The island Ko Pha Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand is known for its monthly Full Moon Party. The party is based on the moon calendar and attracts partygoers to the southern tip of the island to Sunrise Beach. But who thinks it is all about party misses the amazing diversity the island has to offer.
In addition to countless water sports activities, you can explore the untouched nature or visit the white and peaceful sandy beaches like Hat Khuat and Hat Thian in the north.
You will find the amazing Shiralea Backpacker Resort in a 20-minute motorbike ride west of the pier. The Backpacker Resort is surrounded by a tropical atmosphere with bungalows, dorm rooms, pool area and a bar- and restaurant. It’s one of my favorite Hostels I have been so far, just because the mix between party, nature and meeting people is very rare to find. The staff is very friendly and willing to assist you in planning your day trips and answering questions about the island. The Hostel is for everyone who wants to explore and still want to do a little party. It’s not a party Hostel but the folks will still be down for the legendary parties at the island. Whoever plans to go to the Fullmoon party better books in advance since the Hostel is very popular and often fully booked. Also: There is a Diving School and a nice Beach just around the corner.
The rooms at Echo Beach Hostel might not look as cool as other Hostels but seriously the vibe at Echo Beach Hostel is priceless. It is located 10 minutes by motorbike from the pier directly at the beach front. It has a huge open-air hangout area at the beach and everyone you will meet is super chill. There are free day tours and just a great vibe coming from the staff members. The breakfast buffet is great and water, tea