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Dancing the Night Away in Thailand

Dancing the Night Away in Thailand

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Thailand is a country that has great weather nearly all year round. It is a country with cheap food, accommodation and transportation. And Thai people are generally Buddhist people with a very easy going and happy mentality. These are just some of the reasons why it is such a great country for those who enjoy staying up late.

I’m not talking about those men who are so lonely as to pay for companionship. Rather I’m talking about people who want to be in exciting places and listen to music that gets their hips swinging with the beat.

It is somewhat of an irony that despite the importance of tourism for the Thai economy most places in Thailand have to stop selling alcohol at 2am. It is interesting to note that many convenience stores and street side bars attempt to circumvent this law, but generally speaking the law stops people partying all night. There are however a few places that seem exempt from this law. Clubs in Patpong in Bangkok seem to ignore this law and many beaches in the south choose to ignore this law.

Whereas much of Koh Samui shuts at 2am the neighboring island of Koh Phangan has made a niche for itself as the place to go if you want to dance the night away. The most famous all night event in Koh Phangan is the Full Moon Party. It is a massive beach party that regularly has over 20,000 people dancing through the night to trance, RnB, drum and bass, house and rock music. There are over 12 sound systems each with its own genre of music to choose from. When the party winds down the following morning those still up for more can head over to the Backyard Party that has a jumping after party until the following evening.

This is not the only dance event in Koh Phangan. Near Haad Rin in the village of Ban Tai there are also regular outdoor music events. These are the Jungle Experience, the Half Moon Party, the Shiva Moon Party and the Black Moon Party. The first three are held in jungle locations and the latter at Mac Bay on the beach. They are smaller than the Full Moon Party but have a great atmosphere and are ‘must do’ events for trance music lovers.

Finally, in the north of the island is the village of Chaloklum. It is an area with lots of great beaches. In the jungle next to a waterfall is the Paradise Waterfall Party. This is a psy-trance event that happens during the high seasons of January to April and July to August.

In the case of all these parties they are well organized. The music equipment is excellent and there is no prohibition on drinking after 2am. And of course when you’ve had enough of parties there are over 20 beautiful beaches to check out. What more could you ask for?

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