Koh Pha Ngan, nestled between Koh Samui and Koh Tao on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand was the original Hippie get away since the mid 80’s. Back in that day ferry boats were few and far between with most enthusiastic and adventurous travelers making the trip when the waves and weather permitted usually by long tail boat. With its many pristine beaches it was the ultimate in chilled Thai living. Simple bungalows right on the beach , fresh local seafood and fruits, truly Idyllic living. This nomadic hippie culture that traversed Afghanistan, India and then down to Thailand beaches for some serious beach time landed on Had Rin beach, now famous for its Full Moon parties , where they dropped their warm layers donned their sarongs, women’s sunglasses and indulged in some serious chilling and most probably some of its other habits.
While those days are gone the intention and spirit remains in some small pockets. Let us start with the now infamous ‘Full Moon beach and take a look at some of our favorite and remote beaches on the east coast, mostly due to their remoteness and thus not overpopulated beauty and share their magic.