Wondering where to go for your next big holiday? If you’re looking forward to enjoy a vibrant and memorable one, you can never go wrong choosing Thailand. Just a two-hour plane ride (or less) from Kuala Lumpur and you and your best mates are off to see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!
With white sand as fine as powder, tourists who want an escape to a peaceful paradise won’t be disappointed. But those hoping to spend some fun night outs will also find themselves jumping for joy as Thailand’s stunning beaches have long been known to throw the best beach parties in Southeast Asia.
Every year, young travellers from almost every part of the globe come to the Land of Smiles in droves in search of beach destinations with great beach bars where they can dance all night, enjoy top-notch drinks, and meet new people all at once. And it’s no secret that all of these can easily be found in more popular island destinations like Phuket, Kho Phangan, and Koh Samui.
From full moon parties to beach bars with non-stop party atmosphere, we’ve rounded up the five of the beach parties you must definitely experience when you jet off to Thailand!
This island may be very small, but it’s home to the largest beach party known as the full moon parties. Held monthly all year round, up to 30,000 party-goers gather to attend the most popular open-air nightclub in the world with a festival-like atmosphere, great music from local and international DJs, and large amount of booze. Sandcastle Phangan, one of the club venues with multinational team of DJs focusing on playing Deep and Tech House music, is known to throw the best full moon party along Haad Rin beach.
Sandcastle Phangan, Haad Rin Beach Road, 94/62 Moo 6 Ban Tai, Koh Phangan, 84280 Surat Thani, Thailand
Located off Thailand’s eastern seaboard, Koh Samui is a favourite beach destination among young travellers and tourists. Party fiends often go to Chaweng Beach, which stands out among other stunning beaches on the island because of the late-night drinking, dancing, as well as the bright, colourful lights beaming from its discos, beer bars and night clubs. Koh Samui also hosts their version of Koh Phangan’s full-moon parties with their own half-moon and black moon parties. You’re gonna love the lively cosmopolitan beach front venue at Ark Bar that is pumped with house music from local and international DJs, live saxophone and percussion shows, and fire dance performances. With two beachfront restaurants, and three swimming pools with two swim-up bars, the place has been designed for party animals.
Ark Bar, 159/ 82 Bontji Moo 4 Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand, tel: +66 77 961 333
Known as the sexiest island in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi seems to attract the young and beautiful travellers usually clad only in bikinis or swimming shorts. It also prides itself for having an enticing night life offered by various beach and night clubs in Tonsai Village and Tonsai East areas. If you’re looking for a sleepless night of fun in paradise, we recommend you to drop by Slinky Beach Bar, a large open-air disco set right on the beach where you can dance, ride a mechanical bull, get face and body UV painting, or see one of the best fire shows on the island.
Slinky Beach Bar, Loh Dalum Bay, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand, +66 86 067 7339
A short distance from the infamous Pattaya Beach, the stunning island paradise of Koh Samet is very peaceful on weekdays but can get really busy with the young crowd coming from Bangkok looking for a beach party over the weekend. Head on to trendy boutique hotel Bar and Bed for more sophisticated pool parties with great DJs and live bands.
Bar and Bed Co., Ltd., 140, Moo 4, Pae Muengrayong Rayong, 21160 Koh Samet, Thailand, +66 (0) 38-644-440
Situated in the Andaman Sea off Thailand’s west coast, Phuket is one of the larger islands in the country that is considered a hotspot for party-goers. Patong Beach is its most popular beach party destination with a wide array of bars, nightclubs, and strip clubs – perfect for those who enjoy staying out through to the early hours of the morning, nursing their hangovers under palm trees on the beach the next day. Make sure to drop by Tiger Disco, a huge entertainment complex along Bangla Road. Covering some 5,000 square meters, you’ll drown from the sheer amount of alcohol you can get from the 60 beer bars on the first floor, complete with Techno and dance music blasting from speakers installed in the high ceilings, which can turn regular conversation in shouting matches.
Tiger Disco, Bangla Road, Ban Patong, Phuket, Thailand, tel: +66 94 845 6241