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.
So without further ado, let’s get into it. Here’s everything you need to know about Koh Phangan’s BEST party:
What is the Eden Garden Party?
The Eden Garden Party is one of the best events you could possibly attend while backpacking Thailand. This Koh Phangan party 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–that’s just how much better it was!
A small community of ex-pats and hippies lives on Haad Yuan beach and I believe it is the same crowd that runs the bar, and have turned it into one of the best nightlife events on Koh Phangan. The party starts at about 9 pm – 12 pm the next day.
Eden typically takes place on Saturdays year-round, though the best time to travel to Thailand tends to be December-March, though you can get some pretty sweet weather well after or before that.
I stayed and watched the sun rise over the ocean, it was a magical experience and one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. For the best view, head back along the walkway and up a small hill.
How to Get to the Eden Garden Party
The Eden Garden Party is located on one of the best islands in Thailand: Koh Phangan. This long time hippie paradise is a traveler’s heaven–and that’s before you add in the Eden Garden Party!
Koh Phangan itself can only be reached by boat from either Surat Thani or Koh Samui (which has an airport.) Once you’re settled on Crystal Island, there are two ways to get to the Eden Garden Party: by catching another boat from Haad Rin beach to Haad Yuan, or by a slightly difficult jungle hike from Haad Rin. I do NOT recommend the hike after dark.
Locals take travelers there for a minimal fee, though going at night isn’t recommended. I highly recommend crashing at a nearby hostel to make your commute the day of as easy as it can be.
Be careful when heading up to the Eden Bar, the walkway is extremely dangerous and there have 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 or sneakers if you have them rather than flip-flops.
It’s also well worth having a security belt where you can hide your money and goods. A lot of people at The Eden Party end up losing phones and wallets…
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Where to Stay on Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan is relatively small, but you’re about to find out it’s a lot bigger than you think. Haad Yuan is particularly remote, and can only be reached by boat. Which is why I’d recommend getting a hostel or top Thai Airbnb in or around Haad Rin the night before and after the party.
To break it down by neighborhood, here are some fabulous places to stay on Koh Phangan that won’t let you down:
Haad Yuan is the home of the Eden Garden party, and is most easily reached by boat. The secluded island is far away from the chaos of Haad Rin–you’ll quickly see why this small Koh Phangan hamlet makes for the perfect atmosphere. Staying on Haad Yuan means you can easily reach the function AND you can leave when you want. Not to mention the fact that Haad Yuan has no cars or bikes, making for a truly idyllic island vibe.
Located on a small peninsula on southern Koh Phangan is Haad Rin. This lively and vibrant village is best known as the home of the infamous Full Moon Parties and is the best neighbourhood in Koh Phangan to stay in for nightlife.
The charming and beautiful town of Baan Tai is the best neighbourhood in Koh Phangan to stay in if you’re visiting for the first time. It is centrally located on Koh Phangan’s south coast and offers easy access to nearby activities, attractions and the Full Moon Parties of Haad Rin.
Just a short drive from Baan Tai is the idyllic town of Baan Kai. This small and cosy community is popular with travellers because it offers inexpensive, but good quality accommodations and it’s just a short drive to the rowdy and rambunctious parties in Haad Rin.
What to Bring to Koh Phangan
Here are some essentials you should add to your Thailand packing list:
Travel Security Belt
This is a regular looking belt with a concealed pocket on the inside – you can hide up to twenty notes inside and wear it through airport scanners without it setting them off.
GRAYL Geopress Filtered Bottle
Having a filtered water bottle means you can drink from just about any source. The GRAYL Geopress is hands-down the most effective one we’ve ever used as well!
Hostel towels are scummy and take forever to dry. Microfibre towels dry quickly, are compact, lightweight, and can be used as a blanket or yoga mat if need be.
Petzl Actik Core Headlamp
A decent head torch could save your life. If you want to explore caves, unlit temples, or simply find your way to the bathroom during a blackout, a headtorch is a must.
Taking a tent backpacking is not always practical but hammocks are lightweight, cheap, strong, sexy (chicks dig hammocks), and allow you to pitch up for the night pretty much anywhere.
Hanging Toiletry Bag
I always travel with a hanging toiletry bag as it’s a super-efficient way to organize your bathroom stuff. Well worth having as it helps to have quick access to all your stuff.
Staying Safe at the Eden Garden Party
While partying at Eden is mostly safe, there are still some things to be aware of. This is a drug fueled rager on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, after all.
Drug use will be varied and plentiful. Always try to buy from someone you know, and do NOT try anything for the first time while on a non-motorable island. There is no medical assistance on Haad Yuan in the event that things head south.
Alcohol will of course be present, though party and psychedelic drugs tend to be the main squeeze of this party. Personally, I think that’s one of my favorite things about it. People often act crazier on alcohol than acid.
Make sure you leave ALL valuables back at your room elsewhere on the island–there won’t be any private space for it at Eden and theft does occur. Wear some good quality shoes (the walkway is bloody dangerous!) and do NOT forget about the best practices when it comes to love and sex on the road. Things can deff get crazy quickly at Eden Garden, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo all common sense.
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Other Things to Do in Koh Phangan
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!
- Chase waterfalls!
- Beach hop
- Check out the Amsterdam Sunset Bar
- Eat at the Thong Sala Night Market
Final Advice Before Attending the Eden Garden Party
And there you have it young backpacker, all the deets you need to find yourself at the Saturday night event of your dreams. The Eden Garden Party is truly something special, it goes way beyond your typical backpackers and buckets debauchery.
While there’s certainly a time and place for that on the road, I promise you that you’re going to want more than a glorified frat party. And that’s where Eden comes in. It’s more difficult to reach, attracts a way better crowd, and is much trippier than any Full Moon function.
Now go off and enjoy yourself–but be responsible! Stay within your limits, follow the aforementioned safety tips, and please: wear some damn good shoes!
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