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    Koh Phangan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand in South East Thailand. It is famous for its full (and half and black) moon party at Haad Rin Beach and as a backpackers destination. Ko Phangan has two sister islands: the larger Koh Samui to the south and the smaller Koh Tao to the north.

    Ko Phangan featured prominently in Alex Garland's 1997 novel The Beach, and is also mentioned in the song Magick by the new rave band Klaxons'

    The infamous Full Moon Party, which often involves illegal drugs, occurs on Ko Phangan every full moon of the month. Recently, though, steps have been taken to stop the drugs at these parties and make Koh Phangan into a more family-friendly tourist destination. The efforts have failed miserably however.

    While the majority of travelers stay in the Haad Rin area of the island, many choose to stay in other quieter and safer parts of the island such as Baan Thai. Haad Rin is known for its regular occurrences of break-ins into the rooms during full moon parties. Many trips have been ruined by everyone knowing where you will be full moon party night leaving your room and valuables completely at the mercy of any would be thief.

    One very common and painful lesson many tourists never seem to learn is that driving should be left to the locals. It is so common that road rash scars from wiping out on scooters has been termed the "Koh Phangan Tattoo". You will see dozens of tourists all wrapped in bandages as well as dozens of medical centers in Haad Rin usually always full of someone getting bandaged or recovering from some bad drugs.

    The full moon party itself can better be classified as the night when thousands of people piss in the surf while thousands more walk through it. The other part of the full moon party is 10,000 guys dancing around 5 girls hoping they will be the closest when the girl passes out so they can take advantage. It is really a sick spectacle that must be witnessed to believe it, and be disgusted by it.

    In addition to the above, the taxi's are overly reckless and aggressive in Koh Phangan and are usually the cause of the heavily injured tourist population.
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      • Frog and Gecko
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      • Ko Samui
        As Koh Phangan’s larger and calmer cousin, Koh Samui is the most accessible of the islands in the Gulf of Thailand, with an airport and ferry service. Koh Samui has rapidly established as one of the world’s top tropical destinations. Koh Samui is palm-strewn and striking with an international reputation as an offbeat hippie haven. Koh Samui is also able to provide an enviable and growing range of luxury accommodation with infinity pools, heavenly forests settings or beach front locations.

        It’s not the backpacker draw it once was, with the backpackers preferring the party scene on Koh Phangan but Koh Samui’s tropical culture has everything from coconuts on the beach to designer boutiques in the towns. If you’re into your films, Ang Thong National Marine Park might remind you of "The Beach", a Leonardo Di Caprio movie, with a striking postcard vista littered with soaring cliffs and hidden lagoons.

        Na Muang Falls, meanwhile, will take you away from the bulk of the crowds, and to a mammoth 30-meter waterfall that leaps over purple rocks and provides the perfect cool-down swimming spot at its base. Then there’s the diving, the elaborate local cuisine, a nightlife that drops only a fraction short of the mayhem on nearby Koh Phangan, plenty of opportunities to indulge in Thai Massage and traditional therapies and even quad bikes and motorbikes to take you buzzing about it all at your own speed.

        If you happen to be in town for a festival like Songkran – the incredible Thai New Year celebrations – you’re in for an extremely moist treat, with locals soaking each other to the bone throughout the day with a barrage of buckets and water guns, while the annual Light Festival has a much more mellow outlook, with dazzling colors and picturesque floats blending with traditional dress in a photographer’ paradise.

        Koh Samui certainly has more in the way of luxury than other islands in the gulf of Thailand, and perhaps the best local cultural offerings, too. It’s getting increasingly pricy compared to other parts of Thailand, but most agree the striking sights are well worth the cost.
        Ko Samui, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani, Thailand
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        Koh Samui Bus Terminal Ang Thong, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
      • Ko Tao
        Looking for a small-scale tropical paradise? You might just have found it. Diminutive enough to barely even register as a spec amongst the Gulf Of Thailand, Koh Tao is famed for its diving, and at some times of year is so focused on the underwater world around it that it can be hard to find accommodation without signing up to a diving course. It’s difficult to argue, though, that the underwater scenery’s not worth it.

        When you’re not marvelling at the expansive selection of coral form in amongst it you’ll probably be looking down from above. Snorkelling is the other major draw of the island, and includes some hair-raising trips with white-tipped reef sharks. More sedate experiences can be had off some of the more remote beaches, or within a stones throw of the fantastic hut accommodation found around the side of the major beach.

        Abseiling and climbing are getting and increasing foothold in amongst the rocks of Koh Tao, too, while there’s a slowly growing business focusing on the more luxurious side of travel, despite the mainstays still being strictly in the backpacker mould. All the staples are here: Israeli restaurants, beach-side cocktail bars and great stretches of sand littered with fishing boats and overhung by palm trees. Grabbing an ATV and heading to the other side of the island to explore the less popular beaches is always a great pastime, as is soaking up the vibe in one of the hilltop restaurants for a quick dose of luxury.

        Koh Tao is often included as part of an island hopping trip taking in Koh Samui and the party capital Koh Pha Ngan, and is doubtless one of the most beautiful spots in Thailand, as well as a great spot for taking a break from the relentless party culture elsewhere. This particular island has its buckets and all-night bars, too, but it’s the quiet beaches, water-sport focus and gentle pace of life that keeps Koh Tao addicts – and even that selection of working tourists who never leave – hooked.
        Ko Tao, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand

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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 26.2 99.8 79.2 39.3
      Feb 26.9 56.9 80.4 22.4
      Mar 27.8 57.4 82 22.6
      Apr 28.7 125.8 83.7 49.5
      May 28.6 254.2 83.5 100.1
      Jun 28.3 254.8 82.9 100.3
      Jul 27.8 262.5 82 103.3
      Aug 27.7 272.1 81.9 107.1
      Sep 27.5 290.8 81.5 114.5
      Oct 27.3 327.4 81.1 128.9
      Nov 26.7 348 80.1 137
      Dec 26.1 230.2 79 90.6

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