This is it. You have stumbled onto one of the greatest secrets of the Thai islands, the Eden Garden Party in Koh Phangan.
This is a party unlike any other, this is what I imagine the full moon parties were like when they first started. The atmosphere is awesome and there is always a really great crowd here. The Eden Garden Party is held every Saturday and Tuesday and is one of the best psychedelic-themed events I have ever been to. Eden Bar is a great place to chill out with a cheeky smoke and watch the sea below or dance the night away. The entire atmosphere is geared towards people wanting to have an incredible time. The music here is absolutely wonderful; great trance and electronica played by a very skilled bunch of DJs from all over the world.
This is a party which attracts an amazing crowd; there is none of the fighting or alcohol vomiting that accompanies the Moon Parties. After heading to the Eden Garden Party, I will never again go to a Full Moon party. A small community of expats and hippies lives on Haad Yuan beach and I believe it is the same crowd that runs the bar. The party goes from about 9pm till 12pm the next day… We stayed and watched the sun come up above the ocean, it was a magical experience and one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. For the best view of the sunrise head back along the walkway and up a small hill.
How to get to the Eden Garden Party
You can only get to the Eden Garden Party by catching a boat from Haad Rin beach to Haad Yuan. If you have the time, I recommend spending a few days on Haad Yuan beach as it’s a very cool place to chill out indeed.
Be careful when heading up to the Eden Bar, the walkway is extremely dangerous and there’s been several bad accidents here in recent years. I helped one guy who had fallen right off the walkway onto the rocks below and he was really fucked up. Be careful, especially when you are drunk. If you’re tripping, do not leave the bar area to go exploring, the rocks surrounding the bar are slippery and home to snakes. I strongly recommend wearing decent sandals if you have them rather than flip-flops. It’s also well worth having a security belt where you can hide your money and weed. A lot of people at The Eden Party end up losing phones and wallets…
Where to stay on Haad Yuan
Haad Yuan is a chill beach with some pretty nice places to crash at. Assuming you will be partying hard at the Eden Garden party, it is best to book a place so you can sleep off the hangover peacefully. Or you can leave your bag at your friends hostel & hang your hammock on the beach for a free nights sleep. These are some properties on or near Haad Yuan that I would recommend:
Jungle Vibes Hostel – If you want to party at night & chill by the pool in the day then this is the place for you! It’s a social hostel with good music playing & they take you around to some of the best bars/parties in town.
Slumber Party Hostel – This is the place to stay for the full moon & garden party! The crew here are crazy, they’ll help push your drinking habits to the limits & show you how to party.
Goodtime Beach Backpackers – This place is awesome for all you beach bums. You literally step out of the hostel & onto the beach. It’s the perfect place to recover from a wild night of drinking after the full moon or eden garden party.
You could also simply rock up with a camping hammock and find a place to sleep in the jungle. If you don’t want to base yourself on Haad Yuan, check out this post for the top party hostel recommendations in Koh Phangan instead!
For the love of all that is holy, if you’re partying in Koh Phangan then think about getting travel insurance. I use World Nomads – they have gotten me out of three sticky situations, quickly, over my backpacking adventures. Check out my full review of World Nomads here.
If you’re looking for other cool things to do around Koh Phangan, you won’t have to look very far… hire a motorbike for the day and get exploring!
Stay safe amigos and enjoy the Eden Garden Party! 🙂