Koh Phangan Gay Travel
Get ready for Koh Phangan gay travel! Here’s where to stay, all about the famous Full Moon party, top nightlife spots and fantastic things to do.
The Gay Travel Experience: Koh Phangan, Thailand
I visited Koh Phangan for a few days with some gay Italian friends as well as a local Thai friend. We made our journey to Koh Phangan for the Half Moon Festival and tried to explore as much of the island as possible! It’s a big place!
Gay Koh Phangan: Hotels & Where to Stay
You will likely arrive in Koh Phangan at Thongsala Pier; however, you may arrive at neighboring Songserm Pier. Upon disembarking your ship, you will be greeted by many taxi services. The truth is that these are your only option for transport around the island. There are no ride-sharing apps here!
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South Koh Phangan: Where to Stay
My first night I stayed at The Sand Terrace Resort while waiting for my friends to arrive. The resort is a small group of bungalows not too far from Thongsala Pier. I loved this place because the owner, a man named Simon from Switzerland, is super friendly and has the same amount of love for hammocks as I do!
North Koh Phangan: Where to Stay
I shared a rental called Seaview Villa with three friends for the next three days of my trip. Seaview Villa is in the Thong Nai Pan neighborhood on the northeast coast of the island. The house was spotless, newly renovated and included three large bedrooms, each with an on-suite bathroom.
It was perfect to share with my two friends from Italy and local Thai friend from Chiang Mai. Plus, the local area is fantastic!
Toward the end of my trip, I chose to stay close to the Thongsala port in the Coco Garden neighborhood. I spent a few nights at Secret Garden Resort. It was a very bare-bones, yet beautifully landscaped collection of guest houses.
They have a beautifully clean pool and each villa has a cozy front porch, so I recommend staying there, especially if you are on a tighter budget.
Overall, I recommend choosing accommodations along the northern shore of the island for the best beaches. Besides this, the only other consideration for an easy trip to paradise is really the quality of your accommodation.
Koh Phangan Experiences for the Gay Traveler
If you are near the Coco garden neighborhood, there is a huge food hall with cheap lunch and coffee options. You can find it by googling Ma-Tae-Khon Pad Thai or Jengor Fresh Market. I got three meals and a smoothie for under $7 USD.
Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach was wonderful. Clear water and many restaurants along the shore made for a relaxing time. There are no crowds or rowdy locals here. Life moves slowly and peacefully.
For dinner, we ate at Bamboo Bungalow and Bar in Thong Nai Pan. Everything was delicious, including the cocktails. Chances are you may not end up in the exact same area that I stayed in, so I’ll just tell you that many of the restaurants along the sides of the roads are perfectly fine and delicious. I’ve never been sick from street food in Thailand.
Koh Phangan Gay Travel: Nightlife
The nightlife of Koh Phangan is really about the moon festivals! Bars along the beaches are pretty quiet and close relatively early.
You should know that the Full Moon Party and the Half Moon Festival are two completely different parties, promoted by different companies and held in different locations. Don’t get them confused!
Koh Phangan Moon Parties!
It is located further inland and you must purchase tickets at least a day in advance. I highly recommend the Half Moon Festival! The fire dancers were fantastic and they had an edgy style that I love. I think gay travelers will be pleasantly surprised that the music is quite close to “circuit party” music.
Koh Phangan Gay Travel Tips
Koh Phangan is not the most developed island in Thailand. It is very possible that you may need to climb small hills or steep paths to reach your accommodations.
Taxis in Koh Phangan
The most expensive thing about Koh Phangan is the taxis. Especially for a solo traveler, the costs can rival that of New York City! I’m not kidding…the taxi ride I took my last day on the island to the pier cost me 1000 Baht, or about $32 USD
When you arrive in Koh Phangan and see the many taxi services, a way to save money is to find someone that will take you by motorbike. Yes, it will be hot, and you will be itching to get to your accommodation, but you can save a ton this way.
Solo travelers especially will benefit by getting a non-shared ride directly by motorbike. I paid 200 Baht to go about 25 minutes
Koh Phangan has quite a hilly terrain, and so prepare yourself for winding taxi rides if you traverse the island through the center. Most likely, this will happen once or twice during your trip.
Gay Rights in Thailand
Thailand attracts many LGBT travelers given its reputation as a very tolerant nation. Same-sex relations were legalized back in 1956. In 2015, Thailand passed the Gender Equality Act, banning discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation, a huge leap for Thailand! This was the first law mentioning homosexual persons for the nation.