a week.
Pirate Bar - Haad Chao Phao - is set in a dramatic location in a small cove. Popular place that has a Full Moon Set Party usually 3 days before the FMP.