The next stop on our island hopping adventure was the party island of Koh Phangan, famous for its insane nightlife and monthly full moon parties. Unfortunately we turned up on the island during a two day ban of alcohol for the Thai elections and it’s safe to say that without hard liquor, Koh Phangan was in no way the party island we were expecting. Due to this I cannot comment on the islands nightlife and can only really warn you to check Thailand alcohol ban dates in advance cause there’s a fair few. On the other hand I can talk about fun day activities offered in the island that are way more enjoyable hangoverless.
Diving and Snorkeling
Koh Phangan is less famous for its underwater scene than Koh Tao but unsurprisingly still looks offers an endless supply of diving trips some of which will just take you over to Koh Tao. Either way if underwater adventuring is your calling then you certainly should give it a go and you won’t have to look far to find a day diving trip. It’s worth doing since diving in Thailand will most definitely be unlike anything you’ll ever experienced back home.
Rent a scooter…or a jeep
Koh Phangan is a relatively big island for Thailand so its impossible to see a lot on foot although it takes no time at all to get around if you obtain some transport of your own. Hiring a scooter or a jeep is so much fun in its own right, just think of that rush of freedom the moment you get going. But also just getting to do your own thing and create your own adventure across a tropical island is kind of incredible. It’s such a cheap day out when it only costs £4 to rent a scooter for 24 hours and in doing so you can hit as many or as little of the island highlights as you fancy and at your owm pace instead of being taken around on someone else’s pre-organised schedule.
The beaches are incredible but I expected nothing less from a tropical Thai island. There is just nowhere in the world more perfect to have some chill time then there. The water is insanely clear and blue, it’s far better than anything I could dream up, and then the sand is so soft and white, you may as well be at a spa. Bring a book or some music and find a spot almost anywhere along the coast for some breathtaking scenery and a chance to top up the tan.
Elephants and Monkeys
Inside the jungle part of the island there are various different businesses offering tickets for elephant rides and monkey shows. And as great as they all sound you should just be careful about what kind of business you are giving money to since a lot of them don’t have the animals welfare at heart and this is so important. I refuse to ride an elephant due to my personal views that elephant riding is a cruel industry that causes these beautiful creatures to suffer greatly. Many places in Thailand understand and share with my concerns and so instead have created elephant sanctuaries where tourists can go hug, feed and wash the elephants and give them all the love and attention they deserve. Unfortunately the place we stopped at in Koh Phangan was not like that and I was horrified to hear that in this one place, 3 out of the 4 elephants had died due to tourist riding and to make mattes worse they had a unnaturally skinny monkey chained up nearby. It was awful and I refused to give a single penny to support that kind of mistreatment. Just remember to be careful and considerate about what kind of business you are funding.