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Many of us will visit Koh Phangan over the period of a good few years, it is sticky island after all and you will find yourself coming back again and again from the age of 20 or so onwards and upwards into your later years. You’ll experience first hand how your view of the island changes over the years and how you treat certain things differently, your outlook and priorities change the more you get to know yourself and the island of Koh Phangan over the years.
What are the main differences of the younger generation and the older generation here? In no way is this meant to represent everyone of course, yet let’s take a somewhat stereotypical view on the younger and older visions of Koh Phangan…
Things you do when you’re younger and the things you do when you’re older…
The Full Moon Party Vs Backyard and Loi Lay
It is the first thing that many people know about Phangan, the Full Moon Party. Many people will come just solely to experience this and leave straight after but it may be the reason for you coming the next year, the year after and then staying a while longer to really feel the ‘other’ magic of the island. The Full Moon Party is pretty full on, perfect for sprightly 20 something year olds who haven’t quite developed a particular ‘taste’ in music and are open for all and the opportunity to be amongst other energetic young people for the night, packed onto Haad Rin beach in neon colours until dawn.
They’re cheap and sometimes tasty if you mix the right stuff plus you get the novelty of drinking through straws from a mini plastic bucket!
The novelty wears off after a good few years of heavy hangovers and you begin to prefer a ‘normal’ drink from a normal glass, it’s much more refined and mature don’t ya know…
Not to say that the older generation don’t indulge in a bucket or two every now and then though!
Secret Beach Vs Your Own Spot
It is one of the best things to do on the island, discover all of the beautiful beaches! Haad Rin beach is gorgeous in the daytime and full of youngsters around Full Moon, you can sunbathe and chat to friends. You’ll also be told about ‘Secret Beach’ a lovely paradise little spot to the West of the island that actually is not so ‘secret’ but still not too touristy. Youngsters will go in search of many many beaches and secluded spots during their trip and why wouldn’t you?!
As you become more familiar with the island over the years, maybe you even live here now, you will start to find out your favourite little chilling spots, your local beach, one that no one else goes to will become your sunset spot every day or on the days when you feel like chilling on the sand. It gets less and less often that you go to Haad Rin Beach or any other well known ones or you drive all the way to Thong Nai Pan for a bit of ‘grown up’ beach time nowadays.
Have you read yourself growing up here? As we said it cannot be true of all of us to the exact detail but watch yourself, you’ll notice yourself change habits over the years, or, maybe you’ll stay the same...Have fun!