Itinerary of Surviving the Ultimate Full Moon Party and Songkran in 7 Days
Cities Covered in 7 Days
- Koh Nang Yuan
- Koh Pha Ngan
- Chiang Mai
Songkran is the festival of Thai New Year celebrated from April 13-15. The word “Songkran” means transformation, which marks the change in weather – the arrival of spring. It marks the new year for many other South and South-East Asian countries, for example, many parts of India, also Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Burma, and Laos. In Thailand, Songkran is celebrated with splashing water and putting dry powder on others all across the country, but the maximum fun takes place in Chiang Mai – so we are here!
Koh Pha Ngan is known as party island. Its infamous full moon parties have made this island very popular, but you must know that you can still attend a beach party there even when it is not a full moon, because there may be a half-moon party going on or a no-moon party or just any party for any excuse! But madness of a full moon party is incomparable, which is why I and Richie are here.
I and Richie plan to hit the craziest party of all in South-East Asia. Have you heard of the Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan? Also, we want to experience the crazy water festival during Songkran at Chiang Mai. Before these, we want to spend a buffer day at Koh Nang Yuan, one of my favorite islands of Thailand. I always recommend everyone to pay a visit to this beautiful island of Gulf of Thailand. You can also visit it as a day-trip from Koh Tao. Koh Tao is a nearby island only 15-20 min away from Koh Nang Yuan. It can be reached by longtail boat or ferry. Koh Nang Yuan looks like three scoops of tiny lands joined by white sand bars – it is a paradise for kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba-diving.
Trat is the easternmost province of Thailand, which borders Cambodia and is located around 400 km away from Bangkok. It consists of around 50 mostly uninhabited islands in the Mu Ko Chang National Park, among which, the most popular ones are Koh Chang and Koh Kood. Koh Chang is famous for its white sandy beaches, and its vicinity to great places for snorkeling, diving, and jungle hiking; while, Koh Kood, also known as Ko Kut, is all about relaxing in resorts with private beaches – a great place for family vacation, but note that there is no nightlife. I took my parents and my bestie Sayantika, who also joined us from India, to Koh Kood.
I have been living in Thailand for almost 2 years now, but have always disliked the idea of visiting Pattaya, mostly because of the overhyped rant of sex tourism and not-so-beautiful beaches. But in real, Pattaya has a lot to offer to singles, couples, friends, and families too. As my parents were flying in from India this weekend, I decided to take them to Pattaya.
Last year, I celebrated New Year’s Eve in Bangkok too, in Asiatique witnessing all the glory of firecrackers by the Chao Phraya when the clock struck 12 – so I have seen the madness of crowd in Bangkok during New Year’s eve already. This year, I planned to celebrate it in a different way. We were staying in Live It Up Hostel, Asok in Bangkok, which has a great open-air terrace party planned for the evening – that’s it, we were up for that. We visited the beautiful Khao Sok National Park during Christmas followed by relaxing in Koh Lipe before we arrived in Bangkok – now we do not intend to go out in the madness crowd at night, we were just looking forward to a cool hostel rooftop party – and yes, it was crazy!
When someone says beaches in Thailand, what does come to your mind? White sandy beach shaded with coconut palm trees, turquoise water, and limestone cliffs with a background of blue sky – picture perfect. Which places in Thailand do come to your mind? Pattaya or beaches of Krabi or beaches of Phuket or Phi Phi island or islands of Gulf of Thailand? I have been to all of the above, but nothing could beat the picture perfect beach of Koh Lipe. It is a paradise found in Thailand. Koh Lipe is also known as “Maldives of Thailand”, now I know why. It is located in the deep south of Thailand in Satun province, very close to Langkawi island of Malaysia. I spent two heavenly nights here.